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Hospitality Hot Spots: Birmingham

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Birmingham might be known as The Second City, but there’s no doubt that the crowds at Hospitality Birmingham have been some of the best we have ever seen.

Fred V & Grafix are jumping back on the decks with Hospital’s golden boy Danny Byrd spinnin’ an exclusive jungle set. We have to make the effort if we are coming all the way to Brum, so we thought a never before seen Logistics b2b Etherwood could suffice! Off the back of his killer debut Hospital LP ‘Salvation’, Makoto will be gracing your eardrums with some of the silkiest liquid beats from a back catalogue of tunes from the last 20 years.

Finishing off this killer line up in the Warehouse of Rainbow is Krakota, a man that needs no introduction. Finally, it wouldn’t be Hospitality Birmingham without some huge special guests; let’s not beat around the bush, we’ve pulled out all the stops. Bristol badboy TC brings the D+B knowhow, whilst hype surrounding Critical Sound’s 15th year follows them to Brum, and label boss Kasra is bringing none other than Mefjus & Halogenix for a cheeky bit of deep and murky D+B.

Music aside, we are in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. Make the most of a trip to the Brummie: start with the tunes, get a slice of munch, and finish with a nice dose of culture. Here’s what’s on offer…

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The Rainbow Venues: This has to be one of my favourite clubs in the country. The crème de la crème of clubs in the midlands, the production team really haven’t held back on creating one of the best atmospheres around. They really don’t hold back on Room Two either, big capacities, big bass and intense lighting will tingle at least three of your senses to the max. There’s no finer place to show off what Hospital have to offer.

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© Photography by Krishan Chauhan for Here & Now (fb.com/wearehereandnow)

Things to do/places to eat: I’m joining these two together for this blog, as there is only one place you have to get yourself to… the Birmingham Canal Network. You have a plentiful selection of chain and independent eateries, and countless amount of chic or cheaper bars to either pre-drink or attempt a hair of the dog cure the night after. This is the place to be for some bangin’ food to soothe the hangover. Accompany that with a gentle stroll and cheeky bev by the picture-esque canals, it might just be that bit of relaxation you need. If you’re here for the whole weekend, check out the Jekyll & Hyde gin bar for copious amounts of gin-based food and cocktails creations.

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Where to stay: You won’t need to fork out for Taxis if you stay at Birmingham Central Backpacker’s, it’s just an 8-min walk away from Rainbow Venues. It’s also equidistant to the centre so you can save those precious pennies for some bevs in the venue. Plus, there’s a free light breakfast, free tea & coffee and free Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, the rooms aren’t free as well, but for a minimum two-night stay, it’ll only set you back £30-40 if you’re on a budget.

See, what’s not to love. Fully fledged D+B flavours from our dear friends and exalted guests in one of the greatest cites the nation has to offer. Come for the music, stay for the Hospitality.

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Words by Viv Beech

Perks Of The Park: FABRICLIVE

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Any visitor to London has to spend at least one night boogying down at the iconic Fabric nightclub. To revel in the recent salvation of Fabric from the brink of permanent closure by the powers above, we couldn’t think of anyone better to host a stage at one of the nations biggest parties. Helping us to celebrate such an iconic club, are some of the finest underground music artists, many of whom have been blessed enough to release a legendary FABRICLIVE compilation. Welcome back, FABRICLIVE.

Now we’ve listened to what you had to say last year and we know that sound quality is a huge part of the whole festival experience. Taking that on board, We’ve implemented special measures, and Fabric will now be bringing their room two Pioneer Pro Audio sound system for a bass overload that will make the FABRICLIVE stage naughtier than Theresa May running through a field of wheat.

 

My Nu Leng & Dread MC

The duo behind FABRICLIVE.86 and another Bristolian pairing smashing the underground scene not just in the UK but worldwide. Drawing influences from across the electronic music spectrum it is hard to pinpoint their sound to a specific genre, so expect a diverse set but guarantees of heavy drops and huge bass. Dread MC joins the pair onstage and having experienced their previous sets together, it will definitely be one of the parties of the summer.

The Return of Clipz

Hospital are thrilled to announce that the legendary Clipz will be returning for Hospitality in the Park. Having found commercial success under alias Redlight, Clipz is going back to his DnB and jungle roots to help us celebrate this year’s Hospitality in the Park. This set will be only one of two appearances for Clipz this summer, so this is one not to be missed.

Benton

When I think of Benton, I can think of no better person who fits the dark and minimal 140 sound. High profile releases on Loefah’s Swamp81 label, travel to any city with a thriving underground music scene and his name will definitely pop up on a flyer somewhere.

Calibre & DRS

A drum & bass legend straight outta Belfast and curator of FABRICLIVE.68, Calibre has been a key player in the scene for over 20 years now. His own Signature Recordings has released some of the finest DnB, complete with beautiful melodic patterns and an unmistakeable sound. No doubt he is one of the biggest names in drum and bass. Jumping on stage with Calibre is one of our favourite MCs: DRS. You will not be disappointed.

