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Hospitality In The Dock

Locked At The Dock: Behind The Gates (Part I)


Just a few weeks ago 10,000 of you joined us for the biggest drum & bass festival the UK has ever seen. Hospitality In The Park was an incredible day, but what could be next in London? We’re very excited to announce that on the 14th April 2017, Hospitality will be taking over one of London’s most unique spaces for another all day drum & bass special. It’ll be the first of its kind at east London’s Tobacco Dock so we’re here to give you the low down on what makes it the perfect place to start the bank holiday weekend!


Over the past few decades Tobacco Dock has transformed from a trading hub to a vibrant space for exhibitions, award ceremonies, high-end corporate events and most importantly, huge electronic music parties thanks to techno and house dons LWE. They’re an essential part of underground music and nightlife culture in London, responsible for some of the city’s biggest bass events. The guys behind the brand have put Tobacco Dock in the limelight, giving it the recognition and credibility it deserves as a world-class, one of a kind building.

LWE has already worked closely with leading techno labels including Cocoon, Adam Beyer’s Drumcode, Seth Troxler’s Acid Future, Hotflush, Dystopian and 2020vision. Now, Hospitality are here to host the next all-day party at this beautiful building, being the first purely drum & bass party to ever grace the glass-walled grounds.

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Although it’s well-known today, the Tobacco Dock hasn’t always been on London’s radar. Over the decades it’s been chopped and changed into a multitude of things, first constructed in 1811 to store, well, tobacco. This stunning building was designed by John Rennie, a Scottish guy who also designed the pre-1971 London Bridge, but in 1968, Tobacco Dock began to slide into ruin. Although it was an abandoned and technically useless space, the authorities recognised it’s tremendous importance within London architecture and chased for it to be granted a Grade One building in order to prevent it’s demolition, and we’re very pleased they did.


Now in 2016 and beyond it’s become a regular spot for annual Awards, such as the British Academy Games Awards, and even played host to 2,500 deployed soldiers during the 2012 Olympics. Finally the Tobacco Dock has made its mark on London culture and those timbre beams can be a part of unmissable bass-filled parties!

This architectural landmark has already been part of many exciting days and nights in London and now it’s time for drum & bass to make its mark. Not only is its size and atmosphere a perfect fit for Hospitality but it’s story, location and beauty makes it surpass anything we’ve ever done before.

Registration for Hospitality In The Dock is now open, sign up now to get exclusive access to pre-sale tickets before they go on general sale. Also make sure to join the Facebook event for updates.


Words by Philippa Ghosh

Posted 24th October 2016 in Blog, Features