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Words by Rachel Russel
The sound of drum and bass will be echoing round Finsbury Park this Saturday for the first ever Hospitality In The Park festival.
Organised by Hospital Records, based in south London, under the renowned Hospitality events banner, the day will be packed with dance music from artists and 300 DJs including Tim Westwood, The Prototypes, The Upbeats, Need For Mirrors and Keeno among others.
DJ and electronic musician Tony Colman, who uses the stage name London Elektricity and is the CEO of Hospital Records, reveals there will be six tents full of surprises, plus a hot air balloon and the London electricity big band, which will include 20 people playing bass and a full 14-piece horn section.
Antwerp is a major city for drum & bass, being home to the world’s biggest indoor drum & bass and dubstep event, Rampage. Since 2011, the Hospital team have joined the city-of-bass tearing up Antwerp with our world-class line-ups. On the 17th December we will be returning to the Belgian city with London Elektricity, Maduk, Metrik, Krakota, Hugh Hardie, Ownglow, Carasel, Mota and the mighty founder of Rampage himself, Murdock!
The Belgian home of our Hospitality events is Trix, one of the largest clubs in Antwerp with a total of 3 rooms, holding 1,700 people. Trix predominantly caters to alternative music, so here you will find metal bands, psychedelic rock, indie and punk to name a few. Then every now and again Hospitality take over the venue for a night of drum & bass and liquid tunes.
One of the most pinnacle venues in Antwerp is Sportpaleis, the huge stadium that hosts the infamous Rampage that attracts 15,000 global D+B and dubstep followers to Belgium throughout the year. It was built in the early 1930s and, at the time, was the biggest indoor area in Europe. Today it is one of the most visited arenas in the world. Although it is initially a 23,000 capacity venue, the modesty of Murdock retains it at 15,000 so there’s room for that much needed chill out zone we all love to retreat to at some point during a big drum & bass night. Sportpaleis is primarily used for pop stars like Justin Bieber and Beyonce, but the world awaits for Saturday 18th February when Murdock puts another Rampage rave into action.
A venue that has grown rapidly as an important place for electronic music is Ampere. This 1000 capacity club has been open for just a year, but has already hosted legends City Flow Music, Alix Perez, Cocoon and a night with Jeff Mills and many more major names. Amphere is a venue that centres itself around culture and creativity, with a stylish, modern and spacious interior perfect for big electronic events. It’s promoted towards a younger generation, hailing up and coming artists from the scene alongside big names with a dedicated following.
One of Antwerp’s newest venues in the electronic scene is Klub Goud, located on the 21st floor of the A-Tower. The A-Tower is the third tallest tower in the city offering a skyline view of the whole city. Klub Goud focuses mainly on house and techno, showcasing each night through a blasting sound system. Alongside it’s stunning city views, it is unrivalled by any other urban cosmopolitan club in Antwerp.
To fill up these clubs with world-class music are multiple D+B promoters. Stealth Bombers started in 2005 and is one of the longest running drum and bass events in Belgium. With some of the biggest names such as Friction and Sigma shining on their lineup they are still one of the leading promoters in Antwerp. Rampage has grown into one of the biggest drum & bass events in the world, selling tickets in over 35 different countries. Murdock has cultivated an amazing following over the last two decades, going from DJing in squats and unconfirmed events to selling out the huge Sportpaleis arena. Since Rampage, many other drum & bass promoters have been popping up in the city, including City Flow Music, which began 6 years ago. Their most recent birthday celebrations brought a massive line-up with the likes of Goldie, Ivy Lab, Technimatic, Benny Page and many more taking to the decks. City Flow Music encompasses a myriad of D+B styles, including Jump-Up, Breakcore, Jungle and Neurofunk. Few promoters provide such an eclectic range of styles, so City Flow Music can entice the ears of anyone.
