Crash! Boom! Bang! Technicians have been working hard in Wiener Stadthalle over the last few days to give shape to the awe-inspiring stage of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest. When Il Volo, Edurne, Mans Zelmerlow and the other acts vie for the trophy this year they’ll do so on the most technologically advanced stages ever.
The Eurovision 2015 stage is 44 meters wide and 14.3 meters high. There are 1,288 LED poles, which are perhaps the most visually distinctive elements of this year’s staging. The stage floor has a 14 meter LED screen, so that artists can play with the graphics beneath their feet like last year. The stage may be relatively small compared to, say, Baku’s, but there is plenty of space for the audience. Around 10,500 standing Eurofans will hoot, holler and celebrate during the live shows.
As you can see above, 26 cameras will cover the three shows, including spidercams and a camera hanging from Wiener Stadthalle’s ceiling. That hasn’t been used in Europe before. Austria has taken the contest to the next level, y’all. It’s like Eurovision on steroids and we love it!
58 commentating booths have been placed just behind the green room, which will include a wide LED wall and a catwalk to the stage, dividing the arena in two.
What’s more, producers will utilize impressive new technology at this year’s contest. It’s called Kinetic Sculpture. The installation by Danish company Wahlberg features 650 motorised balls hanging from Wiener Stadthalle’s ceiling. Using fantastic lighting and 3D effects, the system can create all sorts of visual effects, which you can see below. The company actually has previous experience at the Eurovision Song Contest, as it installed the curtains used in Oslo.
What do you think? Is Vienna’s stage better than the ones in Baku, Malmö and Copenhagen?