With only a few weeks to go before rehearsals for Eurovision 2014 are underway, the EBU have released details of the stage design planned for the B&W Arena in Copenhagen. The set is designed around the “diamond” theme which is the symbol of this year’s contest.
The first look at the 2014 set was released on Saturday during the “Eurovision in Concert” in Amsterdam by the head of show Jan Lagermand Lundme. The enormous project will feature 3000 lights and 1200 square metres of LED screens and will certainly deliver on rivaling the gigantic 2009 stage in Moscow.
Learning from their previous mistakes in hosting the contest at the Parken Stadium in 2001, the Danes have decided this year to tackle the issue of acoustics head on with a new technique applied to the B&W Arena to provide the best sound quality possible for this year’s artists. The upper section of the arena will be covered with four 15,000 square metre layers of Molten – a sound absorbing black material, behind these layers will be large inflated plastic balloons to absorb bass rattle sounds in order to provide the highest of sound qualities within the arena.
As for the artists themselves, show organiser Kasper Lange has said that many acts already have a good idea of what they want their staging to look like, however the biggest task for the organisers is to create variety among the 37 artists. ”The viewers should be able to tell the difference between the 37 songs. When you see the recap at the end of each show, you need to able to differentiate clearly between them all”.
So with four weeks to go: are you excited by this news? Do you think the stage will live up to the expectations? All of your comments are always welcome.