Preview: Global Gathering 2014

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Situated in the birthplace of Britain’s most famous playwright, Global Gathering sees the biggest names in electronic music descend upon Marston Airfield in Stratford-upon-Avon. 2014 marks a big year for the growth of Global Gathering, as organisers add a new mega stage named ‘The Hangar’. One of the UK’s largest dance music festivals, Global Gathering hosts artists from a broad spectrum of genres across House, Trance, Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Progressive and more, with mainstream and underground names alike.

This year’s roster boasts some stellar tents hosted by some of the most influential collectives around: 1Xtra, UKF, Defected Records, and Hospital Records to name but a few. One of the real standouts is the Radio 1 Essential Mix tent headlined by Eric Prydz, but made unmissable by some of the back to back team ups organisers have managed to arrange, including Pete Tong playing back to back with Eats Everything, and Paul Woolford alongside Route 94.

Thanks to a formidable combination of main-stage headliners, the ever popular Chase & Status on Friday, and big beat legends The Prodigy making an exclusive UK dance festival performance on Sunday, Global Gathering ups the ante with a pairing of live acts renown for consistently delivering ferocious and energetic sets. If of course neither of these two take your fancy, Global Gathering offers a plethora of other headliners on its smaller, yet no less spectacular stages; a cross section of the most respected names in dance music, even those with the most particular of tastes will surely find an act to be excited by among the likes of MK, Jamie Jones, David Rodigan, Maya Jane Coles, and High Contrast.

Thanks to the popularity of introducing a hidden venue last year, named The Bunker, organisers are keen to announce its return this year, bigger and better. A subterranean stage, The Bunker creatively utilities the Airfield’s inherent assets to enhance the production, and a similar idea is being applied with the addition the new mega stage, The Hangar. With a nod to Stratford’s heritage, the VIP area will take on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ theme, providing a lot of potential for a very special experience.

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The Prodigy

With the impending release of the Prodigy’s sixth studio album, their first since 2008’s Invaders Must Die, now is a more exciting time than ever to catch the British quartet as they preview an offering of their new material during each of their shows. Having witnessed their live act twice in 2013, I can attest to the insanely visceral performance these veterans of dance deliver; an absolute must see.

Eats Everything b2b Pete Tong

A back to back set from a pairing of talented DJs is always a treat, and having DJ’d the world over alongside a diverse array of headline artists, Pete Tong, the champion of Radio1’s Dance Music efforts is no stranger to sharing the decks with . Joining him at Global Gathering in the Essential Mix tent is the immensely popular Bristolean house producer, Daniel Pearce, better known as Eats Everything. Both artists, well respected for their visionary tastes will likely make a winning combination, and confidently ready the crowd for the tents headliner, Eric Prydz.

A variety of ticket options including Travel, VIP and Glamping packages are available from Global Gathering’s website.

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