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The Eurovision Song Contest 2024: A technical spectacular

11 May 2024
This is a photo looking up at the stage at the Malmo Arena with United By Music as the digital backdrop

The Eurovision Song Contest Final takes place in Malmo, Sweden tonight, and the stage is set for an unforgettable spectacle that will captivate audiences worldwide.

This year marks the seventh occasion that this Nordic nation will host the continent's most celebrated musical showdown. From the stunning streets of Stockholm to the vibrant city of Gothenburg, to the charming landscapes of Malmö, Sweden has been a beacon of Eurovision magic throughout the years.

Behind the scenes, a symphony of technology and talent will converge to bring the Eurovision experience to life. With 26 cameras strategically positioned to capture every moment, including aerial views from innovative 2D and Drop camera systems, television viewers can expect nothing short of brilliance.

The meticulous planning also extends to communication, where over 400 radios and 200 intercom panels will ensure seamless coordination, and more than 60 radio channels - both analogue and digital - will be utilized.

Rigging also plays a crucial role, with 196 variable speed hoists used to position and move the lighting and LED elements in the design. A staggering 204 tons of technical gear will be suspended from the arena ceiling, supported by 3.5 km of truss.

When it comes to lighting, the numbers are equally impressive, with over 2000 fixtures - each with LED or laser sources - illuminating the stage. It takes four weeks of pre-programming to ensure every light shines in perfect harmony, creating a captivating visual experience for venue audiences and broadcast viewers alike.

Video content excellence is also crucial, with approximately 1000 square meters of LED screens enveloping the set, from the stage floor to LED video cubes.

Sound is another integral component, with 68 speakers, 56 microphones, and 9 sound desks ensuring clear audio for both performers and audiences. Three different sound mixes are managed, including in-ear monitors for artists, PA for the on-site audience, and the broadcast mix for TV viewers worldwide.

But it's not just the technology that makes Eurovision a masterpiece. Behind the scenes, a dedicated stage management team works tirelessly to ensure that every prop is perfectly positioned. With just 55 seconds to move each item into place while simultaneously rolling another off the stage, the choreographed precision is vital and seamless.

The countdown to showtime begins now, and with over 1000 accredited media representatives from around 60 countries, we’re ready to share the Eurovision magic with millions of eager fans across the world.

So, now you have the insider knowledge on exactly HOW we do it, join us tonight from 20:00 CEST for the Eurovision Song Contest Final 2024 – we’re good to go!

Where to watch

The following Member broadcasters are participating in Eurovision 2024. Please check your local listings for timings:

Albania – RTSH
Armenia – AMPTV
Australia – SBS (*EBU Associate)
Austria – ORF
Azerbaijan – İctimai
Belgium – RTBF
Croatia – HRT
Cyprus – CyBC
Czechia – ČT
Denmark – DR
Estonia – ERR
Finland – YLE
France – FT
Georgia – GPB
Germany – ARD/NDR
Greece – ERT
Iceland – RÚV
Ireland – RTÉ
Israel – Kan
Italy – RAI
Latvia – LTV
Lithuania – LRT
Luxembourg – RTL
Malta – PBS
Moldova – TRM
Netherlands – AVROTROS
Norway – NRK
Poland – TVP
Portugal – RTP
San Marino – SMRTV
Serbia – RTS
Slovenia – RTVSLO
Spain – RTVE
Sweden – SVT (Host Broadcaster)
Switzerland – SRG SSR
Ukraine – Suspilne
United Kingdom – BBC

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Lyndsey Clark

Communications Officer