LEDs and lighting, it’s getting exciting! After weeks of work and months of planning, the Eurovision 2016 stage is finally ready inside Stockholm’s Globe Arena.
SVT have uploaded a few videos that show the stage in full motion, serving some wondrous light displays. With hints of Melodifestivalen, it’s quite awe-inspiring and the artists will no doubt love singing and dancing on its LED floor! You can develop your own first impressions here and in the video below.
It’s obviously too early to have a fully-formed opinion yet. The stage is rich and complicated and filled with countless layers, lights, LEDs and other tricks, which we won’t see on full display until rehearsals begin.
But it clearly has immense potential, and acts with optical illusions will no doubt benefit from all the magic.
Designed by Frida Arvidsson and Viktor Brattström, who also produced the stage for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, it includes an army of lights and LED walls that break open to allow artists to move inside of it. This stage is alive.
The arena has also moved in recent weeks, with the ceiling falling by four centimetres since work on the stage began. That’s because producers and technicians have used 65 tons of equipment in the construction, which has pulled down on the roof just a tad. The Swedes were serious in 2012 when they said we’re going up, up, up, up…that equipment is literally sky-high!
Want to see more of the stage? Then follow Eurovision Diary 2016, a cool blog run by Ola Melzig, the Technical Director of Eurovision 2016 and the head of M&M Production Management.
What do you think about the stage?
Photos: Courtesy of SVT/M&M Production Management/Ola Melzig