Eurovision 2019 is less than five months away and the preparations in Israel haven’t stopped for a minute. Last week we published an exclusive post about the stage and the technical plans and now we have even more specific details and revelations regarding the stage, the lighting, and those triangles.
In recent days KAN has published a new set of tender documents and requests for proposals for the different aspects of the show (lighting, sound, rigging, pyro, security, etc.), in which we found what is planned for the main stage and the green room. Get ready for about 1,000 square meters of LED screens and 300 triangles on stage. Scroll down for the full details…
The return of LEDs
In our previous post we already revealed that video content is back this year after its absence in 2018, when LED screens weren’t included in the Lisbon stage design. But now we know exactly what the stage will feature:
- The main screen on stage will be 450 square meters (Roe cb5 4500 nits, or equivalent in weight and quality).
- An additional 432 square meters of side screens (cb8, or equivalent in weight and quality).
- 100 square meters of the floor will be covered in Roe black marble bm4 glass (or equivalent in quality).
If you don’t know what all of these technical terms mean, you can relax. Neither do we! But thanks to the Google we’ve now figured it out.
The Eurovision 2019 stage will have about 900 square meters of LED background and another 100 square meters of video content on the floor.
We can compare that to the recent Eurovision stages:
- 2018 – No LEDs. The stage floor was 460 square meters.
- 2017 – 1000 square meters of LEDs (160 square meters of LED floor)
- 2016 – 600 square meters of LED screens on the walls and 250 square meters on the floor.
- 2015 – 350 square meters of LED wall (and an additional LED floor).
We would just like to mention the exceptional Eurovision 2009 that had a record of 2000 square meters of LEDs on stage in Moscow (obviously not every host country/city can afford to pay for such a huge amount).
300 Triangles on stage
The triangles motif was revealed back in November, when the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth published that Eurovision 2019 stage will feature moving triangles inspired by the Star of David.
Then, in early December, fans were talking about a stage design speculation after they saw a Facebook photo of the production crew that included some stage sketches in the background.
Today we can confirm that the stage will indeed feature 300 triangles, as KAN’s document states that the request is for 300 units of “Triangle aluminium frame 250x250x250 cm”.
If we done our math right, that represents about 900 square meters of triangle realness. We still don’t know how they will move and what they can do on stage, but we hope to find out soon.
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Ola Melzig — Head of production for several editions of #Eurovision — had shared a photo of the design for the #Eurovision 2019 green room (or perhaps is can be some part of the main stage?). It seems to fit with earlier reports that triangles and the Star of David would inspire this year’s stage. #DareToDream #Eurovision2019
Other stage specs
The ceiling in the main hall will feature 2760 units of Roe led strip 60cm with black diffuser (or equivalent in weight and quality). A quick calculation brings us to 1656 meters of led strips.
Other details we found in the video specs are 14 rear projection screens and frames (400×250) and projectors, which we guess are for the audience and delegations screens across the venue, in addition to the 20 TV screens (65″) that will be in the dressing rooms and the press centre.
1630 meters of Pixel neon flex will be used by the production in the main stage and the green room, but those might be just to mark around borders of the stage and mark the way on the floor from backstage to the stage etc.
The Green Room
The green room this year will be located right next to the main venue, just a few steps away, in a similar way to how it was back in 2013.
Other than the delegations and a few thousands of fans in the hall, there will also be a lot of LEDs there as well, as the documents states:
- Green room screen behind sofas: 300 square meters of Roe cb5 4500 nits (or equivalent in weight and quality).
- Green room across the holding area: 240 square meters of Roe cb5 4500 nits (or equivalent in weight and quality).
The Green Room ceiling will have 700 units of Roe led strip in variant lengths with black diffuser (or equivalent in weight and quality).
But what lights will they use? KAN has published the full list that includes a total of 2726 lighting fixtures, which is quite similar to the amount from last year in Lisbon (2632).
The main model on the list is Ayrton MagicBlade FX. The request is for 900 units of it, which is about 1/3 of the entire light design of the set. Here’s a demo of what those lights can do, and for now you can only dare to dream of how it will look like in Tel Aviv.
In addition to those lights, there is a long list of other models that will be used in Eurovision 2019, some of those models are actually brand new and were just out this year, so we’re curious to see how it will all look together. If you’re curious about what each one is, we’ve attached a link with a video for each one — so light your fire (or light it up?).
- 276 units of Movinghead Spot/Beam ClayPaky Scenius Unico (or equivalent).
- 260 units of Movinghead Wash ClayPaky SharpyPLUS (or equivalent).
- 150 units of Movinghead Ayrton Mistral (or equivalent).
- 140 units of LED Strobe GLP JDC-1 (or equivalent).
- 130 units of Movinghead Ayrton Khamsin (or equivalent).
- 130 units of Movinghead Wash ClayPaky Sharpy Wash (or equivalent).
- 120 units of Movinghead Profile ClayPaky Axcor 900 Profile (or equivalent).
- 100 units of LED Wash SGM P10 (or equivalent).
- 100 units of Movinghead Profile ClayPaky Scenius Profile (or equivalent).
- 80 units of LED Movinghead Ayrton Minipanel FX (or equivalent).
- 60 units of LED Movinghead Ayrton DreamPanel Twin (or equivalent).
- 60 units of Movinghead Wash Robe BMFL Washbeam (or equivalent).
- 48 units of Movinghead VariLite VL 10.
- 48 units of Movinghead Wash ClayPaky Hepikos (or equivalent).
- 24 units of Movinghead VariLite VL 6000 Beam (or equivalent).
- 100 units of LASER BAR 10 POINT RED (we assume those are generic laser bars).
In our previous post we covered the aspect of pyrotechnics, but in the recent days some further information has been released. As every year we can expect fire (ground/air), flames, heavy fog, and wind machines. Other than that here is the full list of the pyrotechnics and special effects that KAN would like to have on stage.
If like us, you don’t really know what each one means, just google it or think of it as: “Crash! Boom! Bang!”.
Eurovision 2019 stage will include:
- 50 Firing positions implemeted into and around the stage.
- 8 Heavy fog outlets.
- 2 Professional film studio style high output wind machines.
- 15 kg of silver and gold confetti for the winner.
When will we get to see the actual stage design?
We can’t really know when the official sources will reveal the stage design, but in recent years it was no later than February.
Last year we found out the stage design in December (5), in 2017 it was at the end of January (31), in 2016 it was on February (15), in 2015 it was on January (20), and let’s hope we’ll not have to wait until April (7) like in 2014.
Since we can see that all the plans have been done by now, it might be in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned as we will make sure to keep you updated. Is the photo everyone was talking about the actual stage? We will find out soon.
What do you think about the stage plans for Eurovision 2019? Do you dare to dream about it and how does it look in your dreams? Let us know in the comments section below.