As the summer draws to a close, it was another massive Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, as Creamfields saw 80,000 revellers take to the Cheshire countryside for their biggest year yet on Aug. 28-30. It also marked the start of an exciting final few months for Cream at their home venue of Nation, with some seriously jaw-dropping lineups for their Grand Finale before the Liverpool-based club shuts down in December and the bulldozers move in.
The insane pyro, fireworks, and CO2 that wowed the Creamfields crowds will barely have finished echoing around Merseyside when Part 1 of the Grand Finale kicks off Oct. 17. The night is a rather special one, as the club welcomes some of the veterans and all time greats who’ve regularly graced various Cream events over the past 23 years. Topping the bill are two men who blew the roof off their respective tents at Creamfields, as they have done time and time again over two decades. Paul Oakenfold and Pete Tong were of course early pioneers of the trance and house scenes in the UK, so it’s rather fitting that the two are headlining the event, and backing them up are some other names that will bring the memories flooding back. From Roger Sanchez, Timo Maas, and Seb Fontaine, through to Darren Emerson, Tilt, and K-Klass, this one should send the nostalgia meter off the scale. There’s also a few local names who’ve been there since day one, including Andy Carroll, Paul Bleasdale, and former Hacienda resident and rave pioneer Graeme Park.
If that wasn’t enough to get the adrenaline and tears flowing in equal measure, Part 2 sees the new kids on the block take over Nation just a week later on Oct. 24. Fresh off the back of another festival-defining set at Creamfields–which included an outing for the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine as a tribute to Cream’s Liverpool connection, complete with tons of yellow confetti–Belgian legends Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are headlining the main room, backed by the likes of Carnage, Danny Howard, Michael Woods, and Watermat, who feature alongside a healthy dose of Cream’s more recent resident DJs, such as Anthony Probyn, Rob Harnetty, and Andy Mac.
Then it all comes to an end, on the traditional Boxing Day (Dec. 26) evening that has been an integral part of the Cream calendar, and indeed UK clubbing culture, for the past two decades. Details of the final finale are yet to be announced, but one thing is for sure: it’s going to be big, and it’s certainly going to be emotional.
Tickets for all three parties are on sale now, and you can also rest assured that Cream will continue to thrive at the forefront of the UK dance music scene with early-bird tickets for Creamfields 2016 already on sale. So while the sun might be setting on this long and fruitful chapter, it’s just about to rise for the next one.