2nd April 2014 - 8th June (and ongoing) 2014…
I tread a fine line between saying what I want about my activities in my blog, and publishing details that some would rather I didn’t. In turn, those details range from simple overshare to the odd threat of a lawsuit from the local idiot (which would be thrown out of any court in 2 seconds flat).
So, the 2 “baddies” in this tale are as follows: a local idiot who owns a bar - who has it in his misshapen head that The Balcony is a threat to his business (let me assure you - it isn’t; the clientèle, music and target audience are completely different for a start), and a DC council jobsworth who cannot see through his taxpayer-funded tinted windows to do his job properly. We all know who they are.
I must first apologise for the overlapping of dates from the previous entry and secondly, for the fact that this entry is not quite finished - and probably won’t be for a month. At which point I shall be off on holiday in Stornoway at the HebCelt Fest grooving out to The Levellers…
I was asked to help refurbish the Balcony Bar in Ward Road Dundee in a manner befitting an underground disco/dance club using my skills and experience of live sound & lighting. I thought it best to document the project as we set about doing what we had to do - and in true Stevie C style, most of this is being typed after the fact. Expect some things to added in the near future.
Start to finish: we installed larger balls towards the end
Sadly, some graffiti art did not make it through
Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road Overview
Balcony Bar Dundee UV Blacklight Lights
Balcony Bar Dundee Dance Floor & Lighting
Balcony Bar lighting before, during & after refurb
New Balcony Bar mood lighting by Stevie C
Mal being SpiderMal & re-purposing the old Balcony Bar sign
Trying on the rope light for size
DJ Ross had always emphasized the importance of having massive LED string arrays/sculptures everywhere, and the stairwell was no exception. As the existing lights were broken, we decided to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. The chandelier was made by wrapping, twisting and forming 1,300 LEDs around a metal frame.
Stairwell before the chandelier
Stairwell after the chandelier
The ghost of a handyman helping us along…
Even the PA system got a refurb
As you can read about in my previous blog entry, I’ve been having fun sorting out an old PA system for use in the club. Not wanting to bore you all over again with the techy details, I replaced some burnt-out drivers with working ones, installed basic frequency-control and power-protection devices and then specified 2 amplifiers, a crossover and lots of cables… thus providing a functioning bi-amped club system.
Balcony Bar DJ Booth: leopard print, UV light & mirror ball
Stevie C fixing up the bi-amped drive rack
Mal has taken pains to point out to me that the “C” in “Balcony” does not look like a Pac Man in the slightest.
Before & After removing the old Balcony lights
The benchmark for Balcony Lighting
Mal’s new sign teamed with Stevie C’s lights
Mal’s new sign teamed with Stevie C’s lights
The original plan for this room was to have a VIP room. Problems with controlling access and fire safety meant that this was quickly changed into a chill out room instead.
Balcony Bar Chill Room - Before & After
As you can quite clearly see, the room looks much better minus the puke-green paint and fluorescent lighting.
Balcony Bar Red Chill Room
There have been times I’ve hated being in here - e.g. in the wake of the aftermath caused by DCC jobsworths or driven insane by piddly little connector blocks and times I’ve disliked being here - e.g. after having no sleep for 2 days and not being able to eat because Nationwide had frozen my account for unknown reasons. Overall, I have enjoyed the experience of putting my sound and lighting skills to new uses and helping convert this tired old pub into a hopefully busy underground dance venue. This project has brought our little team closer together, and in that respect, I’m sad that the project is (nearly) finished. There will be a few tweaks to come in the near future, I’m sure.
Stevie C can put his feet up
Future music events in The Balcony will probably be advertised on my upcoming gigs page.
More stuff after the jump
The unveiling of the Bon Scott statue is going to be delayed to coincide with the 2015 Kirriemuir Facelift operation - or whatever the council have called it. However, The Bon Scott Statue still needs your help - click him to find out how you can help.
He’s not going to click himself.
I should probably point out that unlike my Last.fm profile, these Top 40 are just the songs I love the most at the moment - not necessarily what’s been played the most or been recently added.
Many of these tracks were introduced to me during The Balcony refurb.
As such, they are the same entries as last time.
Echo Echo Echo Echo Echo Echo Echo Echo Echo …