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Global Gathering cancelled

Stratford Editorial 27th Oct, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

GLOBAL Gathering will not take place next year.

Organisers of the annual dance music festival at Long Marston Airfield issued a statement on their website saying the festival would ‘take a break’ in 2015.

It read: “After 13 years of delivering one of the UK’s most successful electronic dance music events, the promoters of the GlobalGathering UK festival have decided that the festival will take a break in 2015 in order for all elements of the show to be reviewed ensuring GG remains at the heart of the UK dance market.”

The festival has attracted some of the top names in the dance music world over the years, including Kanye West, The Prodigy, and Faithless, and star DJs such as Pete Tong and Paul Oakenfold.

But it has been hit by tragedy in recent years with the death of three festival-goers.

In 2012, Craig Dearie from Hertfordshire was found unconscious in his tent, and efforts to resuscitate him failed. The 24 year-old suffered from a heart condition.

And 20-year-old Shane Kirkwood from Coventry fell ill at the festival last year and was rushed to hospital, where sadly he died the following day. An inquest heard he had taken a lethal cocktail of drugs.

Jon Coward, aged 20 from Merseyside, hanged himself in Shottery after attending the festival in 2013. An inquest heard he had taken an hallucinogenic drug.

Police, with support from the organisers, have always taken a zero tolerence stance against illegal drugs, and there have been a string of convictions down the years.


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