Posts Tagged ‘Cardiff’

City Spotlight: Cardiff

hospitality 3 march 2012

With Cardiff being the home to one of our most prolific artists it holds a special place in our heart. Since High Contrast’s first album ‘True Colours’ dropped back in 2002, Wales has really become a hot spot for drum & bass, with the scene going from strength to strength. This has led to some seriously talented producers coming out of the woodwork like Med School’s Lung, Undersound and Sub:Stance.

We’ve been visiting Cardiff since 2003, and  We’re heading to the newly opened Tramshed, a century-old, Grade II-listed building in Grangetown that used to be an old tram depot. The venue has already seen Friction, Hype and Goldie take to the decks since its opening in 2015, and has become a hub for all things music and arts. We can’t wait to bring down the Hospital gang, with an amazing line-up of High Contrast, Camo & Krooked, Fred V & Grafix, S.P.Y, Danny Byrd and Krakota.

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Our last few parties were held at Cardiff University’s Student Union, The Great Hall. Acting as a space for freshers fairs, exhibitions and even lectures by day, then by night it became a nifty little venue for Hospitality to come and inflict some bass-filled chaos! We’ve put on some unforgettable shows here, including High Contrast’s ‘The Agony & The Ecstasy’ album launch back in 2012.

Despite High Contrast and Lung highlighting Cardiff in the D+B sphere, the club culture wouldn’t be the same without Aperture serving the city a high-quality dosage of some of the best artists in the scene. Pioneered by Dave Shaw back in 2005, Aperture was born to create regular nights where you could hear good music for a good price and support new artists in the industry – a win-win all round. Shaw was also the guy responsible for first bringing Hospitality to the Welsh capital! Aperture has become the name behind 90% of Cardiff’s drum & bass community, bringing Ivy Lab, Hugh Hardie, Calibre, Alix Perez, Logistics, Rockwell, Critical Sound and many more to the city last year alone! It has taken over all of the best clubs in Cardiff on numerous occasions to deliver a night of pure D+B sounds, including Clwb ifor Bach and Buffalo.

In recent years, many other promoters and drum & bass nights have begun to flourish, catering to all ends of the D+B spectrum. Temple is responsible for the dark/neurofunk elements of the genre, putting on events every month at Undertone. So far they’ve had Joe Ford (Shogun Audio), Mikal (Metalheadz), Halogenix, Marcus Intalex, A.M.C and more! Alongside Temple is Circle Eight, a nu skool jungle night that has seen Nicky Blackmarket, Voltage and MC Eksman walk through the doors.

Although High Contrast will always be a name that strongly resonates in the Cardiff D+B scene, Undersound and Sub:Stance are also very talented producers to have come out of the capital. Undersound has been DJing since 2007, having had an extensive, prodigious background in music. He is the Jack of all instruments and master of all, being able to play guitar, piano, cello, flute, trumpet and the French horn. Due to his multi-instrumental talents, he contributed to High Contrast’s ‘Tough Guys Don’t Dance’ album and has over 60 releases, including 4 EPs and an album gaining support from BBC 1Xtra.

Sub:Stance is a producer adhering to the darker elements of drum & bass, becoming a long-standing resident of Aperture. He has had signings on Extent Records and Black Reign Ltd and has supported the likes of Alix Perez, Icicle, High Contrast, Logistics, D-Bridge, Nu:Tone and many more.

Alongside Undersound and Sub:Stance is Lung, the young DJ and producer who signed to Med School back in 2011. Since then he has featured tracks on multiple compilations, such as Med School’s ‘Blood Pressure’ and ‘New Blood 011′ and Hospital Records ‘Sick Music 3′ and ‘Sub 150′. He then dropped his debut album ‘Wait Less Suspense’ in 2013, showcasing his multi-sub-genre sounds.

So gone are the days where Cardiff’s music culture wasn’t exactly on point. It’s now accumulating one hell of a reputation in the electronic music scene and definitely giving London and it’s fellow south-western neighbour Bristol a run for its money. Hospitality can’t wait to get back down for another unforgettable night with Hospital heavyweights in tow. Tickets are going fast so don’t sleep!

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Words by Philippa Ghosh

Posted 18th October 2016 in Blog, Features

Hospitality Cardiff

Hospitality Cardiff – Lung’s favourite spot

Returning to the city of Cardiff for the first time in 2 years, Hospitality hits Solus on February 28th, 2014, to showcase an exciting mix of established & breakthrough Drum & Bass talent, proudly representing both the Hospital and Med School rosters.

Hours: 10pm-4am
Strictly Over 18s

High Contrast
Fred V & Grafix

Hosted by MC Wrec


In the run up to this, Local Cardiff Lad Lung brings us an interesting taste of his favourite spot in the City and his unusual lunch time choices…

Tickets // Event page

Posted 29th January 2014 in Blog, Features

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Hospitality @ The Great Hall, Cardiff Saturday 3rd March 2012

Photos by Andrew Attah

Posted 6th March 2012 in Photos


Stereoboard Preview Hospitality Cardiff


Stereoboard are getting excited about High Contrast’s official album launch in his native town on Saturday 3rd March.

He’s also doing an hour’s set down at Catapult Records, where he will also be signing the album too.

Click on the image to the left to read the full article.

Make sure you don’t miss out on Hospitality Cardiff – get your ticket HERE!

Posted 2nd March 2012 in Blog, Reviews