Melodifestivalen 2021 is due to kick off in little over two weeks. Now Swedish broadcaster SVT has shared a first look at the stage design that will be used. And while this edition of Mello won’t include a live audience, this has opened up new possibilities for the layout.
SVT has shared renders of the stage design, giving an idea of how the stage will look once it’s built and lit up.
SVT says the stage has been created with “the ambition to be magnificent” but to also offer different ways to stage all the different Melfest performances. There is also an aim to create a “clear own expression” that belongs to the 2021 show.
Taking advantage of the missing audience
Unlike previous years, Melodifestivalen will be held in one location — the Annex venue in Stockholm. As well, the shows won’t have a live audience, but rather than this being a disadvantage, stage designer Viktor Brattström has taken full advantage of the new scenario.
Brattström — the regular Melfest stage designer, and one of the co-designers of the Eurovision 2013 and 2016 stages — explained, “The fact that there won’t be an audience is a big difference that we have had to take into account. But it also offers, in these contexts, new opportunities.”
The lighting rig above the stage has been lowered and a reflective roof has been installed. Brattström said that the lower rigging “would normally have obscured the view of the audience, but now gives us an exciting mirror effect and a “clubbier” light effect in the ceiling.
The design also lets the cameras get closer to performers. The stage is shaped like a catwalk, but as there will be no audience down the front, cameras will be able to give artists some close-up attention. It will even be possible to film the catwalk from side-on, given a different perspective.
And, of course, there are LEDs. The back wall features three LED walls. They described as being “separated in depth where different light effects may come to the fore.”
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