Faith In Strangers — Info

Prenote: — Dear Arts Coun­cil — I missed out the extra info link attach­ment in the grant sub­mis­sion but you can see it Here thanks.

About Faith In Strangers

Faith In Strangers is a 300 capac­i­ty com­bined arts venue with a focus on music but a strong inter­est in every­thing else. Cen­tered around our cus­tom-built sound sys­tem Posei­don’.

An open plan space with scenes across Mar­gate’s kalei­do­scop­ic skies and sea, sun­sets are a promi­nent fea­ture of the venue util­is­ing the far-reach­ing views of the hori­zon. Inside lies soft fur­nish­ings aplen­ty cre­at­ing a house par­ty feel, which is cleared to the sides when the crowds are bigger.


Artis­tic Vision & Music Policy

Our ambi­tion is to cul­ti­vate an audi­ence that encour­ages and sup­ports artists, band, per­form­ers & DJ’s, to explore their curiosi­ties, new styles and forms or find inter­est­ing ways to appre­ci­ate her­itage and old influ­ences. Our music pol­i­cy is formed by, but not restrict­ed to, a pas­sion for elec­tron­ic music, dis­co, rar­i­ties, jazz in all it’s forms, psy­che­del­ic, exper­i­men­tal endeav­ours and music from around the world. Explor­ing unheard music and shar­ing it, cre­at­ing an atmop­shere to take the audeince to dif­fer­ent places.

Faith In Strangers is about the trust between peo­ple that cre­ates moments of uni­ty; Com­mon ground for uncom­mon expe­ri­ences. We give artists the room to exper­i­ment and shape these moments. We are not inter­est­ed in gener­ic, crowd pleasers’ and music you could hear at any bar across the UK

So far we’ve had a diverse range of selec­tors, DJ’s and live elec­tron­ic acts as we gear up to launch the live music stage. Some artists we’ve had play below.


  • Capacity: 300

  • Operating Hours: 18:00 - 02:30

  • Serving: Cocktails, wines, rare spirits, pints, low ABV and more

  • Poseidon Sound System & Multichannel Sound

  • Broadcast Venue

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The venue is cen­tered around our bespoke Posei­don’ sound sys­tem. It also hosts a unique mul­ti­chan­nel array set up of Funk­tion One speak­ers with Full Fat Audio amps. 20 speak­ers placed around the venue cre­ates the oppor­tu­ni­ty to make spa­tial sound scapes along with sep­a­rate indi­vid­ual out­puts, evok­ing a sense of the­atre that immers­es the audi­ence from enter­ing the build­ing. They are also used as fillers to cre­ate a bal­anced sound.

Margate Electronics
Margate Electronics

We have also designed and built our own bespoke light­ing sys­tem that sur­rounds the perime­ter of the venue with sin­gle-pix­el address­able LEDS. These have been designed to be more atmos­pher­ic rather than intru­sive, offer­ing reac­tive mood light­ing. We want the light­ing to com­pli­ment the music and add anoth­er dimen­sion, not over­pow­er and over­stage the audio.

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Poseidon Speakers
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Speakers & Amps

For more infomation on our custom built sound system go here.

Our venue has also been designed for multichannel audio processing. We have over 20 individual speakers placed around the venue that we can send audio individually to. Creating sound scapes but also seperate environmental control. There is an ongoing pursuit of creating better sound within the venue, refining our room acoustics and further tuning of our sound system.

  • Custom built Poseidon Sound System - 18" 18 Sounds Subs, 2 x 2 15" 18 Sounds, B&C compression drivers, horn led.
  • Linear Research 48 Series M20
  • Funktion One F81 x 14 (perimeter of mainspace)
  • Funktion One F118 subs x 2
  • Funktion One F55 x 1 (Stairs)
  • Funktion One F55 x 1 (Toilets)
  • Full Fat Audio with DSP x 4
  • Performance Monitors x 4
  • M-audio x 2 (Infinity Hallway)
  • Akai X 2 (Lobby)
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Our control system lies tidied away behind the scenes with control sent to the broadcast suite. We can set up monitoring from Ipad tablets. We are also able to multitrack the recordings.

