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Hospitality at Rise Festival 10.12.16: Do’s and Don’ts

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Rise Festival is one of the most unique festivals on the globe, and we here at Hospitality are over the moon they are bringing us back again for their high altitude winter-wonderland.

Sitting atop a mountain range spanning 1600-3200 metres in the sky, one of the most picturesque festivals in the world is now in its 3rd year, and if the last two were anything to go by this year is set to raise the bar yet again. Skiing holidays and music festivals separately are a glorious thing, and so the combination of the two will be a certified tour-de-force.

However, both Festivals and Skiing holidays alike can be a daunting affair for newbies and you always want to make sure you make the most of your experience. This is where we come in. We here at Hospital want to make sure everyone has the best possible time they could have, and so we’ve whipped up a little ‘Do’s & Don’ts guide that should make the process a little less daunting and a little more fun!

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Do: Make sure you see the Hospitality showcase…obviously.

Don’t: Jump the gun when it comes to booking accommodation, a bit of research will go a long way when choosing either a chalet, hotel, or hostel etc. You don’t want to end up shelling out for sub-par accommodation and equally you don’t want to end up deep in a residential zone if you’re out with the mandem looking for a mad one. Do your research, find out how far away you will be from both the slopes and the stages to optimise your holiday.

Do: Get lessons if you have not skied before. You may be going with a cohort of seasoned veterans on the slopes who may be able to provide you with all the basic know how…but they won’t want to stick around the bunny or green slopes for long. Investing in some lessons will put you with an instructor and people who are your level + lessons get you up nice and early so you can make the most of your trip.

Don’t: Miss out on the chance to trek up the mountain by snowshoe for a ‘cook your own dinner’ (with all trimmings provided by RISE). In the gorgeous al-fresco mountain forestry, this one is for the more adventurous among us but a truly off-piste experience awaits those who dare…

Do: Be sure to check out Channel One Sound system for the perfect juxtaposition between the frosty french mountain peaks and the warm and vibrant sounds of the Caribbean. It will surely inject some warmth and rattle some ribcages, just what the doctor ordered methinks.

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Don’t: Ski/Party to hard so that you cannot enjoy the balance. A festival built around an extreme sport, as awesome as it is, will inevitably result in some form of physical set-backs. Don’t waste your precious time on the slopes being too hungover to move, and likewise; don’t Ski yourself to death so you cannot stand on your feet come evening. Remember grasshopper, balance is key.

Do: Be sure to revitalise yourself through the use of Rise’s ‘restorative’ projects to bring balance and zen to your bruised and hungover husk of a body. If you ignored the prior warning and didn’t respect the balance between alcohol induced hedonism and adrenaline induced foolhardiness, you may be in need of a bit of r&r. These revitalisation schemes include mountainside rise & shine yoga classes suitable for all levels, or, if the early mornings are a bit much for you; why not hit up one of L2A’s renowned spas for all manner of relaxing services including flotation tanks and deep tissue or shiatsu massage, to ease those aches and pains.

Don’t: Shell out on loads of equipment. Both festivals & skiing as separate entities are an expensive affair, so when they are combined there will almost certainly be a dent into the cash supply. Minimise this by being sure to borrow as much equipment as you can before you go, and hire out the essentials. The only item not to go cheap on would be the skis, as higher quality skis will make your life much easier.

Do: Make sure see the Hospitality showcase…just in case you forgot.

Don’t: Miss the Kanata Secret Adventure Party. This hyper-exclusive venue is invite only and is limited to 300 people only. Guaranteed vibes, and definitely worth the RSVP.

Do: Get merry with Hype and immerse yourself in some festive fun with the Risemas Christmas tree and light display accompanied by some Christmas carols in the picturesque french alps, what could be better? Oh yeah…there is also a German beer market offering some of the greatest beers the nation has to offer, which is a fair few…

Don’t: Antagonise the Gendarme – they’re not massively tolerant of tourists (from anywhere), and a state of inebriation will not melt their icy hearts nor will they have any sympathy with your foolish self. So play nice folks.

