After nearly 25 years at the heart of the UK dance music scene, it has now been confirmed that Cream will shortly be ending their presence at Nation due to the redevelopment of the land the club sits on in the Liverpool city centre. While the old warehouse structure will be sadly missed, the good news is that a new venue for Cream is being planned at the Wolstenholme Square site.
The future of Cream, and neighbouring venue The Kazimer, had been a concern for some time, with developers planning to build various residential buildings on the site. The new complex will include 370 apartments, but the Elliot Group, the company behind the plans, has made assurances that they will “provide a solution that would benefit both clubs with [new] permanent spaces.” Cream owner Scott Barton told the Liverpool Echo “We have been working with the developers to ensure that the cultural hub of the square remains and that Cream, one of the city’s leading music venues, continue to thrive. These discussions remain ongoing and we’re excited about the plans.”
While the development will certainly breathe new life into the area–the square lies within the ruins of Victorian buildings bombed during WW2–the old warehouse structure of Nation, home to Cream since 1992, will be sorely missed. Cream has hinted that their next date on May 3, featuring the likes of MK and Duke Dumont, could “potentially [be] the final show”, so put it in your diary, and be part of the last days of a truly historic chapter in dance music.