  • Allen & Heath SQ6 (stage) (Dante Master out)
  • Allen & Heath SQ5 (house/art) (with dante expansion)
  • Allen & Heath Expansion I/O (For multichannel Audio)
  • Allen & Heath Slink DT168 (16 in 8 Out - XLR) (Stage Box)
  • Allen & Heath AR 84 (8 in 4 out XLR) DJ Box
  • Dante AVIO output and input units - XLR to Ethernet.
  • Dante sound controller and virtual sound card licenses.
  • Monitoring Tablet for SQ5 Control
Sound Mastering


  • Allen and Heath Xone 96
  • Pioneer DJM 900NXS
  • Isonoe ISO420 Mixer (Please note we don't have our Isonoe yet, awaiting delivery)
  • Technics SL-1210 MK7 x 2
  • Audio Technica Cartridges - XP7
  • Pioneer CDJ-2000 NXS2 x 2
  • Audio Technica Weights
  • Audio Technica ATH-PRO7x Headphones
  • V-Moda Headphones x 2


  • We'll be developing a cross between broadcasting wireless mic systems and studio grade condensors for live and studio production.
  • Neuman TLM 103
  • Audio Technica ATM25 x 4
  • Audio Technica ATM33a
  • Audio Technica AT8532 x 2
  • Shure SM58 x 3
  • Stands - Short/Tall/Podcast
  • Shure Wireless Receiver (coming soon)
  • Wireless ShureSM58 (coming soon)
  • Shure wireless Body Mics (coming soon)

Video / Projection

  • Projector 1 HD (Main East)
  • Projector 2 HD(Main West) (coming soon)
  • Projector 3 HD (Lobby)
  • Projector 4 (Digital signage hallway)
  • Oculus Rift S
  • Green Screen (Virtual Production)
Margate Electronics


Our venue has been designed in detail to create a unique atmosphere with our own custom built lighting set up. All the lighting can sync to audio and other data sources.

  • Bespoke 177 Addressable Pixel Wall Lights x 11 surrounding the perimeter of the main space.
  • Bespoke 12 Steps Address Pixel Light Tunnel
  • Spotlight DMX controlled (coming soon)
  • 2 x Photogrpahy Lighting (tall)
  • 2 x Photogrpahy Lighting (short)
  • Addressable bar lighting control
  • Toilet cubicles and main lighting control, custom jukebox control.
  • Resolume / Ableton
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Control & Broadcast

Our recording, broadcasting and editing facilities will grow over time. Our aim is to develop an experimental approach to blending the informal, the voyeuristic and the live studio approaches to video format.

  • Sony AS7II (4k)
  • Sigma 24-70mm
  • Sigma 50mm Prime
  • Birddog 4K PTZ camera
  • Logictech Briostream (4k)
  • Roland VR 50HD II
  • Tripods x 2
  • Multiple displays
  • Remote Tablet Control
  • 32:9 Radio ultrawide HDR Screen,
  • Broadcast Machine - AMD 5950 CPU,128 GB Ram, NVidea RTX3090 Super, HDs, Blackmagic Video Capture Card 4k
  • Events & Arts Machine- Content and control over art installations, projection, lighting. Nvidea RTX 2070 Super
  • Ableton
  • Adode Creative suite

Misc & Building

  • Bioadaptive architectural lighting (circadian lighting)
  • Osram Spot lighting for highlighting
  • Panasonic Air Conditioning x 7
  • Remote Door Entry
  • 20 x CCTV
  • Building Control Machine / Linux Server - Nvidia GTX 1650, i9 8960HK 6 Cores, 16GB DDR4 - automation and data server, controlled with remote tablet app.
  • Power - 3phase / 32Amp sockets
  • Internet - Leased Line 100mbps up/down
  • Remote Door Entry


  • Hearing Loop (coming soon)
  • Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.