Johnny Proctor Previews Creamfields 2016
Johnny Proctor Previews Creamfields 2016
Has it really been a year already? The answer for thousands, the fact that as I type. Cream are in the middle of pitching their tent(s) up at the familiar playground that is Daresbury Farm, Cheshire in preparation for the biggest party that the United Kingdom will host throughout 2016. The festival slash institution we all know simply as “Creamfields” is back once more for it’s yearly dance music extravaganza and trying as hard as I can to stay away from “promoter speak” as I can and stick to pure facts. This year promises to be bigger and more full on than any of the previous events since Cream gatecrashed the festival circuit with its super club concept in 1998.
Habitually, as a company, never dining out on previous victories and forever looking to push things forward. When it comes to delivering for it’s loyal customer base from all over planet earth, Creamfields delivers more than U.P fucking S and this year around, as with every other year, the ante has been upped once more, and how. Without being blasé about the expectation of what artists and DJ’s Cream will book for their flagship event. The, “more DJ’s than you can shake a memory stick at,” appearing this year are quite simply, only what we have now come to expect each year, such is the reputation this festival now has. Yeah, “only?!”
ONLY rolling out Hot Since 82, the always impressive Eats Everything and legendary special guest,Papa Sven Vath, all behind the Pioneers in the return of the “All Gone Pete Tong Tent”
Yeah and, ONLY the A.N.T.S tent with the ridiculous trio of the in demand Newcastle DJ, producer, and hotter than anything that came out of 82, Patrick Topping, Gorgon City and Andrea Oliva going at you with 90 minutes of their best
ONLY, and specifically for the EDM minded, the small matter of Avicii’s final UK appearance as a DJ before he hangs up the Beats forever, a moment that for some, will be the equivalent of Wham’s farewell Wembley gigs or Steven Gerrard’s final appearance at Anfield. An emotional moment in EDM history for many heading for Cheshire on the Saturday. Avicci, on the night joined by Dutch super DJ’s Martin Garrix & Nicky Romero. All taking place at the brand spanking new Horizon stage which will make UK history as the largest stage ever used at gig, festival, or anywhere else for that matter.
And talking of stages. Special mention has to go to some of the new innovative designs planned for this years event. Gone are the traditional North and South stages, making way for the aforementioned Horizon Stage and the rather spiffing Arc Stage. A curving sprawling mass of metal and electronic screens that immerses the crowd closer to the action and, over the days will play host to names such as Axwell & Ingrosso, Alesso, Oliver Heldens and Creamfields mainstay, Tiesto.
When it comes to groundbreaking structures, Cream’s real piece of inginuity is their aircraft hanger like mega construction, The Steel Yard. 12 months in the planning and the most ambitious concept the company have produced, yet. The largest of it’s kind in Europe with a 20,000 capacity, reaching as high as 20m above Daresbury. Housing electronic dance music royalty such as Chase & Status, Martin Solveig, Jack U, Sasha and Eric Prydz from Friday to Sunday. The Sunday night with Sasha & Prydz as Pryda take over already offers up the promise of it being a religious experience of sorts!
So, apart from providing practically an encyclopedias worth of DJ’s from across the planet. THEN complementing that with the most impressive and outlandish settings for them to ply their trade in. The new addition of a FORTH day to the party will really separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of who can handle 4 days in a Daresbury farm while having the best DJ’s in the world as the soundtrack to their life. And there will be thousands upon thousands of them.
With crowds of around 70,000 per day down on the farm over the August bank holiday weekend. Lock up your sheep and cows because it’s time once more and for 2016 it’s bigger and bolder, rougher and tougher. In other words sucker there really is no other.
Read my review, same place, early September.
Running from August 25th – 28th Buy tickets here www.creamfields.com/tickets
Pictures from. Lorenzo Tnc, Geoffrey Hub, Warren Simmens & Marc de Groot