Void Acoustics impresses in Fort Lauderdale
Thursday, 3 February 2022
the-angeles-5The Angeles nightclub is the centrepiece of the three venues
USA - A bold and imaginative example of how to repurpose a neglected building and breathe life back into it could not be more vividly demonstrated than turning a 125-year-old church into a modern restaurant and nightclub.
Few would be so tenacious, but US based hospitality and venue operator David Cardaci not only had the vision, but also the ambition coupled with over 20-years’ experience in the hospitality and leisure sector. And so, in early December 2021, after a project taking well over two and a half years, and in the midst of a global pandemic, The Angeles nightclub and Holly Blue restaurant in Fort Lauderdale Florida USA opened their doors to a capacity audience and high praise from club and restaurant goers, and critics alike.
This is a high-end, high-profile 11,000sq.ft multi-purpose transformation for David and his team at Knallhart Management Group, as well as being a flagship installation for Void Acoustics.
Void Acoustics has provided the audio systems throughout the three spaces in the venue - serving the distinct and individual requirements of the restaurant Holly, the VIP Marvin’s Room and the main space, nightclub The Angeles which boasts a fully-fledged custom Void Incubus system.
As an integrator, David is known for his large scale and imaginative projects which in the past have included Florida venues Rhythm & Vine, The Wilder and Roxanne’s Liquor Bar & Kitchen, and when the opportunity came along to take a long-term lease on the abandoned First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Flagler Village, Fort Lauderdale, the prospect was too great a challenge for him to turn down.
David’s vision incorporated his respect for the historical building and its original features, in particular the beautiful stained-glass windows which are a distinctive element of The Angeles nightclub. Whilst he was restricted on maintaining the exterior of the building as it was, he had carte-blanche for the interior of the building. And armed with this blank canvas, he set about delivering a high-end install featuring the very best audio, lighting, and AV available.
“Fort Lauderdale’s first ever high-energy nightclub needed a high-energy high-end audio system,” says David. “We took over the venue in early 2019 since then we have brought our vision to life, designing and
installing a high-spec venue to do justice to the space it occupies. The pandemic actually hasn’t really impacted us - what has taken so long has been the attention to detail for the venue to deliver the high-quality finish you see in the venue today.”
The Angeles nightclub is the centrepiece of the three venues covering approximately 6,000sq.ft capacity 650-700 people and combining two floors with a main floor and the VIP mezzanine aptly named The Confessional. It is within this two-floor club space where club-goers will experience the Void Acoustics’ flagship Incubus system. This asystem encapsulates the design philosophy running through all Void products of extraordinary design aesthetics coupled with unparalleled sound quality.
“We had to have this system,” explains David. “In all honesty, I am a bit of an audio-geek, and in many ways because I knew the Incubus was what I wanted, we had to design the club around the audio system.”
At the base of the Incubus are the Incubus Subs with hybrid horns covering the sub bass octaves and covering 20 Hz to 65 Hz. Sitting on top of the Incubus Subs are Hyperfold Subs - optimising the punchy fast bass octaves. At the top are the Incubus Top - the Air Arrays covering mid-bass, mid-range and high-frequency, all of which are custom painted in a graphite grey.
Additional fill in The Angeles is supplied by the Stasys 118, Venu 115 V2 and Venu 215 V2 subwoofers, as well as carefully positioned Air Motion speakers with their iconic styling and incredible performance capabilities to ensure full audio coverage throughout the room. As is possible with Void Acoustics products, the system components were all custom coloured along with the Incubus to complement the overall venue design and colour palette.
Ensuring the DJ experiences the audio quality of the Void system as well as the club-goers, monitoring is handled by two Air Vantages paired with barewood Venu 215 subwoofers and the overall system of The Angeles is supported by the powerful Bias Q5 amplifiers alongside the Bias Q2 amplifier.
The main restaurant ‘Holly Blue’ has indoor and outdoor veranda space and can accommodate 220 covers. It has been elegantly designed to offer stylish dining and cocktail areas. The Void installation was intended to be minimalist but effective. Using the weather protected IP-55 rated Cyclone 8 and Cyclone Bass meant the audio design could be replicated on the outside veranda as well as inside, providing seamless sound and design throughout the restaurant. Supported by Indigo 6S, Indigo 6 Pro and Indigo Subs alongside Cirrus 6.1 ceiling speakers, Holly Blue’s audio system was integrated with the Bias Q1 energy-saving and low carbon footprint amplifier.

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