Nearly 70 multi-featured TourPro LightSky AquaBeam fixtures filled Stockholm’s Globe Arena with light at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 grand final, which reached official global viewing figures of 204m.
Fredrik Jönsson, lighting designer for the 61st edition of Europe’s biggest musical event, worked with Eurovision 2016 official technical supplier [LITE]COM to choose the AquaBeam after seeing it in action at the LDI Las Vegas show 2015.
“When I walked into the huge exhibition space the first thing I saw was a very defined red light beam shooting straight through the hall and up into the roof,” says Jönsson. “It’s rare to see a coloured beam with that level of brilliance its whole length. It appealed to me immediately as a potential gadget or special for this so I went straight over to the stand.”
The TourPro AquaBeams were supplied to [LITE]COM by Ampco Flashlight Sales, which handles European sales of the product.
Jönsson rigged a number of AquaBeams on 12 vertical pods around the stage to add another dimension to the angular lines of truss visible above the set. The rest of the fixtures worked as audience lighting 40 metres up in the Globe arena’s roof.
“Since we had a lot of beam fixtures in our rig, I chose the AquaBeam to add another texture of beam, one that was super bright and a different width to the others,” continues Jönsson. “They also produce very funky colours and have in-built prisms for some varying looks.”
Ola Melzig, technical director for Eurovision, adds, “AquaBeam has proven to be very versatile, especially when giving an extreme punchy beam in combination with a very nice frost and it has the lowest failure rate compared to all the different fixture types we had within the production. We were extremely pleased.”