This weekend, my friends and I ventured down south to the Big Smoke to spend a weekend stomping the streets of the capital and spending Saturday at Hospitality In The Park.
Hospitality In The Park is a Drum and Bass festival created by Hospitality who have some of the world’s best DNB artists on their books and they all descended on Finsbury Park last Saturday.
Now, if you read this blog regularly, or follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed I’m more of a Craig David fan than a Drum and Bass fan. So, what was I doing at a Drum and Bass festival?
Well, back in May, my friend Nick asked a few of us if we fancied going to this festival down in London called Hospitality In The Park. I said yes without thinking about it, knowing that it would be fun to go down to London with my friends for the weekend and spend some time in the capital – something I haven’t done much of at all this year.
So, on Saturday morning, 4 of us woke up on our lovely little Air B’n’B in Finsbury, had a good breakfast to set us up for the day, and wandered in the autumn sunshine over to Finsbury Park.
I didn’t know what to expect, or even what kind of day I would be in for but here’s what I learned from attending Hospitality In The Park…
I cannot tell the difference between one Drum and Bass song and the next.
This point was perfectly shown when my friend complained they’d changed the song just as the previous song was about to drop. Did I notice? Erm, no. I had no clue what he was talking about.
Throughout the day, I had a big bowl of pad thai, a freshly fried scotch egg, a delicious waffle with Nutella and banana for the topping, and a plate of chips with garlic mayo spread ALL OVER. Feasting my way around the food trucks was definitely a fave part of the day for me.
I blummin’ love a good people watching session and there was no shortage of opportunities for that at Hospitality In The Park. From people in the wildest outfits to those living their best weekend life, and the people who had gone in way too hard by 1pm in the afternoon, it was a treasure chest of people from all walks of life.
Hence the regular food breaks. Maybe I can’t party for 12 hours because I had so many food breaks? Who knows? Either way, I can’t hack it. I mean I managed but I was definitely happy to be back in the Air B’n’B with a mint tea and caramel biscuit at the end of the day.
Hello, The London Elektricity Big Band and Danny Byrd. These guys got me proper dancing the day away. Mainly because London Big City Electricity Band had a 19-person band with them on stage and Danny Byrd played songs I recognised – and could actually tell the difference between.
Seriously, those of you who go to places like Leeds Fest or the like every year, how do you manage? Maybe I’m too particular but porta-loos are gross, gross, gross. I know no one really LIKES them but seriously, how do you cope?
Even though Drum ‘n’ Bass isn’t my favourite jam, I was with my buddies. I got to laugh with them, dance with them, create a few more memories with them, and generally have a blast. And that’s what things like this are all about, right?
Have you been to a music festival this year? Is there anything you love or hate about them? Let me know where you’ve been!