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Perks Of The Park: Young Guns

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Music is a long game. Honing your sound, perfecting your performance and reaching your audience all take monumental levels of dedication, hard work and of course skill (a bit of luck always helps too). We at Hospital recognize how important it is to nurture the next generation of artists, whether they be fledgling DJs, or, established producers who haven’t quite got the hype they deserve. To combat these concerns we have created a stage for these budding artists to take flight. I am, of course, talking about ‘The Incubator’. Aptly named, this stage was designed to provide talented artists a platform to earn greater recognition. Names for the headz today, but the headliners of tomorrow.

 

ATYK

 

The first fine fellas featuring on our list of premium future D+B real estate (In A-Z order) is ATYK. Picked up by MTA their diverse blend of Breaks, Grime and Trap sees them heralded as a true potential pioneer of a new sound. With singles on MTA and Skankandbass, the future is exciting for this duo.

GLXY

 

GLXY have been making some excellent movements in the last 18 months. With tracks racking up some serious hits on channels like UKF, Drum & Bass Arena and Liquicity, their blend of soulful and deep D+B has seen them heralded as some of the most exciting new prospects. We look forward to hearing more.

In:Most

 

Rolling on through is In:Most, Soulvent records newest protege. This is your trademark Liquid artist. Hailing from Cambridge, these guys have collaborated with fellow Cambridge man Logistics and have seen their tracks premiered on Ninja Ninja and Drum & Bass Arena. With the future looking bright, we await with keen anticipation to see how they shut down the Incubator stage this year.

 Unglued

 

Now few represent the Incubator as well as Unglued, previously known as Josh Brown. Since earning his place on the Incubator line-up, this Brighton-based House and Techno producer has morphed into a new musical identity. Having switched his style up, you can expect to hear some D+B from this young gun very soon…

Kyrist

 

Next up is one of the most exciting new producers on the scene. With releases on Dispatch, Addictive Behaviour and more to come, Kyrist has been a breath of fresh air in the Tech D+B scene, and repping it for the galdem too! One of my personal favorites on this list, we expect nothing but great things to happen under the Kyrist banner.

Lurch

 

One of the most diverse producers on our list is Lurch. A versatile range of musical stylings encompass from up front, rollers and liquid, he manages to merge his sounds into different areas without compromising his own production identity, something to be proud of so big up yourself Lurch. Releases on Liquid V, Soul Deep, Intrigue and Flexout, there’s not much this guy can’t do.

Matti Limitless

 

The following chap knows no limits, you could, in fact, say he is limitless. A man with no boundaries, Matti Limitless is the head honcho of Limitless Recordings and the man behind the monolith musical channel ‘Liquid Musick’. Having cemented himself as an exquisite DJ warming up for London Elektricity at Hospitality In The Dock, we look forward to seeing how he brings the vibes come September 23rd.

Soul Motion & Colossus

 

Fellow Limitless Recordings artists ‘Soul Motion & Colossus’ will be joining their label honcho at the Incubator stage this year. Known for their soulfully elegant sounds, they manage to manifest a classic sound with contemporary fusion that gives them a unique identity, although separate producers, they often join forces, and we are very glad they do.

Submorphics

 

Submorphics is one of the most established artists in the Incubator stage. Hailing all the way from the US, and able to boast releases on SGN:LTD, Metalheadz and Liquid V, his groovy basslines and rolling drums will keep any D+B purist well and truly satisfied. You know when Calibre remixes your music that you’re doing a pretty bang up job…

T>I

 

Last, but certainly not least is new badman on the block T>I. With releases on Serial Killaz, Natty Dub, Murky Digital, Yard Rock, Boom Sound AND his keenly anticipated single ‘All I Do’ forthcoming on Randalls very own Mac II digital, this is one of the hottest prospects in the D+B world at the moment. Having his tracks supported by Randall, Kings Of The Rollers, Serial Killaz and other titans of the game, it’s no wonder this man has been selected for incubation, as he is ready to blow.

And there you have it. A comprehensive account of all the young guns ready to unload their weapons at this years Hospitality In The Park. Witness the bigness that is soon to come from all these talented people.

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Words Ed Priest

Posted 6th July 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks Of The Park: Dinner is Served

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The combination of food and music that is so revered by us good guys & gals at Hospital is well documented. With a history of BBQ events and a keen eye for nothing but the finest of foods, this policy is being put into overdrive for Hospitality In The Park with a record breaking 12 different street food vendors.

