An early look: Here is the 2015 Eurovision stage design!
We are still four months away from the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, but already, host broadcaster ORF has revealed the renderings of the next Eurovision stage!
Designed by experienced German stage designer Florian Wieder, who also created the 2011 and 2012 Eurovision stages, the 2015 stage uses a strikingly different look than previously seen in the contest.
1288 LED pillars creating an eye
While last year’s stage in Copenhagen was tall, open, and transparent, this year’s stage appears to be much denser. It will be framed by a staggering 1288 individual LED pillars, clearly referencing the visual theme of the contest which also employs color-changing dots. These could prove to be a bit of a problem for the audience view at the sides of the stage, which is where the cheapest seats are. It will be 44 meters wide and and 14,3 meters tall, with the circular stage floor being 11 meters in diameter.
The overall shape of the stage is a bit of a throw-back to the 2003 stage in Latvia, but is meant to resemble an eye according to ORF, which symbolically forms a bridge between the performers, the audience, and the world watching.
The show will once again use a wide LED wall behind the stage, 26 meters wide and 8,5 meters tall, and judging from the renderings, the floor will also be covered in LED.
For scale comparison, the Copenhagen stage was 20 meters tall and used a 100 meter wide LED wall, with the stage floor being 13 by 13 meters.
No runway or green room to be seen
The renderings do not show any runway extending from the main stage, but it is possible a satellite stage will be used instead, to give the hosts a place to speak from while the main stage is prepared for upcoming performances.
There is also no green room to be seen, but with the reveal that the LED wall can be split in two, it might be hidden just behind the stage like in Düsseldorf 2011.
It is worth noting that the renderings are early and changes can occur. Also, they do not show any lighting rigs in action and the LED pillars are not shown lit up in any colors, which will dramatically change the impression of the stage for each song.
A strong creative team
Aside from Florian Wieder, an experienced team has helped create the stage and visual look of the contest. British lighting designer Al Gourdon is on board again, having also designed the lights in 2009 and 2010. The 2015 director will be Kurt Pongratz, who is already employed at host broadcaster ORF.