Saturday 16 July 2005 sees the return of the seminal dance event and outdoor dance pioneers Tribal Gathering, to the fields for the first time in eight years in Leeds. Over 30 acts have been confirmed so far which include, Groove Armada, Audio Bullies, Danny Rampling, Mike Pickering, El Presidente, Infadels, Krysko, Layo and Bushwacka, Zero 7, Francois K, Plump DJs, Krafty Kuts, Victor Calderone, X-Press 2, Chicken Lips, Krafty Kuts, Joey Negro, Norman Jay, Unabombers, Bugz in the Attic, DJ Yoda, Dave Beer and Bez, 20:20 Soundsystem and more.
Exactly 20 years after the legendary Live Aid concert, Tribal Gathering returns for the first time in eight years in a huge fund-raising venture organised by David Vincent and the Playing Alive Foundation. All profits from the event will go to the Playing Alive Foundation, a charity that will then pass it on to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in aid of the massive humanitarian disaster in Sudan.
Tribal Gathering will be an open-air festival and will accommodate 20,000 dance revellers. In typical Tribal Gathering mysticism, the location is being kept a deliberately guarded secret – all we can reveal is that it will be set in 'secret enchanted woodlands' near Leeds.
Tickets are priced at £39 plus booking fee for the first 5000 (£45 plus booking fee after that) and will go on sale to the general public on 14th March via the Tribal Gathering hotline 0161 832 1111 or online at www.ticketline.co.uk.
Four on-site arenas have been confirmed, these are: Live Arena 1 (Starship Universe/ Playing Alive), Arena 2 (Mixmag Club of the Year 'Tribal Sessions on the 360 degrees Tower of Sound', making its festival debut), Arena 3 (Lovebox) and Arena 4 (Soap Bar).
Some of the biggest and most influential names in the history of dance music have already confirmed their place on the Tribal Gathering line-up – ALL of which are donating their time and talents free of charge. Tribal Gathering 2005 is the first of a series of musical events that the Playing Alive Foundation are organising in response to global disasters, with ventures already in the pipeline for the USA and Singapore as well as in the UK.
The event will undeniably be one of the most anticipated festivals in the UK music calendar this summer. Tribal Gathering has not been held since the awards winning show in 1997, but has an exceptional knack for bringing together people from all musical and cultural backgrounds and turning them onto dance music and culture. With many more acts to be announced and a comedy stage pending, the success and profile of Tribal Gathering 2005 and the Playing Alive Foundation will surely be guaranteed.
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