House of Vans London, the 3,000sqm (32,292sqft) “music, art and skate space” under Waterloo station which opened on 7 August, features an L-Acoustics line array installation in its skate areas and live gig tunnel.
Describing itself as “the latest addition to London’s creative playground,” Vans says the new venue, which occupies the site of the former Old Vic Tunnels, “represents the eclectic diversity of London and the cultures that have embraced Vans from its humble beginnings through five decades”.
House of Vans London’s L-Acoustics ARCS system was specified by West Sussex-based Zero Degrees Events. Explaining the company’s choice of ARCS, Zero Degrees’ Neil Cranston tells PSNEurope: “The point source throw suits the space, and the angles of coverage greatly reduce bounce when compared to a line array box with a wider spread. Durability and longevity – as well as economics – made this system the choice, and it works brilliantly in the space.”
He continues: “We decided to purchase refurbished boxes […] for the permanent install in these areas, with a system in each of the skate tunnels and a small hang centrally in the gig tunnel. This works for playback but also acts as a delay system when we add a hired-in rig for the one-off events, [delivering] what we feel to be the best of all worlds.
“Desks and mics are down to requirement – sometimes a big old analogue with loads of outboard is the go, other times a [Yamaha] LS9 at side of stage will suffice for a DJ setup. Again, monitoring is spec’d on a show-by-show basis – this way we deliver a bespoke solution to suit the bill.”
House of Vans London opened to the general public on 9 August, but launched on the evening of the 7th with performances from Public Enemy (fresh from their gig the previous night at Metropolis), Dinosaur Jr and Roots Manuva.