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What I’ve been up to…

Roadie: lighting tech, stage crew, spot-op, sound engineer, DJ.

Balcony Bar Dundee Reopening

April - June 2014

I tread a fine line between publishing events as they happened and events edited and polished so as not to offend and to make me look amazing. I’ve so far been threatened by a rival bar owner and a corrupt DCC jobsworth during this project. I was asked to help refurbish the Balcony Bar in Ward Road Dundee in a manner befitting a quirky underground disco/dance club.

Before, During & After

Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road before refurb
Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road during refurb - we got larger mirror balls later
Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road - installation of mirror balls
Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road before refurb
Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road during refurb - addition of graffiti art
Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road during refurb - addition of UV tubes
Balcony Bar Dundee: crazy LED cobwebs woven into mesh in ceiling
Looking down into the Balcony Bar from above
Balcony Bar Dundee: complete installation of mirror balls and UV black lighting

Dance Floor

Mal fitting the UV lighting brackets
Balcony Bar Dundee’s Dancefloor with haze and lasers
Balcony Bar Dundee’s Dancefloor with haze and lasers

Balcony Bar Lighting

Balcony Bar Dundee LED flood lighting - creating mood and atmosphere
Balcony Bar Dundee LED flood lighting - creating mood and atmosphere
Balcony Bar Dundee LED flood lighting - creating mood and atmosphere

Bar Manager & project team leader Mal

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Mal re-purposing the old Balcony Bar sign into the new lettering
Mal trying the red rope light on for size

Stairwell Chandelier

DJ Ross had emphasised the importance of having massive LED string arrays/sculptures everywhere, and the stairwell was no exception. I think we used about 1,300 LEDs total.

Balcony Bar Dundee Stairwell LED Chandelier before
Balcony Bar Dundee Stairwell custom prototype LED Chandelier - aka the LED Clusterfcuk
Balcony Bar Dundee Stairwell custom prototype LED Chandelier - aka the LED Clusterfcuk

DJ Booth & PA System

Literally every single cab needed their drivers replacing, not easy on our budget but we got there. I also managed to spec 2 power amps (for bi-amping), crossover, DJ mixer and graphic equaliser for the system.

Balcony Bar DJ Booth under construction, with a friendly Dundee Ghost of a handyman helping us out
Balcony Bar Dundee: PA club speaker refurb, driver replacement and re-wiring
Balcony Bar Dundee: PA club speaker refurb, driver replacement and re-wiring
Completed Balcony Bar leopard print DJ Booth
Completed Balcony Bar DJ booth - UV lights & mirror ball installed
Balcony Bar Dundee Bi-amped drive rack

Outside Sign & Lighting

Mal has taken pains to point out: the “c” in “Balcony” does not look like a Pac Man. In the spirit of removing or “making-safe” the cabling the previous owner had left behind, we removed “those god-awful outside lights” as the sparky next door described them.

Stevie C helping Mal install the new sign at the Balcony bar, Dundee
Stevie C removing the old, hideous and unsafe outside lights from the Balcony, Dundee
The Balcony Bar Dundee has a new sign and new LED lighting
Opening Night: Balcony Bar Dundee on Ward Road, Outside sign Lighting

Red Room

Originally planned to be a VIP room, access-control problems forced us to make a chill-room instead.

Dundee’s Balcony Bar: the horrible beige storage room before
Dundee’s Balcony Bar: red chill room after
Dundee’s Balcony Bar: red chill room after

Open For Business

We made it, after the temporary shutdown by a DCC jobsworth, after working 3 days straight - staying up to sand tables, after being driven insane by IEC connector blocks, after complaints from someone who had just moved in above a club and complained about noise, after my grey hoodie went walkies… The project brought us together, so I’m sad that my role here is (nearly) finished. I’ll forever have fond memories, like each of us taking turns to bring choons in on a laptop/iPod to work to.

Now I can enjoy my house tab with my feet up, just like Rab C Nesbitt.

Stevie C with his converse feet up on table like in Rab C Nesbitt in the Balcony Bar chill room.

I’ve been listening to R.E.M., Oasis, Stereophonics, Aussie Floyd, Boy George, Luniz, Quantic, 16 Bit Lolitas, White Town, The Chemical Brothers, The Heavy, Scrimshire and Infected Mushroom.

Update: as of 2016, I have nothing to do with this venue as it has changed hands. If the new owners are reading this, can you please return my equipment? Thanks.

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