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Hospitality Cold Snaps: How to do Rise Festival 2017

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Hospitality are back for everyone’s favourite high-altitude party at Rise Festival 2018. Combining the extremest of sports, with the finest in drum + bass music for the ultimate in winter festivities.

Boasting one of the highest festivals in the world spanning venues at 1600-3200m in Les Deux Alpes mountains, the views are picturesque and the beats are rampant. For our fourth year at Rise, Hospitality are once again bringing the fire to the cold French Alps with a mixture of hard-hitting drum + bass and cool liquid rollers. Not much beats the feeling of tearing down a snowy mountainside but I’m pretty sure a Hospitality event in the skies might just top it.

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But to be able to survive the chills and thrills of Rise whilst keeping yourself in check for some tasty skiing and snowboarding, we’ve come up with some Dos and Don’ts to help you make the most of your week in the mountains.

Do: Catch the Hospitality showcase. Big line-up, big tunes and big vibes on a big mountain. Nuff said.

Don’t: Get too hammered on the slopes. The mountains can be a dangerous beast that needs to be tamed, and you wouldn’t throw yourself into a Lion’s ring smashed on Jager, or would you?

Do: Grab a ski or snowboard lesson if you haven’t been before. You might think you’re the next Sean White from spending hours on SSX back in the day, but chances are you’ll be spending more time on your arse than cruising down the slope like a elegant eagle. Even if you’re going with seasoned skiers, there’s not a chance they’ll want to stick with you on the beginner and green slopes, so get yourself a couple lessons and you can join them in the skies.

Don’t: Splash the cash on expensive gear when you’re there. Borrow as much equipment as you can, buy any clothes at home and bring’em with you. You’ll already be forking out on transport, accommodation, food and drink so keep within the limits and only hire out those bare necessities.

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Do: Check out the range of venues Rise has to offer, wherever you may be on the mountain. Grab yourself a bev and hit the bars for some wild apres-ski parties

Don’t: Forget to RSVP for the ultra-exclusive Katana Secret Party. Tucked in a 300-capacity venue only accessible by a little climb up the mountain, it’s totally worth the trip for the roaring fires and belting bangers.

Do: There’s nowt better than Alpine food. Tartiflette and cured meats is the bomb, and complete that with a bottomless alcoholic brunch and you’ve pretty much got yourself sorted for the day. Rise are offering endless supplies of beer, wine and genipi to kick your day off right if you’re feeling a bit dead from the night before.

Do: Reach peak zen at peak heights at the highest spot in Les Deux Alpes with a touch of Alpine Yoga. There’s no better place to do your downward dogs than looking over some bangin’ landscapes to find that ultimate place of serenity within your soul. Might also be a good place to neutralise the buzz of a solid week of alcohol induced debauchery. If yoga seems a little too much for your tender minds and bodies then take yourself up the mountain for a bit of R&R at one of the spas L2A are famous for, there might not be a better cure for a Hospitality event than a massage…

Don’t: Miss out on Bristol badboys My Nu Leng & Dread MC. We had the lads down at Hospitality in the Park spewing fire to the D+B crowd and it went down an absolute treat, and they’re back for a tasty set this year at Rise too! The heat coming from their big weighty bassline/DnB would be enough to make even the polar ice caps melt so there’s no doubt that there will streams of people heading to this one, make sure you’re one of them.

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Do: Know your limits. There’s nothing worse than nursing that hangover and missing out on a day of slick skiing and some killer DJs. But there’s also that problem of skiing too much you miss out on the apres-ski. Finding that sweet equilibrium between drinking and partying is a real thing of talent that only you special folk can master, the rest of you can just give it a go.

Don’t: Book the first accommodation that pops up. No one wants some below par bed with broken springs and a pongy stench of a dead marmot in the chimney, believe me I’ve been there. Definitely worth a shout getting your Poirot moustache out and inspecting the best value accommodation that will be the ideal place to rest up from a hectic week of skiing and skanking. Don’t make it too good though, we want to see you partying hard with us and you’ll have no money left for the bevs.

