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 Lighting
Bar Manager & project team leader Mal
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.
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.
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.
Originally planned to be a VIP room, access-control problems forced us to make a chill-room instead.
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.
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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