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Welcome back to the Eurovision Diary!

My name is Ola Melzig, and I’m the Technical Director for the show, responsible for lighting, sound, staging, rigging, automation, LED, projection and pyro, so I’ll have my hands full, for sure.

Bookmark this page to get your daily updates - they will appear in order of the most recent news first, going backwards. If you've missed any days, there is a menu on the right. We'll stick to the format from previous years, where we post the daily news from what happened the day before, because we work late and don't want you to miss anything from the previous night!

So this is for you, dear readers. WELCOME to our daily lives.    Yours truly, Ola Melzig, Technical Director

April 19

Ciao amanti della musica!

Yes, we are still here....... no days off for the wicked..... But we don't suffer from insanity, we enjoy every minute of it!

 

taittruck

Stage is here! Well........... the first of 20 trucks anyway......... I'm not sure you know this, but our stage is built by Tait Technologies, who is the European office for Tait Towers. The same company that built stages for Rolling Stones, Madonna, Metallica, Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi, to mention a few of their clients since they started back in 1978. If you think that our stage will be more awesome than previous Eurovision Song Contests, YOU THINK RIGHT!

 

stagefolded

 A pile of shit, or an asymmetrical projection wall? You tell me!

 

matt

Welcome brother! Matt Hales from Tait is in da house, here together with Matthias and Tobias, trying to figure out how to fit everything in.

 

archbase

The foundation of our scenic arcs being put together by the Tait team.

 

arch

The top part of the arc already hangs like a robotic Shamu.

 

metallica

Cool....... we got the same transformer as Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

cptrusses

The lighting trusses over the stage area are coming into position by the minute. You see on the amount of chains coming down, how extremely crowded it is in the roof.

 

niclas

Niclas Ljung is in da house! Niclas is the Senior Project Manager for projection, and he has a handful. We'll dig deeper into that tomorrow.

 

oskar

Our head of sound, Oskar Johansson gives us the deer in headlights look. Can someone give him a cooler helmet?

 

CelestialFredrik

Reality is an illusion caused from the lack of alcohol. This illusion is caused by a graphic designer having too much free time. I don't know if I should laugh or puke? The guiding star of the lighting team ladies and gentlemen: Fredrik J├Ânsson.

 

Now I need to go and get some pink carpets for FOH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Ola Melzig

  • Europe  +46 704 104 343
  • US +1 719 466 1785
  • ola {at} m-m-pr.com

Contact Joan Lyman Melzig

  • Europe  +46 708 204 767
  • US +1 719 466 1784
  • joan {at} m-m-pr.com