As commissar of cuisine, it is with great honour, and with a growling gut, that I outline the multitudinous menus that will be on offer come September the 23rd. The first 4 have already been discussed in great detail and if you missed out you can read about them here. But if you’re up to date, then prepare to chow down on some serious knowledge. Reading on empty stomachs is ill advised.

 

DOSA DELI

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The fact a foreign food can be lauded as Britains national dish is a testimony to the quality of Indian dining. Although skipping the Curry this time around, the good folks at Dosa Deli peddle nothing but the finest South-Indian street food. Priding themselves on pushing grub that is healthy, affordable and homemade, they seek to highlight that (without being vegetarians themselves) you don’t always need meat to have a mouth-watering dish for the ages.

For those who may be unaware, the ‘Dosa’, is the Indian take on the crepe. Native to South-India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, these rice and lentil filled crispy pancakes are as delicious are they are simple. However, at Dosa Deli, they have knocked it up another notch. The two staple Dosa you can expect to gorge yourself on will be the ‘Chilli Cheese Dosa Wrap’ – stuffed with Paneer cheese, tomato & roasted channa dhal chutney, fresh red onions and tamarind apple and date chutney. Woi. Following suit but this time Vegan friendly, is the ‘Mysore Masala Dosa Wrap’. Consisting of a stuffed dosa with potato masala, garlic peanut and chilli crumble and fresh red onions. Woi-oi-oi.

Healthy, hearty and guilt-free. This is the way to do Indian street food.

 

THE CHEESE TRUCK

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We in the UK love our cheese. We may not quite have the precision of Parisians or the instinct of Italian cheese makers, our love is arguably more so in the form of appreciation over creation. However, these guys are the exception to the rule. With cheese festivals and markets as a staple in the capital and beyond (we even roll cheese down hills in the more remote regions of England) it is no wonder that some dairy delectation is on the cards.

As one of the youngest amongst our vendors at only 3 years old, the Cheese Truck has cemented itself as the finest dairy distributor in the game. Within 2 years it is estimated a total twenty tonnes of cheese has been shifted, constituting over 100,000 grilled cheese sandwiches. Dairy I guess how many more will be sold? Now, as cheesey as that pun was, it pales in comparison to the rich, creamy, cheesy goodness dished out by these smooth operators.

From Glastonbury to Dubai, the Cheese Truck is dedicated to distributing nothing but the best of British cheese, working closely with traditional and thoughtful farms to provide nothing but the finest Britain has to offer in the ever expanding world of cheese. Far from your standard cheese toasties, you can expect fantastic fillings such as ‘Keens Cheddar, Ogleshield & Onion’ (with option of Bacon), ‘Cropwell Bishop Stilton, Bacon & Pear Chutney’ (I do say), ‘Rosary Goats Cheese, Honey, Walnut & Rosemary Butter (Oosh) and ‘Queso Chihuahua Cheese, Spicy Chorizo & Rocket’ (Ay Chihuahua!).

The salivation is strong with this one.

 

EARLS

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A repeat offender at Hospital shows now. When a festival sandwich is hailed by Foreign Beggars and London Elektricity as one of the best cheese-steaks they’ve ever had, you know you’re in for one hell of a treat. Formed by a student of Jamie Oliver’s cooking school, this saucy sandwichery is focused on fusion and freshness. Combining classical dishes with contemporary flair, expect heaven in an artisan bun.

Now aside from sanctified sandwiches, they also deliver chicken wings that are so devilishly delicious, they have been entered into the UKs annual best chicken wing competition. The description by Dub Phizix’s hypeman of choice Strategy as ‘A slap in the face that comes from a place of preparation and love’ is, we believe, very high praise when it comes to hot wings. Nobody wants a plain wing, and everyone wants to feel loved. At Earls, you get it all.

With other food creations such as the ‘Kim Wrong Un’, ‘Ho Chi Mi’,  ‘Erdogant do Meat’ and the classic ‘Hoxton Cheesesteak’, the creative pizzazz is matched only by the culinary excellence that is imposed by every member of the Earls family. My dream is an Earls on every corner and a sandwich for every child. Viva La Cheesesteak.

