[FESTIVAL REVIEW] Hospitality Weekend in the Woods

Hospitality Weekend in the Woods 2021
Where: Beckenham Place Park, South London
When: 18th – 19th September
Who: Noisia, Camo & Krooked, Metrik, Netsky, Bad Company UK

South London-based Hospital Records is perhaps the most recognised institution within the much-cherished drum and bass genre. And it’s Hospitality arm used specifically for events, is just as pioneering as a nightlife brand. After many planned, postponed or abandoned events, the drum and bass community has waited a long time for a get together of this magnitude, especially from the guys that do it best.

Hosted in partnership with Krankbrother, who hosted a stellar Naked City Festival the week prior, Hospitality in the Woods is just about as impressive an event can be.

As is the case with every drum and bass bash, the crowd, atmosphere and vibe is its defining, and instantly apparent attraction. Peace, love, unity and a passion for the scene runs through Hospitality events, with a warm, friendly glow draped over the entire festival.

© Photography by Jake Davis (instagram.com/jakephilipdavis)

The energy aside, the production values propping up HITW is among the most impressive available at a drum and bass event. The Big Top promises an expansive mainstage feel, with gut-punching bass and an impressive visual display to back it. The secondary stage curated by Let It Roll, boasted an ominous robot guardian lit up with a wild laser display and wave after wave of relentless rollers. The Woods provided a welcomed pause for breath, with its intimate liquid-leaning sets under the trees.

Etherwood, Krust and Unglued delivered impressive Saturday sets, before Delta Heavy sent shockwaves through the festival with a mindblowing display of drums. Metrik topped off the night with a deserved headline set, with a wild set of visuals to support the sounds.

© Photography by Jake Davis (instagram.com/jakephilipdavis)

Stunning Saturday weather was replaced with some ominous-yet-respectful clouds on Sunday, with Inja the ultimate antidote for struggling souls. Danny Byrd followed him up with the set of the weekend, churning through classics and contemporary hits with Dynamite delivering on the mic.

Bad Company then reminded us all of their legendary status within the genre, with support from Audio, Ed Rush & Optical. In bringing the fest to a close, some might be disappointed by only 1/3 of Noisia bidding farewell to the scene, but a surprise support from Skrillex more than made up for things.

Hospitality in the Woods is an event in a league of its own, and continues to show Hospital as definitive pioneers of the scene. The atmosphere and energy is absolutely unparalleled, and the best example of the drum and bass community at its finest. And with its all encompassing lineup, every corner of drum and bass and beyond is catered for, offering an event for the heads as well as those looking to dip their feet in. And for both parties, there really isn’t a better place to do it.

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