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Legendary music venue ‘Universal’ gets resurrected with PROLIGHTS

Universal Hotels, a Sydney based hospitality group, picked up Darlinghurst’s legendary gay venue Midnight Shift and have relaunched it as Universal, a re-branded music venue and LGBTIQA+ safe place. Owner Jim Kospetas, who is very tech savvy, contacted Show Technology with a brief that is music to the ear: lots and lots of fixtures! He wanted masses of beams and good sight lines throughout the venue. Tim Macfie of TDM Productions was chosen to design the lighting system. Tim was keen to create lines of symmetry in the room whilst keeping the three circular trusses that the Midnight Shift was known for. Hence the initial refurb saw the entire roof stripped out and a brand new mother grid installed.

The truss circles were relocated within the venue and a new stage truss established. At either end of the room are four PROLIGHTS STARKBAR1000 powerful and zoomable LED moving battens which can be used as a light curtain, CYC light or wash light. Each of the LED pixels are individually controllable for a host of impressive effects. Four PROLIGHTS AIR6PIX LED moving battens are located on four dropper bars either side of the DJ to frame LED screen with Tim saying they provide nice geometric elements. Again, each of the LED pixels are individually controllable, and both sides pivot to create classic ACL looks. With infinite rotation of both pan and tilt, they certainly add a wow factor to the lighting rig. It was quite a journey to bring the sparkle, colour and glamour back to this iconic venue and Show Technology has enjoyed the project. “The support from Show Technology has been incredible,” commented Tim. “Gareth is fantastic to work with and has given me great support.

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