Eurovision 2017 – Thousands of Eurovision fans have been left shocked this evening as it has been revealed that Kyiv will offer none of the expected special packages for members of the ESC official fan clubs. Every year up to 2,500 tickets are usually made available to fan clubs to distribute to members of the fanclub, with the lucky fans buying a single package for all 6 main shows.
Fans who attend all 6 shows every year now have no guarantee of getting any tickets tomorrow for any show in the online scramble. Many are saying they will not go all the way to Kyiv for only one or two shows or if it means they will miss the final.
Each club was formally asked to submit numbers of packages today at the request of the agent and host broadcaster so this sudden U-turn it seems to have come as a shock to everyone involved in OGAE and brings into question the assertions at today’s emergency press conference after the resignation of 21 people that everything is on track.
The UK OGAE fanclub has just posted the following:
This is a very disappointing and unfortunate post to have to write. We have now received communication from the OGAE International Bureau, who have been informed tonight that, regrettably, there will be no special arrangements for OGAE members, and you are advised to try in the public sale which gets underway tomorrow evening.
This is obviously hugely disappointing, as the international OGAE network has had regular discussions with the EBU (who have been very supportive) and the host broadcaster, and we were seemingly on track for an OGAE pre-sale. In fact data about ticket requests from each club was formally submitted today at the request of the agent and host broadcaster, so to have this news come just a few hours later is a huge shock and disappointment.
In further disappointing news, we have received confirmation that there will be no “F2”-style accreditations, and OGAE members will not have access to Euroclub (which we understand will be a small and not necessarily Eurovision-themed venue).
Please understand that we had been hoping right up to this afternoon to have a great ticketing arrangement for fans. All of us on the OGAE UK Committee (who, let us make clear, will try in the public sale like everyone else) would like to thank the OGAE International Bureau for all their strenuous events, which have included visits to Kyiv.
An email will go out this evening to all those who were in the ticket ballot.
Sorry for such disappointing news after many years of successful ticket allocations for OGAE members.
The OGAE UK Committee