Where: Motion, Bristol
When: Saturday 10th June
Who: London Elektricity Big Band, Roni Size, Etherwood, Fred V & Grafix
The London Elektricity co-founded Hospital Records is one of the most important independent electronic record labels out there at the moment. Launched back in 2001, Hospital is home to a whole host of drum and bass talent, from High Contrast, to Nu:Tone. The live-event arm to Hospital is the aptly titled Hospitality, who over the last couple of years have expanded into full festival-sized get togethers, those of which have included Hospitality in the Park, and Hospitality in the Dock. I was lucky enough to be at the world-famous Motion in Bristol- a club that still notches in within the top 20 clubs in the world, to see the Hospitality team host their very own BBQ.
After their debut show last year at the aforementioned Hospitality in the Park, London Elektricity was to be headlining Saturday (the 10th June’s) event, alongside his huge new live show- The London Elektricity Big Band. Offering 100% live drum and bass, with support from a 12-piece brass band, drummer, guitarists, and vocalists, the always-reliable Dynamite MC was in charge of the mic. The Big Band were electric, teeming with excitement, joy and passion for the genre, churning of out a whole host of dnb anthems, not to mention a Daft Punk cover finale. It was also really good to see London Elektricity front of stage, riffing on a guitar and chiming in with vocals, as apposed to an elusive silhouette behind a deck.
Support on the day came in the form of Fred V & Grafix, Roni Size, Nu:Logic, and Etherwood, among others. Etherwood cheerfully introduced us to the event through liquid and ambient dnb, dipping into the occasional hard-hitter, Fred V & Grafix brought out the bangers including their incredible remix to Mura Masa’a 1 Night, not to mention a whole tracked remixed with Theresa May’s trademark ‘Strong and Stable’ vocal sample. My only gripe was the fairly unimpressive set, which is bewildering considering his influence on the genre, from Roni Size. Unnaturally blending outsider genres into his hour-long outing, Roni’s set had just a bit too much of a dubstep-leading sound for my tastes.
The Hospitality BBQ was an impressively run and well-organised event, filled with a multitude of performances from some of the country’s most important names in drum and bass. Motion, as always, know how to orchestrate an event, with more than enough offerings within food and drink, plenty of toilets and staff, and an unmatchable sound-system, with just as notable production values. Venue-wise there isn’t much out there to compare to Motion, and music-wise, Hospitality is also very difficult to match.