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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

Perks of The Park: MIST:I:CAL maneuvers in the Med School Warehouse

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There is an abundance of collaboration within drum & bass, as with all musical genres. From individual artists colliding together, to the creation of entirely new sonic entities. Urban Shakedown (Aphrodite & Micky Finn), Scorpio (DJ Die & Krust), Nu:Logic (Nu:Tone & Logistics) and more recently The King of The Rollers (Serum, Bladerunner & Voltage). The list could go on. But one of the most infamous of collaborative musical identities was that of Mist:i:cal.

This triage of producers forged from Marcus Intalex, St Files and Calibre created one of the most prolific characters within drum & bass, and with such esteemed members as those, it’s no wonder why. Each of them were famed for their trademark deep and soulful sound, rolling drums and warm subs with a strong dose of melody and groove throughout. This combo resulted in some of the best drum & bass after the turn of the millennium from 2002-2007.

Initially M.I.S.T, as Marcus Intalex & ST Files, but evolving into Mist:i:cal through the addition of Calibre, they began releasing as the latter alias in 2002, with their debut album release in 2007, both of which on Mr Intalex’s Soul:R records. However, beyond the release of the album ‘The Eleventh Hour’ they disappeared and went their separate ways, focusing on their individual production. Until now.

Breaking their silence, Mist:i:cal will be guest headlining the Med School Warehouse at this year’s Hospitality In The Park for their first united performance in a decade. ST Files hasn’t graced a set of decks in the public eye for around 10 years, and this long-awaited return couldn’t happen in a better setting. Joining this incredible collective will be Med School maestro Etherwood, LTJ  Bukem and Alix Perez & Eprom alongside many, many more.

Soul:R records has been putting out beautiful music consistently over the past decade with a broad array of established artists ranging from dBridge, Klute, Break, Alix Perez and of course, Calibre. The enigmatic Irishman hasn’t shied away from any of his musical duties since the dissolution of Mist:i:cal, with his most recent album ‘The Deep’ generating some incredible responses on his own imprint ‘Signature’. He’s keeping things as hot as ever with his impeccable production and silky smooth musical styling.

As one of the leading purveyors of deep and intelligent drum & bass, it was only fitting that such a decorated entourage would lead proceedings at this years Hospitality In The Park. Dubplates for days would be an apt way to describe what to expect from this performance, both old and new, deep and rolling. What more could you want? Raw to the core yet exquisitely symphonic, the long-awaited reunion will be one of the highlights of the event, of this, we are of no doubt. Ensure you do not miss on this re-emergence of titans and get your ticket to the Park today, you’ll only have yourself to blame…

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Words Ed Priest

 

Posted 16th May 2017 in Blog, Features

Bristol BBQ XL: Badass Selections from Micky Finn & Aphrodite

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Jungle and drum & bass are littered with iconic duos: Fabio & Grooverider, Ed Rush & Optical, Subzero & Original Sin, Calyx & Teebee, DJ Die & Krust… the list goes on.

There are few, however, that can rival both the production and DJ’ing powerhouses that are Micky Finn and Aphrodite, and these brothers in arms will be one of many leading the junglist charge at our XL Bristol BBQ at Motion come June.

Often producing collaborations between their individual aliases and running the label ‘Urban Takeover’ together, Aphrodite and Micky Finn; alongside friend Claudio Giussani, were also known as ‘Urban Shakedown’. A name which will be all too familiar with the drum & bass veterans among us.

To celebrate the sheer quality these respective artists maintain both individually and collectively, we thought it only right to dish out our personal top 5 dancefloor fillers from the monolithic men themselves to hype you up for their keenly anticipated B2B.

Aphrodite & Micky Finn Ft. MC GQ – Dark Selector

A seminal track that ignites raves in a way that few other tracks do. Deliciously groovy and seriously funky, this roller is a timeless drum & bass anthem. The bad-boy vocals from the legendary MC GQ give it an extra potent edge and the arrangement throughout is spot on. Massive track.

Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Drop Top Caddy

Vintage Aphrodite & Micky Finn. Rugged and funky rap samples, sublime arrangement and a crisp bassline that leads the way in forging the tracks sonic atmosphere. Working in harmony with the raw hip-hop elements, this gruff stepper sounds as funky fresh today as it did 20 years ago.

Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Bass of The Tramp

More certified dopeness from these drum & bass dons. A beautifully wobbly bassline combined with excellent sample chopping renders this as one of the most iconic precursors to modern jump up drum & bass. Simple elements, but complex composition and arrangement see a fairly minimal set of ingredients mixed up to cook a serious tune, one of my personal favourites.

Urban Shakedown – Some Justice ’95 (Arsonist Dub Beats)

One of the most famous tracks on this list. A true jungle classic. Originally a dubplate re-work of their 91/92 big hitter, this track saw release in the shape of Some Justice ’95. A militant bassline and ragga vocals combined with beautiful drum rolls and breaks throughout. This is jungle music at it’s finest.

