Blow Up Club gets MIDAS touch The 175-capacity Blow Up Metro club
in central London has upgraded its house sound system, investing in a 32-channel
Midas Verona audio mixing console supplied by Shuttlesound. Voted Time Out's Venue
of the Year in 2003, the Metro is one of the capital's most central live music locations.
Since 2001, shows have Included Yeah Yeah Yeahs' headline debut UK gig. The Kills,
Kings Of Leon and the Scissor Sisters. With live music six nights a week, and up
to four bands a night, the Metro's sound system is heavily used and currently features
an ASS system leased from Tarsin Entertainment. The purchase of the Verona marks
owners Paul Tunkin and Alan Campbell's first equipment investment. "Our choice was
largely dictated by the club's need for fast turnarounds," says Tunkin. "With so
many visiting engineers, it was vital that the console was well-known and economically
user-friendly." One of two house engineers, , Alex Bonifacio is delighted with the
new purchase: "The quality of sound is unbelievable, and even someone who doesn't
have a huge amount of experience can always make it work because of its simple layout."