Going Global - a Global Gathering 2012 preview

Which dance superstars are descending on Stratford-Upon-Avon this weekend?

Photographer:Anna Hyams

Chris Eustace - 25 July 2012

Global Gathering – now that sounds like a BIG festival!

Well, yeah, it is, but not quite like that. This is the UK leg we’re talking about – there’s also events in Ukraine, Korea, Poland, Belarus and Russia, hence the ‘Global’ tag.

Where on the globe is it exactly?

You’ll find it at Long Marston Airfield, Stratford-upon-Avon, this weekend (27-28 July).

Right, so what can I expect?

A Dance behemoth, basically – seven stages of everything from bass, trance, house, dubstep, electro...you name it, it’ll be here Last year saw the likes of Tinie Tempah, Chase and Status, Pendulum, Skrillex, Borgore, Nero, Steve Angello, Underworld and Skream and Benga all play, so it’s not short of superstars either.

So who’s playing this year?

Well after a year in which their stars of risen even further, Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Skrillex and Nero all return. Afrojack, Friendly Fires, DJ Fresh, Andy C, Steve Aoki, Knife Party, Magnetic Man, Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Netsky, Sub Focus and Redlight are all on the bill this year too.

So who should I see?

We recommend:

Dot Rotten

Tinie Tempah’s headlining, but earlier on the Friday Main Stage bill is perhaps the next big Brit rapper. It’s likely that a Global Gathering crowd will appreciate the Robert Miles sample in ‘Overload’, and the cocksure wordplay of ‘Are You Not Entertained?’ should feel out of place in Shakespeare country.


‘Feel The Love’ is surely the song of the summer so far, and those aren’t the only sun-kissed beats up Rudimental’s sleeve. With the old school house feel of ‘Spoons’, and the grungy, garage ‘Deep In The Valley’ among the Hackney collective’s other big tunes, you’ll soon see (and hear) that they’re no one-trick ponies.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

Even if you’re really serious about your festival fancy dress, you’ll never get a costume as flamboyant as Orlando Higginbottom’s. His songs are similarly no shrinking violets either, with debut album ‘Trouble’ home to playful, dancefloor-ready pop like ‘Garden’ and ‘Tapes & Money’. Don’t miss.

Major Look

Chase & Status fans should come running to check out Major Look. A collaboration between Stapleton and Crystal Clear, there’s so much sub bass here that the ground will still be rumbling for days afterwards. Not only that, the drum ‘n’ bass floorfiller ‘Levels’ and the swaggering ‘Hush Ya Gums’ will be lodged in your head too.

B Traits

B Traits hasn’t been recruited by Radio 1 as the latest addition to their In New DJs We Trust line-up for nothing – there’s everything from breakbeats, jungle, dubstep, drum & bass, reggae, dancehall, garage to hip hop, UK funky and house in her sets and in her own music. She has talent to meld all these styles together, as debut single ‘Fever’ showed, and she’s likely to prove a revelation this weekend.

Sounds great! How much are the tickets?

Global Gathering tickets are available now, with Standard Weekend Tickets priced at £105 and VIP Weekend Tickets at £180. Saturday Day Tickets are available at £65/£105 VIP.

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