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Do: If yoga doesn’t feel your soul with positive vibes enough, Rise have organised a meditation session deep inside the L2A ice cave to cool away the dramas of life (or any raging hangovers). This might just be the only bit of ultimate tranquility you’ll get all week, so definitely RSVP yourself in.

Don’t: Head to only things you know, there is music-aplenty to whet every taste. You’re in a foreign country so you might as well be experimental with your music, and don’t limit yourself to just the one venue, there are plenty to indulge in. You’ve got nightclubs, large outdoor stages and high altitude arenas as well as piste-side venues… Have to say, check out Kaizen Record boss Madam X for an eclectic mix from techno to dubstep and everything in between… remember the name.

Do: Check out extreme snow sports collective ‘Jibworx’ if you need a little inspo on how to further your snow-based abilities. They’re headed to Rise for a little showcase of their own skills, but there’ll also been a bit of scope for you to try and impress them with your abilities, or lack of.

Don’t: Forget to bring your Hospitality merch. We want to see as many of you possibly representing DnB in the mountains, it’s not often drum and bass reaches new literal heights and we want to make the most of seeing all you heads bopping and feet skanking to the Hospital boys Nu:logic, Metrik, Etherwood and Hugh Hardie.

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Do: Get higher that a kite… Not many festivals offer an option to go paragliding but at Rise you can channel your inner eagle and soar over the Alps. There’s no doubt this will be the second-most overwhelming experience at the festival after Hospitality, but it’s definitely worth a look-in.

Don’t: Anyone remember that film Snow Dogs from when you were a kid? No? Well it was pretty s**t, but doing Husky riding would be pretty frickin’ epic. Rise are offering some of you lucky lot the opportunity to take part in the sled riding the old-school way, with Huskies. This isn’t your average festival, but there is wine thrown in!

Do: Pack some warm clothes. It’s going to be f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g, so make sure you bring thermals and some big jumpers. You could even treat yourself to a Hospital Records hoodie which will keep you looking fly and feeling warm on the slopes.

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Words by Viv Beech

Posted 30th November 2017 in Blog, Features

Hospitality Hot Spots: Birmingham

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Birmingham might be known as The Second City, but there’s no doubt that the crowds at Hospitality Birmingham have been some of the best we have ever seen.

Fred V & Grafix are jumping back on the decks with Hospital’s golden boy Danny Byrd spinnin’ an exclusive jungle set. We have to make the effort if we are coming all the way to Brum, so we thought a never before seen Logistics b2b Etherwood could suffice! Off the back of his killer debut Hospital LP ‘Salvation’, Makoto will be gracing your eardrums with some of the silkiest liquid beats from a back catalogue of tunes from the last 20 years.

Finishing off this killer line up in the Warehouse of Rainbow is Krakota, a man that needs no introduction. Finally, it wouldn’t be Hospitality Birmingham without some huge special guests; let’s not beat around the bush, we’ve pulled out all the stops. Bristol badboy TC brings the D+B knowhow, whilst hype surrounding Critical Sound’s 15th year follows them to Brum, and label boss Kasra is bringing none other than Mefjus & Halogenix for a cheeky bit of deep and murky D+B.

Music aside, we are in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. Make the most of a trip to the Brummie: start with the tunes, get a slice of munch, and finish with a nice dose of culture. Here’s what’s on offer…

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The Rainbow Venues: This has to be one of my favourite clubs in the country. The crème de la crème of clubs in the midlands, the production team really haven’t held back on creating one of the best atmospheres around. They really don’t hold back on Room Two either, big capacities, big bass and intense lighting will tingle at least three of your senses to the max. There’s no finer place to show off what Hospital have to offer.

