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The Bunker

Going Underground

One of Manchester’s most famous clubs is taking things ‘underground’, with the addition of a new room, dedicated to the indie faithful.   Fifth Avenue nightclub is bringing even more of the eclectic indie anthems that party-goers and uni students have come to expect, with an added dose of pop, hip hop and ‘rock ‘n’…
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Manchester House

Towering Ambition

From outside, the unassuming office block at 12 Spinningfields could belong to a legal practice or insurance company.   But step inside and what you’ll find Tower 12 is home to a Living Ventures double bill that is anything but ordinary.   Headed by former TV Masterchef Aiden Byrne, Manchester House is a restaurant with…
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Style Matters

Stylish Sounds

Imagine having a Blacka-powered sound system and home cinema in your own living room.   We’ve teamed up with bespoke furniture company Style Matters to make it easier than ever.   Set in the heart of Pickmere, Cheshire, Style Matters’ showroom is the go-to place for hotels, restaurants, bars and gastro-pubs to get kitted out…
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Bar

Blacka’s Baa Bar Challenge

A great bar is just like a good cocktail – every ingredient has to be just right if you don’t want a Manhattan into a Man-flatten.   Similarly, a typical bar owner has much more to think about than simply serving punters with drink. High on the list is creating the right atmosphere.  Miss out…
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Grand Pacific Bar Manchester

A Grand New Venture

Living Ventures’ latest offering brings a taste of the tropics to Spinningfields.   Grand Pacific   Billed as a spin-off venue from the hugely successful Australasia, Grand Pacific offers some of the sushi and light bites which have helped the former cement its reputation as one of Manchester’s best new eateries.   Where Australasia’s underground…
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Artisan

Art Of Fine Dining

Blacka Installations is incredibly proud to be involved with a project which is set to bring a slice of the good life to Spinningfields. Living Ventures, the team which brought Australasia, the Alchemist and The Oast House to Spinningfields, as well as being the name behind some of Manchester’s best bars and restaurants is to…
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Cocktail

The Blacka Guide to Manchester

Manchester has some of the best nightlife in the UK. We know, because we’ve worked at some of the best venues in the city where people are mad about music.   Mancunians won’t settle for any old soundtrack to a night out and certainly won’t put up with clubs pedalling distorted music through creaky old…
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Long Bar

Long Bar, Spinningfields

  The latest planned addition to Spinningfields’ burgeoning social scene will mix high art with the high life.   Set to open its doors later in June, Long Bar is yet another stunning design by architectural imaginer Paul Danson.   However, Long Bar couldn’t be further contrasted from Danson’s last project at Spinningfields, the Oast…
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Shopping

Shop ’till the Beat Drops

Great music is one of the elements which can send a good bar right to the top of a list of favourites and there are few things more exciting than seeing hundreds of people dancing in unison to the immense sound blasting from one of our sound installations.   In the retail environment, the Blacka…
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DJ

Ten Tunes To Test Sound Systems

When a sound installation is finally complete, it’s time to hear what the system can do. Sound engineers test dynamic range with high-fidelity recordings of low to high frequency sweeps, rising from bone shuddering sub bass to ear-piercing highs. But the fun really begins when testing the setup with music and every technician has their favourite…
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Reverse angle

Taking Music To Warp Speed

Blacka Installations and Smithson Martin team up to bring revolutionary sound control to Manchester   At Manchester’s Australasia bar and restaurant we were the first ever UK installers of a piece of equipment special enough to warrant its very own blog.   The Smithson Martin Emulator caused something of a stir at Europe’s biggest DJ…
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Bar

Spinningfields’ Long Awaited Arrival

The latest addition to the vibrant Spinningfields scene opened its doors this weekend – and what spectacular doors!   The brainchild of architectural imaginer Paul Danson, Long Bar is a spectacular ‘pop-up’ hang out which will add to Spinningfield’s already rich social and architectural diversity.   Taking its inspiration from public art, sculpture and industrial…
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