Going global: a Global Gathering 2011 preview

We look at the two-day event with tips and a Spotify playlist

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Dane Cobain - 21 July 2011

Global, huh? So where is it? Tokyo? New York?
Not quite, the UK leg is held at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon. Other legs take place in Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and South Korea.

I see. And what exactly is it?
Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2011, Global Gathering is on a par with Creamfields at the forefront of the UK’s electronic music festival scene. Ranging from house and trance to dubstep, Global Gathering hosts over a hundred acts on sixteen stages.

Any big names?
The last few years have welcomed Roni Size, Faithless, Orbital, Kanye West and Basement Jaxx.

What about this year?
This year’s line-up is bigger and better than ever, welcoming Rusko, Modestep, Pendulum, Beardyman, Professor Green, Underworld, Ms Dynamite and Skream and Benga. Sound good? That’s just on Saturday (29 July)!

Sunday (30 July) will see performances from Ferry Corsten, Cosmic Gate, Adam Beyer, Chase and Status, Sub Focus, Nero, Borgore, Skrillex and Tinie Tempah.

So much choice! How am I supposed to decide who to see?
Well, we recommend you check these out for starters:


He might look more like the lead singer of a German metal band, but the 23-year-old producer has bigger drops than a rollercoaster. If dubstep is your thing, Skrillex is the one to watch.


If, however, feel-good electronica is your cup of tea, visit Underworld. The duo have been recording together for thirty years, but it wasn’t until this track – ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’ – was featured in cult classic film Trainspotting that they reached the mainstream. Four albums and countless festival appearances have followed, so get the drinks in and get ready to shout: “lager, lager, lager”.

Chase & Status

Frequent collaborators with just about everyone, Chase & Status’ rise to superstardom has been rapid and unstoppable after hit singles ‘End Credits’, ‘Let You Go’ and ‘Blind Faith’ preceded their breakthrough album ‘No More Idols’. Fingers crossed for an appearance from Tempa T, who’s set to perform on the same day as them.


Former metal drummer Borgore proves it really is a Global Gathering, hailing from Israeli second city Tel Aviv. Filthier than Glastonbury’s mud-covered hippies, the dubstep producer describes his sound as “commercial American hip-hop and death metal being played through various farm animals.”


All the way from Australia, if anyone can get you swinging backwards and forwards under the influence (of gravity) then it’s these guys. Prepare yourself for big tunes like ‘Tarantula’, ‘Propane Nightmares’ and ‘Watercolour’ plus that unforgettable remix of The Prodigy’s ‘Voodoo People’.

Sounds good, I can’t wait!
No? Better get listening to our Spotify playlist, then!

Any other tips?
Don’t forget your Ibuprofen, every morning you’re going to wake up feeling like you slept inside Joey Jordison's drum kit during Slipknot's blistering Sonisphere set. Also, if you’ve got plenty of gear to carry, consider hiring a ‘Festibarrow’ – a part-foldable, lightweight wheelbarrow that you can hire for a small deposit.

Okay, so to recap…
Global Gathering takes place from 29-30 July at Avon Park Raceway in Long Marston, Warwickshire. Pendulum and Tinie Tempah are set to headline, with Skrillex, Borgore, Chase and Status and Skream and Benga among the other acts to perform.

Click here to view the Global Gathering line-up.

What about tickets?
A weekend ticket will set you back £99 plus booking fee, with Saturday tickets still available for £62.50.

Click here to buy Global Gathering tickets.


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