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Things to do/places to eat: I’m joining these two together for this blog, as there is only one place you have to get yourself to… the Birmingham Canal Network. You have a plentiful selection of chain and independent eateries, and countless amount of chic or cheaper bars to either pre-drink or attempt a hair of the dog cure the night after. This is the place to be for some bangin’ food to soothe the hangover. Accompany that with a gentle stroll and cheeky bev by the picture-esque canals, it might just be that bit of relaxation you need. If you’re here for the whole weekend, check out the Jekyll & Hyde gin bar for copious amounts of gin-based food and cocktails creations.

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Where to stay: You won’t need to fork out for Taxis if you stay at Birmingham Central Backpacker’s, it’s just an 8-min walk away from Rainbow Venues. It’s also equidistant to the centre so you can save those precious pennies for some bevs in the venue. Plus, there’s a free light breakfast, free tea & coffee and free Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, the rooms aren’t free as well, but for a minimum two-night stay, it’ll only set you back £30-40 if you’re on a budget.

See, what’s not to love. Fully fledged D+B flavours from our dear friends and exalted guests in one of the greatest cites the nation has to offer. Come for the music, stay for the Hospitality.

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Perks Of The Park: The Cuckoos Nest!

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YOU COULD PLAY AT HOSPITALITY IN THE PARK!

1. Get your ticket

2. Prepare your tunes and load your weapon of choice (USBs or CDs)

3. Come to Hospitality In The Park and find the Cuckoos Nest

4. Step up to the decks and load your tracks

5. Let battle commence!

Sounds like every D+B fans’ dream right? Well we’re bringing that dream to life at Hospitality In The Park. For the first time, we are calling all bedroom DJs venturing to North London, to take yourself away from your routine mixing habitat and jump on the Cuckoo’s Nest stage.

Bring a USB for a killer clash in amateur D+B mastery to see who can get the biggest hype, the most reloads and loudest screams of appreciation. You’d be stupid to not come down and show off your undocumented talents to the masses for battles that could go down in Park history.

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There’s no criteria on what tunes you can spin, but as you will be battling against not just your mates but other D+B heads who are out to win, we’re looking for you to come correct and bring the best of the best! Seeing as this is the festival for the D+B inclined, we know that the standard of tunes will be high. Whilst some challengers will fall, those who do prevail will be covered in glory in front of a dedicated crowd of true music lovers.

Just make sure that you’ve loaded some deadly, high quality tunes and your mixing skills are finely tuned and ready to pack a punch. Let the games begin!

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Posted 31st August 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks Of The Park: FABRICLIVE

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Any visitor to London has to spend at least one night boogying down at the iconic Fabric nightclub. To revel in the recent salvation of Fabric from the brink of permanent closure by the powers above, we couldn’t think of anyone better to host a stage at one of the nations biggest parties. Helping us to celebrate such an iconic club, are some of the finest underground music artists, many of whom have been blessed enough to release a legendary FABRICLIVE compilation. Welcome back, FABRICLIVE.

Now we’ve listened to what you had to say last year and we know that sound quality is a huge part of the whole festival experience. Taking that on board, We’ve implemented special measures, and Fabric will now be bringing their room two Pioneer Pro Audio sound system for a bass overload that will make the FABRICLIVE stage naughtier than Theresa May running through a field of wheat.

 

My Nu Leng & Dread MC

The duo behind FABRICLIVE.86 and another Bristolian pairing smashing the underground scene not just in the UK but worldwide. Drawing influences from across the electronic music spectrum it is hard to pinpoint their sound to a specific genre, so expect a diverse set but guarantees of heavy drops and huge bass. Dread MC joins the pair onstage and having experienced their previous sets together, it will definitely be one of the parties of the summer.

The Return of Clipz

Hospital are thrilled to announce that the legendary Clipz will be returning for Hospitality in the Park. Having found commercial success under alias Redlight, Clipz is going back to his DnB and jungle roots to help us celebrate this year’s Hospitality in the Park. This set will be only one of two appearances for Clipz this summer, so this is one not to be missed.

