w Inspired Audio - Ashover, Derbyshire Ale Festival


The inaugural Music Ale festival, which took place over the August bank holiday weekend, based on the show ground in the beautiful Peaks village of Ashover, combined a blend of local talent playing on a day time open acoustic stage, with more upbeat Rhythm and Blues and cover bands in the evening sessions. Twenty five local brewed ales also played their part!

Charged with supplying sound and light for the event's main marquee, local production company, Beefstock turned to Inspired Audio for an acoustic solution. With an expanding portfolio of summer festivals turning to Beefstock's James Singleton to cover production the opportunity to try Inspired's new Optima Array, even in a modest ground stack application was appealing. With initial sales of the system confined to Asia and the Middle East it was also a great opportunity for local resident and Inspired Founder, Chris Scott, to have a more relaxed opportunity to play with his new baby!

The system used was, three Optima 8 per side, ground stacked on two B215 and one SB218. The system was run on beta test versions of the company's eFlex Q5 system amp. Commented James,

'It was incredible, it rigged in fifteen minutes, took a further five to EQ and that was it! Even vocal clarity throughout the marquee, tight and detailed bottom end and perfect linearity regardless of drive level, I just want to use a big drop of it now!'

Pushed for an explanation of that company name, Chris Scott smiles and explained,

'it's named after the view from the top of that hill, pure inspiration!'