Smashed Music Goes Global Part Two

Posted on 14 August 2011 by Mizzle

Friday night at Global was going to be tough to beat, none the less bleary eyed clubbers emerged from their ovens also known as tents in the blistering hot British sunshine. Breakfast was easily available and not too overpriced. I managed breakfast, tea and a fruit smoothie for under a fiver, showers were not bad either!  In that heat we needed them.

The day began and the festival began to fill up, by mid afternoon it was much busier than the Friday night, every tent was pretty much packed out as well as the main stage. Brookes Brothers were one of my first points of call and it turned out to be the highlight of the festival for myself. Simply put, they were incredible! In eleven years of DJing and clubbing I have never heard a more energised perfectly timed set to keep a crowd in the moment of euphoria and sadly I probably never will again. The tune selection was perfect as well as the mixing and interaction with the crowd. For one hour, the Hospitality tent was probably sending local Geiger counters crazy given the amount of jumping and bass pumping out of the sound system.

The Brookes Brothers were going to be a tough act to follow, later I ventured to see the amazing sounds and visuals of the American Dub Step heavyweight, Skrillex. He did not disappoint. Just about the most jaw dropping insane visual display, flashing and moving behind him as he played out his usual Metal influenced Dub Step sounds. I recall a version of La Roux – ‘In For The Kill’ accompanied by a 3D skellington and weird morphing shapes with the crowd, me included singing along.

Big name act after big name act followed round all the tents, Global Gathering was in full swing, until I ventured to the main stage to see some of the Headline acts such as Tinie Tempah. I was greeted by people heading in the opposite direction and a change in atmosphere and tempo. It felt like a mis match and out of place. When he performed ‘Mosh Pit’ followed by ‘Love Suicide’ you could feel the mood change, a friend turned to me and said “Im not at Global anymore” which was greeted by agreement from numerous others. Another note was for a lyricist as good as Tinie Tempah, he was not very good at speaking to the crowd. A wide vocabulary? Every other word was an expletive and not much inbetween. I did not stay for the finale….

Feeling a need to get back to the more vibrant element of Global, we headed to the largest tent Metropolis, where Chase and Status were due to play live. Anticipation hung in the air and people were crammed in from all angles. A huge roar went up as they entered the stage from left and right accompanied by MC Rage for their set. The stage was set as they opened with ‘No Problem’ with the haunting image of Takura from the video glaring down from behind them dressed as some sort of ultra violet voodoo priest. The crowd responded singing every lyric and throwing hands in the air, a far cry from Tinie Tempah earlier. Their set contained all their big releases and remixes including ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Eastern Jam’, ‘Blind Faith’ and the awesome ‘Pieces’ which was accompanied by a dazzling laser display. Energy, great MC work from Hype utilising the whole stage, and an amazing visual and lights show with a great performance. This had been epic.

Nero were to follow an, at times breath taking set from Chase and Status. It was a tough act to follow, but follow they did. Not starting with quite the same energy though, this was a progressive build of big synths, wobbles and breaks to the grand finale – the unveiling of vocalist Alana. A great live performance followed of the three crowd pleasing tracks ‘Me & You’, ‘Guilty’ and the new track ‘Promises’ all greeted by elation and big cheers. Alana was pitch perfect with her vocals not missing a note as the crowd responded chanting back the words.

Over all Global Gathering 2011 was a great mix of all types of Electronic dance music from Tech House to Drum and Bass mixed and played live by some great artists and DJs. Others I encountered who also rocked the festival were Ferry Corsten, Ben Gold, Gabriel and Dresden, Erol Alkan, Fake Blood and James Zabelia.

My only gripe with the entire festival is that Angel Music Group might consider booking headline acts more suited to the rest of the festival but still give a live feel. Deadmau5, Daft Punk, Prodigy, Faithless, Chemical Brothers, Tiesto even David Guetta if they want to keep a commercial element. Over all though, well worth a ticket and a great experience.Roll on Global Gathering 2012

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By Richard Chapman