Eurovision 2024: LEDs, lighting and load cells

Published On: May 9 2024

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 is almost upon us, and the hype has been building for weeks! Having won last year, Sweden are the hosts this year, with the contest being held in Malmö’s large Arena.

The technical aspects of staging Eurovision are enormous. We know from past competition stagings that load cells play a major part in ensuring the load capacity of the rigging is sufficient for everything from video screen walls to lighting.

 

Eurovision rigging

According to the SVT Communications Team, this year’s rigging includes:

– 2,168 lighting fixtures

– 204 tons of technical gear suspended from the ceiling

– a 196 variable speed hoist to position the gear

– 3.5 km of truss

 

The set includes almost a 1000 square metres of LED screens, with the LED stage floor measuring an impressive 186square metres and the backdrop LED screen measuring 340 square metres. In addition, five LED cubes ‘float’ above the stage. It takes 10 separate media servers to run the video content on all the screens.

Then add in the 37 different international acts, all with unique staging elements and requirements, such as the UK’s ‘upside down’ locker-room cube. The 36-person stage crew have just 55 seconds to remove the previous act’s set and position the next one. No wonder on-stage technical rehearsals for the performers started on Saturday 27 April, with the grand final being held on Saturday 11 May 2024.

A major change this year is that the 160million TV audience will be able to see more of the arena audience. It’s a change that reflects STV Executive Producer Christel Tholse Willers’ view for the whole event:

“I believe that we have created a stage this year that makes it possible to change and to put each and every artist in a totally different world. That is something that is possible to create a unique space for each and every participant and song. That is something that is extremely, for me, beautiful.”

 

According to an article in LSI Online, it’s a challenge that lighting and screen content designer Fredrik Stormby from and production designer Florian Wieder have taken to the next level.

“With the stage placed in the centre of the arena, viewers will experience a visually revolutionary concept … The stage is placed in the middle of the audience and shaped like a cross. Movable LED cubes, LED floors, light, video, and stage technology will be able to create great variations in the arena.”

 

What’s more, the organisers are working towards a less power-hungry staging, with the aim to:

“Execute the event exclusively using LED and laser light sources to achieve lower constant power consumption. The lighting design for the 2024 contest encompasses approximately 2000 light fixtures and 12 follow-spot systems.”

 

For more insights into Eurovision staging, check out our previous articles:

 

Meanwhile, we’ll be rooting for the UK’s Olly Alexander and his performance of “Dizzy”, which according to Eurovision Fun website:

“Transports viewers into a post- apocalyptic dystopian boxing gym locker room, aboard a spaceship hurtling toward Earth through a black hole in 1985! … The camera angles keep changing so it feels like the room is rotating, backed by a spinning black hole graphics on the LED.”

 

It can only be Eurovision…