The Lock Tavern and The Gun
INSTALLING QUALITY SOUND SYSTEMS IN EAST LONDON'S HOTTEST VENUES
"WORKING WITH JAMES AT FLIPSIDE HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL BECAUSE HE'S REALLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT I WANTED TO DELIVER. HE'S BEEN ABLE TO TAKE WHAT MY BRIEF WAS AND MAKE IT HAPPEN."
Recently at Flipside, we took on an exciting new project, which was fitting The East London Pub Co. with sound systems for their historic pubs, The Lock Tavern in Camden and The Gun in Spitalfields.
We carefully selected an assortment of different audio equipment suited to the different venues, closely collaborating with premium loudspeaker brand, TW AUDiO UK, using some of their finest speakers and subwoofers.
Founded by Patrick Frawley in 2014, The East London Pub Co. is known for buying and revitalising local landmark venues while preserving their sense of history. The Lock Tavern is iconic as it held shows for the likes of Amy Winehouse and Adele in the early stages of their musical careers.
Recently taken over and renovated by The East London Pub Co, The Gun also has a rich history, first built to cater for artillery factory workers in 1751 before being demolished and subsequently rebuilt in 1929. Bradley Lomas, Director of Operations at The East London Pub Co. explained, “When you look at the bar, you see a lot of industrial materials; the steels, the glass, the copper pipes. That's really taking the notion of those industrial artillery factories in and around the area”.
We quickly learned how important detail and atmosphere are to Patrick and Bradley at the ELPC, so from the offset, we knew we needed to install a high quality and non-invasive sound system, that wouldn’t occupy too much space or detract from the carefully designed and historically inspired décor of the pubs. James at Flipside also found from talking to the ELPC team that in order to properly compete with the huge amount of local pubs and bars, they wanted to be able to offer “good quality audio - something that can offer good performances”.
With 16 Apart Audio MASK4CT speakers dotted around The Gun and 10 of them placed around the ground floor and garden of The Lock Tavern, the compact design of these loudspeakers offers the combined bonus of space efficiency and incredibly clear sound. The 16 MASK4CT speakers used for The Gun were placed throughout the large open space of the pub to optimise the sound carried through the building.
The MASK4CT speakers can be used for playing a pleasant ambient sound that is audible and clear without needing to be loud - perfect for background music to accompany casual lunches and daytime hangouts. The system is also versatile enough to deliver more powerful and pulsing sound for gigs and DJ nights. The speakers can adapt to the changing atmosphere of either pub, whether it's lunchtime or an evening gig. We also suspended 2 TW Audio T20i speakers behind the bar at The Gun. These speakers are sure to please customers for years to come with their full-bodied crystal clear sound.
Our Managing Director, James, explained, “When [Bradley from the ELPC] took [The Lock] over, we came in and it was a cool space, but it clearly had been let down by a number of things. Audio being one of them. It wasn't what it could be. So we knew that was a focus”. We fitted The Lock Tavern with 4 discretely packaged TW Audio M8i speakers, which deliver flawless sound ideal for gigs and DJ nights. With DJing in mind, we also placed an Allen & Heath QU-PAC digital mixer in a rack on the wall - locked away to protect it from being fiddled with. James described it as “a simple little desk. It's pretty easy for people to use with a little touchscreen programmed up with a couple of presets”.
Bradley is very happy with what we have achieved in The Lock, saying that “the thing I love about the TW set up that James has put in for us is that during the day when you've just got low volume, you can hear it, it's crystal clear, it's not too intrusive, and you still get those nice bass notes. Then on a Friday night when we've got a DJ in or a band playing, you can really ramp [it] up and it has that club feel and vibe without it being a club, which is fantastic.”
Under the stage at The Lock, we installed a super TW Audio B14i subwoofer, which doesn’t take up any valuable stage space, but generates amazing bass! We also used 2 B14i subwoofers at The Gun, strategically placing them under the sofa. To make the best use of the stage space, we also installed 2 low profile RCF stage monitors with quality acoustic output, and a robust Powersoft Quattrocanali amplifier in both venues.
With 4 Martin Audio loudspeakers and two RCF compact subwoofers in the downstairs bar, plus a bunch of APart weatherproof MASK4 speakers through the outdoor areas, we were able to ensure that the venue could maintain a consistently lively atmosphere. We also supplied and fitted an AV system consisting of 2 Samsung NU7400 4K TVs, 1 NEC short throw projector, and Wyrestorm video distribution for high definition entertainment - adding to the customers' enjoyment of the space.
The sound system at The Gun runs off of a Yamaha MTX3 matrix for simplified control of the system. With a four-switch wall panel, they can quickly adjust the sound as the space changes. For example, when transitioning from day to early evening, they can pump the music out a bit louder. With 2 lightweight high-powered Outline Eidos 108 subwoofers and speakers in and around the seating, this set-up punches out an incredible sound.
With such success in planning and installing the sound system at The Gun, we were also asked to illuminate the stage area by installing quality lighting apparatus. We chose to use 8 Chauvet BTair Q12 par can lights, and 2 Chauvet BTair T3 batten lights that can be controlled remotely for a smartphone. And as we did for The Lock Tavern, we installed an impressive AV system of 2 Samsung NU7400 4K TVs, 1 NEC P554U projector, and Wyrestorm MX0404 distribution. Although this added some extra time and effort to the project, we were thrilled to have such an integral role in shaping the entertainment systems in these terrific venues.
Following the completion of The Gun and The Lock Tavern installations, our Managing Director, James, sat down for an interview, and when asked about the character and humanity Flipside bring to our service, James expressed how important it is “to stay with a small passionate team that cares about what they're doing.[..] we like to deal with the person whose event it is, or the person whose venue it is. In my experience looking at the industry, the more corporate and the larger you go, the further away from that you get.”
Bradley and the team at The East London Pub Co. have been a pleasure to work with. Learning about the heritage of both The Lock and The Gun, and discovering the values of the company that closely resemble our own, has made for a remarkable experience.
We are over the moon with what we have accomplished in transforming the quality of sound produced within these iconic venues. This joy is shared by Bradley at The East London Pub Co. – he loves the versatility and incredibly clear output of quality sound from the systems and has said how much he appreciated the tailored service and how we “understood what [he] wanted to deliver” throughout the process. We definitely think that the local music scene will benefit from this project, with both pubs fully equipped to put on a rocking show!
The Lock Tavern
1st floor venue
4 x TW Audio M8i speakers
1 x TW Audio B14i Subwoofer
1 x Powersoft Quattrocanali amplifier
2 x RCF stage Monitors
1 x Allen & Heath QU-PAC digital mixer
Ground floor and gardens
10 x Apart Audio MASK4CT speakers
4 x Martin Audio Speakers
2 x RCF subwoofers
1 x Apart Audio ZONE4 zone mixer
2 x Samsung NU7400 4K TVs
1 x NEC short throw projector
Wyrestorm video distribution
2 x TW Audio T20i speakers
2 x TW Audio B14i Subwoofers
1 x Powersoft Quattrocanali amplifier
1 x Yamaha MTX3 and DCP wall panels for control
16 x Apart Audio MASK4CT
2 x Outline Eidos 108 subwoofers
1 x Powersoft Quattrocanali Amplifier
2 x RCF 4PRO monitors
1 x Allen & Heath QU-PAC digital Mixer
8 x Chauvet BTair Q12 parcans
2 x Chauvet BTair T3 battens
2 x Samsung NU7400 4K TVs
1 x NEC P554U projector
1 x Wyrestorm MX0404 distribution