Legendary Liverpool club Cream played host to Nicky Romero‘s Protocol Recordings for the second part of Cream’s 22nd birthday celebrations as November drew to a close. The Dutch outfit certainly affirmed the role of big room house at the top of today’s dance music tree by bringing a massive lineup to one of the UK’s stand-out club nights.
Cream holds just a few events a year at their home club Nation in the heart of Liverpool, but as a result, they attract the best the scene has to offer. Warming things up in the main room was Australian legend Tommy Trash, who got the crowd moving with the likes of HEX and Love Like This, complete with some trademark Trash headbanging. Following on was Don Diablo, still reeling from his massive success remixing Ed Sheeran’s Don’t, before the main act himself hit the stage.
Something of EDM royalty in the UK, Nicky Romero certainly lived up to expectations, with a set packed with energy from start to finish. No stranger to the Cream brand from Liverpool to Ibiza to Creamfields, Romero’s energy could’ve led newcomers to believe this was his glorious debut, taking the capacity crowd on a massive journey well into the early hours.
Over in the Courtyard, Fedde Le Grand and Thomas Gold offered something a little tougher and more underground, the room packed as usual from early on in the night right up until closing. But while the two big rooms certainly highlight Cream’s place as one of the most diverse clubs in the UK, bringing the smaller Annexe into play further solidifies this legendary status.
The Annexe was playing host to the likes of Bryan Kearney and Adam Ellis, and the fact these guys can totally pack a room the size of a decent club in itself when the “superstars” of dance music are playing just feet away, shows just how diverse the atmosphere at Nation is. For those precious nights when Cream reclaims their home as they have done since 1992, it’s serves as a snapshot of the varied nature and tastes of the UK dance music scene at the time, with everyone under one roof, celebrating it together.
Given the rise of dance music in the UK of late, it’s unusual that there aren’t more nights like Cream. Yet the brand offers something special for thousands of clubbers, with their annual post-Christmas night Dec. 26 sure to be another massive draw for people across the UK and Europe.