Voted the Best Dance Event of 2012 at the UK Festival Awards, Global Gathering is often showered with praise for being one of the finest EDM festivals in the world. Up against stiff competition, the festival always manages to showcase a great mix of the mainstream and the underground, providing line-ups that offer something for everyone.
Occupying a convenient weekend at the end of July, slap bang in the middle of the UK festival season, the first phase line up for the 2013 event has just been announced. Mainstage action comes from Example, Katy B, Plan B, and Disclosure, giving a very British feel to the centre of the event. But while the main stage may provide the best of the more mainstream side of EDM, Global is all about the beating heart of the underground, all located on an old RAF airfield in the centre of England.
Among the festival’s many arenas and stages, you’ve got the full flavour of international EDM, from every genre under the sun. As always from the brand who brought you legendary club Godskitchen, trance has a massive presence, with the Gods’ arena featuring the likes of Ferry Corsten, Orjan Nilsen, Markus Schulz, John O’Callaghan, and Lange & Andy Moor repeating their back-to-back routine as promised. The international flavour of big room house and trance is provided in the appropriately named Global arena, featuring Steve Aoki, Arty, W&W, Mat Zo, and Porter Robinson. Elsewhere, Carl Cox hosts his own arena with legends such as John Digweed and Yousef; bassheads are well catered for with UKF’s Bass Culture arena; and there’s the ever-present house music, both in the form of the simply named “House” arena, featuring Nicky Romero and a special appearance from Sander Van Doorn, as well as an arena hosted by Liverpool legends Chibuku, who this year hold host to 2ManyDJs, Erol Alkan, and special guest Skream.
Tickets are on sale now with VIP and deposit options available. There’s plenty more acts and arenas yet to be announced, but with tickets selling fast, you’d be well advised to get them quick, before it’s too late.