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Hospitality On The Beach: Everything you need to know!

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It’s finally here! Our first ever D+B holiday is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited. This is the first time we’ve all packed our bags together and organised a whole holiday for the wickedest ravers in the world, so we want to make sure we’ve got everything covered for you.

The sitemap, above, will highlight where you can find everything you could possibly need, and by following the link below, you will be taken to our digital programme for Hospitality On The Beach.

This booklet will provide, in great detail, everything you need to know. From set times, transport, local knowledge and all manner of fun things we’ve got planned for the beach, make sure you familiarise yourself with the booklet to ensure you don’t miss a trick.

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Posted 9th July 2018 in Blog, Features

Hospitality on The Beach: Pirates Code

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After a sling of successful UK events, we decided it was time to take a break and go on a well deserved holiday, and it’s just around the corner. So, we’re packing our bags and getting our flip-flops and towels ready as we head of to Tisno, Croatia for Hospitality On The Beach!

 

With headline sets from Andy C, London Elektricity, Camo & Krooked and High Contrast, to intimate beach parties that will take you into the night, there is going to be something for absolutely everyone. But, if staying on land isn’t your thing and you fancy yourself a bit of a scurvy sea dog, then we’ve got that covered too with our huge range of boat parties!

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However, before you take to the high seas, you will need to check the Hospitality Do’s and Don’ts checklists to ensure we don’t make you walk the plank.

 

DO: Make sure you’ve secured your places by grabbing the tickets you want. (most have sold out already!)

 

DON’T: Plan a mutiny and shanghai one of the boats. Whilst your pirate swashbuckling skills may be on point, nobody wants to see S.P.Y being thrown overboard just so you can plunder the Croatian seas, and maybe have a go at DJing yourself.

 

DO: Make sure you wear suitable clothes! Don’t turn up in your favourite sweater or they’ll have to bring the boat back due to you overheating… Snorkels, however, are welcome!

 

DON’T: Use that snorkel as an excuse to jump off the boat and swim around. One, the boat may not notice and you’ll be left drifting around the Mediterranean, hoping a Croatian fishing boat will pick you up, and two, it would just be a bit silly really wouldn’t it.

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DO: Bring sun cream! Boats aren’t famed for their shade so you want to bring plenty of sunblock to avoid looking like a rave lobster.

 

DON’T: Bring an umbrella! Whilst you are going to want suncream, please do not to create your own shade. You’ll end up damaging your fellow ravers and should a big gust of wind come along, Tisno will finally have its very own Mary Poppins (or the fisherman from earlier, depending on wind direction)!

 

DO: Make sure you have any medication you’re going to need. If you are prone to seasickness then make sure you have the right remedies to get the maximum out of your boat party.

 

DON’T: Turn up late. The boats aren’t going to wait for you and don’t even for a second think you’ll be able to rag out there on a jetski…

 

DO: Bring your A-Game. These parties are going to be rowdy so be prepared to bruk out. 

 

DON’T: Try and start a moshpit. These boats are modestly sized and if you think it’s going to be a great idea to turn the intimate boat party on the crystal clear waters into a tornado of discomfort and frustration, think again. We’re all here to have fun, not at the expense of anyone else.

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DO: Bring your tender! Don’t be that guy stuck on the boat with no money for drinks and water. 

 

DON’T: Make your mate walk the plank for not downing his 40th jager bomb of the holiday. Even if it was successful, he’s probably in no fit state to be swimming. 

 

DO: Bring a little waterproof disposable camera. Not only will this allow you to leave your phone safely on the shore, but you’ll also have a heap of photos to stick around your room and remind you OF THE BEST AFTERNOON EVER!

