Now into its 14th year, GlobalGathering has long been established as being one of the UK’s most cherished summer festivals. Residing on Long Marston Airfield in Stratford Upon Avon, GlobalGathering has perfected its two day serving of the planets best electronic music and has consequently become the favourite of many festival goers both nationwide and further afar.
Global Gathering started its life in 2001 as a one day festival, and had already gained a great reputation by its fourth year when it added the second day to make the festival a weekend long affair. The likes of Underworld, Daft Punk and Tiësto headlined the main stage in Global’s earlier years whilst techno maestro Carl Cox started to host his own ‘Global Arena’ from the third onset. As the festival progressed and became bigger, amounting to hold over 50,000 people reaching the end of the first decade, the music bill became more diverse, inviting huge artists such as Kanye West, Mark Ronson and Pendulum to perform live on the main stage.
In 2009, Global Gathering had expanded to host festivals and events in Poland, Turkey, Belarus, Ukraine, South Korea, Australia and Russia with the line-ups in the UK ever growing and becoming ever more diverse. On their 10th anniversary Global celebrated with their biggest line up so far with Above & Beyond, Faithless, Dizzee Rascal, 2 Many DJ’s, Chase & Status, Armin Van Buuren and Carl Cox appearing over the two days with a plethora of other artists. The years that followed to today brought new arena layouts, new stages in the form of The Global Freight Depot and The Bunker and of course more music, with this years line up proudly being the most diverse the festival has ever seen. In 2013, Global won the DJ Mag Best Of British Award for best festival, proving just how much effort goes into all aspects, and the experience the work ensures.
The main stage, where the most well-known and biggest name pop artists perform will be new this year, is still standing as one of the most spectacular outdoor stages in the UK.
In 2014 the stage will be headlined by none other than The Prodigy and Chase & Status, with Katy B, Annie Mac, Madeon, Andy C, Northbase, Jaguar Skills and Knife Party providing strong support.
The Hanger will house huge big room and electro DJs such as David Guetta, Daddy’s Groove, Danny Avila and Tommy Trash on the Friday, as well as Alesso, W&W, Arty, Dubvision, Krewella and special guest Dirty South on the Saturday.
Moving on and we come to Radio 1’s Essential Mix stage that has invited Eric Prydz to headline proceedings, not to mention the likes of Eats Everything, Sasha, Nic Fanciulli, Pete Tong and Paul Woolford amongst others. With some artists performing exclusive Global only back-to-backs, this will be where many decide to spend their first day of the festival. As ever, Godskitchen are back in 2014 and once again bring a host of cutting edge trance artists to play on the state of art lit stage, featuring LED lasers and special effects. The line up features New World Punx, Cosmic Gate, John O’Callaghan, Jordan Suckley, Aly & Fila and Solarstone amongst others.
Across the rest of the two days and there is a further 11 stages, all hosted by some of the most reputable clubbing brands from the UK. Jamie Jones’ Paradise, Defected In The House, Yousef’s Circus, UKF, Ram Jam and Jägermeister are just some who are hosting the remaining stages, all presenting some of the hottest electronic music talent on the planet, including Maya Jane Coles, MK, Jamie Jones, David Rodigan, James Zabiela, Wilkinson, Sub Focus, Guti (Live), Dixon, The Martinez Brothers, High Contrast, Camo & Crooked, Netsky, Toddla T, Mele, wAFF, Darius Syrossian and many more.
Global Gathering also offer a unique VIP package that can be experienced in many different ways. From the VIPee toilets, through the woodland wonderland and into the luxury Cloud9 tipis, all dressed in the Midsummer Night’s Dream theme, the VIP options have never been more exciting.
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Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of GlobalGathering and Paul Underhill
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