It’s a day festival graciously providing people with one last opportunity to forget the increasingly cold weather, dark evenings and frighteningly close prospect of Christmas that is rapidly becoming reality. Hospitality in The Park returns for a second instalment this weekend and will play host to a variety of brands including FABRICLIVE, Invaderz and a debut UK showing from Let it Roll.
Taking place in London’s Finsbury Park last September, Hospital Records’ debut festival was a major success – selling out a month in advance and in the process paving a completely new direction for the future of drum and bass events in the UK. Now returning with state-of-the-art production technology, an even wider selection of artists and food vendors, and a festival experience that has been sculpted to mirror that of a club night, this year’s festival is set to be one of the highlights of 2017.
It’s been a struggle, but we’ve picked out five must see artists from this year’s line up…
Fred V & Grafix Live
With the release of their third studio album swiftly approaching on 29th September, Fred V & Grafix have been dedicating time to perfecting their debut live show and testing out their new album material. According to the Bristol-based duo, HITP is the one where 'everything needs to be perfect.' With a combination of warm euphoric synths, feel-good funky bass lines, and a stripped-back live show with no drummer and only a couple of singers, the duo’s talents will be spectacularly brought to the forefront in an exclusive headline set that is guaranteed to be one of the festival highlights.
The return of Clipz
He’s a producer who caused much confusion after disappearing off the drum and bass radar back in 2009 due to falling out of love with the genre, but the decision to explore new musical ventures led to the creation of his world-renowned Redlight alias. Two albums, his Lobster Boy label and various UK chart-placing singles later, Hugh Pescod is back as Clipz to play only his second show since returning to the world of drum and bass - armed with new music and a hunger to finish what he once started.
Kings of The Rollers
Kings of The Rollers is a big claim by anyone's standards, but these guys have rightly earned the tag. Just under a year ago Serum, Bladerunner and Voltage joined forces to form what can only be described as the Megazord of drum and bass trios. From unleashing their sound on festivals such as Glastonbury and Outlook, to hosting a boat party on the River Thames, their one of a kind blend of hard-hitting rolling drums and futuristic bass lines is guaranteed to send tremors throughout Finsbury Park.
My Nu Leng & Dread MC
They're a duo that needs no introduction. From producing some of the biggest bassline tracks to come out of the UK, to tearing down this year's Boomtown festival alongside TQD with a monstrous unreleased track that has drawn attention from all corners of dance music. What many don't know about My Nu Leng is that drum and bass is ingrained into them. They've spent years biding their time, waiting for the right moment to release their own - and the time has finally come. With their first drum and bass EP released on Shogun Audio earlier this month and a set-changing lethal weapon in the form of being able to seamlessly blend the genre with bassline during their performances, My Nu Leng are only just experimenting with their explosive musical capabilities.
Calibre b2b ST Files - Marcus Intalex tribute set
A gaping, un-repairable hole was left in the heart of the drum and bass community after Marcus Intalex passed away earlier this year. There is no questioning his reputation as a true legend of the genre - a man who inspired many of today's best drum and bass producers and one whose legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. Due to play on the line up himself alongside fellow greats Calibre and ST Files, it would be a crying shame to miss out on a send off to one of the genre’s most beloved pioneers by two of his closest friends.
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