Review: Creamfields 2018

This August bank holiday weekend saw one of the biggest dance music festivals in the world take over Daresbury. Creamfields, winner of ‘Best Major Festival’ and ‘Best Dance Festival’ in previous years, saw 70,000 festival revellers convey wheelbarrows of camping gear, your finest fruit cider and outfits only acceptable to wear at a festival. Creamfields is always the ultimate highlight of festival season and this is mainly because of their star ridden line ups!

There was no stopping us this year… trudging through the mud to secure the best camping spot the fields of Cheshire had to offer. Once we were settled and cracked open a cold one with the boys, it was full steam ahead planning who we were going to see and when. Although the bad weather, we were amazed at the preventative measures Creamfields dealt with trying to cope with the site, hay being laid down in the arena to prevent mud baths and tractor-like machines dropping chip bark along the paths between campsites to stop mud slides. It’s the little things, that make the whole festival experience worthwhile!

Returning once again for 2018, the Arc and Horizon stage took over the north and south wing of the site, the enormous LED screens towered over the skyline with CG animations bursting out colouring the clouds with bright lights. A new stage for this year – in our opinion – was the best one yet. The Generator, a cavernous structure made of scaffold and shipping containers creating an industrial- feel enclosed space, boomed with bass as Steve Angelo dropped his classic remix of ‘Show Me Love’.

After the silent – although not such much when you take your headphones off – disco on Thursday, Friday kicked the amplified sound off with big-bill names such as Sigala and Sigma taking over the main stage, Sub_Aural presents with DJ EZ and special guest Hannah Wants and Jamie Jones’ label Paradise with a faultless line up of DJ’s from start to finish. Oh, and let’s not forget the King, Carl Cox. We are always spoilt for choice from Creamfields line up’s and this was only on Friday!

Saturday is what we call… the big one. With music going on all the way till 4am Sunday morning, it makes you think ‘why did I hit it so hard last night?!’. Nonetheless, we stuck through and munched on a dry burger and chips to keep us going ready for the night to come. We experienced an unforgettable moment that night when Camelphat dropped their latest chart hitting single ‘Panic Room’, it was confetti galore coinciding with hundreds of lights and strobes.

Now I’m sure you’ve seen the videos… yes, we almost died of excitement as well. It was an incredible moment when the crowd fell silent at the end of Axwell X Ingrosso set clutching onto the hope that Swedish House Mafia will reunite for the evening. But it was just a teaser…

Moving onto Sunday, the day where everyone is tired, hungry, broke and aching however remaining high in spirits, experienced a downpour of rain which retreated us to our tents until it died down a little. But no rain was going to stop us from seeing Eric Prydz present his incredible lightshow ‘HOLO’. In the midst of The Steelyard, was a tiny silhouette standing behind an abundance of lights on a tall stage, and we were so excited yet unknown of what was to come. We couldn’t prepare ourselves for that astonishing set. Thick smoke clouds surrounded us thunderstorm special effects, to a giant spaceman floating around the arena, it was truly indescribable.

Creamfields is frankly a faultless festival. Ranging from the organisation of the car parks, to the quick entrance upon arrival, a vast array of food stalls to choose from, and numerous welfare tents dotted around the camp site and main arena, you name it was covered. There is no doubt why Creamfields has become so successful over the years, their key organisation and astounding line ups has led them to constantly be a sell out! It may have been a wet, rainy one this year, but the high morale of the ravers is what created a great atmosphere and festival experience. One that we won’t forget.

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