With just a month left until the Eurovision Song Contest explodes into life, DR is completing the extraordinary transformation of a derelict shipyard on Refshaleøen into a Eurovision Temple. The stage designs are finished, and now the Moscow-like stage is pulling a Conchita Wurst and rising from the ashes. Producers have revealed some of the technical features of this year’s stage.

– Eurovision will be the biggest light show ever held in Denmark

– The stage will include around 3,000 lights, including 730 LED ones

– It will boast an LED screen that is more than 1,200 square meters

– 46 men are working on the light production alone

eurovision 2014 stage preparation workThe two units that make up the B&W Hallerne are seriously tall, which means they require more lights than at any previous Eurovision. The LED screens may also be taller. It seems logical that DR will create some moving features (like diamonds for example) next to the stage, so as to give a unique look to this former shipyard. Judging from this photo you can see that preparations are in full swing.

After making some calls and playing on Google, we can safely say that this year’s show will be on a simillar scale to Düsseldorf 2011, when the Germans organised one of the best shows in Eurovision history. Here is a comparison. You’ll notice that the Düsseldorf show had a 1,300 square meter LED screen, roughy the same size as Denmark’s 1,200 square meters monster.  

Here is a comparison of the 2 years:

Düsseldorf, 2011

-31,000 lighting effects

-(60 meters wide x 18 meters high =) 1,080 square meters LED screen – 1,300 square meters including the spotlight equipment surrounding it -1,000 multi-functional spots, including LED lights

-300 workers in the construction & installation of this massive techinical set-up

Denmark, 2014

-Over 2,000 lighting effects

-Over 1,200 square meters LED screen

-46 men working on the light production alone

-14 watching spots, and cameras provided by MoCopenhagen & Virtual Stage

We’re confident the show will be as spectacular! It will for sure be bigger and more spectacular than last year.

Billy Xifaras contributed this report from Greece. Follow him on Twitter at @bill_xifaras. You can also keep up-to-date on the latest Eurovision news and liking our Facebook page.

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Eugene UK
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Eugene UK

I would rather have a smaller stage and more bums on seats. To the EBU it is all about a TV show, what about the fans? For the second year running there will not be enough tickets to meet the demand. So many fans want to see it live!!

Leon
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Leon

When they say big do they mean Moscow 2009 big? Cuz that was the biggest Eurovision stage in history right? Best stages for me were:

1. Germany 2011
2. Finland 2007
3. Russia 2009

I absolutely did not like the Malmo stage. Sorry.

Peter
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Peter

Hmmm…interesting how this is going to turn out…So the stage is going to be “big” and a lot of LED, but the hall is quite small in area although high in roof, DR has said that there will be about 10 000 people in the audience….soo Bigger stage but as many people as in Malmö in the hall…I wonder how it’s going to be, but think that DR will make an excellent stage, you just have to look at the Grand Prix Denmark hosted to select their entry this year, that was in a pretty small hall but the stage… Read more »

Greg Massourd
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Greg Massourd

I think peace loving free democratic Europe and the world community must ban fascist state Russia and their vassal Armenia totally for the occupation of Crimea bearing in mind the occupation of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine by the mentioned authoritarian fascist states such as Russia and Armenia. We are in free Europe and beyond shouldn’t be categorically in the the same boat with gay haters, gay beaters, fascists, trolls, liars, fabricators, dictators, tyrants, aggressors and illegitimate occupants and their supporters! Boycott fascist Russia and their vassal dog Armenia! We show disrespect to our freedom, beliefs, sovereignty and democracy in Europe… Read more »

Zach
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Zach

I loved how Malmö’s show was small yet sophisticated and very personal. It is great watching all the videos in 1080pHD. I loved Düsseldorf also with it’s big stage and everything but it just felt too big and not personal like Malmö meant for their hosting of Eurovision to be.

ayka
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best stage is 2009 and 2012

Bruno
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Bruno

I was in malmo last year and all I have to say it was amazing. It felt very personal and we were close to the artists. I think that’s what the producers wanted and they did. It was an amazing show!

Rashad
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Rashad

Moscow is the best so far. I liked Dusseldorf and Baku too. Malmo was just like a school hall, Oslo was boring. The previous ones are not worth discussing, technology was not involved this much yet. I hope Copenhagen will be something unique. Sweden literally ruined the show.

Branko
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Branko

I thought EBU wanted to keep everything small and intimate to save money… seems the crisis is gone, Welcome back to big bang eurovision!

Alex
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Alex

Malmo was disappointing! Small arena and poor stage/backdrop.

Dusseldorf was amazing and modern. Oslo was too dark and boring, while Moscow provided a massive, yet impressive stage.

I hope Copenhagen not to disappoint us, although i do not expect a lot from an old shipyard.

D
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D

I still don’t think Denmark will be able to beat the amazing production Germany had in 2011.

William Lee Adams
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Contestants have a lot of input into their camera angles, so if they don’t want a wide-angle shot they will say so. Loreen did very well with her tight angles on a massive stage.

Eugene UK
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Eugene UK

There is a maximum of 6 people on stage, so why have a huge stage? The solo artists like Aram Mp3 and Sanna are going to look completely lost.

Dar
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Huge stage is not impressive at all .. Remember that 2009 made the performers look tiny .. Awful .. 2013 was perfect size . Just need a better backdrop ..
What 2011 made perfect was the voting sequence with scoreboard left side screen , green room in middle behind and spokespersons for votes on right screen .. Was perfect for audience to see voting

Melissa J
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I didn’t think Dusseldorf was that good. 2009 and 2012 had way better stage designs! I’m looking forward to seeing the new stage and the show packaging for this year.

SJ
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SJ

Best 5 stage for me from 2000-2013
1. 2009
2. 2008.
3. 2011
4. 2007
5. 2005
Worst for me stage in 2006

Best stage for me from 1968 to 2013
1.1988
2.1994
3.2009
4.1990
5.2008

Dhani
Guest

I like it better when everything is BIG like Dusseldorf in 2011! amazing background and scene!

I hated it in Malmö, everything was so small!

T
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T

So many discussions about the big stage. SVT had a smaller stage last year than the previous years, and it looked great in the arena. The audience came closer and it felt like a real show. A huge stage does not necessarily mean that it will look better on TV.