hmv.com Previews… Global Gathering 2014: 10 acts you need to see...
Every summer since 2001, thousands have been making an annual pilgrimage to an airfield in Stratford-upon-Avon, but they’re not coming to see any Shakespeare plays…
Global Gathering is in its 13th year and represents one of the biggest dance music events on the planet. So with the festival on the horizon this weekend (25th & 26th June) and thousands of ravers ready to descend on Long Marston airfield, we’ve put together a list of 10 highlights from this year’s line-up that you won’t want to miss…
Tine Tempah’s recent album Demonstration was a lot better than its record sales would have you believe and Tinie is an enthusiastic entertainer that always puts on a great live show. Classics like ‘Pass Out’ from his debut LP will also have the crowd moving. He also happens to be one of the nicest people we’ve ever interviewed, so make sure you head down there and show Tinie some love…
French producer Hugo Pierre Leclercq, better known as Madeon, may only be 20 years old, but he’s been banging out tunes since the age of 11 and his prodigious talent has already seen him produce tracks for the likes of Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding, Two Door Cinema Club and Coldplay. His sound is very much born from the French House scene, but when you consider that Paris has produced acts like Daft Punk, Cassius and Etienne de Crecy, that’s no bad thing at all. Who knows where this young man’s career could go, so get yourselves down to the Main Stage on Saturday to watch him perform.
Following on from Madeon and Annie Mac, Jaguar Skills will be smashing through a set on the Main Stage on Saturday too. His sets are pure, frenetic energy so don’t miss out if you’re looking for somewhere to really kick the night into action with one of his full-throttle mixes.
For those who haven’t seen London Elektricity live, this a code red, stop-what-you’re-doing reason to head to the Hospitality Stage on Saturday afternoon. Purveyors of big, orchestral, Acid Jazz-tinged drum ‘n’ bass rhythms, you’ll be dancing yourself daft in no time. Teamed with Liane Carroll’s soulful voice, it’s a sound to lose your proverbial ‘shizzle’ to.
Some may know Rob Swire as the man from Pendulum, or even as the voice of Deadmaus’ EDM monster track ‘Ghosts n’ Stuff’, but he and fellow Pendulum member Gareth McGrillen have a new plaything in Knife Party. They’ll be dropping various tunes from their upcoming debut album proper, Abandon Ship, so whatever you do, don’t miss the chance to preview some unreleased material when they warm up for Prodigy on Saturday.
‘Soon Come’ was one of the best tunes of the summer last year and it’s big, dub-reggae basslines and brass are enough to brighten up any festival. A man who has been around since 1992 when his ‘Original Nuttah’ track broke new ground for Ragga, he’s a party veteran that still has the skills to thrill. Do not miss.
Belgian Drum ‘n’ Bass purveyor Netsky will be appearing before Chase and Status headline the Main Stage on Friday night, and it’s well worth getting down there earlier to catch his performance. Netsky’s brand of liquid funk will have you fully fired up for the headliners, with ‘Come Alive’ sure to be a highlight of his set.
Mary Jane Coles
Since she appeared on the scene in 2010, Maya Jane Coles has been steadily making a name for herself as a DJ and producer, having done remixes for Gorillaz and Massive Attack. Her debut, 2013’s Comfort, also featured the likes of Tricky and she’s one of many performers at this year’s festival that look to be on an upward career trajectory. If you don’t fancy Chase and Status, head over to the Circus Stage on Friday night.
Offering something a little different to the pumped-up vibes of many acts at Global Gathering is Katy B. Fresh from an amazing performance at Lovebox in London’s Victoria Park last weekend, Katy will be dishing out some fresh electro-pop tunes to bring a little light relief from all the headbanging. She’ll be on before Netsky on Friday at the Main Stage.
Prodigy will be headlining the Main Stage on Saturday and even after all these years, they’re still one hell of a live act. Liam Howlett and co. will be tearing through a career-spanning set of classics and you really, really shouldn’t leave without the seeing the act that has, alongside Daft Punk, done more to change live dance music events than any other. It’s going to be massive.