Ticket prices for 2019’s edition of Eurovision have been leaked prior to going on sale, leaving fans outraged at the costs reportedly doubling.
Israeli newspaper Yedioth Aharonot reported that tickets will range from £245 (€282/$319) for the seats furthest from the stage, to £288 for a seat in one of the front rows.
Prices for the so-called ‘Golden Ring’ will set fans back just over £320, with a £430 ticket giving customers a seat near the artists in the adjoining Green Room.
The 2019 song competition will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel’s capital city, from May 14-18, hosting a total of nine live shows.
According to the Times of Israel newspaper, the increase in prices is attributed to the higher security costs associated with large events in the country.
One fan told the newspaper that during last year’s event in Lisbon he paid €120 for a finals ticket.
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Following the leak, Eurovision released a statement, which said: “Further to reports on the 19th of February, no announcement has been made with regard to tickets for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. An announcement will be made shortly on the official Eurovision Song Contest channels.
“The first tickets for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel will go on sale in due time. Israeli ticket company Leaan has been selected as the official ticketing partner.
“As soon as ticket sales go live, we will update you via the official channels.”