Hospitality, Matter, London
Tuesday 10 March 2009
The O2 in east London might seem a strange place in which to find some of the biggest names in drum and bass, yet its new super club has managed to pull off something of a coup by becoming the London host of Hospitality, the residency of drum and bass label Hospital.
The building formerly known as the Millennium Dome may usually find itself home to pop’s big-name stars, but since its opening in September Matter has been managing to attract a younger crowd than its neighbouring venues on the site, putting on a mixture of dance nights and live gigs.
Unsurprisingly considering that the club was launched by the people behind Fabric, the sound system is impressive on Hospitality’s first night at Matter, and more than standing up to the demands of the music, with even the crowds on the first and second floor balconies enjoying great acoustics.
For the sold-out crowd, the "body kinetic" dance floor - with its 80 transducers pounding their feet - and the pounding drum and bass make a great combination. Yet the real star of the night is the visual system, with lasers creating waves of light over the crowd’s head.
By the time DJ Marky arrives on stage, the dance floor is already packed and the Brazilian doesn't disappoint. Following him in the main room are two of Hospital’s flagship acts, High Contrast and London Elektricity, while a second room of dubstep provides a less busy, yet still lively, night.
There remains some problems with the choice of venue - with good transport links, its position outside of the centre of London might not prove too troublesome in terms of people getting there, but there is a lack of pre-club venues available. Nonetheless, as long as Hospital can keep producing the goods in terms of artists, then the night will keep attracting the crowds, and Matter will continue to provide a fantastic hi-tech venue.
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