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ESC Reporter | January 23, 2018

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DR brings the LED screens back to the Eurovision stage

DR brings the LED screens back to the Eurovision stage
  • On March 29, 2014

For many Eurovision stages in the past 10 years, the LED screen elements have been a guaranteed feature.

It broke records in 2009 when the Moscow stage used almost 2000 square meters, or a massive 30 % of the world’s supply of LED.



Making a come back

Last year, the Swedish production team completely did away with the LED elements to try something new, using powerful projectors instead for the backdrop. In this way, the pixel orbs usually seen could be avoided.

But this year, the LEDs will make a big comeback on the Danish stage, as DR is revealing more facts. The production team is currently busy programming lighting and visual effects at DR headquarters for the Eurovision stage.



3000 lights and 1200 square meters of LED

At the Heads of Delegations meeting in Copenhagen earlier, the head of the Swedish delegation, Christer Björkman, said that it was back to Moscow large when it came to the stage and lights, describing it as “gigantic.”

While the Danish Head of Show, Jan Lagermand Lundme, said that wasn’t quite the case, the numbers are definitely in the big leagues.



The Malmö stage


With 3000 lights, the stage will contain more than double what the Malmö stage presented last year, with its 1283 lights. In comparison, the Düsseldorf stage used 2200 lights, while Baku used 2900.

The 1200 square meters of LED can’t compete with Moscow’s 2000, but is comparable to Düsseldorf’s 1080 and Baku’s 1380.

Of course, size and amount is in no way a measure of quality in these aspects, as anyone who can remember the 2001 stage will agree with. At the time, it was the largest lighting installation ever in Europe.



A simple expression in a large show

On scale, this year’s installation is set to bigger than the last time Denmark hosted the contest. Kasper Lange, this year’s lighting designer, calls it the largest lighting production ever on Danish soil, and one of the largest in the world.

The lighting designer is trying to avoid overcrowding the visual expression of the stage and lighting.

“My theory is, that the larger the show is, the simpler the expression has to be to work. There’s so much information, so much going on in addition to the colorful artists on stage, that it’s easy to create unnecessary noise. The art here lies in restraint,” he said to

Kasper Lange has previously worked on productions such as Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, X Factor, and Danish Music Awards.

A total of 46 people are working on the lighting production.



Stage construction continues

Stage construction continues on Eurovision Island, as we get closer to the first stand-in rehearsals, starting in mid-April.

A little over a month ago, the first pieces of the large grid wall started to get assembled in B&W Hallerne, after being constructed off-site in pieces by the Royal Theater, and has reached a height of 19,5 meters. That still leaves plenty of room to the ceiling, which has a height of 68 meters.


Stage construction collage March 20



New visuals

At the Heads of Delegations meeting, the first looks of the stage design were revealed in the background of several photos and videos.

The interview with the lighting designer Kasper Lange by DR today revealed more visualizations of the stage, again appearing as a diamond shape, now surrounded by lights. The stage was designed by Claus Zier.


Stage visual 2 post

Stage Kasper Lange 2 post






Photos: Søren Bybjerg / DR

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