Do: Test your mettle in the R-Games! A little friendly competition didn’t hurt anyone and there are levels for all; from novice to master. Be it the dual slalom race or the freestyle jam you’re keen for, be sure to go and give it some gusto – you never know, you may even win a prize.

Don’t: Limit yourself, see acts you haven’t seen before, go to stages you haven’t been to before (if you’re returning) and try and immerse yourself in something entirely new, bet it skiing or musically related.

Do: Make sure you see Dub Phizix & Strategy. The only thing frostier than the snow will be the ice cold minimal rollers you can expect from this dynamic duo. We hear those My Nu Leng lot are pretty decent too…

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Don’t: Ski when inebriated…without a torch.

Do: Make sure you try Tartiflette. This creamy delicacy is native to the Savoy region in the Alps but widely eaten across the nation. An amalgamation of potatoes, bacon lard-ons, cream and reblochon cheese will satisfy those comfort food cravings on a brisk and chilly day.

Don’t: Miss out on other culinary opportunities, the alpine region of France has a number of native delicacies, including all manner of cheeses courtesy of the local cow, ewe and goat population. But if cheese isn’t your thing, the fresh salmon and trout from the regional lakes accompanied with some local basil and rosemary will leave you surely satisfied. The french are a dab hand and making wine as well…

Don’t: Miss out on the chance to go to Le 3200. At an amazing (you guessed it) 3200 metres above sea level, it will be impossible not to feel on top of the world at this alpine bar. Serving a range of fast food and snacks amongst an array of beer and wine, this little stop off provides the perfect après experience.

Do: Become ‘Piste Pretty’ with the Gypsy Shrine girls. If glitter, jewels and braids are your thing, then hit up these girls who will take you from Apres to after party and keep you looking on fleek.

We hope this list will help you make the most of your winter retreat to the Alps and that you all have an amazing time.

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Words by Ed Priest

Posted 11th November 2016 in Blog, Features

City Spotlight: Leamington Spa

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Leamington Spa is a fairly new stop-off for Hospitality, with our first show hitting the city in March at The Assembly last year. We had such a great time that we’re returning for the second time on 25th November with Metrik, Danny Byrd, Nu: Tone and Krakota, and special guest Friction!

 

The Assembly is a seriously special venue for Leamington Spa. With a rich history, the art-deco, multi-function space used to serve as a space for balls and dances back in the early 1900s, attracting dances like the famous Waltz and Foxtrot. In 2008, millions of pounds was invested in redeveloping the building, and the venue was reborn becoming a hub for live music and one of the world’s biggest drum & bass parties for countless nights of ground-breaking bass.

Hidden beneath The Assembly is Zephyr Lounge, an intimate venue that, although fairly smaller in size, is a hidden gem, focusing more on niche nights from an eclectic range of artists. Zephyr Lounge is perfect for catching some of your favourite resident DJs. It’s a venue with a community, where you won’t lose your mates in the crowd, but you’ll still be exposed to some pretty top notch tunes.

Fat Boy Records, dedicated to grime and bass and spearheaded by a local promoter, hold regular nights at Zephyr. Fat Boy Records launched in June, kicking things off with a d&b and garage night from local MCs and DJs like M-BAR-C and Riddla. Earlier this month they brought Birmingham-born MC Devilman to the show as a special guest, an MC with a die-hard cult following and an even more die-hard rivalry with Skepta. Fat Boy Records nights are authentic and true to bass culture, never bringing commercial artists and always focusing on local Midlands talent.

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Leamington Spa is definitely an up and coming city in the vibrant Midlands, starting to compete with it’s Brummie neighbour. Although smaller in scale and not everyone’s city of choice for a weekend blow-out, it’s gaining an increasing richness in bass music such as drum & bass, grime, house and techno. It is for this reason why Hospitality are not going to miss this city in the UK from now on, and we hope you won’t either.

