The beautiful old Cape Dunn auction house in Manchester was to be transformed into a four storey live music venue and bar comprising two bars, a kitchen serving street food, pizza from Pepperoni Playboys, two gig and club spaces and a roof terrace.
Hollowsphere was appointed to provide both the lighting and projection equipment that would be used for live music visuals, film screenings as well as digital signage.
With a 250 capacity, the Pink Room on the first floor is the largest of the gig spaces and needed a bright projector to fill the large projection area. The team chose the powerful WUXGA resolution Optoma WU515ST projector for the venue which has a large zoom range, lens shift, built-in HDBaseT and four-corner geometric adjustment to simplify installation. The team ran video over HDBaseT using SY Electronics’ HDMI to HDBaseT converters.
Adrian Ball, director at Hollowsphere, said: “We needed a super bright projector for the largest gig space and the WU515T fitted perfectly. The inbuilt HDBaseT made installation straightforward.”
They installed the Full HD resolution EH400+ projector in the basement space, which gives a platform to emerging artists, and the short throw Full HD EH200ST on the stairs for digital signage.
Adrian added: “There was very little room on the stairway so we needed the short throw projector to accommodate this lack of projection distance. And the EH400+ is a great cost effective all-rounder for the basement.”
All projectors are fitted with Raspberry Pi boxes to provide scheduled digital signage and can be operated remotely for music visuals on club nights.
YES opened its four-storey sanctuary for musicians and music-lovers in September 2018, with a different vibe on every level. The projectors are used on a regular basis for film events and background visuals for bands and DJs.
Adrian said: “Having so many projectors in one building of this type makes it stand out from other bars and clubs. The imagery is bright and vibrant and really adds to the atmosphere of this venue. The feedback has been excellent and the club has been nominated for City Life best live music venue and bar of 2018.”
Hollowsphere AV, provides a full audio visual design and installation service including background music systems, PA systems, stage and DJ AV and lighting.
+44 (0)161 636 7547
Yes is Manchester's hottest new four storey live music venue and bar.
38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DB
+ 44 (0)161 273 2725
Photos from Architects of Rosslyn gig at YES
Photography: Icarus Wilson- Wright
Lighting: James Dickinson
Design: Studio N