Hospitality in the Park 2019
Finsbury Park welcomed the Hospitality family back with open arms once again this September, hosting the fourth returning Hospitality in the Park.
With an entire roster of talent, born from the label itself, as well as some partners, the sun was shining all day, giving summer the perfect send-off as we waved goodbye to 2019’s festival season. Drum & Bass and Jungle legends, LTJ Bukem and Dillinja tore the roof off the Dubplate Style tent with their sets taking you on a journey through rave culture showcasing the biggest and baddest of tunes from the 1990’s, alongside Benny L and Bou displaying their modern twists; bringing together different generations all with a love for drum & bass.
As Hospital Records took over North London, friends from Outlook Festival brought a flavour of Croatia’s number 1 sound system festival to the UK hosting a stage with the likes of Mungo’s Hi-Fi, Eva Lazarus and 24 Hour Garage Girls. The likes of Critical Sound were showing off new talent and some of the freshest breaks and beats from the cream of the scene. The Med School was providing the perfect liquid vibes to compliment the September sun.
Hospitality’s lineup reflects their values and with their Women in Drum and Bass 2020 Mentorship Scheme on the horizon, their lineup exhibited the likes of Indika, DJ Storm, Frenentic, Lens, Sweetpea and others, paving a way for females in DNB and breaking the stereotypes throughout the music industry.
With the layout being slightly different to previous years, this seemed to work well in Hospitality’s favour. Everything was accessible and very easy to find, with both arrival queues and bar queues being an easy and smooth process every time. Efficient and stress-free; these aspects meant that the entire day was enjoyable from start to end. Something in particular that stood out for us was the Dubplate Style tent and their intricate use of staging and breaking the fourth wall, by allowing the audience to dance on stage alongside the DJ’s. This was a unique experience.
Overall, HITP 2019 yet again made the day one to remember; by covering a spectrum of sounds they smashed captivating an extensive audience to the festivals love of Rollers, Neuro, Jungle, Liquid and all things in between with a BPM ranging from 140 – 180. If you’re into your Drum n Bass and haven’t yet made it to the festival, we’d recommend checking out some of Hospital Records other parties for top quality music, DJ’s and an atmosphere which makes you feel right at home with not a bad vibe in the air.
GUEST WRITTEN BY BILLIE SIMPSON