The Be Inspired Stage hosted celebrities and notable athletes across the three-day exhibition.
UK - Event Production Services, based in Drayton St. Leonard, Oxfordshire, provided extensive sound reinforcement systems across the NEC for the recent Arnold Sports Festival event.
After a successful first year in 2021 providing audio for the Powerlifting stage, ASF technical production manager Dave Weeks asked EPS to return in a larger capacity, providing sound systems for three major stages and numerous smaller spaces around the venue, including the Bodybuilding Stage, the Powerlifting Stage, and the Be Inspired Stage, which hosted celebrities and notable athletes across the three-day exhibition.
Pulling from their large inventory of Nexo speakers, EPS specified the Geo M12 series for main FOH PA systems, with ID24s as stage lip-fills and out-fills, and P12 for stage monitors.
In total EPS provided 26 Geo M12, eight Geo MSUB18, 14 P12 and 12 ID24, powered by Nexo NXAMP4x4mkII.
Dave Weeks comments, “Having used Nexo extensively for theatre, I knew their clarity would be perfect for the inspirational speakers we had appearing at Arnold Sports Festival. I had also worked with Rob and the EPS team for many years and knew they would have the experience, level-headed nature, and flexibility to deal with a very dynamic show in a tricky environment. I was not disappointed – the audio across all their stages was crystal clear, with guests being looked after impeccably."
EPS managing director, Robert Nisbet adds, “Returning to ASF on a larger scale is a great compliment. Working with Dave is always easy – he knows what needs to be achieved and takes time to understand the capabilities of the equipment. Anyone who knows EPS will appreciate our deployment of Nexo’s speakers – and we’re very fortunate to be able to take advantage of their engineering support.”
The systems at ASF were designed and deployed using Nexo’s NS-1 software to provide consistent coverage across the audience and suitable sound levels to ensure the celebrity guests could be heard over a very loud exhibition. Nexo’s UK sales manager, Rich Soper, joined the team for the build day.
In addition to the Nexo PA systems, EPS utilised its stock of Yamaha QL-series mixing desks and Sennheiser ew-series radio mics.
EPS’ team for ASF comprised Robert Nisbet, Dan Parry, Coner Stace and Guilherme Ferreira.

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