Benton

When I think of Benton, I can think of no better person who fits the dark and minimal 140 sound. High profile releases on Loefah’s Swamp81 label, travel to any city with a thriving underground music scene and his name will definitely pop up on a flyer somewhere.

Calibre & DRS

A drum & bass legend straight outta Belfast and curator of FABRICLIVE.68, Calibre has been a key player in the scene for over 20 years now. His own Signature Recordings has released some of the finest DnB, complete with beautiful melodic patterns and an unmistakeable sound. No doubt he is one of the biggest names in drum and bass. Jumping on stage with Calibre is one of our favourite MCs: DRS. You will not be disappointed.

Caspa

One of dubstep’s biggest names, who could ever forget his remix of TC’s Where’s My Money? King of the wobble and FABRICLIVE.37 representative Caspa is making his Hospitality in the Park debut this year. Having had a high-flying career touring all corners of the world and having music featured on Hollywood blockbusters and remixing everyone from Depeche Mode to Deadmau5 and Ludacris, he comes back to his hometown of London for what will be a set to cherish on the FABRICLIVE stage.

Chimpo b2b Sam Binga featuring Trigga

Famous for his part in Manchester crew Levelz and unmistakeable voice, Chimpo heading behind the decks to be joined by top-knot sporting Bristol DJ Sam Binga. Trigga MC will be taking to the stage for a set that is sure to be packed to the brim with bouncey bass-heavy half-time.

Critical Soundsystem Presents: Mefjus, Kasra & Mantmast

Having smashed their set last year with Emperor, Critical boss and FABRICLIVE.62 selector Kasra is joined yet again by Austrian neuro heavyweight and my personal favourite Mefjus, for what will certainly be one of the heaviest sets at the park this year. These two neuro icons take to the FABRICLIVE stage having just released their Decyfer / Conversion EP together.

Skepsis

Undoubtedly the new face of the UK bass scene. Skepsis has helped revitalise bassline music in recent months and let’s be honest, he will be one of the filthiest acts you will see all day. At only 21, this is a DJ at just the start of his career and with support from the likes of Rinse FM, is destined for great things.

FABRICLIVE Residents:

Blazey Bodynod

Our first FABRICLIVE resident is big name around Bristol, Blazey Bodynod. A true pioneer of bass music in the South West’s biggest city and one of the most respected promoters on the circuit, anyone whose been to a Bodynod show knows the score.

Skankandbass

With well over 60,000 subscribers on YouTube and a dedicated following on social media where he routinely promotes the best new DnB, Skankandbass is the second resident of our FABRICLIVE stage. He’s got some special stuff in store for the Park believe us…

It’s without a doubt that every single one of this exalted figures of bass music will be bringing the fire to the FABRICLIVE stage, and with a huge Pioneer sound system, what more could you ask for. So if you haven’t got one already, grab yourself a ticket so you don’t suffer severe FOMO.

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Words Viv Beech

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Posted 24th August 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks Of The Park: Back To The Roots

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We at Hospital Records recognise the importance of bridging gaps between music. This year at Hospitality in the Park we are delighted to announce a brand new stage, Deep Medi vs Roots of Jungle. We will be welcoming Mala’s Deep Medi Musik to the Park to bring the best in 140 beats, and having celebrated their 10th anniversary last year, I’m sure it will be one heck of a party. Alongside them, a few well-known faces from the roots of jungle music will be taking to the stage, all of which have over 20 years producing and DJing jungle music for the masses.

Mala:

Where would dubstep be without Mala? The big boss of Deep Medi has been one of the most influential artists ever in the UK underground scene. As one half of Digital Mystikz (DMZ) alongside Coki, Mala has been banging out tune after tune since the early days of dubstep and has access to one of the most extensive back catalogues in dubstep. Even if you aren’t big into your 140 music, this is a legend not to miss.

