Wednesday, August 12, 2009
CREAM IN A FIELD, NOT IN YOUR PANTS
The last bank holiday weekend of the summer is upon us and in the North West this means that multi award winning dance music festival Creamfields is coming back to its spiritual home!
Since its inception in 1998, Creamfields has championed dance music on a truly international level; over a million people have attended a Creamfields festival somewhere in the world to date, not to mention all the old rave-heads who made the weekly excursion to Cream the club night back in the day.
Back in the 90’s ravers from all over used to pilgrimage to Cream at Nation to dance their hearts out and worship the cult of the DJ. Cream’s resident jockeys of the disc became international superstars and it looked like there a new and revolutionary youth culture was emerging within the confines of the nightclub. New dance denominations and places of worship mushroomed the world over; ever diversifying and reinventing itself elsewhere, Liverpool was left flailing around to the ugly piano riffs and squealing vocals of Happy House. Something needed to happen, and it did: the growth and outdoor appeal of the music festival was far too great an opportunity for Cream to miss out on, so every August bank holiday for the last 11 years Creamfields UK returns to entertain the true lovers of shape throwing. In the last 5 years Creamfields has held events in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, the Czech Republic and Russia, to name a few; in addition to which Cream still hosts 4 sold out parties a year at Nation and presides over Thursdays at Amnesia during the summer clubbing season in Ibiza.
The Cream and Creamfields brands are now globally recognised symbols of quality fun and the 2009 festival line-up looks very promising indeed. Now a 2-day event, Creamfields 2009 takes place near the village of Daresbury, the home of Lewis Carroll; awkwardly sandwiched between Runcorn and Warrington, Daresbury is defiantly lovely despite its neighbours.
The Saturday line-up this year sees Tiesto, Mylo and Filthy Dukes on the main stage, DJ-ing legends Pete Tong, Laurent Garnier and Brendan Long joined by relative upstarts Kissy Sell Out and Friendly Fires, plus many more acts across the eight venues within the festival site. Sunday’s line-up is as solid as ever, albeit a little more mainstream headline-wise: Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascal, 2manydjs, Calvin Harris and Dirty Vegas, and that’s just on the main stage, elsewhere you’ll find Judge Jules, Annie Mac and my personal favourites, Diplo, amongst the veritable smorgasbord of dance music on offer.
All in all, Creamfields 2009 is full of promise overall, tickets are pretty well priced for what you get; weekend tickets are £100 whether you’re camping or not, you can upgrade to a “hospitality” option, this just means you can hang out with the chavtastic Hed Kandi crowd, where the lack of orange in your complexion will single you out and that vocal House may upset your aesthetic sensibilities. Personally I’d give the “hospitality” option a miss, but you aren’t me. The best way to make your mind up about who to see and what to do once you’re there is to visit the comprehensive and very informative website: http://www.creamfields.com/
Creamfields, 29th & 30th August 2009. Daresbury, Cheshire.
Mia Tagg 2009®