Global Gathering 2014 - Festival Review

August 4, 2014 -

Oscar Hoyle

The tempramental UK weather did not prove to be of any concern, with the weekends festivities at Global Gathering in Stratford-upon-Avon blessed with sunny and warm days. Probably the biggest Electronic music lineup in Britain this year, Daily-Beat were blown away by the variety of stages, genres, activities and the warm and passionate crowd that the festival attracted. Situated on Long Marston Airfield, the festival ran over 2 days attracting headline acts such as The Prodigy, Chase & Status and Eric Prydz.

On the Friday night we found ourselves in the Circus tent for the majority of the evening, with illustrious acts such as Hot Since 82, Yousef and Maya Jane Coles all performing exceptional and unique sets. Huxley and Darius Syrossian also graced this tent with hard hitting, bass heavy house tracks. Trance lovers found themselves spoilt for choice on the first night with headline artists such as John O'Callaghan, Solarstone and Aly & Fila delivering euphoric and mesmerising moments. The VIP area hosted Aly & Fila for the closing hour with the VIP forest packed out with trance fans, allowing for a special end to the first night.

The sun was out on Saturday, allowing for a chilled out recovery before the mayhem started again on the Saturday evening. Headliners The Prodigy with their only UK performance this year produced a chaotic yet brilliant set. Arguably an even stronger lineup than Friday's, Saturday hosted the likes of Hannah Wants, My Nu Leng and DJ EZ in the UKF Live tent. This showcased some of the UK's freshest up and coming talent. Jamie Jones and The Martinez Brothers produced scintillating moments in the Paradise tent, and UK bass house giants Cause & Affect, Pete Graham and Low Steppa delivered electric moments in Global's very own club like stage The Bunker.

Perhaps one of our favourite sets from the weekend was Swedish giant Eric Prydz's in the Essential Mix tent. He took the listeners on a journey beginning with dark, trippy and huge techno beats similar to that of his alias Cirez D, before gradually building up momentum, ending with the uplifting Everyday. The lighting display was incredible and Prydz's fine tuned laser display perfectly complimented his impressive track choices. Pete Tong B2B with Eats Everything was the perfect way to end an amazing weekend that hosted some of Dance music's finest artists, with incredible lighting displays, stages and an atmosphere that makes a return inevitable. We strongly recommend considering Global Gathering 2015 as part of next Summers plans.

Below are a selection of our favourite tracks from the weekend. Enjoy

Will Atkinson - Isolator

Eric Prydz - Axis

Huxley - Inkwell

Jamie Jones - Stick

NRKY & AndMe - Needle on the Record



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