Emerging victorious after an extensive tender period, Dutch supplier Ampco Flashlight was selected to supply audio, lights and rigging for the 65th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena, broadcast live in May 2020. First equipment load-in and build-up commences early April, however, the preparations are already in full swing.
Dick van Berkum, CEO Ampco Flashlight remarks, “We are extremely pleased and proud to be able to cooperate on this unique worldwide event, organised and supplied by Dutch professionals. It is an honour that after ESC Lisbon 2018, where we supplied lights and rigging, we have now been selected as supplier in Rotterdam, adding audio to the portfolio.”
Ampco Flashlight, based in Utrecht, has been a leader in professional lighting, sound, rigging and motion for over four decades. Besides the Eurovision Song Contest, the company works for the North Sea Jazz Festival, Lowlands Festival, The Voice of Holland, Lazarus- the Musical, A State of Trance and many other festivals, shows, tours, television shows and corporate events.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 takes place in Rotterdam with 41 contestants. Semifinals are scheduled on May 12 and 14, with the final broadcast on May 16.
More than 180 million live television viewers combined with state-of-the-art show technology make ESC one of the biggest and most widely covered TV shows in the world. Dutch organisers NPO, NOS and AVROTROS cooperate with European Broadcaster EBU.
van Berkum adds, “There is no doubt that the Eurovision production is a pioneer in entertainment technology year after year and we are ready and eager to take it on again.”