 

LE BUN

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Firing out fusion on all cylinders yet again, this time we have the French-American burger behemoths that are ‘Le Bun’. Coming to the conclusion that French and American cuisine wasn’t as different than originally assumed, Andy Taylor and Tim Talbot joined forces and were swiftly picked up by the Times, Channel 4 and Sky 1 for their refreshing and exciting take on classic American dishes. Time Out deemed them as ‘Londons best street food traders’, Buzzfeed decreed them as the ‘Best burger in London’ and they were hailed as the ‘best truffle dish’ in London by the Evening Standard.

High praise, I am sure you will all agree. But what is it exactly that makes this burger joint so special. I mean, how exotic a burger can one create? A question, that Le Bun, has put to rest permanently.

Par exemple: ‘Le Bourguignon Bun’ consists of Beef shin, bourguignon glaze, bacon salt, truffle mayo, champagne slaw and all sits inside a brioche bun. Not your cup of tea? How about ‘Le Club’ an amalgamation of confit chicken, slow roasted tomatoes, bacon salt, gem lettuce, avocado, citrus maple dressing and truffle mayo, once again all resting inside a perfect brioche bun. Hot Dogs, Wings, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Tartiflette and even more Canapés. Bun the rest, get the best.

The menu is so extensive and so opulent that it was incredibly difficult to choose those two items to hype up, so why not just look at the entire menu here. I am making it my personal objective to try everything on the menu at least once or die trying. A noble cause if there ever was one.

And there you have it. Dinner is served. A multi-dimensional dining bonanza fit for the gods. The perfect accoutrement to the spectacular set of artists and DJs poised to play this years HITP, it is beyond all shadow of a doubt. So why not treat yourself to some of the finest music and food the nation has to offer and come down to Finsbury Park on September 23rd.

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Words Ed Priest

Posted 27th June 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks Of The Park: Drum & Bass Royalty

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The roller is the most supreme of drum & bass styles. Jam packed with energy, fast paced drums and constantly grooving basslines, they are guaranteed to cause carnage on the dancefloor. Many artists have created blissful and bestial rollers alike across the full spectrum of drum & bass, from Doc Scott, High Contrast, Ray Keith, Netsky, Ed Rush & Optical, Calibre, DJ Die etc. The list goes on. Liquid funk, Neurofunk, TechStep and Jungle. The roller is present throughout all these sub-disciplines within D+B.

Now, after many years, there has risen to prominence a triage of roller royalty. Boldly claiming the highly sought after epithet of ‘King Of The Rollers’. Individually they are Serum, Bladerunner and Voltage but together they form a musical sum greater than their parts, forging a rolling renegade of drum & bass that is set to take the future of the genre by storm.

As seasoned veterans individually, they can all boast a handful accolades within the sphere of D+B. Serum is currently one of the genres hottest pieces of production real estate, cultivating his own sound in a way that many people aspire to, but few achieve. Voltage is one of the most prolific DJs in the drum & bass scene, particularly catering to the Jump Up crowd and is headlining shows up and down the country week in, week out. Last but not least is Bladerunner, a key figure for Ray Keith’s Dread Recordings and creator of serious tunes for a long, long time from across the full board of D+B. 

Having played frequent B2B2B’s with one another they saw an opportunity to devise a fresh musical identity and seized it. Collaborative efforts in D+B are in no way a new concept. MIST:I:CAL, Scorpio, Teddy Killerz, Ram Trilogy and Urban Shakedown are all examples of separate producers joining forces for a combined musical venture. However this new triage is by far the most exciting new creation that has happened within the genre for some time. With each KOTR member bringing their unique flavours, yet without differing to such an extent, they have the potential to create the perfect rolling sonic entity. And we can’t fucking wait.

With a reputation as sterling as Hospitality In The Parks, given this new musical creation, we had to lunge at the chance to get these exemplary gentlemen to co-headline the Belgian D+B dons ‘Invaderz’ stage at this years festival. Having cemented itself as one of the UKs leading day parties, a leading line-up was required to keep the levels high, and what better way to than to employ the newly crowned rollings kings of D+B.

With Serum having recently launched his own ‘Souped Up’ records and Voltage & Bladerunner each set for a host of individual releases lined up in 2017, the future of the KOTR in terms of releases remains uncertain. Having released a Fabriclive mix which showcases a lot of the unsigned and forthcoming material, and a mix which premiered on Ninja Ninja, one thing we can be sure of is that the future is bright if you like your D+B up front, heavy and of course, rolling.

