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MJ Event Gear sets up stage in Johannesburg

MJ Event Gear sets up stage in Johannesburg

MJ Event Gear sets up stage in Johannesburg

South Africa:

An outdoor concert space has been created by MJ Event Gear at The Local Bar Kitchen in Kyalami. The space will enable music fans desperately missing live events to enjoy music in a space that strictly adheres to the country’s Covid-19 safety regulations. Furthermore, the company has set up a venue incorporating audio and lighting at the Bryanston Country Club to facilitate year-end events and corporate occasions.

The Local Bar Kitchen has JOC approval and has been given the green light by the SAPS and the fire marshal to open. The venue has various seating options available and includes paramedics onsite in case of an emergency, while all tables and chairs are sprayed and sanitised by Gary Love and the Viral Shield team. Patrons entering the venue will walk through a humidifier tunnel and endure the usual hand sanitisation in addition to a temperature check, while face masks are sold onsite.

The ultimate vision is to open up the venue for corporate events in the week. The weekend will kick off with a DJ playing music on Friday nights, while Saturdays will be reserved for a pop or rock music, and Sundays, a time to unwind with soulful jazz or chilled vibes. Mike Jones, the owner of Johannesburg-based technical supply company MJ Event Gear, explained how the projects came about. “I’ve always wanted to build an outdoor concert venue and it’s something I’ve thought about for the past two or three years,” he commented. “Sven Hansen of 4 Plus 3 Productions and I had been looking at different venues where we could put up a roof on a more permanent basis, and then lockdown happened, and nobody could work.”

When South Africa moved to Level 1 lockdown, Jones approached the Bryanston Country Club. “They allowed me access to build a venue to comfortably handle 250 people,” he recalled. “It’s an indoor area with a small outdoor overflow and is kitted out with lighting and sound. Because we don’t have the usual set up and strike costs, I have been able to offer this solution at a reduced rate. We’ve run a show there already and it was well attended.”

MJ Event Gear built a stage level with the terrace’s concrete slab. With ample space on either side of the stage, Jones created two VVIP areas, each consisting of an 8m x 5m deck, covered with a stretch tent supplied by Gary Coleman from Sahara Tents, and each equipped with comfortable furniture, its own PA system, a private bar and personal barman.

The main stage has been equipped with a lighting rig consisting of 12 Robe LEDWash 600s, 16 Robe LEDBeam 100s, four Phillips Showline SL Nitro 510, 18 Longman battens and 28 LED uplighters and truss toners complemented with a hazer. All of the lighting is running off an Avolites Tiger Touch console. The audio setup consists of a d&b Q-Series system with two side fills for the VIP decks, a front fill and left and right PA. Behind FOH is a speaker delay to cater for the audience under the trees. While MJ Event Gear supplied the monitoring front of house, mics and DIs, Marius Oosthuizen from Music Junkies has catered to the backline elements while Andre Wagener from GPA Elite supplied the generators.

“Seating, besides the VVIP areas, includes 10 pods and various tables and benches set in the grass amongst the trees, each consisting of a table and eight chairs,” Jones continued. “The concrete terrace is the golden circle area and accommodates 90 people, while we also have an additional VIP deck with stretch tent cover for a corporate sponsor with its own bar and barman that can facilitate a further 30 people.”

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