With our next academic year looming just around the corner, what better way to keep summer going than by attending one final festival right before term begins? Less than an hour from QMUL’s campus, Hospitality in the Park is a one-day drum & bass festival happening on 22nd September, the Saturday just before our classes begin. As most of QMUL’s students will have moved back to London by then, Hospitality in the Park is the perfect way for music-lovers to either ease back into the London music scene, or to send off a summer filled with festivals in style, with Finsbury Park being just a quick tube journey away from campus.
Hospitality in the Park sees independent record label Hospital Records bring us London’s biggest celebration of drum & bass music, with a line-up boasting some of the biggest names in the underground music scene. Hospitality, Hospital Record’s events brand, has been crucial in promoting drum & bass across the globe and has sold out multiple of London’s biggest venues, from Fabric, to Heaven, to Brixton Academy. After its immense Hospitality Midsummer BBQ at Studio 338 in 2015, Hospitality decided to take the celebration a step further by hosting an entire festival dedicated to drum & bass the following year. Now, the festival is back for its third year and is bigger than ever! Although a drum & bass festival on paper, Hospitality in the Park also hosts a range of music styles which have influenced the genre over the years. The line-up sees elements of reggae, hip pop, soul, jazz and funk split across seven stages to ensure that it caters to all lovers of dance music. Hospitality’s own stage features multiple drum & bass icons, with headliner High Contrast being preceded by Danny Byrd’s album launch and the likes of S.P.Y and London Elektricity.
The festival also has a range of stage hosts. Let it Roll, the Czech festival, has its own staged named “The Portal Show” and will feature heavier DJs such as headliners Noisia, Ed Rush and Halogenix. Hospital Record’s sister label Med School also has its own stage named “Med School XL”,so called ‘XL’ after being expanded by a third given last year’s popularity. This stage will hosts exciting collaborations, from DBridge with Nu:Tone to Spectrasoul with LSB, as well as hosting the likes of Etherwood live. Hospitality in the Park has also invited Croatian festival Outlook to host a self-titled stage for the first time. Outlook offers a variety of artists such as hip-hop group Foreign Beggars and, in Hospitality’s own words, “drum and bass royalty”, Goldie. The “We Love Jungle” stage hosts, as you would expect, consists of a range of Jungle artists, with S.P.Y even performing a Jungle Set, and the “Run-Vaderz” stage is filled with exciting jump up.
With such a packed set list across the day and the venue being so close to Queen Mary’s campus, Hospitality in the Park will be a fantastic way to wave goodbye to summer before the next academic year begins. After a summer filled with gigs and festivals, I for one cannot wait to lose myself in the music and have one last care-free drum & bass-filled day before the reality of my final year kicks in!