The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the biggest and most technologically advanced television shows in the world and in Malmö this precedent is set to continue with broadcaster SVT creating a stage like no other and trying out new techniques and equipment.
The amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to bring a show of this magnitude and quality to your TV screens is simply astonishing. To demonstrate this we have compiled some facts about the stage in Malmö below. The finished stage was also recently presented to the press, so check out our gallery to see some impressions!
So, when you are watching on the 14th, 16th and 18th of May, spare a thought for everyone involved in making the Eurovision Song Contest Europe's favourite TV show.
5 sound consoles 3 MIDAS XL 8 and 2 MIDAS Pro9
210 speakers, Nexo Geo T and L-Acoustics dV-dosc
All speakers are managed through LAB LM 44 & LM 26
48 hand and headmics, all are Sennheiser 9000 series
16 In Ear system with 100 receivers, Sennheiser 2000 IEM
2 Macbook Pro machines running Waves plug-ins
2 Macbook Pro machines running Cubase
4 operators for PA & monitor
20 sound engineers to run the show
220 square metre specially made stage surface for performances
The circumference of the centre Mainstage area is 38 metres
The perimeter of the stage is 207 metres
Each arch weighs 7 tons and measures 13 metres in height
The projection wall is 43 metres wide and 8 metres tall
159.6 tons rigged in the roof, the maximum capacity of the roof is 160 tons
40 km of signal & camera cables
6 Megawatt generator farm
3.5 Megawatt generator power used per day
3000L Ecopar used per day
3000 Pyro effects used during the show
4 weeks of virtual programming
4 weeks of live programming
12 grandMA II Light consoles, 6 live and 6 in back-up
28 Barco HDQ 40 projectors, the world’s largest video projector
2 Barco HDF W26 projectors
4 Barco FLM HD20 projectors
4 Barco FLM R22+ projectors
8 Barco SLM R12 projectors
1 Barco Encore Image processing system
14 Green Hippo Hippotizer Media Servers
350 square meters 3D video mapping surface as a back-drop
4 digital content designers
23 cameras to capture the action from all angles
Equipment needed 95 transport trucks to deliver (25 stage only)
3 weeks for rigging all equipment
And did you know?
The 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will mark the show’s 58th year, making it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. And it´s the fifth time Sweden hosts the Eurovision Song contest.