Catch this huge line-up at the end of the month by grabbing tickets now! These won’t last long so don’t sleep.

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By Philippa Ghosh

Posted 1st November 2016 in Blog, Features

Hospitality at Outlook 03.09.16: Exploring Pula

We’re jetting off to the luxurious beaches of Croatia for the very first time! This year Hospitality will be gracing Outlook festival along with our finest assets. On Saturday 3rd September we will be taking over The Clearing, featuring London Elektricity, Nu:Tone, Logistics and an exciting B2B from Med School’s finest Etherwood and Keeno, plus much more. We are very excited to be hosting the prime slot on the main stage this year, so expect one heck of a party!

Now in it’s 9th year, Outlook festival has built up a worldwide reputation for showcasing the finest underground dance music. This year’s lineup features the likes of Damian “jr Gong” Marley, Noisia, Stormzy and is looking like it could be the best year yet for Outlook. Set amongst the stunning scenery of Pula, everything kicks off on Wednesday the 31st with the opening ceremony, in the island’s 2000 year old Roman amphitheatre followed by four days of beach and boat parties and of course bass fuelled all nighters in the impressive Fort Punta Christo.

The striking city of Pula dates as far back at the 10th Century B.C.E and is overflowing with culture. With it’s wealth of Roman architecture and unspoiled natural surroundings taking time out from the festival and visiting this fine city is highly recommended. We’ve come up with a few of our favourites…

In the heart of Pula stands The Triumphal Arch of the Sergi, also known as “Golden Gate”. A richly ornamented arch covered in gilded elements is a sight you won’t be able to miss. If you’re lucky, you might even catch one of many cultural or musical performances that take place there.

 

On the off chance that you’re caught in some not so glorious weather, The Istria Museum of Contemporary Arts is a must see. Rich in the city’s artistic exploits, the museum is set in what used to be an austro-hungarian military base which alone is an impressive structure. If you feel like admiring the latest exhibitions or simply engulfing yourself in the cultural atmosphere be sure to pay a visit.

 

By far one of the most impressive monuments, the Arena of Pula is a definite must see. Outlook’s opening ceremony will be taking place here but we highly recommend visiting the Roman Amphitheatre during the day to admire it’s full beauty. Once the site of epic gladiator fights, now a venue for countless events held in the city you do not want to miss an opportunity to learn about this spectacle’s fascinating history.

 

If all that doesn’t feed your appetite for sightseeing, the coast is dotted with fragrant pine groves, seaside cafes and lavish restaurants all perfect for taking in the sea air. If you are feeling like venturing a bit further out The sensational Kamejak Peninsula is just a short slightly further out  certainly not to go a miss.

Traveling around Pula is really simple, to get to the Amphitheatre you can just take a bus to the port in the centre of Pula, where there are regular boats across the water. Traveling around the city is nice and easy, you can find all bus timetables and prices HERE. As for getting taxis, there is a rank close to campsite. Make sure that you’re keeping safe, that the taxi is registered and don’t be afraid to haggle!

For more information on the city, visit Lonely Planet

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Words by: Sarah Hancock

Posted 20th April 2016 in Blog, Features

Hospitality at We Are FSTVL 29.05.16: Etherwood Summer Smashers

We’re super excited to return to We Are FSTVL 2016 on the Sunday with a Hospital lineup in full effect and of course Etherwood will be bringing the summer vibes. Since he signed to Med School in 2012, Etherwood has been producing tune after tune. Last year being his most exciting to date, saw Etherwood achieve massive success with his second studio album ‘Blue Leaves’ which deservedly reached number one in the Electronic iTunes Chart.

