NEXO STM system installed in re-built La Belle Angele club16 March 2015
NEXO’s M28, a new addition to the STM modular line array series, has been installed in ‘La Belle Angele’ nightclub in Edinburgh. The club was destroyed in 2002 by a fire in the Cowgate area of the city, but has been rebuilt by the club’s owner Hafid Mahboubi. The installation is STM’s first permanent setup in the UK and was handled by Underground Solushn.
“After 13 years it was a great feeling to be able to return to the venue we built and bring it back to life,” said George Macdonald, who worked as club promoter, resident DJ and technician at the club until the fire. “I was lucky enough to be trained on the original NEXO system, and I have many fond memories of what we achieved with it. I ended up taking co-ownership of that system with the original manager, Martin Coull, and when we both came back to work on the new venue we felt drawn back to NEXO to continue what we started back in 1992.”
Macdonald returned to the venue as technical manager after 12 years running Underground Solushn Records, a long-established music and audio equipment emporium in central Edinburgh. “I was in a perfect position to spec and supply a new sound system for the new club,” he said. “Working with Leisuretec and NEXO UK, we designed a live music and club setup around NEXO’s GEO S range. However when the M28 became available just before we reopened, we took the leap to NEXO STM and couldn’t be happier with the result.”
The main system installed in the 600-capacity room consists of two M28 mains and one B112 bass module per side, plus two STM118 subs and a further two LS18 sub bass cabinets at the front of the stage.
“We’ve had great success with all types of club music and live shows here since we opened,” continued Macdonald. “The acoustics of this brand new, custom built space have come alive in a special way because of the exceptional clarity and power of our STM system.”