With heavy hearts, mild sun burn and slightly blurry memories, we are now approaching the end of the UK festival season.
Well, the good news is that it’s not all over yet folks. Drum and bass festival Hospitality in the Park, a glorious one-off at the end of the month that is set to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the enigmatic and pioneering London record label Hospital Records. The line-up is both eclectic and impressive, featuring massive drum and bass acts Etherwood, Danny Byrd and the legendary High Contrast.
If you’re not particularly into your drum and bass however, there are many other acts to get your teeth into. The ever impressive Doctors Orders hip hop collective are hosting a stage at the event; the lively Dub Phizix are hosting their own selection of live acts. All in all Hospitality In The Park has something for everyone and covers a wide selection of genres that are loved dearly on the London nightlife scene.
The icing on the cake however, is set to be the London Elekricity Big Band, a new live act from Hospital Records founders London Elekricity. Founding member Tony Colman is the ring master and director of the performance which is set to feature a huge live brass section, with about twenty musicians performing live for the very first (and possibly one and only) time.
In an announcement video, Colman and jazz singer Lianne Carroll expressed their excitement over the performance:
“It’s so exciting. It’s going to feature some of the old classics we haven’t played live together properly in eleven years!”
In an interview with Hospitality, Colman explained what punters could expect from The London Elekricity Big Band.
“The London Elekricity Big Band will be a world first – a 12 piece brass band, rhythm section and 3 vocalists playing drum & bass for an hour. This will be totally different to the old London Elektricity Live from 2003. I couldn’t and wouldn’t have thought about doing this without Liane Carroll, who since we last performed together has won every single award going for best British jazz artist, but moreover she is simply the best living British vocalist in my opinion. We’ll be cherry picking moments from the London Elekricity back catalogue, repping ‘Why Are We Here?’ and a couple of surprise selections as well. Hospitality In The Park will be our first and quite possibly only show anywhere in the world this year. Oh I nearly forgot – I get to play bass in the band – that’s one tick off of my bucket list!”
Exciting stuff. Check out GIGsoup in the future for our complete coverage of Hospitality in the Park 2016. Hospitality In The Park will take place on the 24th of September in Finsbury Park, London.
This Hospitality In The Park article was written by Zoe Anderson, a GIGsoup contributor. Lead photo by Ben Beech Photography