Tom Dixon, Multiplex @ Selfridges

For the 2015 London Design festival Tom Dixon hosted a pop-up department store called MULTIPLEX at Old Selfridges Hotel, which allowed for an immersive and multi-sensory exploration into how the future of retail may one day be. Visitors were able to discover an eclectic mix of services and unique products from many industries as well as broadening their experiences through the hosted events, installations and interventions.

ACE Bros provide one of the latest audio concepts by Flare Audio for Tom Dixon’s Multiplex, an immersive multi-sensory department store concept for the future.

Full Flare Audio PA system hire, Backline hire and event lighting supplied by ACE Bros

Tom Dixon mentioned that “the high streets are fighting a losing battle against the shift to online shopping, while eyewatering rents for prime locations squeeze traditional stores even further. It is time to radically rethink how these spaces can become relevant again in a digitally-defined future”. We agree and it was great to see the Old Selfridges Hotel become a multiplex of retail, entertainment and inspiration. To celebrate the MULTIPLEX showcase and to thank collaborating brands at the VIP after party, Tom Dixon performed with band ROUGH albeit a slighty modified linuep and guest Billie Ray Martin.

ACE Bros supply one of the latest audio concepts by Flare Audio for Tom Dixon’s Multiplex along with Backline Hire and Lighting Hire

Flare Audio X3A fit perfectly with the aesthetic and ethos of MULTIPLEX 

Undoubtly this was another event for our scrap book thanks to the unusual setting featuring a stage that was not short on space blankets and futuristic vibes. The PA system hire package supplied for this occassion featured the Flare Audio X3A, a 3-way full range loudspeaker system. Revolutionary design making use of machined aerospace aluminium plates and producing very high definition audio, the Flare Audio X3A was right at home with the aesthetic and ethos of MULTIPLEX.

ACE Bros supply Event Lighting for Tom Dixon’s Multiplex along with Backline Hire and a Flare Audio system

What the future holds we can’t say for sure, but we predict that mirror balls will always be popular

The complete front of house Flare Audio sound system was powered by LAB.Gruppen PLM amplification and mixed with an Allen & Heath digital mixing console. We also supplied full backline hire for Tom Dixon along with technical crew and the event lighting. What worked well here with the LED lights hired, was the use of varying white light colour temperatures to reflect off the metallic shiny surfaces and of course a majestic mirror ball.

ACE Bros supply one of the latest audio concepts by Flare Audio for Tom Dixon’s Multiplex along with Backline Hire and Lighting Hire

Steph Hannah on lead vocals and keyboard with Tom Dixon on bass guitar

Yet again we had the great pleasure of supporting Tom Dixon on a exciting project in a superb location. Creativity and variety are spice of life for us and so when presented and involved with this interesting concept we were overjoyed. Our thanks to Tom Dixon and company for their continued business, trust in our event equipment hire services and for opportunities to work on such events with fantastic people. Last but not least, to our team who worked with us on this production, a huge thank you for the top class effort and professional delivery.

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For Tom Dixon’s MULTIPLEX at Selfridges we supplied the following equipment hire and event services:

Backline Hire
LED Lighting Hire
SFX Hire
Sound System Hire
Speaker Hire
Power Amp Hire
Digital Mixing Console Hire
Microphone Hire
Technical Crew

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