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.

Melfest gets futuristic

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.

Space exploration

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.”

A drawing of the stage shows the mezzanine location of the green room

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.

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AngieP
AngieP
4 years ago

Wow! From what I see, the stage is going to look amazing! Great job!

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

Interesting. Reminds me of the jumpgate from ‘Babylon 5’!

Pheonix
Pheonix
4 years ago

I appreciate your point DR, although that is still no excuse for that awful cheap looking stage of Malmo 2013, with the cloth projection screens and ugly black claw construction. SVT redeemed themselves this year though, but Copenhagen remains stunning. I’m looking forward to seeing how this looks on screen.

DR
DR
4 years ago

The reason that Dansk Melodi Grand Prix has better stages is because of one thing…

No Semi-finals

They don’t need to move the stage so they can be more intricate. The more intricate they are the harder they are to dismantle move and reassemble to another arena within just a few days. Also large structures are hard to include. So while big sweeping lines and big led screens are okay for Denmark, they are too hard to move around the country.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

the depth is pretty cool

elias
elias
4 years ago

Danish Melodi Grand Prix usually has better stages than Melodifestivalen. Especially in 2010 was just stunning! But the last 2-3 years their stages are not like before. But Melodifestivalen every year it’s getting better and better and I think after 6-7 years it would become at the same quality as eurovision. Well done once again !

Pheonix
Pheonix
4 years ago

I love Melodifestivalen, but since 2010, DMGP have had the best stages and don’t get enough credit for it. Copenhagen will also be very hard to beat. Nobody does a stage better than the Danes this decade!

YAAAAAS
YAAAAAS
4 years ago

Stage is stunning, tbh it looks better than most Eurovision stages too lol

PP
PP
4 years ago

Melodifestilen have alwyas good stage in past 10 year almost best in every national final. Only DMGP had better stage from 2010 to 2013, from 2014 Melodifetivalen took first place like they did form 2002 to 2009

Ron Kavaler
Editor
4 years ago

That stage is gonna look amazing 🙂

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

And THIS is the reason I wouldn’t mind ESC being in Sweden every few years 🙂 Lol

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago

This is a design masterpiece for the 21st Century. SVT could save much-needed money in Ukraine by packing this up in March, and re-constructing it in Kiev in April.

Xeph
Xeph
4 years ago

Loved the ESC 2016 stage, and I love this one too! Very modern looking, and not too big, so it doesn’t make the artists look like ants either. Can’t wait to see it in action! 🙂

escJack UK
escJack UK
4 years ago

Looks like a Lithuanian 2014 national final design

an esc fan
an esc fan
4 years ago

My top is :
1 Hungary
2 Israel
3 all countries that show their acts when is a big number (60, 50, 40….)
4 Sweden just want to show is desperate to host again

fikri
fikri
4 years ago

i think i just had an eye-gasm.

Isaac Visser
Isaac Visser
4 years ago

Every year, you think Sweden couldn’t possibly top themselves; and then they take it to the next L E V E L !

Gav
Gav
4 years ago

Exciting! Love it!!

Florin.Romania
Florin.Romania
4 years ago

Nice , melodifestivalen is and will remain the best national finals before eurovision ???? .