There aren’t words that can justify the experience that was had at Global Gathering, the people, the music the weather and the vibe all made it one of the best things we have ever done in our lives. We arrived at Marston Airfield where the event was being held to a sea of cars and revellers, the sun was beating down and you could feel the atmosphere straight away, people were dancing singing and enjoying the hot weather. We met up with Vish, the Lucozade Energy representative and a massive thanks has to go out to them for giving us the opportunity to come and experience the festival and they were great during the whole weekend providing drinks sun glasses and other freebies to everybody who attended, they also had their own tent that had activities such as zorbing and also a night time disco where people could party until the sun came up.
The music at global was phenomenal, even that word doesn’t seem to cover it. Both Friday and Saturday were amazing, the highlight of Friday was the ‘Circus’ tent. Circus is a popular club in Liverpool, this year they decided to bring their DJ’s and music to global. This tent provided the perfect deep house music to get the crowd pumped and ready for the weekend. One of the best performances in the circus tent was Ben Pearce, his skills were on show, the crowd especially loved the moment when his hit single ‘What I Might Do’ dropped at the end of his set and this created the standard for the rest of the evening. The rest of the DJ’s most certainly lived up to the hype, fantastic performances from Maya Jane Coles, Yousef and Hot Since 82 all provided the deep house vibe that the crowd wanted. The defected in the house stage kept the more funky house fans happy with three stand out sets from MK, Oliver$ and Cajmere. These three acts kept the original house fans happy MK known for his hits ‘My Head Is A Jungle’ and ‘Always’ and his collaboration the remix of Storm Queen’s ‘Look Right Through’ kept the crowd singing and alive. Oliver$ and Cajmere provided the house vibes everybody were used to with heavy bass and clean funky beats they were sets well worth watching.
On the main stage it was Chase and Status who were the big name head liners, they managed to electrify the crowd with massive hits Hypest Hype and No Problem, causing mosh pits, people on shoulders and a whole lot of jumping. Their MC got the crowd involved and the drum and bass lovers had plenty to enjoy, in particular the fire work display was on another level, 30 ft high flames and fireworks is something everybody enjoys so credit has to be given for putting on a great show and giving something that everybody can enjoy. Although the party kept going at 2AM we decided it was a good idea to get some sleep because Saturdays line up was absolutely amazing and we needed some important rest after the long drive and the immediate partying.
After Friday night we didn’t think anything could top the experience but Saturday was in short one of the best day/nights we have ever had in our lives. We don’t think anything could come close to time we had. We started with the main stage and went to see Jaguar Skills the masked DJ is somebody who we have always wanted to see so was hoping he would live up to the hype, which he did. The hour set he did was absolutely amazing, never have we seen a DJ with his talent and sampling skills. He kept the crowd on their toes and just when you thought it couldn’t get better, he would throw another beat at you and they just kept on coming. He dropped some of the best music you could imagine and managed to mix them all into one unbelievable hour of DJ genius.
On the UKF stage it was the up and coming Hannah Wants, who stole the show. She was amazing and got the crowd excited with her two dancers on the stage keeping everyone entertained. The tent was packed and she kept the heavy bass coming and provided a great opportunity to enjoy deep house and some electronic also helped improve on her already fantastic reputation. After Hannah Wants, was in our opinion the best act of the entire festival, Annie Mac. A musical powerhouse, she was one of the best live acts we have ever seen, she kept the crowd jumping and showed she was than just a voice on the radio, she was amazing, playing huge hits from Gorgon City, Route 94, Candy Station all these kept the crowd mesmerised singing, dancing and feeling high off of the atmosphere alone! Annie played in the perfect sunshine and even had a stunt plane flying over the crowd just to add the spectacular show she put on. Knife also held their own on the main stage with heavy drops the dubstep duo proved to be a great show
The best stage on Saturday night was the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix Stage, the essential mix is something that has been run by Pete Tong for over 20 years and he brought it with him to global. With huge names including Friend Within, Route 94, Eric Prydz, Duke Dumont and of course the legend himself Pete Tong they created a funky atmosphere and the tent was packed all day and all night playing some of the best house music your ears could listen to and the party kept going there till early in the morning. It was the weather that stayed the biggest winner of the whole festival with the temperatures reaching 30 degrees both Friday and Saturday with only the smallest drops of rain being felt on Saturday evening which in fact were very refreshing. Huge thanks has to given to the guys at Lucozade Energy for providing both Erisea with full VIP passes which allowed us to enter the VIP DJ sets and allowed us to be at the heart of the action, they also got us great parking spaces and an even better spot to set up camp. We met some great people and it isn’t even possible to explain how good the entire weekend was, so thanks to them once again and thank you to Global Gathering for creating one of the best festivals that you could ever go to, even the toilets weren’t that bad! Global gathering is an event not to be missed.