Banish those Monday morning blues! Eurovision.tv has just released virtual video footage of the concept for the Eurovision 2016 stage in Stockholm. It’s already looking like one of the most impressive stages we’ve ever seen at ESC. The Swedes are doin’ it right!
Watch: Virtual reality tour of the Eurovision 2016 stage
Producers will include many elements that have become commonplace at Eurovision over the past decade. An army of lights and video screens will surround the artists, whilst the floor will be capable of displaying video effects. The LED wall is also broken apart and will allow the artists to move around inside it, as well as optical illusions which could lead to some really impressive staging when we get to Stockholm. It also sounds like it would have been a whole lot easier to stage Heroes inside that. Hey, Wiktoria…
There doesn’t appear to be a “catwalk” feature. This is similar to the 2015 stage in Vienna, so the artists will mostly be restricted to the stage. There is, however, a smalller red square that is shown a little further away from the main stage. Could this be another performance space, à la Anouk’s performance of “Birds” back in Malmo — or will it be where Petra and Måns do most of their presenting links?
On the whole it seems to be an improvement on Sweden’s last stage design for Eurovision 2013. Oddly enough though, the Eurovision 2016 stage was designed by the same team — Frida Arvidsson and Viktor Brattström — who did that stage in Malmö. Perhaps the size of Globen has allowed them a bit more room to play with than they had in the Malmö Arena.
Photos: Courtesy of EBU/SVT