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REVIEW: Global Gathering 2014

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28 July 2014

A festival with its own wow factor that’s enough to leave anybody amazed. Brilliant that is just brilliant; the best DJs from across the dance world, some huge speakers, a big venue, some of the worlds best artists and 50,000 plus like minded people. We are talking music that would normally be segregated to the smallest tent in the furthest-part of any other festival. Global Gathering has that strong branded look and feeling that thrusts out in front of thousands of devoted fans. What could be better?

Lacking that simple discipline to stay completely glued to one stage all night, we were able to take in a fair few other acts throughout the day. The main stage was on fantastic form all festival, with the best acts to be found dotted elsewhere around the site. Sub focus provided a typically hard-hitting set to his ever-growing legion of fans, whilst Tinie Tempah‘s old tunes mixed with his new material in the 1XTRA was a display of a fantastic exhibition of well-crafted bass lines and production. One thing I could say is the main stage had an interesting array of DJs, with Chase and Status‘s grooves a particular highlight, whilst a peek of Andy C‘s back-to-back set was well worth it for the intimate atmosphere generated and curiously laid back feel.

Two of London’s hottest rap duo Krept and Kona was another particular highlight. Everybody seemed to have mentioned them way too much as it is, and presumably by virtue of reading this piece you’re pretty aware of the young kings EP and the single off the the EP ‘Don’t Waste My Time’, which works as well in a festival as it does in a club. The music is nothing like strolling around with your headphones in or taking some punishment down the gym, you know you’re listening to something pretty great. Fantastically put together and layered correctly, rap at it’s very best: beautifully atmospheric music.

Once again The Prodigy has succeeded in giving a masterclass of how to rock a crowd and show, something almost uniquely popular without becoming either tacky or tasteless. Giving the audience a nice flavour to their music. We were treated to a range of superb soul licks, lifted vocals, well integrated instrumental samples and murmuring basslines. As with other prominent legendary bands.

GlobalGathering 2014 played one of the biggest and best live artists and DJs that spanned across the electronic music spectrum, the lineup reads like a who’s who of stadium stars, up and coming UK talent, world-beating DJs and industry insiders.

Global Gathering 2014 did live up to being the best festival unlike any other, a must for any true fans of dance music. The toilets were not so terrible, the beer was flat at times and the landscape is about as inspiring as an interview with The Prodigy, but there was a pretty special atmosphere at the festival, and although the word is banded about a little too often, the vibe really is fantastic. Last but by no means least, thank you to the lovely ladies at unshredded who provided two idiots dressed in just shorts and tee shirts with a chance to review this fantastic festival.

– By Saidi Banks


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