To make sure you don’t miss out on this terrific trifecta, make sure you get your ticket to Hospitality In The Park 2017 to witness the slickness these guys can deliver. They will be joined by other up front & jump up DJ’s including Guv, Turno & Dominator and Macky Gee on the epic Invaderz stage. Last year was incredible, this year will be better. Get involved!

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Words by Ed Priest

Posted 9th June 2017 in Blog, Features

Bristol BBQ XL: Big Bites

We here at Hospitality are as obsessed with food as we are with drum & bass, perhaps even more so…Anyone who has attended our BBQs, or our day festivals, will know all too well that the level of quality that goes into the dining options for our ravers is never overlooked.

Seeing as we are going XL this time around, we felt it prudent to ensure equally massive food vendors got involved in creating the perfect outdoor party. Great music, great food. If that doesn’t guarantee a good time, then there’s something wrong with you.

 

 

BAGEL BOY

First up is one of Bristol’s finest establishments. If you want some circular doses of heaven, there is no place better within the city and beyond. We are, of course, talking about Bagel Boy! With over 4 locations in and around Bristol, they’ve generated a demand for bagels like which we have never seen before, and upon just a single taste, you will see why.

With over 30 different options, ranging from the classic salt beef to everything else and beyond, therewill undoubtedly be a bagel for you. Priding themselves on locally and ethically sourced ingredients and baking all their bagels fresh and in-house, this stringent policy doesn’t stop at the food either. To accompany the rich tapestry of food they provide, you can find yourself guzzling down some of the West Countrys finest craft ciders and beers, they also have their very own coffee..

 

BURGER BEAR

Joining this south-west staple will be one of the capital’s finest burger joints. Hailing from London and heading down south for our XL BBQ will be none other than ‘Burger Bear’. Famed for their quality food and on point musical selections, this London eatery has earned an exalted status for big beef burgers and delicious disco beats. Both of which together I think we can all agree is a strong combination.

 

Available across the city, north, south or east, the level of quality is consistent wherever you go. Be it at the famed magic roundabout in Old Street station, or the infamous (and brilliantly named) Stokey Bears, to the Old Nuns Head in Peckham, Burger Bear has you covered. It’s for this reason that we orchestrated this great beefy exodus from London to Bristol to cater for the appetites of so many revelling ravers. Menu options include the Quarter Panda, the Koala, and the Grizzly bear amongst other beasty delights. You’ll be growling for seconds.

 

STONE BAKED 

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Although often a rare sight at a BBQ, Pizza remains one of the most certified party foods. With the grills covered, we thought it best to stretch out the dough and deliver some saucy and cheesy goodness to compliment our BBQ stations. If you’ve ever had a high-grade pizza at a festival, it’s most likely that these guys were the people behind the salvation of your hunger. Authentic wood fired and stonebaked pizzas accompanied with a myriad of toppings, it’s simply the perfect combination and you can enjoy them all with some of the best tunes around.

Making appearances at festivals and events across the UK, Stone Baked was born through like-minded individuals die hard love of pizza and parties, and a desire to see the two combined

I think we can all agree that the food available at the Bristol BBQ is going to be off the chiz-iz-ain and to avoid missing out on all this delectation and delight, make your way to Motion on Saturday 10th of June to hear some banging D+B and jungle along too, satisfying both taste and ear buds. Get involved, you’re stomach and dancing shoes won’t forgive you if you don’t.

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Words Ed Priest

 

Posted 31st May 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks of the Park: For Starters

Anyone who has attended one of our BBQs in the past knows that when it comes to refreshment, nobody in the game does it better. With the culinary details receiving just as much attention as the music, each dining option is carefully curated to ensure optimum enjoyment for all our ravenous ravers.

This time we will be bringing you 12 (yes thats right, 12) hand-picked eateries to deliver an untold dining experience that no other drum & bass event could dream of providing. To celebrate this elaborate range of exquisite food vendors, we will be engaging in a three-part blog series covering, in detail, the picks of each and what to expect when the 23rd of September comes rolling around.


ANNA MAE’S MAC & CHEESE

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First up is the London legend Anna Mae. If you consider yourself a foodie and you’re unaware of who this then lower your head in shame. From vending to the BBC, The Guardian, Nike, Glastonbury and now Hospitality, this monolithic macaroni provider is too starchy delights what Hospital is to Liquidfunk. So it was only fitting that these two titans joined forces for a party that’s cheesy in all the right ways…

With three trademark staples, you can go for the classic: ‘The Annie Mac’ which is simple macaroni with a secret three cheese sauce. One for the purists, albeit slightly non-adventurous. ‘The Don Macaroni’ is second on the menu which includes Macaroni, crispy bacon, fresh basil and a drizzle of basil oil. This fresh combination is followed by ‘The Spicy Juan’, which injects a little latin flair into the dish. Jalapeños, chipotle pepper, sour cream, and coriander are the ingredients that create this masterpiece and with plenty more options available, and no doubt something extra special in store for the Park, you won’t be dissatisfied. And if you are, there’s something wrong with you.