Aphrodite & Micky Finn – Bad Ass

Probably Micky Finn & Aphrodite’s most famous collaboration. You’ll struggle to find any drum & bass enthusiast worth their salt who doesn’t know this seminal anthem, as common in the dance today as it was two decades ago! A roller simply oozing with vibes, the cheekiness of the bassline juxtaposed with the vocals amount to a genuine drum & bass tour de force.

There you have it. Five tracks guaranteed to get any party started. These guys made gazillion more amazing tracks so we encourage you to find your favourite and comment your all time number ones. But if you want a real taste of what these guys do, then you’ll have to come down to the Bristol BBQ on the 10th of June to see these musical magicians in action.

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Words Ed Priest

Posted 8th May 2017 in Features

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Posted 4th May 2017 in Features

DANNY BYRD: Top 5 Jungle Tracks.

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Drum & Bass dynamo Danny Byrd is a man who will need little introduction to even the part-time dabblers within the d&b scene. One of Hospital’s elite it can be certain, and one of d&bs finest contemporary artists. With seminal hits such as Ill Behaviour, Bad Boy Back Again and Shock Out, his rolling and versatile sound decimates dances from his home county of Somerset to the far reaches of the planet.

It is with great joy we can announce the man himself will be leading the vanguard for our Room 2 at the Bristol BBQ XL in the Jungle Jam room with an exclusive Jungle set. This will definitely be a spectacle not worth missing, and to celebrate such an occasion, Mr. Byrd has been gracious enough to have a chat with us to reveal his personal Jungle favourites. So turn your speakers up, put on your dancing shoes and prepare to bruk out to some oldskool classics.

Leviticus – Burial

Leviticus was an alias of Jumping Jack Frost who earned his stripes as a DJ but came though and made one of the scene’s biggest anthems ever! Using a think break and rolling sub bass, this has a steadier groove than most other jungle tunes did at the time using Jigsy King and Tony Curtis’s iconic sample and a wicked R’n’B vocal from Jill Francis. JJ Frost has a book coming out entitled Big Bad and Heavy which is an autobiography of his time in the music scene, make sure you pick that up!

DJ Crystl – Meditation

Crystl’s production resume, sadly, only lasted 3-4 years hence maybe him being not remembered as some of the other names that morphed into D+B’s biggest hitters but the work he did was incendiary! This ‎was an example of the Bukem/Good looking sound but was a bit rougher around the edges. Crystl came from a Hip-Hop background if I remember correctly and thus always had the best breaks. The amen on this track was given additional compression, something easily done today with plugins, but it showed an extra attention to detail back then which is what really set it apart.

Sounds of the Future – The Lighter

One of DJ SS’s aliases and arguably his best-known track. This track caught the attention of people who were not just hardcore jungle fans with its unique classical music piano intro. Proving the point in 1994 that literally you could add anything into Cubase as long it was rolling, fast and had a lot of bass. Cliché thing to say but it’s a perfect example of who there were no rules back then. I wish d&b was a bit more out there with some ideas like this in 2017.

Splash – Babylon

Probably the most well-executed jungle track ever created I think. Everything about this is perfect. Buying the AWOL live compilation in 1995, this was one of the featured tracks and they used loads of the crowd noise when the bass kicks in and also MC GQ calling for the rewind. Gives me chills just thinking about it… If you heard that and still didn’t get Jungle I don’t think this music is for you. There was also a great DJ SS remix of this that uses more of a dred bass reverse bass vibe, worth checking out for sure.

Renegade – Terrorist

Ray Keith and Nookie on the controls for this anthem. What set this track apart was the fact it was one of the jungle tunes to use a bass different to the standard flat 808 kick sound. The hoover bass as it was known, and still sounds fresh now. Starting the track off with a wicked delayed piano line and that bass coming in made this a perfect intro tune. Still goes off today as it did back then.

 

So there you have it. An impeccable selection from an esteemed artist. For a chance to hear these bad boy riddimz and have a jolly good boogie then come and join us for the Hospitality Bristol BBQ XL in July. Go on, it’d be rude not.

Words by Danny Byrd & Ed Priest

Posted 18th April 2017 in Features, Uncategorized

HITD After Party at Fabric 14.04.17: They Closed It, you Saved It. Hospitality Returns!

Where to even begin?

You don’t need us to tell you what Fabric is or how much we love the place, but maybe the reasons why we love it deserve a bit more of an explanation.

It would be easy to simply say it is the best club in London (or even the world) without needing an explanation, however the beauty of Fabric is that it has not felt the pressure to change from its jungle roots since it opened almost 18 years ago. Looking for a night of raucous raving? Fabric. Interested in what new artists are coming through the scene? Fabric! Over its three rooms you can find a different and unique vibe in each one, every week. Adapting to a constantly changing genre can be disorientating for some venues, but not for Fabric. New artists with new sounds are forever being birthed and given their rite of passage to packed out rooms of all ages making it an experience that is unlikely to be forgotten.