Another essential event in Antwerp is Skank n Bass (not to be confused with our good friend’s Skankandbass’ YouTube channel), one of Belgium’s leading jump-up connoisseurs, although they don’t shy themselves away from a bit of dance floor tunes every now and again with artists such as DC Breaks, Dimension and Enei. Skank n Bass launched in 2013 and hold most of their events at Petrol and Factor, two clubs in Antwerp that cater for a variety of musical styles and genres. They also have an indoor Skank n Bass Festival that has welcomed the likes of Annix, Logan D, Total Recall and Guv to name a few.
The levels the promoters reach in Antwerp is truly astounding, with unparalleled production and an amazing crowd, it’s easy to understand why the scene flourishes so much in this continental capital. However with no artists, there would be no music, and Belgium has nurtured a number of prolific D&B producers across the years. Beginning in Antwerp we have the current king of Belgian D&B: Murdock. A resident on Belgian national radio with the only weekly D&B slot, this man is at the forefront of the industry within Belgium and his tunes have been released by legendary imprints such as V Recordings and C.I.A.
If we look beyond the capital, there is a name that needs no introduction, a true D&B/Hospital legend: Netsky. One of the biggest names in international D&B, Netsky’s trademark sound broke international barriers and truly launched D&B into previously unheard realms, and will be, forever, a hero in our book. Alongside these two sterling artists we also have Axi; an amazing producer with hosts of releases under his belt on Corinthian, Mindtech and Fallout, this Belgian beast has produced (and I’d challenge anyone who disagrees) one of the D&B great’s of the last decade: Receptor. Released in 2005, this angelic power roller both decimates dances and enlightens audiences across the globe.
The electronic scene in Antwerp is thriving and prosperous, with a die-hard and dedicated set of promoters each doing their respective thing (and doing it well). There will always be somewhere to get down and boogie in the Flemish gem that is this fine city. The rich array of clubs, promoters and artists alike lead to Antwerp being a melting pot of music and culture, one that has amalgamated to provide the perfect habitat to nurture the amazing talent that has been discussed in this piece. Antwerp, we love you.
Words by Philippa Ghosh & Ed Priest
Festivals across the world are renowned for being a multi-faceted hybrid of amazing music, sterling production and of course, fantastic food. Now we here at Hospital are all huge foodies and anybody who’s been to one of our Midsummer BBQs at Studio 338 or Hospitality In The Park will know that we come correct with both the beats and the bites.
First up in our smorgasbord of culinary delights at Hospitality In The Dock is our resident cheese steak guru Earls. Now this sandwich stop and all round eatery has become a personal favourite of our commander-in-chief Tony Colman, and we can definitely see why. Heralded as ‘next level’ and the best food Mr Elektricity has ever eaten at a festival before, this street stall turned restaurant has cemented itself within the higher echelons of the London sandwich community. No easy feat I’m sure you’ll all agree.
Earl’s owes its creation to Joe Gray, a graduate from Jamie Oliver’s cooking school and a man who has always taken inspiration from street food. Drawing from multiple cultures and cuisines for his menu, you can expect to see subs loaded with Korean buttermilk fried chicken along with pulled pork atop a deep fried mac ’n’ cheese patty. Each, of course, served with their respectively unique sauces. However, it is Earls signature dish, the one that earned the everlasting respect of Mr Elektricity, that deserves the utmost attention: The Hoxton Cheesesteak.
Seeking to transform the Philadelphia staple, Mr Gray gave this east coast classic a little London razzle-dazzle. The killer combo consists of a mouth-watering medley of thinly sliced seared bavettee steak accompanied with some oozily igneous Provolone cheese. Whack in some sweet confit onions, a handful of some pickled chillies, cover it in Earl’s signature bun sauce and hold it together in an artisan sub roll, and there you have it. Très magnifique!
With free range flesh and artisan breads all with a host of spectacular sauces, it is not just us who have been overwhelmed by the brilliance of this establishment. Rapper and Dubstepper Pavan Mukhi (Foreign Beggars) also rated this establishment as the best around. With other reviews such as ‘It’s like sex in and around my mouth’ you know you can believe the hype with this one. Located on Earls Street in-between Liverpool Street & Shoreditch High Street stations, if you can’t wait until the Docks (and we don’t blame you) be sure to head on over and give it a little taste. We know you won’t be disappointed.