 

DON’T : Skip buying tickets and instead buy a rubber dinghy in hope of discreetly boarding one of the parties. Let’s be realistic here you’re probably not in the Olympic rowing team and will probably end up spinning in circles whilst the entire festival looks on in bewilderment. Plus it’s inevitable one of you will fall off and have you ever tried getting back in those things? It’s likely you will all be left bobbing up and down watching that €20 float off into the distance…

 

DO: Have fun! We’ve created these for you to make the most out of your drum and bass holiday. So lap up the sun, feel the gentle swaying of the boat and go crazy to the music we all love!

 

We hope this helps all of you to get your sea legs back and ready to rock the boat (quite literally). We’ll see you soon! Also, please don’t litter in the sea. 

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Words by Jon Ruse

 

 

 

Posted 15th June 2018 in Blog, Features

Bristol BBQ: What you need to know!

unnamed It’s that time of year again, when the Hospitality BBQ rolls into Bristol town, for burgers and basslines. The lineup is made up of Hospital Records finest including their brand new signing Kings of the Rollers, whilst True Playaz DJ Hazard, will be this years special guest. Not only is the line up set to be a storm, the BBQ is once again held at the notorious Motion, polled as one of the very best in the world. Excited yet?

We are thrilled to welcome back the Jungle Jam team who are bringing the likes of DJ Marky, Randall, Benny Page and the infamous S.P.Y B2B Nu:tone jungle set. This will be the perfect warm up of what’s to come at Hospitality’s first festival overseas Hospitality on the beach, just minus the sand and the sea but hopefully not the sun!

As well as top quality D+B we also like to provide our ravers with the finest grub, and seeing as it is a BBQ and all, it’s extremely vital that we provide the best food and drink vendors to fuel your dancing feet and excite your taste buds. However, incase your venturing into the city before or after the event, make sure you check these diamonds out.

BEST SPOT FOR GRUB

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If music and food is the dream combo, make sure you drop into Bristol’s newly opened Edit Bar on Cheltenham Road. As well as delicious food, Edit has a dozen different sound systems dotted all over the bar to create a unique experience for your ears as well as your tongue. If you want a switch from the burgers and hotdogs, too cool for school Edit provides flashy asian small plates and an extensive menu of alcoholic beverages.

BEST FOR THE HANGOVER:

THE BRISTOLIAN

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Locals have named it the best fry up in Bristol, which is all you need when you wake up with a banging headache and are craving some serious salt. Not only does it provide a meaty, veggie or vegan fry up, it also has some other appetising breakfast options like Belgian waffles and breakfast ciabatta sandwiches. However, if all that raving got ya good and a normal fry up just isn’t enough, order their famous Bristolian challenge, a HUGE version of their original fry up which many have failed to finish.

 (ONE OF THE) BEST BURGER(s):

BURGER THEORY

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With the number of burger restaurants it is impossible to narrow it down, however, Burger Theory is definitely up there! It has a menu packed full of choice and each burger is even more packed with fillings! This is the joint with no limit and the perfect place to visit if you want a mammoth burger brimmed with the wildest of fillings. It is based on Saint Stephens Street just around the corner from the Bristol Hippodrome. If you do drop in, The Sheriff and The Down n’ Dirty are absolute winners.

BEST PLACE FOR A TIPPLE:

THE LOVE INN

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Chill in the day then party at night. That’s how The Love Inn rolls. By 11 o’clock it turns into a club which holds some of the grooviest nights in the city. As well as a wide variety of spirits, wines and beers, the love inn also has their own versions of classic cocktails which are not to be missed (especially their glorious ‘Rum Tickler ’). Whether you’re going there to warm up for the main event, or for the heir of the dog, this place will ignite your inner party animal with its upbeat atmosphere and funky surrounding.

I think it’s safe to say that you just cannot beat burgers, beer and bass in the Bristol sun. So get your skates on and grab a ticket now to avoid missing out on this spectacular day. Get involved, get your pals involved and get your taste buds involved otherwise you’ll be missing out BIG time (and you know it).

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Words by Ellen Lewin

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Posted 30th May 2018 in Blog, Features

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

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