Review: Creamfields

Daresbury, a small village located in Cheshire which homes a minute population of the country. Bank holiday weekend in August this all changes as one of the biggest festivals of the world takeover the idyllic fields to home 80,000 festival revellers for an extended weekend of music and memories.

One the run up to the weekend, anxiety levels were high as the weather was changing day to day and the uncertainty of packing a rain mac was on the brain. We were ecstatic when the news of a last-minute heatwave was upon us, so we scrapped the wellies and slapped on the sun cream! Although some of the ground still showed signs of previous rainfall, Creamfields had dealt with this appropriately; hay and bark were laid out fully to allow us to lug our camping equipment to our desired spot.

Like any festivals, you have to queue, it’s just the done thing. Creamfields are always on top of their game when it comes to queueing and we were through the gates in no time. The entrance to a festival can have a big impact on the morale for the rest of the trip, and we think the easier and more organised this process is the more time and excitement we have for when the real fun begins.

Now Thursday, silent disco time. A time where you think you would love to hear what thousands and thousands of tone death singers sound like, but really you don’t. Note to self… never taking the headphones off again. This warmed everyone up perfectly for the weekend of events to come and we couldn’t wait for the amplified sound that awaited us.

Once again the beasts that is 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 fluorescent lights. Returning for 2019 was the hugely popular Generator stage, Steelyard, Warehouse and the Mega Arena. These all housed an abundance of A-list names and brands including the likes of SUB_AURAL, All Gone Pete Tong, MK Area10 & Paradise.

Friday, we saw 3 TOP names play a b3b for the first time ever. Jamie Jones, Patrick Topping and Green Velvet all came together in a trio on the decks and graced us with a phenomenal set. We had Goosebumps when they dropped Jones’ remix of Cajmere – Percolator. Literal chills. Stomping their tech sound in the Steelyard once more was duo Solardo. They had the place filled to the brim with fans waiting for their track of the season ‘XTC’ – a collab with Eli Brown.

Saturday, the big one. For those that haven’t been, Saturday is a 14-hour session. The arena is open from 2pm-4am and it’s not for the light-hearted. The Arc stage saw MK takeover the huge towering stage with production like no other. As he played all of his chart toppers the crowd sung in unison together as if we we’re Becky Hill ourselves. As the daytime came to an end the night-time had just begun. A solid techno beat coming from the distance was obviously going to be coming from the booming sound of Carl Cox. A 2-hour power set driven with the darkest techno beats – ones that shazam will never find.

Sunday, the day everyone had been waiting for. The anticipation of the world renown reunion of Swedish House Mafia. To make the wait feel a little longer, their stage was closed all day to set up for what was going to be an insane show! Warming us up for the big end of festival finale was amazing sets from the likes of Low Steppa (his Creamfields debut), BBC Radio 1 favourite Danny Howard, ‘You Little Beauty’ producer Fisher & Music On boss Marco Carola. 

The time had come for the set the whole festival had been waiting for. A shimmer of light from the stage has begun. The three dots had appeared. It’s happening. A six-year hiatus has now ended. They opened with their new single ‘It Gets Better’. Throughout the set they spoke and played and kept the crowd entertained with going in and out of teases with nostalgic hooks from their big hits. A display of fireworks that transfixed the crowd ended their set and sadly the end of Creamfields 2019, but we were left with a date on the screen of 06.09.19… We wonder what this could mean?

Creamfields is always a highlight of festival season as their integral jaw-dropping mega structures and mesmerising production and pyrotechnics are what gives Creamfields its world-renowned title. All off the staff are amazing, and without them the show wouldn’t have been as good as it was. So, thank you for an amazing year, and we can’t wait to return next year

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