Last year I started to follow the famous Dave Rat blog – the sound engineer touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was an interesting look into concert sound production as well as backstage, event management, a fantastic travelogue of roadies on tour and a very good read. Hoggie has now pointed me to this similar blog from (I think) the production manager for the Eurovision Song Contest.
I’ve only read the first 12 days or so of this but I really like it. I’m the kind of person who sees things on TV or goes to live shows and tries to figure out how they make things work and what it looks like behind the scenes. Now with blogs like this we can get a peek.
There is an element of tech geek talk, but mostly (so far) it is just about introducing the people involved and showing some of the equipment, planning, troubleshooting, etc. that is needed to put on a show of the scale of Eurovision. The contest itself will take place between 14-16th May (three nights of live shows all televised to a worldwide audience) the setup (and this blog) began on March 31st. So there isn’t too much catching up to do, and if you follow it from here on I’m sure the show will have a whole new dimension.
This year’s Eurovision will come from Mosco, which is why I like this photo of “four different red beets salads” from Catering.