Global Gathering returns for round two
The Global Gathering, a major dance and electronic music festival, will return to Korea for the second time on Oct. 9 at Nanji Park on the Han River.
The festival, which originated in the United Kingdom in 2001, attracts approximately 140,000 party lovers from all parts of the globe to events in the U.K., Australia, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, Belarus and more.
Artists such as The Prodigy, Underworld, Royksopp and Pendulum were the star acts who headlined the Korean edition of the festival last year.
This year focuses on trance music and features even more high profile acts, starting with British D.J. Fatboy Slim, who is known for hits including 1999’s “Praise You.”
Also scheduled to appear is the French electronic duo Justice. This Grammy-nominated group is known for its big beats and fresh sounds as well as for its commercial work. The group has not released an album since their debut in 2007, but since then has made appearances at festivals all over the world. It continues to make waves with its controversial use of a flaming cross on stage during performances.
Other major acts at the festival include D.J. Armin van Buuren, a Dutch D.J. who was ranked the No. 1 D.J. in the world for the third year in a row by DJ Magazine, whose top 100 list for 2010 also included Fatboy Slim.
The lineup also features well-known Korean acts such as D.J. Soulscape and House Rules.
Additional acts will be announced later this month.
In advance of the festival, the Israeli trance music group Infected Mushroom will perform at the Walkerhill Theater on Sept. 18 as a preview for the upcoming main event. The group has a large international fan base with hit albums such as “The Gathering” (1999) and “Classical Mushroom” (2000).
The festival will be held outdoors on stages at Nanji Park along the Han River.
*Tickets will be offered at the discounted price of 77,000 won ($65.66) through Sept. 30. Tickets purchased from Oct. 1 to 8 will be sold for 88,000 won. For more information, call (02) 323-2838 or visit www.globalgatheringkorea.co.kr.
By Hannah Kim Contributing writer [email@example.com]