PULL & PUNCH
Alongside Earls will be the infamous London-based pop-up Pull & Punch, a vendor dedicated to the low and slow flavours of traditional American BBQ, so expect pulled pork and brisket a’plenty among other BBQ classics. However, they are not your run of the mill BBQ joint, these slow cooked street food staples are imbued and served with a host of different spices, including Korean Kimchi, South Indian Sorpotel, Cherry Wood and even Coconut. A significant step beyond the standard BBQ spread we feel…
Pull & Punch is the product of a perfect partnership between chef Rich Eversden and bartender Adam McGurk. With a host of experience between these two professionals, it is no surprise that Pull & Punch has the supremely sterling reputation that it does. But if you thought the delights of this pop-up paradise were limited to only food, how wrong you would be.
Aside from delivering devastatingly delicious food, the Pull & Punch crew also provide a vast array of specialist cocktails. Designed in conjuncture with the unique menu, these alcoholic infusions include; Bourbon Coffee, Cardamom & Treacle Pino Noir and Liquorice & Pomegranate Rose. These kooky cocktails alongside the rich and aromatic meats purveyed by Pull & Punch leave them, in our books, a tour de force of all things culinary. Unfortunately, there is no fixed location for Pull & Punch, and can thus appear out of nowhere, at any time, in any place. So, why risk missing out on the chance to try some of their spicy and smokey treats on the 14th of April at Hospitality In the Dock? You never know where they could strike again…but to be on the safe side, we’d head down anyway.
THE MARKET GRILL
Next up on our crusade of fine festival cuisine we have The Market Grill, a family owned street food vendor dedicated to producing the freshest and tastiest grilled food for all manner of occasions ‘promoting good vibes and great food’. Can’t argue with that. The Market Grill was born after founder Steve (a cabbie at the time) noticed there simply wasn’t enough quality and affordable food around London in 2008, just as the street food renaissance was blossoming into the New Food Order whirlwind that we are all so enthralled by today.
You can find The Market Grill at Merchant Square on Thursdays where they now run the bi-weekly market ‘Crave’ on Tuesdays & Thursdays. But how did they launch themselves into the forefront of the London street food scene I hear you ask? Surely a grill is just a grill? Wrong. This family run joint pioneered a new way for all things grilled with their famous, neigh, legendary surf & turf wrap. Consisting of succulent Rib-eye steak, king prawns, shredded lettuce, fresh chopped salsa, and skinny slaw all dressed with roasted garlic and tarragon butter. This is no mere wrap, this is a wrap that could reduce Edesia herself to break down in tears of garlic and tarragon infused bliss.
On top of that their wrap selection includes a handful of other delectable treats including the aptly named ‘G-Wrap’ featuring Peri Peri chicken, grilled halloumi & chorizo with the same salad & slaw treatment but this time accompanied by a lemon and pepper mayo. However, if wraps aren’t your thing the ‘G’ comes in burger form alongside the burger demigod that is TMGs: Bacon Cheese Burger, consisting of smoked streaky bacon, creamy Monterey jack cheese sitting atop a 100% hand rolled British beef mince patty. Go on, it would be rude not to…. Now if that wasn’t enough, The Market Grill features a choice of sweet potato or regular fries for the side, and a separate breakfast menu for those early morning munchies, featuring the classic full English bap alongside a top quality butchers sausage roll (or Egg roll’s for the veggies).
I think we can all agree that The Market Grill has proved themselves as going above and beyond the remit of the typical ‘grill’. With both an amazing menu and a regular location you can frequent, this fun family owned establishment will satisfy both your needs for hunger and happiness, and we cannot wait to get a taste of them at the dock.
Featuring the best in Sandwiches, BBQ and Cocktails, there is set to be something for everyone and you’d be very much the fool to miss out on the food that we have on offer at the Dock. Oh yeah, there’s also some pretty good music there as well… Tickets are on sale now, don’t sleep!
Word by Ed Priest