 

Originally from Lincoln but now based in London, Med School’s award winning frontrunner first discovered drum & bass music in the late 90’s and takes his inspiration from the likes of Aphrodite, Photek, Logistics and Roni Size. Etherwood boasts an ever growing fan base from all corners of the globe. With his indistinguishable sound of chilled atmospheric drum & bass and impressive feature vocals he is sure to bring the summer vibes to We Are FSTVL this summer.

 

Jess Mills – For My Sins (Etherwood Remix) – Featured on his debut album, Etherwood’s remix of ‘For My Sins’  is an ideal summer anthem. Jess’ piercing vocals along with Etherwood’s alluring piano together make waving your arms hard to resist!

 

Etherwood – Light My Way Home (feat. Eva Lazarus) – The deliciously fluid amen throughout ‘Light My Way Home’ makes for a perfect festival hit. Etherwood has of course smashed it again with his piano melody throughout, perfectly encompassing Eva Lazarus’ empowering vocals.

 

Etherwood – Souvenirs (feat. Zara Kershaw) – Working with another stunning vocalist, Etherwood’s hit single ‘Souvenirs’ is yet another ideal soundtrack for the sunshine. A perfect example of his impressive production skills, the floaty vibes brought by the synths will have you all bouncing around.

 

Etherwood – Unfolding (feat. Laurelle Robichaud) – The delicate and melancholic sounds of “Unfolding” are an excellent example of Etherwood’s ability to take his listeners on a journey. A great uplifting track accompanied by that dancefloor filling bassline, this is definitely one for that summer playlist.

 

Etherwood – Begin By Letting Go – One of our personal favourites and the opening track of his debut album, “Begin By Letting Go” is another soul soother for the summertime. Etherwood also features as the vocalist with his dreamy lyrics, it would be hard not to ‘let go’ and lose those inhibitions on the dancefloor in the sunshine.

 

Catch Etherwood at We Are FSTVL on Sunday 29th May. He will be playing on the Favela Fiesta stage alongside Camo & Krooked, Sub Focus, Fred V & Grafix, S.P.Y, Etherwood, Metrik, Maduk, Logistics, Krakota and Ownglow. 

 

 

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Words by: Sarah Hancock

Posted 15th April 2016 in Blog, Features

HOSPITALITY SOUTHAMPTON 12.02.16: RONI SIZE

“Everyday’s a busy day in the life of Size.”

 

Words by: Nikki Ellis

And it certainly seems that way! In the last year Roni’s comeback plan has had a massive impact with the reformation of Reprazent, countless festival stage takeovers and the revival of one of the most seminal labels in drum & bass. As part of his “Full Cycle” tour Roni Size will be joining us at Hospitality Southampton this Friday and we can’t wait to hear what he has in store! We caught up with the D+B pioneer ahead of the shows…

 

So after the craziness of last year, was there a particular highlight for you? 

Yeah definitely the highlight for me was playing Arcadia in Bristol that was massive, messing around with the home crowd, my mum came and we had loads of family and friends there so that was cool. We played in Pula the night before at the Amphitheatre and that was incredible. Having those two gigs in a row was an amazing week, I think that’s my wish list ticked off.

 

So you achieved everything you wanted?

Well you know musically not quite, we didn’t get to put the album out which we’re still working on, but we got to be able to perform it and work out what we needed to do to the record to make it right. It’d been a while since we’d all come together to make music so we just wanted to get on the stage, get on the road and gel together and then reassess it and get in the studio and really nail this album because you know we just want to make sure this album’s right, it has to be right. So I didn’t meet all my goals last year but it was a great year nonetheless.

 

And what are you looking forward to in 2016?

Well the aim of this year is definitely getting the album out but it’s never just about having one goal. Having the record label is important. Getting back to its audience with Full Cycle and keeping the new label established, getting music out there.

 

And its rumoured the next Reprazent album is going to be called ‘For the Masses’ is there a strong meaning behind that title?

