Balcony Bar Dundee Reopening

Cool and Groovy Blog graphic by Stevie C

Lights, Sound and everything else…

2nd April 2014 - 8th June (and ongoing) 2014…


Balcony Bar: An Ongoing Project Update

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.


Balcony Bar

Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road before refurb Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road during refurb - we got larger mirror balls later on Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road during refurb - we got larger mirror balls later on

Start to finish: we installed larger balls towards the end :)

Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road before refurb Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road during refurb Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road after refurb on opening night

Sadly, some graffiti art did not make it through :(

Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road Overview Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road Overview Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road Overview

Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road Overview :)


Dance Floor

Mal fixing up UV lights at Balcony Bar Dundee Balcony Bar Dundee Lights

Balcony Bar Dundee UV Blacklight Lights :)

Balcony Bar Ward Road Dundee Dance Floor & Lighting Balcony Bar Ward Road Dundee Dance Floor & Lighting

Balcony Bar Dundee Dance Floor & Lighting :)


Balcony Bar Lighting

Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road lighting refurb Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road lighting refurb Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road lighting refurb

Balcony Bar lighting before, during & after refurb :)

Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road new mood lighting installed by Stevie C Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road new mood lighting installed by Stevie C

New Balcony Bar mood lighting by Stevie C :)


Balcony Bar Manager & project team leader Mal.

Balcony Bar Manager & project team leader Mal pretending to be Spiderman Balcony Bar Manager & project team leader Mal re-purposing the old Balcony Bar sign into the new lettering

Mal being SpiderMal & re-purposing the old Balcony Bar sign :)

Balcony Bar Manager & project team leader Mal trying on the rope light for size

Trying on the rope light for size :)


Stairway & Chandelier

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.

Balcony Bar Dundee Stairwell LED Chandelier before Balcony Bar Dundee Stairwell LED Chandelier before

Stairwell before the chandelier :(

Balcony Bar Dundee Stairwell LED Chandelier after Balcony Bar Dundee Stairwell LED Chandelier after

Stairwell after the chandelier :)


DJ Booth & PA System

The Ghost of a handyman in the Balcony Bar Dundee who fell to his death Balcony Bar DJ Booth under construction

The ghost of a handyman helping us along… :)

Stevie C working his way through a speaker graveyard at Balcony Bar Dundee Balcony Bar Dundee PA speaker refurb

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.

Completed Balcony Bar leopard print DJ Booth Completed Balcony Bar DJ booth - UV lights & mirror ball installed

Balcony Bar DJ Booth: leopard print, UV light & mirror ball :)

Balcony Bar Dundee Bi-amped drive rack Balcony Bar Dundee Bi-amped drive rack

Stevie C fixing up the bi-amped drive rack :)


Outside Sign & Lighting

Mal has taken pains to point out to me that the “C” in “Balcony” does not look like a Pac Man in the slightest.

Balcony Bar Dundee before Stevie C removed the old hideous lights & Mal painting the ledge Balcony Bar Dundee after Stevie C removed the old hideous lights & Mal/John fixing the ledge

Before & After removing the old Balcony lights :)

The Benchmark for the Balcony Bar Dundee

The benchmark for Balcony Lighting :)

Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road Outside sign Lighting by Stevie C Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road Outside sign Lighting by Stevie C

Mal’s new sign teamed with Stevie C’s lights :)

Balcony Bar Dundee Ward Road Outside sign Lighting by Stevie C

Mal’s new sign teamed with Stevie C’s lights :)


Red Room

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 Dundee Chill Room Before Balcony Bar Dundee Chill Room After

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 Dundee Chill Room After Balcony Bar Dundee Chill Room After

Balcony Bar Red Chill Room :)


Open For Business

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.

With The Balcony Bar Dundee open for business, Stevie C can put his feet up - like Rab C Nesbitt

Stevie C can put his feet up :)

Future music events in The Balcony will probably be advertised on my upcoming gigs page.

There will probably be more stuff after the jump

More stuff after the jump :)


One More Thing…

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. :)


Stevie’s Top 40

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.

  1. Living Well Is The Best Revenge R.E.M.
  2. Truffles Wheatus
  3. D’you Know What I Mean? Oasis
  4. 19 Paul Hardcastle
  5. Out The Blue (Club Mix) Sub Focus
  6. I Want Your Love (Todd Terje Edit) Chic
  7. Soldiers Make Good Targets Stereophonics
  8. Pass The Buck Stereophonics
  9. Raised On Rock Scorpions
  10. Catacomb Stereophonics
  11. Time The Australian Pink Floyd Show
  12. Comfortably Numb The Australian Pink Floyd Show
  13. Generations Of Love (Ramp Club Mix) Boy George
  14. Don’t Stop The Dance (Todd Terje Remix) Bryan Ferry
  15. Control Matrix & Futurebound
  16. Feel The Vibrations (Hoxton Whores Vocal Mix) Boy George
  17. It’s My Life Talk Talk
  18. I Got 5 On It Luniz
  19. Time Is Ennemy Quantic
  20. Now Or Never (Original Mix) Tritonal
  21. Fresh Blood eels
  22. Don’t Pay The Ferryman Chris de Burgh
  23. Beat Organ (Original Mix) 16 Bit Lolitas
  24. Snorkle (Original Mix) Opiuo
  25. Clumpy Cider (Original Mix) Opiuo
  26. La Fong (Original Mix feat. D-Sens) Opiuo
  27. Your Woman White Town
  28. Pushing On (Original Mix) Oliver $, Jimi Jules
  29. Acid Pants Orbital
  30. We Are The Night The Chemical Brothers
  31. Can’t Play Dead The Heavy
  32. Be Mine The Heavy
  33. You Could Be Mine Guns n Roses
  34. The Low Road Scrimshire
  35. Isotope Deetron
  36. Revolution (Vocal Mix) R3hab & Nervo & Ummet Ozcan
  37. See The Sun The Kooks
  38. I-Motion Elegy
  39. Never Mind Infected Mushroom
  40. Dying Day Slackwax

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