2018 Announcements Breaking News General Latest News Portugal Lisbon 2018: Updates as the stage nears completion By Sean Tarbuck Posted on April 17, 2018 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr It’s a very exciting moment in the Eurovision sphere of influence, as the dust settles on the pre-parties of Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Moscow and Riga and the calm fortnight before the storm stretches out in front of us. How could we possible keep ourselves entertained in this time? Well, we can start to imagine what the contest will now look like, as exciting photos of the stage nearing completion have surfaced! The photos, posted by Ola Melzig on his production blog as well as shared by many Eurofans on Twitter, showcase the massive size of the stage and its surroundings of the Altice Arena, and showcases the immense job that the scene-setters have each year, as they rush to complete the backdrop for the contest. #Eurovision #esc2018 #Lisbon #Eurovision2018 #AllAboard Altice Arena pic.twitter.com/quAZpMP0BX — EUROFAN AGOTINTE (@AgoneyFan) April 17, 2018 The construction features a wall of bright LED lights, sweeping arches to accentuate the navigation theme of the stage and a vast framework of lights, rigging and suspensions. 22 different types of light fitting and luminescence will help to create a unique feel for each performance in this year’s contest, according to production manager Melzig. #YOU can check out some of the photos from the set of Eurovision 2018 below, and we’ll bring more technical rehearsals and exclusives as and when they become available so stay tuned! This year’s Eurovision Song Contest rehearsals begin on April 29th with the first performances of semi-final 1 taking place from 10:00 local time in Lisbon, with the schedule recently released by the EBU. The live shows for this year’s contest are set as May 8th, 10th and 12th. What do #YOU think of this year’s staging? Does it impress or could there be improvements? Share your thoughts with us on our forum HERE or join the discussion below and on social media!