GlobalGathering is the world’s first truly global music festival brand, breaking all boundaries around the world to bring the best electronic music and production to over a million electronic music fans.

First held in 2001 in Stratford-upon-Avon, GlobalGathering has continued to set trends in electronic music and has appeared in the US, Ukraine, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Belarus, South Korea and Australia to name a few places. The global journey is ongoing as we take the market-leading brand to all corners of the globe.

The festival concept came about following an unprecedented interest in the opening of GlobalGathering Group’s club Code in Birmingham. Code was the home of international nightlife institution Godskitchen, and we recognised that the demand to experience the adrenaline filled nights was so great that we had to expand beyond the walls of the club into Warwickshire’s glorious green fields and beyond, and what an excellent decision that turned out to be….

GlobalGathering – often imitated never emulated

Over the years GlobalGathering in the UK has created an abundance of highlights in the dance music calendar, and here’s a reminder of a few of our ‘best bits’:


2013 was an unprecedented success in the history of GlobalGathering. Not only did it see the biggest and most diverse line-up to date with Main Stage appearances from Nero, Afrojack and Plan B, but also saw massive performances from the likes of Steve Aoki, Dash Berlin and the soon-to-be World’s Number 1 DJ, Hardwell. 2013 also saw the biggest and most impressive production to feature at any GlobalGathering before with the introduction of two new arenas in the form of The Global Freight Depot and The Bunker as well as the UK debut of The Godskitchen Fusion Cube.


In 2012 the changes that were implemented the previous year were taken to a whole new level with more new styles of music introduced and very much an ‘out with the old, in with the new’ policy. This freshened up the look of the festival, welcomed a whole new generation of party goer and saw the likes of Chase & Status and Tinie Tempah rubbing shoulders with new-age superstars Skrillex, Nero and Afrojack.


2011 saw GlobalGathering move into it’s second decade in the business in style as it boasted a brand new site layout, new outlook, new arena hosts and generally a bit of a touch up to keep it ahead of the game. Headliners for the occasion were Pendulum, Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status (live) and Underworld, spread over two days on the final weekend of July as always.


2010 marked an epic ten years of GlobalGathering with 50,000 people heading down to Long Marston Airfield once again to join the festival celebrations. Headliners Faithless and Dizzee Rascal sent pulses racing with festival anthems God is a DJ, Insomnia, Bonkers and Holiday and were joined by 2manydjs and Chase and Status (live) at the top of the live line-up with firm Global favourites Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox and Above and Beyond heading the DJ bill.


2009 saw a GlobalGathering presence in Poland, Belarus, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, South Korea and Australia and the UK line-up read like the who’s who of electronic music, with performances from over 150 artists over two days the festival delivered a euphoric weekend filled with dirty beats and colossal bass lines. The 2009 headliners, The Prodigy, Orbital and Pendulum shook the foundations at Long Marston Airfield, Stratford-upon-Avon to its very core. With over 50,000 people attending over the weekend this festival remains [the world’s biggest electronic music weekend.

The UK festival undoubtedly sets the tone for the international festival circuit and is the benchmark festival for the GlobalGathering brand.


2008 saw the festival introduce more live music to the line-up with Kanye West headlining the Friday with his only UK festival appearance that summer and Mark Ronson performing his first headline appearance in an 18 month tour. As well as that, the Godskitchen arena played host to the largest festival tent in Europe with over 15,000 people cramming in to to see the likes of Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond across the weekend.


2007 saw the capacity increase once again to 55,000 and the camping to 30,000. It was also the year of the debut appearance of the Red Arrows. The air show dazzled the crowd with its incredible displays of airborne acrobatics.

Cloud9 camping packages were launched and the festival was also broadcast on Channel 4 for the first time with a stand out performance from Faithless on the show.


2006 will always be remembered for one thing and one thing only, Daft Punk! Performing exclusively for GlobalGathering (their first UK appearance for 10 years!), their visually astounding Pyramid and robot outfits were the talk of the town and one of the most memorable moments in GlobalGathering history. This year once again saw the capacity increase to 45,000 with 25,000 campers and the introduction of more bespoke camping packages such as Pod Pads.


2005 saw the inception of the weekend and VIP tickets as well the an outdoor stage which saw thousands of revelers going crazy at the Radio 1 Beach Stage. Underworld headlined the main stage and when they played Born Slippy the crowd went wild, a simply unrivaled atmosphere. The capacity was also increased this year to 40,000 with 15,000 campers.


2004 The year the heavens opened! With stage managers holding umbrellas over DJs heads due to leaks in the tents, this did not deter a record breaking crowd turning up. This year also saw the first appearance of the airport/airplane theme and was the last year the festival would appear as a one day festival.


2003 The festival’s third year and it was going from strength to strength! This year GlobalGathering welcomed the Bedrock Arena. It was also the first year it was really apparent to the organisers that it was becoming an established festival with DJ’s clambering to play it. Carl Cox made his debut appearance and hosted his Global Arena for the first time…


2002 Tiësto made his first appearance as a relatively unknown artist. The capacity increased from 25,000 to 35,000. The weather was scorching!


2001 was the first ever GlobalGathering festival which saw 25,000 party people attend and shake the foundations at the airfield in Long Marston.