Two new Soundcraft Si Impact digital consoles and an elaborate BSS Soundweb network have been specified and installed by Middlesex Sound & Light (MSL) at the new 650-capacity Blues Kitchen Brixton.

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This is the third Blues Kitchen to be opened by the Columbo Group, following Camden and Shoreditch, but has been upspecced to take into account the higher calibre of bands that it expects to host. Brixton is also the first of the venues to feature live music on two floors.

MSL project director Darren Olivier recommended the Soundcraft Si Impacts for FOH duty on both the ground and first floors. He confirmed that the spec had been carefully discussed and agreed with Columbo Group creative director, Liam Hart, and the resident sound engineer.

“The new Si Impacts were specified to create uniformity on each floor and streamline operation by the house engineers. It also reduces the requirement for outboard kit which takes up valuable space,” confirmed Olivier. “At previous sites we have always specified Soundcraft GB24 analogue desks — and while these have always been great, we felt the time was right to go digital.”