Posts Tagged ‘drum and bass’

INSYNC – FEATURED REVIEW: HOSPITALITY IN THE PARK 2017

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Words by Tom Evans

Last weekend, Britain’s biggest drum & bass festival showed that, with enough care and expertise, small festivals can truly work. Hospitality in the Park topped off the end of the festival season in style and, with a sellout crowd, almost guaranteed its return, in whatever format, next year.

The festival was easy to find; a stream of glitter showered girls and 90s track jacket clad boys formed a procession that covered the short distance from Finsbury Park underground station to the arena. The site itself was very small but masterfully organised. Eight stages were squeezed into a space where three minutes was the longest walk to anything, but without feeling claustrophobic or half-baked. There was still ample room to sit on the grass, eat away from the bass, and cool down after excessive skanking. In terms of innovative staging, the Medschool stage, with its warehouse façade – complete with scaffolding and London road sign, was head and shoulders above the competition and definitely justified the queue to get in. All the others, despite their proximity, had sizeable and very loud sound systems. Frequently the undoing of small festivals, this was miraculous at an event which, judging by its early finishing time, had strict instructions to be friendly to its neighbours.

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Posted 1st December 2017 in Reviews

GIGSOUP – HOSPITALITY IN THE PARK 2017 FINSBURY PARK LONDON

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Words by Zoe Anderson

Hospitality in The Park continues to go from strength to strength. Building from last year’s first instalment, this musical extravaganza is looking to become a firm fixture in the London festival calendar. Billed as the last hurrah of the summer, drum and bass heads from all around the world descended on Finsbury park to see out the summer with a bang.

Once again, the legendary Hospitality record label gathered together an all-star cast from the all corners of the drum and bass world. The line up this year Included a few familiar Hospital Records mainstays; London Electricity, back with his big band, and Roni Size were all present and correct. However, the appearance on the line up of outliers such as Deep Medi, gave the sense that you were seeing all the wide facets of the genre in one explosive mix.

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Posted 1st December 2017 in Reviews

ZAP BANG – HOSPITALITY IN THE PARK 2017 REVIEW

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Words by Mike Barnard

More than 12,000 drum & bass fans descended on London’s Finsbury Park when Hospitality in the Park returned on Saturday, September 23rd. Live and DJ sets included London Elektricity headlining with a 16-piece band, Roni Size marking the 20th anniversary of New Forms plus Fred V & Graffix. Ann McManus was there.

Arriving at Finsbury Park with a lovely new yoga mat still strapped to my back from the morning’s festivities at Wanderlust 108, I thought security would be a nightmare. Quite the opposite. The lovely guard who checked me in wanted to open up my yoga mat holder just to find the label so she could try and buy one similar and we had a but of a natter about yoga. In combination with complete lack of queue, this was a brilliant start to the day.

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Posted 1st December 2017 in Reviews

UNTITLED #909 – HOSPITALITY IN THE PARK: REVIEW + PHOTO DIARY

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Words by Chanel Kadir

My experiences with drum and bass lie within the realms of jump up and jungle – having only ever attended Playaz at Fabric (which just so happened to be my first ever rave) and Breakin’ Science. They’re the kind of events where you are likely to hear Bricks Don’t Roll and Mr. Happy get wheeled up at least 5 times throughout the night and (reluctantly) will be engrained in your head for the following week. With that in mind, drum and bass events are seen as a special occasion wherein I strive to release all my energy and skank to my heart’s content.

Hospitality In The Park wasn’t like any of my previous experiences. The festival hosted 8 different stages dedicated to a variety of different styles of the genre. The festival offered punters a unique experience to revel in the dubstep scene that once thrived in the city by bringing the Deep Medi crew to Finsbury Park. It was the variation that I lusted for at events like Breakin’ Science and Playaz. You were surrounded outrageously enthusiastic fans who were ready to show you their dirtiest bass face.

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Posted 1st December 2017 in Reviews

INTERNATIONAL DJ MAG – LIVE REVIEW: HOSPITALITY IN THE PARK

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Words by Dave Jenkins

When it comes to legendary gigs, Finsbury Park is a greedy old sod – over the years, it’s seen way more than its fair share of historic shows.

A stone’s throw from the Astoria where Hendrix first set fire to his guitar in 1967, the north London site has magnetised a whole gamut of greats over the decades: from Kiss to Bob Dylan, The Sex Pistols to New Order, Pulp to Pearl Jam. It was the venue for Rage Against The Machine’s anti X-Factor No 1 celebration show and reunion tours for The Stone Roses and Madness, and has been home to many long-running festivals over the last 20 years such as Wireless, Fleadh, Rise… and, last weekend, Hospitality In The Park, one of the most exciting bass music gatherings London has seen since Raindance set up shop on Jenkins Lane.

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Posted 1st December 2017 in Reviews

EDM REVIEW – HOSPITALITY IN THE PARK: UN FESTIVAL PARA EL RECUERDO

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Words by Angel Reales

Hospital Records nos regala el recuerdo mejor guardado de este verano 2017 en Londres: Hospitality In The Park; Let In Roll e Invaderz, los grandes triunfadores.

Asistir a la segunda edición de un festival tan joven a la par que veteranos en el sector, ha sido una de las experiencias más gratificantes de este verano. Hemos cerrado esta nueva etapa de festivales asistiendo al exitoso festival británico Hospitality In The Park, organizado – como su propio nombre indica – por el sello discográfico Hospital Records.

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Posted 1st December 2017 in Reviews