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Hospitality at Rise Festival

Hospitality at Rise Festival 2017

Hospitality Cold Snaps: How to do Rise Festival 2017


Hospitality are back for everyone’s favourite high-altitude party at Rise Festival 2018. Combining the extremest of sports, with the finest in drum + bass music for the ultimate in winter festivities.

Boasting one of the highest festivals in the world spanning venues at 1600-3200m in Les Deux Alpes mountains, the views are picturesque and the beats are rampant. For our fourth year at Rise, Hospitality are once again bringing the fire to the cold French Alps with a mixture of hard-hitting drum + bass and cool liquid rollers. Not much beats the feeling of tearing down a snowy mountainside but I’m pretty sure a Hospitality event in the skies might just top it.

Hospital Rise Festival Insta-2

But to be able to survive the chills and thrills of Rise whilst keeping yourself in check for some tasty skiing and snowboarding, we’ve come up with some Dos and Don’ts to help you make the most of your week in the mountains.

Do: Catch the Hospitality showcase. Big line-up, big tunes and big vibes on a big mountain. Nuff said.

Don’t: Get too hammered on the slopes. The mountains can be a dangerous beast that needs to be tamed, and you wouldn’t throw yourself into a Lion’s ring smashed on Jager, or would you?

Do: Grab a ski or snowboard lesson if you haven’t been before. You might think you’re the next Sean White from spending hours on SSX back in the day, but chances are you’ll be spending more time on your arse than cruising down the slope like a elegant eagle. Even if you’re going with seasoned skiers, there’s not a chance they’ll want to stick with you on the beginner and green slopes, so get yourself a couple lessons and you can join them in the skies.

Don’t: Splash the cash on expensive gear when you’re there. Borrow as much equipment as you can, buy any clothes at home and bring’em with you. You’ll already be forking out on transport, accommodation, food and drink so keep within the limits and only hire out those bare necessities.


Do: Check out the range of venues Rise has to offer, wherever you may be on the mountain. Grab yourself a bev and hit the bars for some wild apres-ski parties

Don’t: Forget to RSVP for the ultra-exclusive Katana Secret Party. Tucked in a 300-capacity venue only accessible by a little climb up the mountain, it’s totally worth the trip for the roaring fires and belting bangers.

Do: There’s nowt better than Alpine food. Tartiflette and cured meats is the bomb, and complete that with a bottomless alcoholic brunch and you’ve pretty much got yourself sorted for the day. Rise are offering endless supplies of beer, wine and genipi to kick your day off right if you’re feeling a bit dead from the night before.

Do: Reach peak zen at peak heights at the highest spot in Les Deux Alpes with a touch of Alpine Yoga. There’s no better place to do your downward dogs than looking over some bangin’ landscapes to find that ultimate place of serenity within your soul. Might also be a good place to neutralise the buzz of a solid week of alcohol induced debauchery. If yoga seems a little too much for your tender minds and bodies then take yourself up the mountain for a bit of R&R at one of the spas L2A are famous for, there might not be a better cure for a Hospitality event than a massage…

Don’t: Miss out on Bristol badboys My Nu Leng & Dread MC. We had the lads down at Hospitality in the Park spewing fire to the D+B crowd and it went down an absolute treat, and they’re back for a tasty set this year at Rise too! The heat coming from their big weighty bassline/DnB would be enough to make even the polar ice caps melt so there’s no doubt that there will streams of people heading to this one, make sure you’re one of them.


Do: Know your limits. There’s nothing worse than nursing that hangover and missing out on a day of slick skiing and some killer DJs. But there’s also that problem of skiing too much you miss out on the apres-ski. Finding that sweet equilibrium between drinking and partying is a real thing of talent that only you special folk can master, the rest of you can just give it a go.

Don’t: Book the first accommodation that pops up. No one wants some below par bed with broken springs and a pongy stench of a dead marmot in the chimney, believe me I’ve been there. Definitely worth a shout getting your Poirot moustache out and inspecting the best value accommodation that will be the ideal place to rest up from a hectic week of skiing and skanking. Don’t make it too good though, we want to see you partying hard with us and you’ll have no money left for the bevs.


Do: If yoga doesn’t feel your soul with positive vibes enough, Rise have organised a meditation session deep inside the L2A ice cave to cool away the dramas of life (or any raging hangovers). This might just be the only bit of ultimate tranquility you’ll get all week, so definitely RSVP yourself in.

Don’t: Head to only things you know, there is music-aplenty to whet every taste. You’re in a foreign country so you might as well be experimental with your music, and don’t limit yourself to just the one venue, there are plenty to indulge in. You’ve got nightclubs, large outdoor stages and high altitude arenas as well as piste-side venues… Have to say, check out Kaizen Record boss Madam X for an eclectic mix from techno to dubstep and everything in between… remember the name.

Do: Check out extreme snow sports collective ‘Jibworx’ if you need a little inspo on how to further your snow-based abilities. They’re headed to Rise for a little showcase of their own skills, but there’ll also been a bit of scope for you to try and impress them with your abilities, or lack of.

Don’t: Forget to bring your Hospitality merch. We want to see as many of you possibly representing DnB in the mountains, it’s not often drum and bass reaches new literal heights and we want to make the most of seeing all you heads bopping and feet skanking to the Hospital boys Nu:logic, Metrik, Etherwood and Hugh Hardie.


Do: Get higher that a kite… Not many festivals offer an option to go paragliding but at Rise you can channel your inner eagle and soar over the Alps. There’s no doubt this will be the second-most overwhelming experience at the festival after Hospitality, but it’s definitely worth a look-in.

Don’t: Anyone remember that film Snow Dogs from when you were a kid? No? Well it was pretty s**t, but doing Husky riding would be pretty frickin’ epic. Rise are offering some of you lucky lot the opportunity to take part in the sled riding the old-school way, with Huskies. This isn’t your average festival, but there is wine thrown in!

Do: Pack some warm clothes. It’s going to be f-r-e-e-z-i-n-g, so make sure you bring thermals and some big jumpers. You could even treat yourself to a Hospital Records hoodie which will keep you looking fly and feeling warm on the slopes.



Words by Viv Beech

Posted 30th November 2017 in Blog, Features

Hospitality at Rise Festival 2016

Hospitality at Rise Festival 2016, Les Deux Alpes. December 2016


Posted 20th December 2016 in Media, Photos

Hospitality at Rise Festival 2016

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


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!


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.


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…


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.


Words by Ed Priest

Posted 11th November 2016 in Blog, Features