As one of the largest and longest running dance music festivals in the UK, Creamfields has a place in the heart of many festival-goers across the country and indeed the world. First held in 1998, it has grown from an all-nighter on the historic old airfield in Cream’s home city of Liverpool, to a three-day event in the rolling Cheshire countryside. Last year however, the festival hit headlines due to flooding caused by weather that was unusual even for England, with the final day cancelled as a result. But as one of just a handful of purely EDM festivals left in the country, Cream were determined to bounce back for the event’s 15th Birthday this year.
It would seem from news announced on Tuesday that there’s good reason to be confident. With £500,000 of site improvements, including miles of drainage systems, improved walkways, pedestrian bridges and a site re-design, the logistics seem to be bulletproof. So it’s just as well the lineup, announced this week, sets Creamfields out as one of the major festivals of the summer.
Headlining are legends The Prodigy–their only live performance this year, which makes the ticket price worth it for that reason alone. The recent resurgence of house is well felt, with performances across both main stages (North and South) from the likes of Avicii, David Guetta, Afrojack, Tiesto and Steve Angello. The latter’s former SHM partner Sebastian Ingrosso has his own arena, featuring Alesso, Mat Zo, and a special appearance from house god Armand Van Helden.
Whereas the more mainstream festival-goers are well catered for, there’s something for everyone at a festival that makes a clear effort to offer the full range of EDM. If trance is your thing, things don’t get much better than Anjunabeats hosting their own arena on Saturday, headlined by Above & Beyond themselves and backed by Paul Oakenfold, Arty, Andrew Bayer, and Norin & Rad, among others. You’ve also got arenas hosted by Pete Tong, Pryda, Annie Mac, Skream & Benga, Hed Kandi, and Goodgreef.
Tickets go on general sale on Friday March 1st, and with a lineup like this on offer, you’d have to be as mad as a hatter not to experience one of the finest summer events on the calendar.