Summer dance festival Global Gathering will not be taking place in 2015, organisers have announced. It will be the first time the festival has taken a break since it began in 2001.
Organisers of the Stratford-upon-Avon event, which entertains 55,000 people at the end of every July, said they will be enforcing a fallow year to review their approach and strategy. “After 13 years of delivering one of the UK’s most successful electronic dance events, the promoters of the Global Gathering UK festival have decided that the festival will take a break in 2015 in order for all the elements of the show to be reviewed, ensuring GG remains at the heart of the UK dance market,” a statement on the event’s website read.
“This will not affect any of the GG club shows in the UK or international GG events. Thanks to all of our loyal fans for your continued support.”
This year’s Global Gathering saw major performances by The Prodigy, Chase & Status and David Guetta. But the event was struck by tragedy when 24-year-old festival-goer Shane Kirkwood died after being taken ill at the festival.
Organisers issued a statement about the death, which was the first in the festival’s history, saying: “Everybody at Global Gathering is deeply saddened by this tragic loss of life. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends at this time. We are assisting Warwickshire Police with their ongoing investigation.”
Global Gathering has previously visited countries including Poland, Turkey, South Korea and Russia. It is also due to take over Birmingham club The Institute for a New Year’s Eve Party hosted by Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac and drum and bass band Rudimental.