With the event selling out a few days before the night itself, I was prepared for reams of excited people to be queueing alongside the Harbourside’s main industrial playground.
It was surprising, however, to see annoyed faces.
They were illuminated far past the neon-flooded Vauxhall dealer, reaching almost to the rail bridge further up Avon Street.
Coupled with ticket prices reaching up to thirty pounds, it would have to be a very good night to make up for this waiting time of over an hour.
Aspects of Hospitality lived up to its considerable hype.
Unfortunately - as foreshadowed by this unusually immense line - the venue itself seemed underprepared.
Unless you’d arrived early, it would have been difficult to catch any of Hugh Hardie’s set due to the especially obstructive security putting on a show of strength.
Perhaps it’s just a show; I’m almost sure that ‘sniffer’ Labrador is just someone’s pet.
I was lucky to get a taste of the jungle flavour Mr. Hardie’s sets so often contain.
His Saturday spin was a throwback to the spectacular mix played at August’s Hospitality Garden Party in London.
Hospital rarely release songs with breaks as fierce as those found in jungle music.
It was a welcome surprise to find almost every artist incorporate some of this harder sound into their late-hour mixes.
Alongside Hugh Hardie, somewhat unexpectedly, the most satisfying amens were found in liquid-biased Keeno’s Med School takeover in the Marble Factory.
Clearly taking notes from the success of his Bristol Mix Sessions, Keeno smashed complex transitions from pitch-dark to wafer-light and back again.
Remidy’s ability to vocalise over wave-like rollers guided the audience through every song and highlighted the positive community feeling that makes Hospitality a brilliant experience.
Whiney’s positively abyssal track choice was in stark contrast to Nu:Logic’s smooth, melodic notes.
Strangely, I was able to hear both of these artists playing at the same time due to considerable sound leakage between rooms, likely due to some of the usual plastic insulation missing at Room 1’s entrance.
This issue did not detract from the ecstatic moment of Whiney finishing with his anthemic ‘Flashlight’.
For such a recent release, it was hilarious to see the crowd immediately moving and chanting in unison.
This was one of the peaks of the night, and it is a shame that very few moments in the painfully overcrowded main room lived up to match this.
Hospital Records’ signature illuminated centre-stage ‘H’ has almost doubled in size, and it seems as though Motion’s ticket sales have followed this upsizing trend.
Being half-crushed while trying to enjoy Texas MC’s hype, over some disgusting machine-gun halftime from Culture Shock, was an unpleasant experience.
Things didn’t improve when Fred V & Grafix stepped on.
Their low-energy live set did nothing to counteract the rivers of sweat washing over everyone and slickening the floor.
Motion should really invest in some ventilation, considering the amount of money they rake in - the infamous ‘drip’ lives on.
Though I appreciate Fred V & Grafix are supposed to cater to a wider audience, at the same time, most people didn’t come to hear songs that belong in a Flume concert.
Fed-up with this cotton-soft sound, I instead decided to brave the jostling five minute, fifty-metre journey to the Tunnel to see Upgrade.
I was greeted by the guttural sounds of Hazard’s ‘Time Tripping’.
The cooler temperatures and faster paced music of the Invaderz room gave it preference to the other areas of Motion.
It was not to last.
Halfway through this jump-up extravaganza, it seemed as though some of the admittedly less-than-great speakers blew, leaving the Marble Factory as a last resort.
Luckily, Makoto and Krakota came to the rescue with soaring liquid melodies and soothing, low-end beat massages to usher in early dawn.
Though the majority of Hospitality and Med School artists delivered, Motion was not at its best.
Moments of euphoria were peppered with frustration.
Again, considering the ticket price, this is not something you want or expect.
On the plus side, Motion really does deliver in the names that it attracts to the city.
We are looking forward to seeing Motion dedicate more of its resources to nurturing the ever-thriving local drum and bass community.
Keep an eye out for when Inter:mission goes to In:Motion’s huge 25 Years of RAM event.
Written by Tristan Davis - Underground Writer