Global Gathering 2011 – Closing Acts

Chase & Status and Carl Cox
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For all this years moaning (from yours sincerely, mainly), this years Global still held loads of quality memories – those little known festival afternooners who rock the soul, to the big gigs that lived up to the hype. Of the latter, of course, Chase & Status and Carl Cox are included.

It has to be said, the omens for Chase & Status were mixed. Okay, so it's been their year, and if there was a time to see them it is now, when everybody knows their tunes and few people hate their sound. But just the sight of the crowds spilling outside the Metropolis tent, the thought of being at a party window watching some other fucker have the time of their life was enough to give reservations.

Nonsense. Every note hit perfection, so loud that we could have been in central Stratford and still raved the night away. The visuals – the glimpses had between marquee entrances and rocking heads that is – were superb, a masterclass in how danceheads should do festival gigs. And everybody might be getting sick of it, but the festival has to go to them for their anthemic Blind Faith, the perfect combination of bellowing along like them rockers do it, and moving your feet like only a raver can.

Carl Cox had even more to contend with. For one, his tent itself was dire – Christ know who though merely flashing his name behind the dance legend continuously throughout would be a good idea, but they can't have been gigging since the Cold War, surely. Also – and this isn't a criticism – he isn't exactly assumed festival material, more long mixes than a series of recognisable tunes. That a two hour set of such could be so memorable might be down to the legend himself more than anything, but memorable it was. Never skipping a beat, never slacking the pace, never dull despite sticking to a constant rhythm... Carl Cox, indeed, both closing acts of Global Gathering were a fantastic highlight. Still think Chase & Status should've been main stage of course, but that's just grumbling.

Words by Colm Field

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