ISRAEL – Hatari yesterday took to the stage for their first official rehearsal at Expo Tel Aviv. Members of the multimedia art group reported afterwards that the run-through went well. There was also time for Einar and Sólbjört to show off their newest beach attire. It’s fair to say other beachgoers took note.
After yesterday’s rehearsal, Matthías Tryggvi said he had worried the stage might be too big for Hatari to fill and make an impact on, but that he was pleasantly surprised with how compact the stage is. Bandmembers are also very pleased with their new, updated stage design, which is even more spectacular than that seen at the Grand Final in Reykjavík on 2nd March.
This year is the first time RÚV has sent a set designer and builder to Eurovision a week ahead of the main delegation and the results of his efforts have been impressive (see video above): a large metallic sphere surrounded with spikes that closely resembles Hatari’s logo and is expected to serve as both cage and drum.
Klemens feels Hatari’s first official press conference also went well. He says the band took a lot of good questions that they tried to answer honestly—though the chairperson tried to censor them a little bit: “But we didn’t let her control it. We tried to get our points across and said that it would be good for the military occupation to stop. It would have been good to go a little deeper into it and maybe we’ll try to do that in conversations with journalists,” Klemens said.
Meanwhile, Einar and Sólbjört went to the beach, as you can see here (with English subtitles)