Yeah I think its definitely doing it for the masses. It’s a working title. It carries weight. Its not the masses like the ‘X Factor’ masses or those people who are just in it to win it. We’re talking about those people who turn up, they’re at the front, at the end of the year they’ve got all their wrist bands on to say they’ve been to this festival, that festival. We’re doing it for those masses who have been supporting us for years and years.

 

And the first release on the label this year will be the ‘Formulate EP’ from you and Krust?

Yeah so we’re moving towards putting out this EP in February. ‘Formulate’ is a track myself and Krust did years ago, which was a really popular track but we just never released it. I think it was put on a compilation but it never ever came out. We’ve got newer mixes of the track as well and we just felt like it was great start point because we’re looking to formulate, generate and forge the sound of Full Cycle for the next twenty years. So this is a great beginning. We didn’t want to just go straight in with a brand new track. You know we did this track in 1993!

 

So a mix of the old with the new?

Yeah exactly that. We wanted to remind ourselves about the simplicity and the flavour of what that record really was. It just never came out and I don’t know why but it’s coming out now.

 

Obviously you were part of a massive movement in Bristol back in the late 90’s. Is there anyone that you think are doing the same thing for Bristol now?

To be fair, Bristol’s filled with of a lot people who aren’t actually from here but they just move here from different parts of the UK, so its really difficult to gauge. There’s a lot of the drum & bass community who have moved to Bristol – and you know what its not a bad thing – but at the same time I think Bristol’s sound has to remain. I don’t want this city to become as an amalgamation of different sounds that really represent other cities. I want the sound that is here to represent the sound of what Bristol is… but I think that means having more nights.

I believe there’s a gap in the music at the moment and I feel that Full Cycle can fill that void. I have a lot of music in my computer that doesn’t sound like anyone else and I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing! But the one thing you’ll be able to say is that you can identify it as a Roni tune. Whereas nowadays I think it’s really difficult to pinpoint. I think there’s people like Culture Shock who I think you can really identify his sound, but I find it really hard. I hear a record and I just don’t know who that’s by. Whereas before I’d be able to hear a record and be like “that’s a Dillinja record,” or “that’s Adam F,” or “that’s Wax Doctor” and that’s why I’m really wanting the aspects of the Bristol sound to remain Bristol.

 

You’ve dealt first hand with crossover success. Did you ever feel like you had to compromise anything to gain that kind of widespread reach? Do you think artists of today who have that kind of success are also compromising?

My take on it is, of course I had to compromise, but I had to compromise in a way that benefitted me. I was always into good quality music but being signed to Talkin’ Loud just drew me straight towards jazz. So I started to put more jazz elements into my sound. You start to look at the success rate, then you start to put a live show together and you want to have songs that people can sing along to. So yeah you do have to compromise but I feel that a lot of the compromises that are happening in this day are not necessarily compromises. I feel like, a lot of people, really all they ever wanted was to be a pop artist, they wanted to be pop. That’s what they want to be, so that’s what they’re being but they use the vehicle of drum & bass to be that pop artist, that’s just my opinion.

 

 

I just think drum and bass is in a place that has got to be cautious. Even my mum said the other day ‘there’s too much damn drum and bass’ and that’s my mum! She’s 78 and she listens to the radio all the time and she says “there’s too much” and its got to be careful that it doesn’t become over saturated. I know that the younger generation love it but I don’t think that it belongs on mainstream radio every day because with drum & bass the reason that it’s survived is because it’s always been underground music. It’s always been that. It’s always had that foundation.

 

You and Krust will be joining us at Hospitality Birmingham and Southampton, will people get to hear any more of the new releases in your set?

Yeah absolutely, I always play my new stuff every set. We’re trying to build the set and put together some decent music which represents a bit of the past and a bit of the future.

BBC 6Music – Roni Size & DJ Krust – Live in Bristol by Roni Size on Mixcloud

 

 

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Posted 28th January 2016 in Blog, Interviews