Gareth Emery vs. Global Gathering UK

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With just three weeks to go until famed weekender Global Gathering kicks off in the English countryside, there’s been a contentious change to the line-up that highlights the behind-the-scenes wranglings of the dance business. In the announcement that inthemix published back in March, trance gun Gareth Emery is second-billed on the Godskitchen stage under Above & Beyond, but on some U.K. ads his name has been third-billed. As you might guess, the politics of line-up ordering can be fraught. Emery’s management finally decided to pull the DJ off the line-up after a scrappy back-and-forth between both parties.

According to a Facebook post, it turns out Emery himself is as perplexed as his fans by the decision. “I’m gutted not to play, to let people down, but I’m especially upset reading so many people suggesting this was my choice, about my ego or money,” he wrote. “You could not be more wrong. When I read Global’s statement from my hotel room here in Vegas, I was as shocked as anyone else reading it, and obviously, the first thing I did was call my management to find out what the fuck had happened because cancelling a festival over a flyer sounds as ridiculous to me as it does to anyone else. However after speaking with them, I can say there really are two sides to this story.” You can read Emery’s whole post at his Facebook for the details of both sides to the story.

From Global Gathering’s perspective, stated here, Emery’s management wouldn’t accept the festival’s attempts to “easily iron out the small issue”. They add: “We would also like to further point out that the same billing issue was also true of Ferry Corsten’s management, who have acted completely professionally throughout this problem and have offered up solutions in the interest of his fans.”

So if you’re making the trip to the U.K. for the gargantuan festival, you’ll have to make do without Emery. “This is the only cancellation like this to ever occur in my entire career, and we are all to blame,” the DJ adds in his post. “Were my management unnecessarily aggressive and hasty to cancel? Yeah probably. However, they had been lied to by Global who initially gave then any bullshit story they could rather than admit they had made a mistake.”

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