The most recent turn of the year saw Neuron working on four events across three cities in just 24 hours. Information on each individual event is below:
HouseCats, The Exchange, Stoke-on-Trent
A long-time client of ours, Joe and Jordan from HouseCats recruited one of their favourite systems to see in 2015 at what is surely the finest house and techno event in Staffordshire.
Deploying a customised Air Motion L package consisting of two white Air Motion v2 sculpted horn and four Stasys X Air alongside a full complement of Pioneer Nexus series DJ equipment and Yamaha monitoring, the guys made sure that the 300 attendees of their residents-only event were able to enjoy the kind of sound normally reserved for gigs double the size.
Lovers & Hippies Secret Warehouse Party, Salford
Experienced warehouse event promoters Love Dose and Mellow Yellow pulled out all the stops for their New Year’s bash, held in yet another first-time industrial space.
Full 70’s themed decor, giant plastic peace signs and simple lava lamp effect lighting complimented the first Mancunian outing for the latest triangular addition to Void Acoustics’ Air Motion series of speakers, alongside another pair of Stasys X Air providing the thump for the bottom end of their house and disco heavy sets. With around 650 people partying long into the morning, this was an excellent test run for a forthcoming, top-secret project hidden somewhere in the city mid-2015… watch this space!
FRToF presents The Bug & Flowdan, Islington Mill + Regents Warehouse, Salford
In collaboration with Mill resident promoters Fat Out, artist and screenprinter extraordinaire MTK, and gone but not forgotten label and party makers Mind On Fire, Neuron were responsible for full production on this miniature one-night only festival held across Islington Mill’s intimate club space and a 7,500sqft warehouse located next door.
A connecting tunnel between the two buildings was constructed from Heras fencing and decorated with multi-coloured visual illusions and weatherproof effect lighting, portable toilets were sited, acoustic treatment in the form of serge wool drapes plus a custom-built 3D projection mapped cube were suspended from the warehouse ceiling using girder clamps and steel wire, before filling the venue with 30 lighting fixtures and dual haze and smoke machines to create a party unlike any other in the city.
Sound wise, with a discerning, bass heavy act such as The Bug on the top of the bill there was only one logical choice; this was to be the first local outing for our 3.5m tall, 50,000 watt silver Incubus system.
A Soundcraft Vi1 console was chosen by The Bug’s engineer Goh Nakada for the quality of its preamps, which are based on the legendary Studer analogue studio desks. To thicken up the output and achieve the analogue sound from the digital console desired by Goh, we inserted a DBX 160SL stereo valve compressor across the master output, and also added an XTA SiDD dynamic processor on The Bug’s inputs to allow for chasing down the aggressive output peaks of his multiple KAOSS units.
Over in the main Mill building, a Behringer X32 digital mixing console and a compliment of Void Acoustics Stasys 4 wedges were installed to provide ample control for resident DJs and band Age of Glass.
Following showcases from local live electronic act Machine Woman and psychedelic dub from Raikes Parade, plus a monstrous back to back DJ set from Dan Nation and Kydro to see us through midnight, the warehouse was packed to 700+ capacity with people and smoke, waiting for the sonic assault from Berlin to begin.
We had been keeping the level of the frankly astonishingly loud Incubus relatively low, ready for The Bug to make a serious impact, and it showed within the first minute of the hour and fifteen minutes set, right through to the end. Pushing the system to it’s limits at times with a combined team of Goh and Neuron MD Kyle at the helm constantly tweaking and tuning. Helped in no small part by the big bad Flowdan on the mic, with a surprise guest appearance from Roll Deep legend Scratchy as well, it’s fair to say that Salford was nearly levelled by the sheer force of weight and power on show – as evidenced by the feedback on social media both during and following the event, including some very complimentary remarks from The Bug himself, partygoers and Mary Anne Hobbs on both her Twitter feed and her Radio 1Xtra show the following morning:
— maryanne hobbs (@maryannehobbs) January 1, 2015
— The Bug(official) (@thebugzoo) January 1, 2015
A tough act to follow, our own Jonny Opo came through with his first DJ set on the system pulling the tempo up a notch into drum and bass territory, followed by bashment enthusiasts Red Eye HiFi to see us out into 6am.
The party was far from over however, with techno oddities from our favourites GESAMTKUNSTWERK and Faktion in the main Mill building club space carrying on well past daylight for the truly hardcore.
Sadly several Neuron staff were unable to witness the tail end of the carnage, as they had to get an early night ready for our next event…
A Night at Gatsby’s, Peckforton Castle, Cheshire
With the new year only hours old our crew arose, a little hazy to say the least, ready to add an element of class and sophistication into a castle in Cheshire.
A Night At Gatsby's is just that - pure decadence. The third Gatsby event we have provided stage, sound and light themed to mimic the epic party scenes from the film The Great Gatsby. The special event attracts over 500 guests for dinner, dancing and plenty of theatre and showmanship; all set against the glorious backdrop of Peckforton Castle, Tarporley, Cheshire.
The Great Hall is where the main evening activities take place – from showgirls on stilts, to dancers in a giant Martini glass, to acrobatic performers and roving musicians. Our white Air Motion V2 system was the obvious choice for such a setting, with their conical shape harking back to the gramophones of the late 1920s. In addition to this three Arcline X subs per side were implemented with a full set of Pioneer Nexus DJ equipment, all run through our Powersoft K Series racks. With FOH located up on the mezzanine balcony of the hall, our Soundcraft Si Expression 3 desk with digital Mini Stagebox 32 was utilised alongside wireless iPad control software and a violinist and a saxophonist with wireless RF mics or pick ups, allowing for quick and easy adjustments to the level and EQ whilst stood on the dance floor.
Lighting design for all rooms was handled by Adrian Ball, with Joel Clements and Tarrick Wilks on operating duties. The focal point for the design in the Great Hall centres on a custom Alpha Spot gobo featuring the event logo projected on the walls and ceiling of the epic setting, and is complimented by four vertical columns of upright truss surrounding the dance floor and DJ booth with a combination of moving head gobos and LED colour wash fixtures, all handled by an Avolites Pearl Tiger control surface.
Elsewhere on site, the Dining Room and the Long Bar featured our trusted self-powered Yamaha DSR and DXR systems, with full set of Pioneer Nexus DJ kit to provide the musical accompaniment for the early part of the evening, with an audio feed from the Great Hall mixing desk takes over for the latter part of the night. LED up-lights on slow fade programmes add a touch of colour to the spaces.
The event was a complete success, with organisers and party goers dancing well into the small hours of the 2nd Jan.