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Hospitality Budapest @ Akvárium Klub Official December 2016

Posted 20th December 2016 in Budapest, Europe, Media, Parties, Photos

City Spotlight: Budapest

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Europe is no stranger to D+B and the Hungarian capital is a testament to the undiluted quality that is so prominent throughout the continent. There is a rich and diverse range of styles across Europe but we would go so far as to say those in the east, do it as good as anyone. With amazing promoters like Bladerunnaz and a host of homegrown talent including the likes of Jade, Mindscape, SKC and Chris S.U; there’s most definitely something in the water here that inspires a thriving scene.

Hospital first delved into the Hungarian realm of D+B back in 2005 with the ‘Future Sound Of’ series going to Budapest for instalment number 2. Featuring standalone tracks from SKC and Mindscape alongside two collaborations featuring the former and Chris S.U & Bratwa, this release is a comprehensive blend of both the artists’ individual take on things and Hospital’s trademark style. The result? A culmination of high energy dancefloor tracks with upfront and positive vibes a plenty.

SKC, the lead artist on Future Sound of Budapest, is undoubtedly the veteran of the Hungarian D&B world (and he has some serious competition amongst his peers). SKC has been releasing music for nearly two decades on world renowned labels such as Commercial Suicide, Black Sun Empire, Hostile, Critical and of course, Hospital. It was SKC who spotted Jade and nurtured his talent allowing the head honcho of Eatbrain to develop into the label and production guru that he is today. D+B in Budapest would be a very different story without Gábor Nagymáthé (SKC).

Given the demand for good quality D&B in the region and the wealth of quality that resides within Hungary, it made sense for Hospitality to give Budapest a piece of the action. In 2014 the Hospital crew made the journey east to shell down the ‘Heart of Europe’ for the first time. With resident hit men Logistics and Fred V & Grafix alongside MC Texas to show the Pearl of Danube how Hospitality gets the job done, there was no surprise this event was a huge success and thus paved the way for another event in 2015, and a return to Akvarium Klub on the 16th of December this year. For this Christmas shindig you can expect Nu:Logic, Etherwood and MC Fava to come and shut down the Akvarium. Alongside Hospitality will be partners in crime Bladerunnaz and Eatbrain, who will be bringing along a hefty arsenal of talent including the likes of: Aggressor Bunx, MC Kryptomedic and the local Budapest bad boys: Jade, Mindscape and Chris S.U. You will not want to miss this one.

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As mentioned earlier, Budapest is the homeland for some of the biggest names in the D&B game; particularly within the realms of Neurofunk and Tech D+B. Eatbrain, one of the world’s most iconic contemporary Neuro labels are based in Budapest and led by commander-in-chief Jade. Both Jade & Mindscape are at the top of their games and are some of the finest purveyors of the darker and dirtier sounds that their city, and the rest of the world, have grown to love. Similarly to SKC, Mindscape began his journey on DJ Traces DSCI4 label and has risen through the ranks ever since, bolstering his discography and moving from strength to strength.

The D+B scene in Budapest can’t be discussed without giving Chris S.U a serious mention. One of the most diverse producers in the game, churning out feel-good dancefloor tunes and some serious filth alike, this guy can boast releases on Hospital, Eatbrain, Mindtech and RAM amongst many others. A serious heavyweight. As one of the key players in the ‘Bladerunnaz’ crew and D&B events in Budapest in general, this is someone to check out if you’re not in the know.

 

 

There have been some serious shows over the past few years in Budapest. However, during this September just gone, Bladerunnaz upped the levels by amassing a horde of amazing talent, all under one roof, to celebrate 20 Years of Drum & Bass Arena. The all-star roster included: The Teddy Killerz, A.M.C, Upgrade, Jade, Mindscape, Skeptical and the Stanton Warriors. Split across 3 rooms with masses of talented local support this event very much set the tone for the levels to come, and will undoubtedly, be matched by the Hospitalitiy x Bladerunnaz x Eatbrain show in the coming weeks.

The Bladerunnaz crew have become the kings of the Hungarian D&B scene when it comes to throwing a party, but that’s not to say that other quality promoters in the area should be overlooked. SheFire, an all female collective of DJs & Producers of whom cater to all things from D&B, Dubstep and Techno have been running for a number of years and have a cult following amongst the locals and this reputation is very much deserved. Led by Budapest’s very own DJ Ren, this cohort of feisty females know how to get the job done, and have recently become Bladerunnaz Room 2 promoters of choice.

There can be no denying that Budapest has fostered some amazing talent and has thrown some wicked parties, but where do they take place? Where do the punters go to boogie? Well, Budapest has an array of unique and vibrant venues catering for a range of needs. Akvarium, as mentioned previously, is the gemstone of the city and plays home to both the Hospitality nights and the majority of the larger scale D+B events within the city, most notably Bladerunnaz. With stylish decor, amazing sound systems and a host of different rooms including both a restaurant and roof terrace, this venue really does it all and has earned its stripes as one of, if not the, best venue in the city.

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Corvin Club is another equally exciting yet cosy venue that has a lot to offer. Since it’s re-opening in 2015, this legendary venue has adopted a fresh mantra. A brand new Mogul Audio sound-system very much brings the thunder for the multitude of events thrown at this iconic venue, and if that rib shattering bass isn’t quite what you’re in the mood for, you can always make your way up to the relaxing rooftop bar where you can enjoy the urban and rural scenery surrounding Budapest and beyond, or, one can simply enjoy the cinema-sized projector screen on display.

