Located underneath London’s Stamford Bridge Stadium, Under the Bridge (UTB) is a purpose built, plug and play, multifunctional space with a 550 persons capacity that caters to both public and private events. The venue boasts state-of-the-art sound and lighting - perfect for gigs, press calls, showcases, fashion shoots, live broadcasts, after-parties, comedy nights, corporate events and much more.
After successfully working with SFL on several events, UTB approached SFL to demonstrate and design a new sound system. SFL’s Andy Felix, Sales Engineer, worked with Liam Hoy, Technical Manager at UTB, to establish the most appropriate solution.
Following a site visit and several discussions, the overriding issues were identified. According to Hoy, “The in-house system was certainly starting to show its age and six 18-inch dual driver subs located under the stage resulted in artists frequently struggling with the clarity of their on-stage monitoring. It was just a case of having sound absolutely everywhere. It didn’t sound bad, but it didn’t have any real clarity.”
Hoy adds, “As a venue linked to a world famous brand, the reality was that unfortunately at times the standard of quality fell short of the understandably high expectations.”
Under the Bridge chose d&b as their preferred loudspeaker manufacturer. “The brand has a world class reputation for quality and reliability and is consequently very rider friendly,” explains Hoy. “The solution ensures an optimal and professional experience for both artists and audience.”
The install combines V-Series line arrays and point sources, as well as Y-Series point sources as fills. Monitoring is provided by several M4s. B6-SUBs and flown V-SUBs round out the performance of the system, while amplification is provided by 10D, 30D, and d&b’s new and extremely energy efficient 40D.
Due to a significant reduction in the number of speakers required, as well as d&b loudspeakers being noticeably smaller in size, the physical impact of the system is clear.