CARIBOU POUTINE

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The second of our fine food outlets will be making a journey down from Liverpool, as one of the few eateries based outside the capital. With the inspiration for their food hailing from even further away, Caribou Poutine will be bringing an injection of Canadian flavour with the perfect combination of fries, cheese curd, and gravy. With options including the Mrs Piggy, The Tex Mex, Big Liz and Shroom Poutine, the breadth of the options available is as extensive as they are indulgent. Pork, sausage, sour cream, chives, creamed cabbage, stilton, garlic and spring onion, the toppings are endless. Oh, they also serve maple butter fries. Just looking at the menu rendered me somewhat catatonic with delight in preparation for the divine delicacies that await.


BUTCHIES

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Rolling on through at numero tres is Butchies. A simple yet refined buttermilk fried chicken sandwich purveyor that serves up that crispy heaven in a bun oh so well. With only three options, these Camden-based chicken champions offer a simple selection, fried chicken and pickles, with the choice of garlic and herb aioli, or red leicester and sriracha. Although these sumptuous sarnies may be somewhat less extravagant than the prior two food stalls, less is more in this case. You can’t go wrong with fried chicken really, and the fellas at Butchies are perfect when it comes to poultry. With fries and strips available for those who’d rather avoid the bread, this crispy fried goodness is the perfect power source to keep you dancing at this years HITP.


CHEEKY ITALIAN

The final of our festive foodie friends are the fine people at Cheeky Italian. From the winding roads of Naples to the tower blocks of New York, street food has always been a big part of Italian culture and cuisine, and this classic food vendor with a contemporary twist aims to deliver simple, staple foods, with no compromise in terms of flavour or quality. Expect fresh pasta, seafood and burgers with only the finest ingredients from the ever so cheeky ‘primavera farfalle’ to their grilled tiger prawns with sourdough accompanied by sweet cherry tomatoes, oregano & lemon dressing and chilli.

Hearty, fresh and healthy yet with decadent options (such as their fried chicken and meatballs), this sophisticated solution to your hunger will no doubt leave you satisfied beyond measure.

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As you can plainly see, there will be no shortage of quality this year, and if that wasn’t enough, there are still another 8 food vendors to cover! We will continue with the entrées some point in the near future so keep your eyes peeled for instalment two. But remember, if you’re not at Hospitality In The Park, you won’t be able to enjoy all of this glorious food so don’t sleep and get your tickets now!



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Words Ed Priest

Posted 25th May 2017 in Blog, Features

Keeno @ Hospitality In The Park 2016

Hospitality has been instrumental in taking drum & bass music worldwide with annual tours in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and regular shows across the UK. In our hometown Hospitality has sold out London’s biggest venues including Heaven, Building Six, Fabric and Brixton Academy. In 2015 the third sold-out Hospitality Midsummer BBQ at Studio 338 was an unforgettable event and called for a bigger and better summer show in 2016.

On 24th September 2016 Hospitality In The Park was born. A UK outdoor event that brings together all things drum & bass in one place, Hospitality In The Park is a 360-degree celebration of dance music’s most diverse and exciting genre, in North London’s much-loved Finsbury Park. Multiple stages host drum & bass’ finest DJs, MCs, vocalists and live talent from all around the globe. In 2017 expect the unexpected from unique, high-end production and sound design, to a hand-picked range of BBQ, craft beer, and street-food delights.

Keeno is providing all things Drum & Bass with his mix from in the park, using his mixing ability to compliment the hard work put into production. Having been named in Knowledge Magazine’s top 20 producers to watch out for in 2013 and with support from the likes of London Elektricity, S.P.Y, Camo & Krooked, BCee and many more, he’s moving up in the scene fast. The UK-based producer is rapidly becoming synonymous for his ability to add orchestral and cinematic elements to Drum & Bass on a grand scale whilst retaining a strong dancefloor impact.

Posted 18th May 2017 in Blog, Mixes