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Hospitality Hot Spots: Birmingham


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…


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.

© Photography by Krishan Chauhan for Here & Now (

© Photography by Krishan Chauhan for Here & Now (

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.


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

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Hospitality Birmingham @ The Rainbow Venues, November 2016.

Posted 1st December 2016 in Media, Photos

Hospitality Birmingham : High Contrast – A closer look at one of Hospital’s longest standing DJs

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This November we return to Rainbow Venues in Birmingham for a special session with one of Hospital’s most prolific artists. 

Starting out as a completely unknown DJ from Wales, Lincoln Barrett was signed to Hospital Records in 2000. DJing had only recently crept onto Barrett’s agenda after hearing J Majik’s Arabian Nights. It was this track that planted the seed and soon flourished into the renowned High Contrast. Originally, very much engrossed in the film industry and aspired to be a film maker. Little did Barrett know that 16 years later he would be the headline act of the Hospital stage at Hospitality in the park, producing for the London Olympics and in the studio writing his highly anticipated fifth studio album. 


Since the young age of 22, High Contrast has been at the top of his game; dropping his debut album ‘True Colours’ which shot up instantaneously. Everybody, in and out of the music industry, loved him and it seems everybody was talking about him, including in America. Two years later, the Welsh DJ went on to release album number 2 ‘High Society’, featuring ‘Racing Green’, the liquid-fuelled cruise track and timeless, all-night-party anthem ‘Twilight’s Gleaming’. This sophomore album was voted as one of the top 3 jungle albums of the last 10 years by Knowledge Magazine. With Barrett’s reputation firmly rooted in the bass-y grounds of drum & bass, his name wasn’t disappearing any time soon, especially not with his third studio album in the making.


‘Tough Guys Don’t Dance’ hit the shelves which brought two of the most favourited High Contrast tracks still today – the upbeat but ghoulish-sounding classic ‘If We Ever’ and the hard-hitting and soulful ‘Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang‘. He was then invited to join the highly BBC Radio 1’s Essential mix of the year, showing that Lincoln had not lost his touch. Over the next 5 years, HC put his spin  numerous remixes of big names in the, such as Utah Saint’s ‘Something Good’ and Adele’s ‘Hometown Glory’, which has become one of his most well-known and played remixes to date. Fast forwarding to 2011 when HC went on a major travel spree, hitting all the major festivals in Europe, from Electric Daisy Carnival, Global Gathering and Coachella.


2012 was not only the year of his fourth studio album release ‘The Agony & The Ecstasy’, but it was also during the summer of that year when he was asked to write the music for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics with Underworld. This request showed High Contrast and all those supporting him along the way, exactly how much his hard work and talent had paid off. This great honour led to the creation of ‘The Road Goes On Forever’ – a milestone track in Lincoln’s career. 


Over the last few years, High Contrast has played live sets internationally, from Canada, to the U.S, to the racing streets of Shanghai, China. 14 years in the limelight and the Welshman hasn’t fizzled or faded from D+B conversation. His sets are spoken about as being one of the best, his tracks, old or new, are played daily on music outlets such as Spotify and YouTube, with his newest single ‘Remind Me’ hitting 2 million listens.


A name that will go down in drum & bass history, and a name that still hasn’t stopped doing what he does best, fans of High Contrast are patiently awaiting the fifth LP to add to his exceptional discography. In the next upcoming months the album will be dropping, but until then the man himself will be headlining the Hospital stage at Hospitality in the Park in September and we can’t wait. 


Words by Philippa Ghosh

Posted 11th November 2016 in Blog, Features