While many once powerful names in the UK club scene have either vanished or been reinvented as something totally different, one legendary brand is bucking the trend. Cream, the Liverpool-based club that seems to remain strong no matter what is thrown its way, has been on fire over the past few years. Helped along by hosting the UK’s premiere dance festival and their ever-present nights in Ibiza, Cream’s home events at Nation in Liverpool have remained a constant fixture on the UK club calendar for over 22 years. Their spring event took place on March 1 and was an exciting and reassuring reminder of just how strong the scene is at the moment.
Cream’s home turf is split into three rooms–the Main Room, the Courtyard, and the Annexe. The venue itself is not what you’d call glamorous, but that’s exactly the point. There are no “VIP” booths or fancy bar areas–it’s about big sound systems, impressive lighting and good music–and with the extensive and varied lineup on offer, the latter is exactly what the capacity crowd were treated to.
Over in the main room were Dutch duo Firebeatz, fresh off the recent success of their collab with Martin Garrix, who spun the crowd up with an exciting mix of prog house and electro, nicely paving the way for headliner Sander van Doorn. With the crowd rammed to the ceiling, Sander almost blew the roof off with his own recent hits Joyenergizer and DVLM collab Project T. Meanwhile the Courtyard was thrown into life by Mat Zo, who was clearly one of the biggest pulls of the night–with the room largely empty as he began, he wasn’t two minutes into his set before there was hardly room to move, with Porter Robinson collab Easy and Otto Knows’ Millon Voices proving to be the crowd favorite. Following up was Tommy Trash (pictured below), who threw the crowd into a frenzy of long hair, headbanging, and prog house, before the return of Bingo Players, with Maarten taking to the stage in a poignant moment after the death of Paul in December, his set an awesome tribute to everything his former stage partner loved about DJing.
The Annexe provided a taste of classic Cream with a modern twist. Trance from end to end courtesy of Lange, Andrew Rayel (pictured below), and Solarstone. Providing the full spectrum of trance–from Rank One’s Airwave through to the full breadth of modern day uplifting–the Annexe featured a sizable crowd throughout the night, attracting an interesting mix of hardcore fans and newcomers.
Cream may not offer weekly nights any more, but their popularity is increasing of late and the frequency of nights at Nation is reflecting this. On May 4, the club opens its doors for a night featuring Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dyro, Blasterjaxx. and many more. One thing is for sure–Cream is leading the EDM scene in the UK from the front, and it’s something we can be very proud of.