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When jungle first spilled onto the streets of London in the early 90’s, electronic bass music took a sharp turn from the mainstream and enticing a new breed of DJ. Artists such as Dillinja and Lemon D arrived on the scene to give pop culture a punch in the chest, with massive drops and pulverising bass that had until that point not been utilised by popular music. Venues such as Paradise in Islington became a hot spot for the post-hardcore crowd who wanted to experience something closer to the fringes of current trends. More venues across London began to pop up and introduce dedicated nights, such as Rage nights hosted every Thursday at Heaven in Charing Cross and Thunder & Joy at the Astoria. The scene was taking off and drawing crowds from the Acid House movement it began it’s dominance of nightclubs through the decade.

 

 

Now it wasn’t until ’99 that our favourite club opened its doors in a quiet road in Farringdon, with Craig Richards and Terry Francis as their resident DJ’s. It had opened at the same time as another club called Home which, at the time, had enlisted Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling to play regular sets. As Fabric themselves have written ‘while Home took out full-page ads in glossy magazines, Fabric’s marketing was resolutely understated’, and this idea of going against the grain has stayed consistent with Fabric to this day. Clubs that opened at the same time have all now shut their doors, but Fabric remains as a focal point for electronic music lovers. What set Fabric apart from mainstream dance clubs was the distinct lack of glitz and glamour, no dress code, no dressing to impress. It was focussed on the experience of losing yourself in a crowd of like-minded music lovers, dazzled by the epic light shows that were displayed in each room with a constant stream of breakthrough electronic acts. The ‘marketing strategy’ was literally down to flyering and the occasional poster you would see around the capital with the slightly mysterious, although now synonymous, cut out club logo which would seek to intrigue punters to find out more. Before long it was the destination for bass nights with every weekend more epic than the last.

 

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Now we at Hospitality have a particularly close relationship with the guys and girls at fabric and many a-story to tell. After our last show in 2012 which was an absolute riot with a very young Fred V & Grafix as well as S.P.Y and Camo & Krooked, we couldn’t wait to come back. However it seemed that the chance of playing at Fabric again had been taken away from us. In our complacency to book the club again we didn’t realise that their was an impending inquiry that would threaten Fabric’s very existence. It was with with a massive shock we learned that Fabric would close its doors for the final time in September 2016 due to Islington council revoking its licence. The decision was backed by the Met police as, according to both authorities, the club had been the cause of two drug related deaths of two 18 year old patrons. Whilst the news of the two young men who had lost their lives was devastating to hear, the decision had been made that fabric was responsible and the public outcry was immense. Within hours of their licence being revoked the organisers at fabric being work on a campaign to bring the club back, requesting help from punters, organisers and artists to rally together to #savefabric.

 

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Within hours the entire world was set ablaze with passionate posts across social media, DJ’s pledging their support and beseeching their fans to do the same. DJ Goldie said to Channel 4 News ‘when you look at all the clubs that have closed down over the years, Fabric is the Goliath’. He went on to passionately describe just some of the epic nights that he’s had there as well as ‘feeling sorry for the kids of tomorrow’ as they would be unable to experience and learn from what Fabric has to offer. The petition that was started gained over 150,000 signatures in a matter of days urging the council to repeal their decision with both #savefabric and #saveourculture trending on Twitter for weeks. The first appeal was dismissed at a council meeting despite dozens of protestors being in attendance, including the Hospitality crew. The point that was trying to be made was fabric is not just a club, or just a place to go and jump around a bit, fabric is a staple for music in London and has spurred on young musicians for almost 20 years. It mustn’t close, it cannot, for the British music institution would struggle to recover. The pressure on Islington council was steadily ramping up to a fever pitch, even London Mayor Sadiq Khan took to the media to express his opinion: ‘As a result of this decision, thousands of people who enjoyed ‎going to Fabric as an essential part of London’s nightlife will lose out.’ Well said Mr Mayor, we couldn’t agree more. It was now the combination of the worldwide support, plus our Mayor being behind us that we, the public, had a legitimate voice in this fight and on December 2nd fabric officially announced they would be reopening in the new year.

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If you haven’t already guessed by now, we’re rather fond of this place. The chance to play in its hallowed rooms again for our official Hospitality in the Dock Afterparty on April 14th is a dream come true, especially since we thought this moment would never happen again. You might have heard before that you only miss something when it’s gone and while it’s cliché there is a certain truth to it. Fabric was on the edge of extinction but you saved it, making it one for the history books. Our opportunity to bring Hospitality back to Fabric is something we’re incredibly excited about, with another huge lineup and a big dose of nostalgia, make sure you’re there to witness Hospitality’s resurgence with the one and only fabric.

See you April 14th!

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Words by Andy Napleton

Posted 3rd March 2017 in Blog, Features