After 13 years as one of the UK’s major dance music festivals, Global Gathering will not be taking place in 2015, as the organizers have decided to “take a break, in order for all elements of the show to be reviewed.”
The brief statement does offer assurances that Global Gathering club and international events will not be affected, though as the website and all social media pages have been taken down, it remains unclear exactly what events this refers to.
Whether the situation is permanent remains to be seen, though plans to cover the airfield with 3500 homes suggests the need for a new location might be an issue. Either way, Global’s assurance that they want to “remain at the heart of the UK dance market” certainly suggests we haven’t seen the last of them yet.
Global Gathering started in 2001 and was a strong fixture on the UK festival calendar, regularly attracting 50,000 people to Long Marston Airfield in Warwickshire, and featuring the biggest names in dance music. Its departure leaves Creamfields as the sole major dance festival in the UK, an unusual situation given dance music’s massive surge in popularity over the past few years.