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Locked in the Dock: History Lessons

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Since the dawn of rave, it’s safe to say that there has been one genre that has always been the undisputed champion. We’re talking, of course, about Jungle. In the early 90s, we were blessed with a sound like no other. Punchy Amen breaks, weighty basslines and mad samples graced our warehouses and sound systems. With the likes of Kenny Ken, Randall, Fabio & Grooverider, Aphrodite and Micky Finn all championing this new sound.

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Here at Hospital, we are linking up with the mighty Jungle Jam for the next Hospitality in the Dock event on the 30th of March 2018. Jungle Jam has been jamming jungle out to the masses since 2005. Starting out in Leeds to then putting on events that span up and down the U.K. and even with events covering across parts of Europe, these guys really know how to rinse it out proper!

 

DJ Randall : History Lesson

First up, we are delighted to have the DJ that we all know and love, DJ Randall, Mr Too-hot-too-handleRandall will be teaching us all a lesson or two in the long history of Drum and Bass at the dock this year. Having been around since the birth of Jungle, Randall‘s no stranger when it comes to spinning out an old-skool set. His mixing skill and tune selection are second to none which makes him the perfect DJ to guide us through the many years of Drum & Bass music. 

 

30 years of: Micky Finn & Aphrodite

Next, we have the mighty Micky Finn going B2B with Aphrodite. Its safe to say that these two are bonafide jungle legends and will be guiding us through the 30 years of their iconic Urban Takeover label and beyond. Having both been in the game for a very long time and pretty much pioneering the genre, there couldn’t be Jungle without the Finn and Aphrodite. Most notably In 1996, they teamed together in production and released their iconic DnB anthem, Badass. A track that continues to destroy dance floors whenever it gets played to this day. This set is definitely one not to be missed!

 

Krust: Warhead era classics set

Finally touching down to grace the Jungle Jam stage we have the Bristol don that is none other than DJ Krust. During the late 90s and early 2000s, Krust was bombarding the scene with his heavy style of Drum & Bass that was never heard before on his and Roni Sizes’ label Full Cycle Records. Tunes like ‘Don’t Front’ and ‘Break ya Neck’ to name a few. But ultimately everybody who knows their D&B will think of one tune and one tune only when they hear Krusts name. That tune is Warhead. Released back in 1997 on V Recordings. The tune was an instant classic and was getting dropped by every DJ at every rave across the U.K., putting Krusts name firmly on the Drum & Bass map for good!

Catch the man himself doing a ‘Warhead Era’ classics set alongside so many other original junglist dons. Less than a month to go now, calling all junglists, your time is now!

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Words by James Hillyard

Posted 12th March 2018 in Blog, Features

Locked In The Dock: Introducing ‘UNDIVIDE’

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For almost thirty years, London and Bristol have been the two cornerstones of the UK bass music scene playing host to some of the wildest parties in the UK and continually showcasing the country’s flourishing array of dance music talent. Now, veteran dance promoters The Blast have combined forces with global events brand HospitalityDnB to create Undivide. A fusion of Bristol and London, Undivide is an events brand like no other which flies the flag for the best of UK dance music.

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Kicking off proceedings was their New Year’s Day show at the Printworks, a venue which is quickly establishing itself as a legendary nightclub in London’s dance music tapestry. Gracing the decks at this landmark event was a mammoth line-up of dance music heavyweights, including Drum & Bass titans Noisia headlining the Press Halls and Dubstep pioneer Caspa headlining the Charge Bay. From start to finish, every DJ delivered electrifying sets which effortlessly covered the full spectrum of dance music. It’s safe to say that the first ever Undivide event was one for the history books.

Still fresh from the success of their NYD event, Undivide have now been given the chance to curate ‘The Car Park’ stage at the legendary Hospitality in the Dock event on 30th March. Teaming up with seminal Neurofunk label Eatbrain and global events promoter Therapy Sessions, this stage will be packed out with the finest DJs that the harder, darker and heavier side of Drum & Bass has to offer. Headlining this stage will be none other than the original Drum & Bass super-group Bad Company UK. Alongside them will be Killbox, an innovative new project from Ram Records heavyweight Audio & the legendary Ed Rush, as well as the Eatbrain league featuring an eye-watering triple B2B from Jade, Telekinesis and L33. Completing this gargantuan line up is an Astrophonica Showcase, featuring the ever experimental DJ Fracture going B2B with both Lewis James and Sully, as well as Benny L B2B Voltage and Jaydrop.

Since reuniting in early 2016, Bad Company UK instantly re-established themselves as one of the true powerhouses of Drum & Bass. Signing to the legendary Ram Records, the group have gone from strength to strength releasing the anthemic singles Nomad/Equilibrium and Primal Fire/Tetris alongside a remix of The Prodigy’s The Day is my Enemy which was nominated for best remix at the 2016 Drum and Bass Awards.

When Ram Records posted a cryptic video for Killbox back in 2016, no one was truly prepared for what was to come next. Ed Rush, considered one of the godfathers of Neurofunk, had decided to team up with Audio, an artist revered for his production talents, to form Killbox. Fast forward to 2018 and Killbox already have two singles and an EP under their belt alongside an extensive DJ schedule spanning the UK and Europe, cementing themselves as a dynamic production and DJ duo.

With Benny L and Voltage on a lethal B2B as arguably a pair of the hottest acts in D+B and a takeover from the army of D+B darkness that is Therapy Sessions celebrating their 15th year, it’s safe to say that this stage show is going to be packed to the brim with impeccable talent and thunderous basslines. Tickets are moving fast so make sure you get yours before it’s too late!

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Posted 24th January 2018 in Blog, Features

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