Rigging and lighting, it’s getting exciting!
Eurovision 2016 is about a month away and the team at SVT are moving full speed ahead to get this year’s stage ready inside Stockholm’s Globe Arena.
Producers revealed the Eurovision 2016 stage design back in February and the skeleton of that design is finally taking shape.
Designed by Frida Arvidsson and Viktor Brattström, who also produced the stage for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, it will include an army of lights and an LED wall that breaks open to allow artists to move inside of it. This stage is alive.
Ola Melzig, the Technical Director of Eurovision 2016 and the head of M&M Production Management, is running a very cool blog on the stage construction called the Eurovision Diary 2016.
His exclusive photos, daily updates and on-the-scene reporting will no doubt stir the stage technician inside of you! You’ll see women in hard hats and 2-D cameras being lifted into the air, and technicians figuring out how to colour-match the LED floor with the LED walls.
Speaking of which: This screen grab of the diary reminds us Sergey Lazarev’s video for “You Are The Only One”. Are there other clues to other performances on the blog?
Elsewhere, we’ve already learned that around 100 trucks brimming with equipment will drop their loads in the arena in the coming weeks.
Twenty to thirty people will work on the stage every day for the next two weeks, ultimately creating a stage that is 24 meters wide x 16 meters deep with an LED wall that’s 37 metres x 10. The LED floor will be 230 square metres — definitely large enough to create a pool of water for Ira Losco to walk on and a prison cell in which Poli Genova can contemplate her love.
The stage will include 330 lights, but that’s not including the countless lights that will hang from the ceiling and around the arena, illuminating Justs, Jüri and Donny in all their glory.
Fans of smoke and fire — honestly, who isn’t a fan? — will feel the heat as the stage will include 74 recessed pyro-positions in the stage. So don’t wear too much hairspray if you’ve got standing tickets near the stage!
The stage design
What do you think? Will the stage be as good as the one in Vienna, or maybe even better?
Photos: Courtesy of EBU/SVT/LITECOM/M&M Production Management/Ola Melzig