Hospitality Leeds Friday 1st February 2013 O2 Academy Leeds
Once again Hospitality took Leeds by storm with the promise of an eventful night with some of the best drum and bass artists of our time. Having attended outstanding Hospitality events elsewhere I was eager to seek out and sample the scene in Leeds. I had high expectations deriving from both previous experiences of Hospitality nights and of course the label’s well-earned reputation. Hospital Records delivered once again, bringing pulsating energy, heavy bass lines and dynamic drumbeats. Despite the somewhat limited sound system in the 02 Academy Leeds, perhaps not the most ideal venue for a night of this kind, the booming sounds from Hospitality artists overcame this by blasting out some jungle classics through to new flavours, shaking the house down.
The electric crowd willingly supported the artists and the atmosphere intensified as the night progressed; peaking for a fantastic set from S.P.Y. S.P.Y got the crowd bouncing, dropping the renowned ‘By Your Side’, letting us know that the night was only just beginning. Nu:Logic (duo of established hospital records DJs, Nu:Tone and Logistics) kept up the standard. The two brothers delivered a dazzling set, including some chilled out tunes. Shortly following them, Danny Byrd grabbed the crowd’s attention, smashing it up with high energy jungle classics, accompanied by an intense lighting spectacle.
Whilst London Elektricity gave an animated demonstration of his top class mixing talent, Preditah exhilaratingly led a much smaller and spacious crowd in Room2. Indeed, throughout the evening, Room 2 offered a complimentary alternative to Room 1. With much more free space to dance and the likes of Champion and Wookie bringing out bouncy the garage classics, Room 2 had a freer and laid back atmosphere which offered a pleasing contrast to Room 1.
Shy FX took Room 1 through to the early hours of the morning with a reggae-influenced set, creating a cheerful, chilled vibe towards the end of the night. Everyone was bound to go home feeling positive. Metrik then took the crowd by surprise, closing the night with a filthy, churning jump up set. Those who were still standing gave their last ounces of energy to bonce off Metrik’s unique, heavy sound.
Hospital Records has yet to fail to be a success in bringing quality to dance music. In Leeds this event has been no exception. The crowd, which I am sure most drum and bass lovers will agree, is an important factor in the overall quality of a rave. Leeds folk did not disappoint, responding with great amounts of enthusiasm, creating a positive and uplifting atmosphere. Hospitality delivered once again, living up to its name with bright lights and heavy bass lines. Leeds waits with anticipation for it's.
Article by Bonny Herington Images courtesy of Hospitality