Melodifestivalen 2020 starts on Saturday.
And ahead of Semi-Final 1 in Linköping, broadcaster SVT has revealed the stage design.
Melodifestivalen 2020 stage revealed
The 2020 #Melfest stage is the biggest yet! +220 m2 backdrop lit by 8 state-of-the-art projectors. "More space will allow more props and bigger choreography", says designer V. Brattström. The aim is to transform the stage up to 40 times during the 6 shows: https://t.co/Ik8Bnmd0hJ pic.twitter.com/gNfZIzBZuv
— Melodifestivalen (@SVTmelfest) January 28, 2020
This year’s stage aims to provide “freedom” for the artists.
It is the largest stage in Melodifestivalen history and can be transformed into almost 40 different looks.
Stage designer Viktor Brattström believes the flexibility the stage offers could become the norm for future editions.
Although there are LED pillars, there is no LED wall this year. Instead the striped fabric wall from 2019 returns. This may be designed to return realism to the competition. The cloth strips measure 35 metres wide by 6 metres tall.
Brattström says: “This year we’re doing live numbers. They should not make a video of what they stand for.”
Eight projectors will help bring the fabric to life.
Melodifestivalen Stage: The logistical challenge
As Melodifestivalen tours the length and breadth of Sweden, the stage needs to be as portable as possible. It also needs to scale from smaller ice hockey arenas to the mighty Friends Arena in Stockholm, which seats over 30,000 for the final.
The stage can typically be taken down within a few hours and be on the move by midnight on the same evening as a semi-final.
The limitation in size also explains why there is no standing audience during Melodifestivalen. Although in a larger venue like Friends Arena it would be possible, camera angles are planned to work with the venue with the lowest roof.
You’ll be able to see the new stage in action at the first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2020. The show begins on Saturday, 1 February, kicking off at the Saab Arena in Linköping.
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Photo Credit: SVT