A/T/O/S:

A/T/O/S have released two killer albums now on Deep Medi, the most recent Outboxed being released in February to very high acclaim. Beautifully blending soulful vocals with minimalistic yet masterful production, the duo could draw comparisons to Submotion Orchestra but with their own unique flavour.

Benny Ill:

One of the faces of Horsepower Productions, Benny Ill has been involved in the dubstep music scene since its beginnings. With multiple releases on Deep Medi as well as heavyweight label Tempa, Benny will be bringing his extensive experience and knowhow to the Deep Medi vs Roots of Jungle stage.

Compa:

A perfect mix between grime and dubstep. If you haven’t heard Compa’s newest single No Hype with Footsie of Newham Generals, the link is below and is a must listen. Early on, his drum and bass roots quickly lent to the discovery of dubstep where he has been making waves ever since. He joins us at Hospitality in the Park, having been touring North America and Europe over the summer to packed shows.

Jack Sparrow:

The act I’m most excited to see. Following numerous releases on Deep Medi and Tectonic, Leeds resident Jack Sparrow comes to Hospitality in the Park having recently started his own label Navy Cut. For years, he has been one of the most featured names in dubstep and has a yearly residency at Outlook Festival, where he is able to show off his own unique flavour on dubstep.

Kahn & Neek:

Bristol’s finest underground musicians. Every EP released under their Bandulu label is hot property, selling out in minutes and for good reason. The duo combine a variety of styles over the 140 spectrum, producing grime, dubstep and under their Gorgon Sound alias, strictly dubplate and vinyl dub and soundsytem music.

Kaiju:

The duo have been big names in the dubstep game for some time now. Their bass-heavy track Justice has undoubtedly been played at every underground dancefloor around the country, propelling them into the spotlight of 140 music. It’s fair to say these two love a sub-bass, and for good reason!

Kenny Ken b2b Randall feat. MC Det:

Names that need no introduction, two of the most iconic artists in the history of jungle and drum & bass will be gracing the Deep Medi vs Roots of Jungle stage, joined by the legend that is MC Det. Kenny Ken and Randall have over 50 years between them spent in the industry, and are for sure some of the most influential DJs at this year’s festival.

Remarc & Navigator:

We are excited to bring ‘King of the Amen’ Remarc alongside old school junglist Navigator to the park, for what will definitely be a showcase in the true zest of jungle music. There is no doubt that you will hear the best in jungle music with these two.

Silkie:

One of London’s finest dubstep DJs who has been part of the Deep Medi crew for some time, giving a colourful taste of dubstep to the label’s back catalogue. Silkie is a true representation of what the dubstep sound of London really is.

Sir Spyro b2b Spooky & Killa P:

If you haven’t head Sir Spyro’s release Topper Top with Killa P released on Deep Medi Musik last year, then where have you been? Undoubtedly THE grime/dubstep track of the last year it has been spun round more times than Kylie Minogue and which has bridged the gap beautifully between the two genres. Joining Sir Spyro on stage is the underground legend that is Spooky, one of the most important faces and best producers in the grime scene.

Swindle:

Swindle has to be one of the most creative and masterful producers of our generation, dabbling in the world of funk, dubstep and electronica to name a few. His experimental sound has led to attention from all corners of the world, making his name one of the most recognisable in the underground circuit.

In short, the fine folks ready to come and unleash hell on the Deep Medi Vs Roots of Jungle stage are nothing short of legendary. To make sure you witness the sickness and feel the pressure you’re gonna have to come along to Hospitality In The Park. Ticket’s are rolling out the door like there’s no tomorrow so be quick!

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Words by Viv Beech

 

 

 

Posted 10th August 2017 in Blog, Features

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.

 

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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.

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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 Since earning his place on the Incubator line-up, this Brighton-based production wizard has shocked clubs and across the globe with his selection of dangerous dubplates. Going straight to the top, this one’s premium D+B real estate.

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