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Eurovision 2019 backstage : lighting behind the stage

Behind the stage of the Eurovision 2019 song contest, the crews backstage: lighting, pyrotechnics, special effects. Stage construction to lighting design.
par Vincent Laganier19 mai 2019

The stage Eurovision 2019 features the highest resolution backing LED screen in the history of the song contest:

  • 36 metres wide,
  • 12 metres tall,
  • 12 vertical screens that rotate 180 degrees.

These vertical screens allow light through from the back of the stage.

Back wall of light and LED screen

LED wall backside with 12 panels of mirrors completed installation, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israël – backstage April 16, 2019 © Ola Melzig, M&M Production Management AB

Mirrors and LED panels backside during installation, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israël – backstage April 19, 2019 © Ola Melzig, M&M Production Management AB

LED panels backside during installation with the prism , Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israël – backstage April 16, 2019 © Ola Melzig, M&M Production Management AB


Triangles on the ceiling, prism and LED panels backside during installation, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israël – backstage April 16, 2019 © Ola Melzig, M&M Production Management AB

Prism legs and the backwall of light installation, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israël – backstage April 8, 2019 © Ola Melzig, M&M Production Management AB

First light on the backwall of light, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israël – backstage April 8, 2019 © Ola Melzig, M&M Production Management AB



Lighting design studio : WYSIWYG R42 Update 1

Lighting design studio with four WYSIWYG Perform stations, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israël – backstage May 6, 2019 © Ola Melzig, M&M Production Management AB

CG artist in creation in the 3D lighting design studio, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israël – backstage May 17, 2019 © Ola Melzig, M&M Production Management AB

  • 2100 lighting fixtures
  • 80 kilometres of cable is used for the stage lighting alone
  • 100 000€ saving in diesel by using LED powered lights
  • 11 lighting desks to run lighting
  • 120 000 control parameters
  • 250 active DMX universes

  • 24 remote controlled Followspots operated with the Litecom Spotdrive system
  • 527 Ayrton Magic Blade on the backwall
  • 24 days of pre-programming for the lighting designer and their operators
  • 30 people to run lighting operations in show mode
  • 2 991 main power circuit breakers for lights
  • 80 024 meters of cable for lighting alone
  • 20 frames per second

Lighting Designer Ronen Najar and his team, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israël – backstage May 4, 2019 © Ola Melzig, M&M Production Management AB

Tunnel connection Stage Right with Stage Left named Jerry Appelt, Lighting Designer, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israël – backstage April 19, 2019 © Ola Melzig, M&M Production Management AB

Prism and ceiling triangles construction

The stage :

  • 250 metres squared in size,
  • 12 meter long runways with bridges that connect them to the main stage.

Construction inside the arena, stage and prism, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel – backstage © Sagi Klein – Eurovisionworld

Stage construction with ceiling triangles, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israël – backstage © KAN

130 LED triangles in the overhead lighting structure.

Construction inside the arena, ceiling triangles, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel – backstage © Sagi Klein – Eurovisionworld

These triangles allow the flags of each country to appear before each performance.

First view of the stage lighting – Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israël – May 9, 2019 © Ola Melzig, M&M Production Management AB

First Semi-Final opening, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israël © Thomas Hanses

Behind the stage : the crew

30 crew members and stage management on the ground of the stage.

Stage technical team backstage, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

They switch props in the 40 second-long postcard between songs.

Between 2 songs, technicians in action, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel – backstage © Thomas Hanses

Technical team backstage – Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israël © Andres Putting

Backstage technical stuff during rehearsal, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Denmark, second rehearsal, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

Albania, Jonida Maliqi, first rehearsal, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Pyrotechnics and special effects

  • 10 Le Maitre FreezeFog – G300 Heavy fog machines
  • 8 Ultratec Floor Pockets
  • 24 TBF Single Shot Flame Machines
  • 24 Explo GX-2 Flame Machines
  • 20 MagicFX Sparxtar, Spark Machines
  • 18 MagicFX Smoke Jet

Pyrotechnics, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

  • 24 pyroracks on stage, 16 ch each.
  • Waterfall trusses with 40 holders
  • 4 FireCTRL G2 Pyrocontrollers
  • 1 MA Dot2 DMX controller
  • 100 FireCtrl field modules
  • 6 FireCtrl Relay Racks for Flame Units

  • 4 MagicFX Stadium Blaster for Confetti
  • 4 Sigma Confetti Cannons
  • 2 Universal Effects Wind Machine
  • 8 MagicFX Stage Fans
  • 2 Look Solutions Power Tiny smoke machines

Sweden, John Lundvik, Too Late for Love

Huge flat LED luminaire behind the singer John Lundvik.

Sweden, John Lundvik, Too Late for Love, second rehearsal, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Sweden, John Lundvik, Too Late for Love, second rehearsal 2019, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Sweden, John Lundvik, Too Late for Love, second rehearsal, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Sweden, John Lundvik, Too Late for Love, second rehearsal, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Sweden 2019, John Lundvik, Too Late for Love, first rehearsal, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

Australia, Kate Miller-Heidke, Zero Gravity

Side and back lighting combines with starry sky pictures on the LED screen.

Australia, Kate Miller-Heidke, Zero Gravity, first rehearsal, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Australia, Kate Miller-Heidke, Zero Gravity, second rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

Australia, Kate Miller-Heidke, Zero Gravity, second rehearsal, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

The Netherlands, Duncan Laurence, Arcade, the winner

Laser ceiling on the fog interfere by one suspended globe light.

The Netherlands, Duncan Laurence, Arcade, first rehearsal, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

The Netherlands, Duncan Laurence, Arcade, second Semi-Final of Eurovision © Andres Putting

Blue back lighting and white side light on the singer Duncan Laurence.

The Netherlands, Duncan Laurence, Arcade, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting – EBU

The Netherlands, Duncan Laurence, Arcade, second Semi-Final, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

The Netherlands, Duncan Laurence, Arcade, second rehearsal, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Duncan Laurence winner, Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

Duncan Laurence, The Netherlands, Winner, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Impressive performances, Eurovision 2019

Azerbaijan, Chingiz, Truth, second rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Russia, Sergey Lazarev, Scream, second rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

Russia, Sergey Lazarev, Scream, second rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

Russia, Sergey Lazarev, Scream, first rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Belarus, Zena, Like It, second rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

Iceland, Hatari, Hate Will Prevail, second rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Israel, Kobi Marimi, Home, second rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Anders Putting

North Macedonia, Tamara Todevska, Proud, first rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

Switzerland, Luca Hänni, She Got Me, second rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Thomas Hanses

France, Bilal Hassani, Roi, King, first rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

France, Bilal Hassani, Roi, King, first rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

Spain, Miki, The Blindfold, first rehearsal, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Anders Putting

Impressions First Semi-Final, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israël – backstage © Thomas Hanses

Arena, Eurovision 2019, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting

Behind the Stage, Eurovision, Tel-Aviv, Israel © Andres Putting


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Vincent Laganier
Vincent Laganier
Architecte diplômé de l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Nantes. Rédacteur en chef du portail Light ZOOM Lumière depuis 2012. Auteur de six ouvrages de référence sur la lumière, la ville et le bâtiment. Enseignant en conception lumière à l’ENSA Nantes, en art lumière l'ENSATT Lyon et au projet d'éclairage à l’INSA Lyon.

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