Wednesday, 22. October 2014
05. 06. 14. - 16:00
The search for a suitable location for next year's Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Austria is already hitting complications with still 11 months to go until the event.
The venue requirements for Eurovision were released by ORF recently, outlining the need for the chosen premises to close its doors for at least six weeks in preparation for hosting the singing competition.
As a result, Vienna's Stadt Halle, a lead runner in the contest to be the venue to host the show, would have to completely shut its doors to other events between April and May next year. This would mean up to 18 events would be affected, including Apassionata and a concert from James Last.
Meanwhile, another venue option - Vienna's Messe Centre near the Prater - is already hosting a congress that time next year for liver doctors with over 10,000 expected to attend the booked event.
The option to hold the competition in Salzburg was ruled out when Governor Wilfried Haslauer said that the event "does not fit" with Salzburg's association with "high-quality art forms". However with a capacity of 10,000 Graz's Stadthalle Graz could also compete with Vienna venues for the show.
With 11 months to go, Eurovision 2015 is still a fair while away but in Norway the process of choosing next year's competitor has already begun - the country organisers have now officially begun accepting submissions for 2015.
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