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Perks Of The Park: Dinner is Served

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

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

 

DOSA DELI

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

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

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

 

THE CHEESE TRUCK

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

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

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

The salivation is strong with this one.

 

EARLS

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

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

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

 

LE BUN

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

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

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

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

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

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Words Ed Priest

Posted 27th June 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks Of The Park: Drum & Bass Royalty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Words by Ed Priest

Posted 9th June 2017 in Blog, Features

Bristol BBQ XL: Big Bites

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

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

 

 

BAGEL BOY

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

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

 

BURGER BEAR

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

 

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

 

STONE BAKED 

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

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

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

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Words Ed Priest

 

Posted 31st May 2017 in Blog, Features

Perks of the Park: For Starters

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

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


ANNA MAE’S MAC & CHEESE

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

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


CARIBOU POUTINE

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


BUTCHIES

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


CHEEKY ITALIAN

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

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

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



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Words Ed Priest

Posted 25th May 2017 in Blog, Features

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