Another one for the books is ‘A38’. An old Ukranian carrier ship that underwent a renovation in 2003 has been labelled one of Europe’s coolest clubs and this old boat consistently showcases events from across the Bass & Dance music spectrum. It would seem there is no shortage of fine bars and clubs for you to either move your feet or rest your head throughout this fine city.

All in all, Budapest, don’t ever change. Nicknamed ‘The Capital of Freedom’ & ‘The Capital of Festivals’ for good reason, this gorgeous city is abundant with Art Nouveau Architecture and is home to Europes second-longest river, the Danube, which flows right through the Hungarian capital. A cultural hub of art, cuisine and some of the finest Drum & Bass in the world, this city is truly one of the gemstones of Hospitalities international map. You’d be foolish to pass up on an opportunity to visit this astounding and vibrant city, so why not treat yourself to a Christmas getaway weekend in Budapest and come to a D&B show for the history books on the 16th of December. Tickets will not last long so best get a move on!

 

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Words by Ed Priest

Posted 28th November 2016 in Blog, Features

Hospitality In The Park: Travel & Accommodation

After a string of unforgettable drum and bass BBQs over the last two summers, we’re taking things to the next level with something that no other drum and bass label has ever done before. On Saturday 24th September 2016 Hospitality will be setting up camp in Finsbury Park – London’s most accessible and easy to get to location – with a number of different hosts across multiple stages showcasing the very best in bass music culture with a focus on drum & bass of course.

This international celebration of drum & bass music and its surrounding eco-system is going to be ground breaking and people will no doubt be coming in from all over the globe to join in the party. If that’s you and your crew then have a read through all of the travel information below. Finsbury Park is a two-minute walk from Finsbury Park tube station, which is situated on the Victoria Line of the London underground train system.

 

Travelling from Europe or other International Destinations

 

BY EUROSTAR

To get to the festival from Belgium or Amsterdam it really is easy!

1. Jump on the 2 hour Eurostar from Brussels (South Railway Station) to London (St Pancras)

Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/book/train/outbound-train

2. Next take a 5-minute direct tube ride on the London Underground from London St Pancras heading Northbound to Finsbury Park on the Victoria Line.

 

You can purchase a day travel card to travel on the Tube or buses, or you can purchase an Oyster card from any Tube station or shop with the Oyster card logo: https://oyster.tfl.gov.uk/oyster/entry.do

 

 

BY PLANE

If you’re travelling from abroad and would prefer to travel by plane that’s just as easy! We recommend you book your flights from your European destination of choice via Skyscanner to get the cheapest price: http://www.skyscanner.net/

You can fly into any of the following London airports and jump on a quick train or tube to Finsbury Park:

  1. Fly to London Stansted
  2. Get the Stansted Express train to Tottenham Hale (30 minutes)
  3. Get the Tube for 2 stops on the Victoria Line to Finsbury Park

Or:

  1. Fly to Heathrow Airport
  2. Get the Tube Eastbound via the Piccadilly Line to London Kings Cross (St Pancras)
  3. From there get on the Victoria line Northbound to Finsbury Park.

 

Or:

  1. Fly to London City Airport
  2. Get on a DLR train to Bank underground station
  3. Change at Bank and get a Northbound Tube to Finsbury Park on the Victoria line.

 

TRAVELLING FROM OTHER UK DESTINATIONS

BY COACH

If you’re planning on travelling to London from other parts of the UK then you can get a ridiculously cheap bus from major cities like Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Leeds from just £6 via Megabus and National Express to Victoris bus station. From there just walk to the Victoria Underground station and get a 10 minute Northbound tube ride to Finsbury Park via the Victoria Line:

http://uk.megabus.com/

http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx

BY TRAIN

Alternatively you can get a train to London Kings Cross where you can get a 5 minute tube to Finsbury Park via the Victoria Line, while slightly more expensive than a coach, it will most likely be quicker. From London Kings Cross its just a 5 minute direct tube ride on the London underground heading Northbound to Finsbury Park on the Victoria Line

You can book your train tickets here: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

 

 

ACCOMMODATION / OVERNIGHT STAY IN LONDON

After partying all night long you’ll be needed somewhere to rest your head before your short journey home. We recommend the following hotels and hostels to accommodate you, all of which are easy to get to after the festival.

 

Exclusive Discount Code for Safestay.com

We’ve arranged a great deal with Safestay.com for you! You can now get 20% off bookings at London Elephant & Castle and Holland Park when using the discount code HITP16 when making reservations for the 23rd-25th September.

BOOK HERE

The ‘Cheap & Cheerful’ option:

http://www.arsenaltavernbackpackers.com/

https://generatorhostels.com/en/destinations/london/

https://www.sohostel.co.uk/london-hostel-location/

https://www.safestay.com/ss-london-elephant-and-castle.html

https://smarthostels.com/properties/russell-square/

http://www.queenshotellondon.co.uk/

http://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/tottenham-guesthouse-london.en-gb.html

http://beaconsfieldhotel.com/

 

The ‘Reassuringly Expensive’ option:

http://www.thepemburylondon.com/
https://www.bestwestern.co.uk/hotels/best-western-london-highbury-83939

http://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/queens-drive.en-gb.html

 

 

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 13th April 2016 at 11AM. Sign up now to get your hands on pre-sale tickets before they go on general release!

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Posted 12th April 2016 in Blog, Features