Caspa

One of dubstep’s biggest names, who could ever forget his remix of TC’s Where’s My Money? King of the wobble and FABRICLIVE.37 representative Caspa is making his Hospitality in the Park debut this year. Having had a high-flying career touring all corners of the world and having music featured on Hollywood blockbusters and remixing everyone from Depeche Mode to Deadmau5 and Ludacris, he comes back to his hometown of London for what will be a set to cherish on the FABRICLIVE stage.

Chimpo b2b Sam Binga featuring Trigga

Famous for his part in Manchester crew Levelz and unmistakeable voice, Chimpo heading behind the decks to be joined by top-knot sporting Bristol DJ Sam Binga. Trigga MC will be taking to the stage for a set that is sure to be packed to the brim with bouncey bass-heavy half-time.

Critical Soundsystem Presents: Mefjus, Kasra & Mantmast

Having smashed their set last year with Emperor, Critical boss and FABRICLIVE.62 selector Kasra is joined yet again by Austrian neuro heavyweight and my personal favourite Mefjus, for what will certainly be one of the heaviest sets at the park this year. These two neuro icons take to the FABRICLIVE stage having just released their Decyfer / Conversion EP together.

Skepsis

Undoubtedly the new face of the UK bass scene. Skepsis has helped revitalise bassline music in recent months and let’s be honest, he will be one of the filthiest acts you will see all day. At only 21, this is a DJ at just the start of his career and with support from the likes of Rinse FM, is destined for great things.

FABRICLIVE Residents:

Blazey Bodynod

Our first FABRICLIVE resident is big name around Bristol, Blazey Bodynod. A true pioneer of bass music in the South West’s biggest city and one of the most respected promoters on the circuit, anyone whose been to a Bodynod show knows the score.

Skankandbass

With well over 60,000 subscribers on YouTube and a dedicated following on social media where he routinely promotes the best new DnB, Skankandbass is the second resident of our FABRICLIVE stage. He’s got some special stuff in store for the Park believe us…

It’s without a doubt that every single one of this exalted figures of bass music will be bringing the fire to the FABRICLIVE stage, and with a huge Pioneer sound system, what more could you ask for. So if you haven’t got one already, grab yourself a ticket so you don’t suffer severe FOMO.

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Words Viv Beech

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Posted 24th August 2017 in Blog, Features

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Perks of The Park: Critical Sound System

We’re very proud to say that the in-demand trio, Critical Sound System will be joining us for Hospitality In The Park on Saturday 24th September! Bringing the best the label has to offer will be owner and pioneer of the scene Kasra, drum and bass heavyweight Emperor and Austrian neuro prodigy Mefjus.

With over a decade of releases and esteemed club nights, the label has gone on to become one of the most highly regarded brands within underground drum and bass music. Boasting a worldwide following – driven by Kasra’s never ending quest to release the highest quality music – the future for the label is looking bright. All set to headline our Hospitality stage, be sure to bring your most hard-wearing raving shoes as these guys will have you all skanking like there’s no tomorrow.

 

KASRA

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Kasra is a London based producer who over the years has achieved incredible success not only with his renowned DJ sets and production skills but with his dedication to the homegrown label Critical Music. Widely regarded as being at the forefront of the modern underground scene, Kasra was awarded the honour of mixing FabricLive 62 back in 2012 which went on to be one of the most successful drum and bass albums of the year. His A&R skills have brought us the likes of Ivy Lab, Enei & Mefjus as well as the label’s illustrious residency at London’s most iconic club Fabric. As well as that, the label take over the Rinse FM studio once a month with their Critical Sound Show, have a listen to the latest edition with Hyroglifics and Dexta.

 

 

EMPEROR
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On the radar since 2011, Emperor has proved he’s a force to be reckoned with. Boasting releases on various labels including Inspected, Symmetry and Caliber Music. His debut release on Critical ‘Monolith’ saw massive success for the Lancashire born producer who went on to dominate the drum & bass charts and have his records played regularly by the likes of Andy C, Rockwell, Foreign Concept and countless other DJs around the world. His much anticipated debut album ‘Dispositions’ is scheduled for release on 16th May, check out the preview of ‘Made of Light’ featuring the bewitching vocals of Solah.

 

 

MEFJUS

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Austrian powerhouse Mefjus has earned a worldwide reputation for his futuristic trademark neurofunk. Since landing on the UK scene back in 2012, he has continuously set the standard for flawless production and hair-raising DJ sets. He caught the eye of Critical boss Kasra in 2013, who immediately took him under his wing and signed him to the label. More recently his debut album ‘Emulation” was awarded Album Of The Year in 2015 at the Drum&Bass Arena awards paving the way for a promising future for the young producer. His latest venture sees him featuring on Current Value’s new album, check out a preview of their chaotic collaboration ‘Senescence’.

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Words by Sarah Hancock

Posted 13th May 2016 in Blog, Features

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