Festival Sound and Lighting

It’s been a busy few months after a two successful festivals, Chorlton Arts Festival (in Chorlton, South Manchester) and The Barnaby Festival (in Macclesfield)

Due to the size of St Michaels church in Macclesfield we needed to deploy delay speakers down each wing of the church to ensure audience coverage. Lighting was minimal at Barnaby festival where at Chorlton Arts we could use more dynamic lighting and effects.

If you need sound, lighting and production services for your local festival, please contact us.

Here are a few pictures from the two above events.

Chorlton Arts Festival

Chorlton Arts Festival vibe


Chorlton Arts Festival

Chorlton Arts Festival


PINS at Chorlton Arts Festival

PINS at Chorlton Arts Festival


John Bramwell at Barnaby Festival

John Bramwell at Barnaby Festival


Brian Cox and Tim O'Brien at Barnaby Festival

Brian Cox and Tim O’Brien at Barnaby Festival


Pre gig at the Barnaby Festival, featuring the NOVA acoustics VS8 delay speakers

Pre gig at the Barnaby Festival, featuring the NOVA acoustics VS8 delay speakers

Mary and Archie, Chorlton – Sound System

Sound system for the new Mary and Archie bar in Chorlton

mary and archie sound system

The popular Mary and Archie café – bar,  based on Burton Road Didsbury is to expand it’s business into a second venue in Chorlton, located on Manchester Road (opposite the old leisure centre).

Elli and Tom contacted us to provide a new sound system, to be designed for playing background music and to be used for DJ playback.

The installation will comprise of six Apart Mask 6 speakers with an Apart Revamp 2600 (running at 2 x 600 watts RMS into 4 ohms) with an Apart PM7400 MKII two zone mixer, a remote connection point for a DJ will be provided.

Plans for a future powered sub woofer are in the pipeline.

The new café – bar is due to open on Friday 19th February 2016, we wish Elli and Tom all the best with their new venue.

More pictures up here soon.

Matt Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra at Hallé St Peters

Matt Halsall Halle St Peters lighting by Hollowsphere

Band on the Wall and MGS productions called on our services to provide lighting for the Matt Halsall and the Gondawa Orchestra gig at Hallé St Peters.

We rose to the challenge and installed six ledj mini pix four bars to the rear of stage with eight ledj 9q8s to light front of house.

Adrian Ball controlled the rig during the event via an Avolites Pearl Tiger control surface.

The night was a full house and a memorable event in such a beautiful performance space.

Secret club lighting – Manchester

New lighting for a secret club in Manchester


Continuing the fascination with the Manchester warehouse club scene, the owners of the new secret club ( in North Manchester) & Sixthsound gave us a blank canvas to play with.



To bring life in the old tyre warehouse we fitted four small Ledj3hex12 pars to the columns, four Ledj 9Q8 RGBWpars over the dj booth with two Equinox Lightning Cracker 2 strobes and two Acme 25 watt dynamic scans. To enrich the atmosphere we supplied then with a huge QTX FH1500 haze machine. The DJ’s have full control of the led lights via a Transcencion LED Master 64 desk and the Equinox strobe controller at the dj table.

Given the relatively low cost of the installation, the results look excellent, plus as all the lighting gear is LED based, it has low power consumption and no lamps to replace.

The owners, DJ’s and punters are very pleased with the finished product.

The sound system comprises of a beefy Sixthsound 6 x TRS218 subs with 4 x TRS212 tops powered by MC2 E- series amplification, there is some “REAL” bass weight in there !!!


I do like the way that the owners of this club just get on with the job in hand, they are not big on social media yet these well packed events are kicking off.

For more information call Hollowsphere AV on 0161 636 7547

Hmm… now then, I think a mirrorball in the centre will go down nicely.




New sound system for Pod in Levenshulme

New sound system in The Buttery at Pod – Manchester

The new owners of Pod contacted us to purchase a new background music system, with the capability to use it with a DJ during the evenings.

We agreed on the installation of 4 x Apart Mask 6 wall speakers in white, an Apart Sub165A and an Apart Concept 1 amplifier, sounds great with a happy customer.




Hollowsphere AV YouTube video – Projector Basics

Projector Basics Video from Hollowsphere

We’ve made and uploaded a video for you to YouTube as a guide to the “Projector Basics”. It covers projector mounting, keystone adjustment and positioning, ideal for newcomers to projector selection etc. More videos up here soon.

Volta, Didsbury – background music system


As part of their expansion plans, VOLTA called on us to install a background music system in their newly refurbished upstairs room.

The owners who also own ELEKTRIK bar in Chorlton like to do this different, this is the same when it comes to their audio installations.

Keeping the retro feel in the front room, we installed the owner provided Mordaunt Short “Paegent” hifi speakers and to blend in the smaller room we opted for a pair of Apart Mask 4’s.

The whole system is powered by an Apart Concept 1 two zone amplifier with remote, volume levels are limited to protect the installation and to avoid any potential noise complaints.

Future plans are to distribute the audio from downstairs across two floors.

More details about VOLTA here.