With the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2017 little over one week away, broadcaster SVT has revealed the stage design for the touring spectacular. This year the stage design is all about light and dimensions.
The stage was designed by Viktor Brattström, one of the designers behind the Eurovision 2016 stage design. And like the design at Globen, the Melfest 2017 stage is all about depth and light.
The design for 2017 is full of angles and light. The angular stage design is enhanced by beams of light. Brattström says it also uses the latest in LED panel technology. The smaller and lighter panels give them more flexibility with how they are used.
The traditional Melfest circular stage in the arena floor has been replaced with a long pointed catwalk which extends from the stage. This makes the stage the deepest in Melfest history. The catwalk will give artists another potential space to perform.
While the sight of a dark stage with beams of light is reminiscent of science-fiction space scenarios, designer Viktor Brattström says it’s coincidence. “With the lights and the perspective, it is easy to associate it with Star Wars and hyperspace, but it’s only something we noticed afterwards.”
For the semi-finals and the andra chansen show, the green room will be located on a mezzanine level to the right of the stage. For the grand final at Friends Arena, the green room will move to its traditional spot on the arena floor.
As always, the stage must be able to be transported around to the six Melodifestivalen venues, arenas of varying sizes and specifications.
The first home of the 2017 stage will be the Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg at the first semi-final. The show takes place in nine days on Saturday 4 February, kicking off six weeks of Melfest madness.