As of this year, the Drum and Bass club night phenomenon that is Hospitality has finally reached adulthood. Having been running 18 years strong whilst winning the Drum & Bass Arena award for Best Event multiple times on the way and with an unstoppable run of sold out events in a multitude of clubs, festivals and venues; Hospitality is returning to one of it’s earliest homes: Building Six (pictured above). Formerly known as the super-club Matter, it can be found in the O2 – formerly the Millennium Dome. A real slice of UK clubbing history, Matter was famous for being created by the men behind Fabric, as well as having a soundsystem of over 200 speakers and featured residencies from RAM records, FWD/Rinse and of course Hospitality.
Given the nature and the history surrounding the event, Hospital Records – the label and sound behind the night - is bringing a quintessential Hospitality Lineup, with Room 1 featuring: High Contrast, Camo & Krooked, SPY, London Elektricity, Fred V & Grafix, Metrik, Etherwood and Reso b2b Royalston, a lineup comprised of some of the biggest drum & bass artists of today as well as some of the future’s, the common denominator between the DJ’s being that they owe some or all of their fame to the Hospital and Hospitality imprint.
High Contrast, who has gone from bedroom producer to helping create the soundtrack of the London Olympic closing ceremony, is set to bring his classic drum & bass sound in combination with the ever contemporary music he likes to push.
Camo & Krooked who have gone from being the new faces at Hospital to some of the most recognisable in drum & bass as a whole, will likely provide their infectious, non-stop energy that has always characterised their sets. You’re just as likely to hear them play some of their biggest tracks like Climax as you are to hear them drop Mr Happy.
Fred V & Grafix, despite being some of the more recent artists to Hospital Records, will show once again that what they might lack in experience, they make up for in raw talent; having won Best Newcomer DJ’s at the Drum & Bass Arena Awards 2012.
SPY & London Elektricity - who both have legendary statuses as drum & bass DJs and producers - are guaranteed to put on a show.
Hospital label-boss London Elektricity will be playing a Matter Classics Set which should be a master class in Hospitality vibes as well as really bringing back what it was like at the original Matter events.
Metrik has risen to be a regular face at Hospitality events and has recently released on Hospital Records for the first time, as well as being set to have one of his tracks be included on the album being released in conjunction with the 18th Birthday celebrations, entitled: We Are 18. Check it out below.
Finally Etherwood, Reso & Royalston bring a mixture of more eclectic drum & bass styles with sounds that are less conventional, but in no way compromising, which is sure to keep the night interesting till the end.
Room 2 doesn’t try to compete with room 1 but instead brings a complete tempo change and holds it own. Veterans such as MJ Cole and Zinc rub shoulder to shoulder with newcomers who have already made serious waves in electronic music such as Paleman. All of this should result in a contrasting but complementary experience to Room 1, providing a breath of fresh music to anyone who may want to switch up their night or just try something different.
The venue, the lineup, the occasion. All the pieces are in place for something great and as anyone who has been to an event or has seen Hospitality’s awards and achievements can tell you; they know how to throw a party.
Article by Arthur Seaward
Images courtesy of Hospitality and London Warehouse Events