Nowadays, Liverpool superclub Cream sticks to just a few events a year, but when they do throw open the doors of Nation, it’s guaranteed to be a sell-out. Cream’s 22nd birthday Oct. 11 promised something special from the off, spread across three rooms, each with a distinct flavour of dance music and playing host to some of the biggest names in the world.
The current flavour of big room house was well catered-for in the main room, with Third Party returning to the club after a stunning performance in the Size Matters tent at Creamfields, getting the crowd pumped nicely, notably with their summer smash Everyday Of My Life. The anthems kept coming as Radio 1’s own Danny Howard took to the stage, perfectly setting the scene as the main acts approached the decks. Oliver Heldens was perhaps the highlight of the night with anthem after anthem, most notably This, his new collab with SvD proving to be a crowd favourite. Headliner Chuckie took things on a slightly dirtier, electro-tinged route as the main room bounced on into the early hours.
Over in the Courtyard, trance was the order of the day. From the uplifting sounds of Jordan Suckley to the psy-tinged set from Simon Patterson, the full spectrum of the genre was on display. But the real draw of the night came from the two headliners. Paul Oakenfold is almost synonymous with Cream, resident at the club in ‘98 and ‘99 and still on fine form today. Taking things right back into Perfecto territory, we got the full-on trance treatment, from some of his own recent covers right through to the classics–with Sandstorm even getting a spin at one point. It was a tough act to follow, but Paul Van Dyk was more than up to the job, sharing a similarly long history with the brand. Van Dyk continued where Oaky left off, again showing how uplifting trance is going through something of a renaissance, exemplified by the utterly packed and jumping crowd.
Cream has around for 22 years, and they’re doing a great job of keeping the essence of dance music alive–their nights sharing the core principles of the very first parties back in 1992. With Part 2 featuring Nicky Romero and his Protocol crew just around the corner, now is the perfect time to check out the best the British club scene has to offer.