L-Acoustics collaborates with Manchester’s New Sexy Fish

Manchester’s Spinningfields vibrant district is home to the city’s most popular museums, bars, restaurants, and shops. This cultural centre recently welcomed a new dining destination with the opening of Sexy Fish, a name already synonymous with culinary glamour in London and Miami. The restaurant comprises a main dining room, a late-night bar and a semi-private dining space known as ‘The Tropical Reef Room’, which can accommodate 30 guests. Sexy Fish Manchester features sculptures by Damien Hirst, fish-shaped lamps designed by Frank Gehry and a pink onyx bar, where guests can enjoy a comprehensive selection of champagne. Its liveliness is mirrored by its line-up of events, including the dinner parties where the restaurant becomes a world-class entertainment venue, hosting a range of international performers and DJs. 

Owned by British entrepreneur Richard Caring of Caprice Holdings, Sexy Fish has long been a fixture in the global high-end dining scene. With restaurants in London and Miami and now Manchester. 

Spearheaded by Danny Kissane – Group Technical Manager at The Birley Clubs, the collaboration between Sexy Fish and L-Acoustics was a natural progression facilitated by L-Acoustics Certified Provider Integrator Marquee AV. The Shepperton-based AV company already had a solid foundation of collaborations with Caprice Holdings, including L-Acoustics installations at Greek-inspired restaurant Bacchanalia. 

Considering the L-shaped venue, with its seven-metre-high ceilings, the luxurious materials such as the Verde Esmerelda stone floor and a series of bespoke glass columns created by master Venetian glassmakers on the island of Murano, it was essential to design a sound system capable of providing comprehensive but targeted coverage in the highly reflective space. 

The Marquee AV team used L-Acoustics 3D audio mapping software Soundvision to navigate the complexities of the venue’s acoustics and find strategic positions from which the speakers would provide comprehensive coverage, particularly in the bar area where placement options were limited. 

“Our goal was to keep acoustic energy lower down in the venue to minimise reflections, and L-Acoustics was the ideal choice for delivering a premium sound experience in the unique and reflective space that is Sexy Fish,” says Stacey Tough, Project Director at Marquee AV.

Marquee AV selected a mix of L-Acoustics A Series and X Series. The space features fifteen L-Acoustics A10i Wide loudspeakers with Panflex for adjustable horizontal dispersion with 10 compact X8 coaxial speakers for clear and powerful sound dotted throughout. The low-end extension is provided by seven L-Acoustics SB10i subwoofers, two SB15M subwoofers, and two KS21i subwoofers. One LA12X, three LA4X, and two LA2Xi amplified controllers power the entire system.

“The L-Acoustics sound system played a pivotal role in enhancing the variety of dinner events and parties hosted, contributing to the enveloping audio experience that complements the visual and culinary delights of Sexy Fish. We chose L-Acoustics because of their reputation for exceptional soundscapes in high-end hospitality spaces and their products’ unmatched versatility. The result is a seamless integration of the L-Acoustics sound system, delivering impeccable sound quality. While the venue is still in its early stages, initial feedback from the launch party and subsequent events has been overwhelmingly positive, signalling the success of the L-Acoustics installation,” concludes Tough.

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