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City Spotlight: Cardiff

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With Cardiff being the home to one of our most prolific artists it holds a special place in our heart. Since High Contrast’s first album ‘True Colours’ dropped back in 2002, Wales has really become a hot spot for drum & bass, with the scene going from strength to strength. This has led to some seriously talented producers coming out of the woodwork like Med School’s Lung, Undersound and Sub:Stance.

We’ve been visiting Cardiff since 2003, and  We’re heading to the newly opened Tramshed, a century-old, Grade II-listed building in Grangetown that used to be an old tram depot. The venue has already seen Friction, Hype and Goldie take to the decks since its opening in 2015, and has become a hub for all things music and arts. We can’t wait to bring down the Hospital gang, with an amazing line-up of High Contrast, Camo & Krooked, Fred V & Grafix, S.P.Y, Danny Byrd and Krakota.

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Our last few parties were held at Cardiff University’s Student Union, The Great Hall. Acting as a space for freshers fairs, exhibitions and even lectures by day, then by night it became a nifty little venue for Hospitality to come and inflict some bass-filled chaos! We’ve put on some unforgettable shows here, including High Contrast’s ‘The Agony & The Ecstasy’ album launch back in 2012.

Despite High Contrast and Lung highlighting Cardiff in the D+B sphere, the club culture wouldn’t be the same without Aperture serving the city a high-quality dosage of some of the best artists in the scene. Pioneered by Dave Shaw back in 2005, Aperture was born to create regular nights where you could hear good music for a good price and support new artists in the industry – a win-win all round. Shaw was also the guy responsible for first bringing Hospitality to the Welsh capital! Aperture has become the name behind 90% of Cardiff’s drum & bass community, bringing Ivy Lab, Hugh Hardie, Calibre, Alix Perez, Logistics, Rockwell, Critical Sound and many more to the city last year alone! It has taken over all of the best clubs in Cardiff on numerous occasions to deliver a night of pure D+B sounds, including Clwb ifor Bach and Buffalo.

In recent years, many other promoters and drum & bass nights have begun to flourish, catering to all ends of the D+B spectrum. Temple is responsible for the dark/neurofunk elements of the genre, putting on events every month at Undertone. So far they’ve had Joe Ford (Shogun Audio), Mikal (Metalheadz), Halogenix, Marcus Intalex, A.M.C and more! Alongside Temple is Circle Eight, a nu skool jungle night that has seen Nicky Blackmarket, Voltage and MC Eksman walk through the doors.

Although High Contrast will always be a name that strongly resonates in the Cardiff D+B scene, Undersound and Sub:Stance are also very talented producers to have come out of the capital. Undersound has been DJing since 2007, having had an extensive, prodigious background in music. He is the Jack of all instruments and master of all, being able to play guitar, piano, cello, flute, trumpet and the French horn. Due to his multi-instrumental talents, he contributed to High Contrast’s ‘Tough Guys Don’t Dance’ album and has over 60 releases, including 4 EPs and an album gaining support from BBC 1Xtra.

Sub:Stance is a producer adhering to the darker elements of drum & bass, becoming a long-standing resident of Aperture. He has had signings on Extent Records and Black Reign Ltd and has supported the likes of Alix Perez, Icicle, High Contrast, Logistics, D-Bridge, Nu:Tone and many more.

Alongside Undersound and Sub:Stance is Lung, the young DJ and producer who signed to Med School back in 2011. Since then he has featured tracks on multiple compilations, such as Med School’s ‘Blood Pressure’ and ‘New Blood 011′ and Hospital Records ‘Sick Music 3′ and ‘Sub 150′. He then dropped his debut album ‘Wait Less Suspense’ in 2013, showcasing his multi-sub-genre sounds.

So gone are the days where Cardiff’s music culture wasn’t exactly on point. It’s now accumulating one hell of a reputation in the electronic music scene and definitely giving London and it’s fellow south-western neighbour Bristol a run for its money. Hospitality can’t wait to get back down for another unforgettable night with Hospital heavyweights in tow. Tickets are going fast so don’t sleep!

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Words by Philippa Ghosh

Posted 18th October 2016 in Blog, Features

City Spotlight: Southampton


Southampton is one of our favourite cities on the south coast and in a few weeks Hospitality is hitting its streets for the 3rd time this year! Over the years we’ve brought High Contrast, Logistics, Danny Byrd and many more to the green coastal city. This time around we’ve got Netsky, Camo & Krooked, Metrik and Krakota coming along to represent – what a treat.

Southampton is a place that we love to visit, because although it’s a small city it showcases the best in electronic music in some amazing venues. Our last shows have been held at Engine Rooms, an intimate music venue that went by the name of Mo’Club until 2014. What first began as a roller disco hub became the the primary home of Warehouse Southampton, an event under the Dirty Box Promotions umbrella responsible for a large percentage of the city’s raves. When it re-branded itself as Engine Rooms, the owners explained that they wanted the venue to host more live music and become an entertainment space for an array of industries, including music, comedy, theatre and exhibitions.  Luckily they continued to host big electronic nights, including Hospitality! Alongside this, Engine Rooms is home to various music shows, such as live country bands to grime to of course… drum & bass. Leaders of The New School is a prominent jump up drum & bass event that also takes place here.

Before the wheels were in motion at Engine Rooms we used to throw huge parties at Junk, a club that pioneered the clubbing scene in Southampton and is still one of the city’s best venues today. This little gem started out 11 years ago and has put on well over 2000 parties, bringing the best names from the underground club scene to it’s decks, including Hospital’s Logistics, Fred V & Grafix and the one and only London Elek. Junk also holds a weekly D&B night on Tuesdays called ‘Rawww’, which has a mixed crowd of both locals and students.

Alongside the smaller venues dotted around the city, you can get your big clubbing fix from Switch, a much larger scale space right on the main high street, which caters for crazy student nights, house and techno shows and drum & bass, with the chart toppers Sigma having taken to the booth as well as Hospital’s Lynx, Nu:tone and Krakota. It’s home to ‘On A Mission’, a night solely dedicated to drum & bass. They’ve reached national recognition, voted as ‘Best Breakthrough Promoter’ at the 2016 drum & bass awards!

On top of these venues there’s the South’s most popular festival, Common People, which was launched in 2014 by the Bestival founder Rob Da Bank. It’s held every May Bank holiday weekend and showcases an array of music from Primal Scream to David Rodigan. This summer Hospitality did a take over with Camo & Krooked, London Elektricity, Fred V & Grafix and Etherwood.

You can join in on the fun on Friday 4th November at Engine Rooms with a very special sets from Netsky, Camo & Krooked, Metrik – who’ll be presenting his brand new album ‘LIFE/THRILLS’ and Krakota! Tickets are available now via the link below, don’t sleep!


Words by Philippa Ghosh


Posted 18th October 2016 in Blog, Features

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