Situated at High Pavement in Basildon’s Town Square, The Edge has become the town’s newest venue for all day bar trade and late night entertainment.

Taking over from the once popular Roof Garden bar, The owner wanted to create a vibrant mix of DJs and live music in premises which would need to be fully renovated, since the site had been closed for a number of years.

The venue would require live karaoke and cabaret reinforcement on the one hand, but with the need to create a vibrant bar environment for all-day operation, commencing at 11am, Glover pooled all his knowledge in creating the perfect chameleon venue.

This versatility extends to the video, where terrestrial and freeview sports events are displayed, along with darts contests from the far end of the venue, with live camera feeds to a 50” plasma screen (and various 37” satellite screens). And for those who like their images large, a pair of ceiling mount Sanyo 3500 ANSI lumens projectors fire the action straight onto the venue’s white walls, while general music video is provided from an Imagesound Rolec computer.

Weekend DJ’s have been equipped with a state-of-the-art sound booth incorporating Denon DN-D4500 dual CD player and professional mixer, while on Thursday nights live bands are mixed through a 12-channel desk. On Sunday the stage is given over to karaoke use.

Both the audio and video sources use 8 x 8 matrix switching to the venue’s three zones (via BSS Soundweb Lite DSP and Kramer devices respectively) and local audio source select and volume control can be changed manually by a BSS Shrimp local remote wall panel.

But where his company has really excelled is in creating a colour-changing environment by judicious use of around 100 metres of discreet LED tape, to highlight the back bar fittings and produce a warm glow at the front. The tape is also strategically used in the seating area, ceiling coving, entrance and bar servery.

Both the environmental and kinetic lighting also needed careful control. Three Martin Professional Mania EFX500’s (two over the dancefloor, the other facing the stage from the far end of the room) rotate their effects while four PAR 56 LED stage cans and eight RGB LED downlighters give the live artistes the impression they are playing in somewhere larger than this 500-capacity venue.

Mike Glover said, “We have presented the client with the technical tools to create an automatically-changing environment with simple plug and play. This is a highly flexible solution, and as a result, The Edge will now more than hold its own in Basildon’s packed leisure hub, surrounded by snooker hall and ten-pin bowling


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