The key attraction of the night is the two Drum and Bass heavyweights Danny Byrd and London Elektricity headlining room one. It’s clear that everyone here is massive Drum and Bass fans, with the masses of ‘Hospital Records’ T-shirts on show and it seems that everyone here is up for a good time in the packed Farringdon based nightclub.
London Elecktricity is the stage name for the DNB producer John Coleman who also happens to be CEO at Hospital records. Although he enters the stage sporting a strange head camera (which he jokingly apologises for) his set by no means lacks quality. He rips though a set which along with the MC fires up the crowd into a raving frenzy, mostly playing songs of his latest album ‘Syncopated City.’ One of the biggest crowd reactions to the set is the beautifully simple ‘Just One Second’ and Coleman’s set brilliant prepares the crowd for Danny Byrd to follow as the headline act.
Danny Byrd was one of the first acts to be signed to the fledging Hospital label and as the headline act the pressure was on to deliver a good show. However Byrd is a veteran on the DNB circuit and he handles the pressure with ease as he flies through yet another energetic set packed full of old classics aswell as new mixes, including his new single ‘tonight’ which features the new, young Hospital artist Netsky. Byrd’s previous single ‘Red Mist featuring I-Kay’ gets a massive crowd response however the biggest crowd reaction to Byrd’s set is strangely not from his own back catalogue. It’s when Byrd plays the massive Subfocus remix of Rusko’s ‘Hold On featuring Amber Coffman’ that the Fabric dancefloor really goes off and is one of the highlights of the night.
After Danny Byrd, I headed over to room 2, which was being headlined by the dubstep producer ‘Emalkay.’ I didn’t catch the whole set although I did manage to catch his massive tune ‘When I Look at you’ along with a few other twisted basselines and heavy drops from his record collection which sent the punters wild in a heavy base fuelled frenzy.
Once again Hospital records put on another brilliant show which I had heard so much about, and it really did not dissapoint. I will definitely be heading back the next time ‘Hospitality’ comes back to London (which just so happens to be at the 02 Brixton Academy on April 22nd.) The show was well worth the £10 pounds (£15 without student ID) and if your a fan of DNB, I say get yourself over to Brixton in April for what I’m sure will be another massive night.