Rumours, a dance club in Blackpool, UK, recently received a new PA based around Martin Audio’s new two-way passive AQ architectural range. England (July 17, 2007)–Rumours, a dance club in Blackpool, UK, recently underwent a complete refurbishment. The combined 800-capacity wine bar, nightclub and party venue brought in Peter Bawden’s Audio Sound Advice to create a new technology infrastructure based around Martin Audio’s new two-way passive AQ architectural range.
Owners Betawell Ltd offered the contract after ASA had successfully worked on Rumours’ counterpart club, the 300-capacity urban nightclub Hush, located underneath. “We’ve worked with the venue for almost 20 years, so we know it inside out,” Bawden said.
Flown and angled down onto the dance floor via long ceiling brackets are four AQ12s, with a ground-stacked AQ215, while seven of the smaller AQ8s handle the dance floor periphery. Elsewhere, a combination of five AQ8s act as a line source at the bar, with 12 x EM15s infilling as necessary. A pair of AQ210 subs is built into the seating at the rear, where a further pair of Martin Audio Blackline S12s completes the installation.
Rumours is just one of several high-profile bars Audio Sound Advice has recently fitted out using Martin Audio series loudspeakers. They have also completed the sound system at the Septembers Champagne Bar & Restaurant in Blackpool for David Moseley (using EM15s and C115s) and Blue Jay Way in Penrith for Edward Cowin’s Bars Aloud Ltd. Here, five AQ8s operate as a full range mono line source, two of them firing backwards, eliminating the need for low-frequency reinforcement.