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Hospitality x Highest Point Festival

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Hospital crew. Do we have something special in store for you. Live & direct from Highest Point Festival up in Lancaster this May, London Elektricity’s Big Band is taking their show on the road for their only performance of the year!

For all those who have yet to witness the sickness, London Elektricity’s Big Band is a high octane, electric ensemble driven by heavy doses of brass from a big 22 piece collective, a formidable percussion team, sublime vocalists Leanne Carrol & Emer Dineen, Dynamite MC on hosting & hype duties, and last but certainly by no means least, the main man London Elektricity holding down bass guitar duties with the occasional inter-dimensional shredding of the guitar. All in all, an experience set to stand hairs on end from endless waves of good time euphoria.

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But this isn’t the only tantalizing slice of the live edition extravaganza – after blowing away city after city with their extraordinary live tour earlier this year, Fred V & Grafix are once again bringing out all the stops with a rare performance of their live show.

Also footing the bill are two of Hospital’s OG veterans High Contrast and Danny Byrd, weighty B2B sessions from seasoned Hospital soldiers S.P.Y B2B Nu:Tone as well as newer but equally surgical recruits Etherwood B2B Keeno, all peppered with unrivaled charisma from MC’s Lowqui & Tempza. Be sure to join us for what’s set to be a sensational start to the festival season.

The rest of the festival boasts an exceedingly hearty line up consisting of the legendary four time DJ Mag award winner + Grammy Award Nominee Sasha, the infamous eclectic trailblazers Jackmaster and Jasper James, the HacidendaClassical curated by industry titans Graeme Park + Mark Pickering, as well as various family friendly daytime activities including the world famous Big Fish Little Fish kiddie friendly rave, the BBC Introducing stage packed with exciting up and coming artists, and much more that’s all laced with succulent grub and ice cold refreshments to quench that sweltering summer thirst.

To see the rest of the performances from Hospitality at the Park 2017 click here.

Written by David Sloley

Locked in the Dock: History Lessons

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Since the dawn of rave, it’s safe to say that there has been one genre that has always been the undisputed champion. We’re talking, of course, about Jungle. In the early 90s, we were blessed with a sound like no other. Punchy Amen breaks, weighty basslines and mad samples graced our warehouses and sound systems. With the likes of Kenny Ken, Randall, Fabio & Grooverider, Aphrodite and Micky Finn all championing this new sound.

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Here at Hospital, we are linking up with the mighty Jungle Jam for the next Hospitality in the Dock event on the 30th of March 2018. Jungle Jam has been jamming jungle out to the masses since 2005. Starting out in Leeds to then putting on events that span up and down the U.K. and even with events covering across parts of Europe, these guys really know how to rinse it out proper!

 

DJ Randall : History Lesson

First up, we are delighted to have the DJ that we all know and love, DJ Randall, Mr Too-hot-too-handleRandall will be teaching us all a lesson or two in the long history of Drum and Bass at the dock this year. Having been around since the birth of Jungle, Randall‘s no stranger when it comes to spinning out an old-skool set. His mixing skill and tune selection are second to none which makes him the perfect DJ to guide us through the many years of Drum & Bass music. 

 

30 years of: Micky Finn & Aphrodite

Next, we have the mighty Micky Finn going B2B with Aphrodite. Its safe to say that these two are bonafide jungle legends and will be guiding us through the 30 years of their iconic Urban Takeover label and beyond. Having both been in the game for a very long time and pretty much pioneering the genre, there couldn’t be Jungle without the Finn and Aphrodite. Most notably In 1996, they teamed together in production and released their iconic DnB anthem, Badass. A track that continues to destroy dance floors whenever it gets played to this day. This set is definitely one not to be missed!

 

Krust: Warhead era classics set

Finally touching down to grace the Jungle Jam stage we have the Bristol don that is none other than DJ Krust. During the late 90s and early 2000s, Krust was bombarding the scene with his heavy style of Drum & Bass that was never heard before on his and Roni Sizes’ label Full Cycle Records. Tunes like ‘Don’t Front’ and ‘Break ya Neck’ to name a few. But ultimately everybody who knows their D&B will think of one tune and one tune only when they hear Krusts name. That tune is Warhead. Released back in 1997 on V Recordings. The tune was an instant classic and was getting dropped by every DJ at every rave across the U.K., putting Krusts name firmly on the Drum & Bass map for good!

Catch the man himself doing a ‘Warhead Era’ classics set alongside so many other original junglist dons. Less than a month to go now, calling all junglists, your time is now!

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Words by James Hillyard

Posted 12th March 2018 in Blog, Features

Locked In The Dock: Introducing ‘UNDIVIDE’

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For almost thirty years, London and Bristol have been the two cornerstones of the UK bass music scene playing host to some of the wildest parties in the UK and continually showcasing the country’s flourishing array of dance music talent. Now, veteran dance promoters The Blast have combined forces with global events brand HospitalityDnB to create Undivide. A fusion of Bristol and London, Undivide is an events brand like no other which flies the flag for the best of UK dance music.

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Kicking off proceedings was their New Year’s Day show at the Printworks, a venue which is quickly establishing itself as a legendary nightclub in London’s dance music tapestry. Gracing the decks at this landmark event was a mammoth line-up of dance music heavyweights, including Drum & Bass titans Noisia headlining the Press Halls and Dubstep pioneer Caspa headlining the Charge Bay. From start to finish, every DJ delivered electrifying sets which effortlessly covered the full spectrum of dance music. It’s safe to say that the first ever Undivide event was one for the history books.

Still fresh from the success of their NYD event, Undivide have now been given the chance to curate ‘The Car Park’ stage at the legendary Hospitality in the Dock event on 30th March. Teaming up with seminal Neurofunk label Eatbrain and global events promoter Therapy Sessions, this stage will be packed out with the finest DJs that the harder, darker and heavier side of Drum & Bass has to offer. Headlining this stage will be none other than the original Drum & Bass super-group Bad Company UK. Alongside them will be Killbox, an innovative new project from Ram Records heavyweight Audio & the legendary Ed Rush, as well as the Eatbrain league featuring an eye-watering triple B2B from Jade, Telekinesis and L33. Completing this gargantuan line up is an Astrophonica Showcase, featuring the ever experimental DJ Fracture going B2B with both Lewis James and Sully, as well as Benny L B2B Voltage and Jaydrop.

Since reuniting in early 2016, Bad Company UK instantly re-established themselves as one of the true powerhouses of Drum & Bass. Signing to the legendary Ram Records, the group have gone from strength to strength releasing the anthemic singles Nomad/Equilibrium and Primal Fire/Tetris alongside a remix of The Prodigy’s The Day is my Enemy which was nominated for best remix at the 2016 Drum and Bass Awards.

When Ram Records posted a cryptic video for Killbox back in 2016, no one was truly prepared for what was to come next. Ed Rush, considered one of the godfathers of Neurofunk, had decided to team up with Audio, an artist revered for his production talents, to form Killbox. Fast forward to 2018 and Killbox already have two singles and an EP under their belt alongside an extensive DJ schedule spanning the UK and Europe, cementing themselves as a dynamic production and DJ duo.

With Benny L and Voltage on a lethal B2B as arguably a pair of the hottest acts in D+B and a takeover from the army of D+B darkness that is Therapy Sessions celebrating their 15th year, it’s safe to say that this stage show is going to be packed to the brim with impeccable talent and thunderous basslines. Tickets are moving fast so make sure you get yours before it’s too late!

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Posted 24th January 2018 in Blog, Features

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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Words by Viv Beech

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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Words by Viv Beech

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Posted 31st August 2017 in Blog, Features