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Creamfields 2013 – Daresbury, Cheshire – UK

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For many the August bank holiday signals the end of the festival season and this year Creamfields made a spectacular return from the disastrous flooding of last year’s event. With about £500,000 invested in improving drainage and access to the site, organisers were keen to put memories of last year’s washout behind them but equally were prepared for the worst. Luckily, despite adverse weather warnings for the Saturday, the sun shone down on Daresbury, Cheshire for the whole weekend; providing the perfect setting to celebrate the festival’s 15th anniversary.

After exploring the vast site, our festival experience officially started in the Toolroom tent where Hollywood A-lister Idris Elba was on decks under his  DJing moniker Driis. Due to the popularity of his BBC1 show, the tent was packed out with many people curious to see if his talent extended beyond the silverscreen. Elba put on an exciting show playing a multitude of dance and electro hits, including Showtec’sBooyah’ which sent the crowd into overdrive. This along with Avicii’s commercial summer mega-hit ‘Wake me up’ and Seb Ingrosso’sReload’  went on to be featured in a number of crowd pleasing sets throughout the weekend.

Next up was viral trap and bass music impresario Baueer bringing a slice of the America’s dirty south to the Annie Mac stage. The crowd erupting into a swirling mess of crazed of dance moves the moment he played his now infamous ‘Harlem shake’. In the hope of getting a good spot to catch one of Saturday’s main headliners, we headed down to the North Stage where we sneaked in the end of French DJ Madeon’s set. His technical ability at such a young age (he’s only 19) never ceases to amaze, seamlessy dropping his remix of Deadmau5’sRaise your weapon’  in to hi set serving as a particular highlight.

For us, Saturday’s main event  undoubtedly  going to see iconic British dance outfit, The Prodigy. Before announcing their Warehouse Project dates, this was supposed to be their only UK date this year so with that in mind were not going to miss the chance to see these legendary pioneers in action and their set didn’t disappoint. The energy of the band combined with the epic light show created a set that was, to put it simply, insane. They churned out classics like ‘Omen’ and ‘Firestarter’ which expectedly went down well with the crowd.

Unfortunately Avicii’s set clashed with The Prodigy and it was a tough decision missing his set after the success he has had in the last few years. We heard that the firework display as he closed with his latest summer monster ‘Wake me up’ was a highlight of the entire festival for many festival goers we spoke to later on.

With the main headliners finishing their sets, there was still a lot on offer for the serious festival attendee with several tents  remaining open till 4am. So not to be left out, we stayed on site starting off with the Annie Mac tent where Annie then Julio Bashmore kept the party going before heading to the Skream & Benga tent where Benga ended the night with some heavy dubstep.

After a very late night, Sunday didn’t begin for us until late afternoon. Hardwell, Jaguar Skills, Mistajam and Otto Knows give us parts of good sets as we dip in and out of a few tents before the Sundays big names come on stage. The first of the  international superstarts to step up to the decks was  Dutchman Afrojack, who hyped up the crowd with an energetic electro house set featuring a number of remixes and mashups that included classic tracks such as ‘I Feel Love’ by the late, great Donna Summer.

After the end of Afrojack’s set, which was 30 minutes longer than expected, news of David Guetta’s late arrival was announced to the expectant crowd. The reason for this is summed up in Guetta’s tweet at the time: “the plane, the plane, the plane is on fire”. Whilst many moved on to see Sebastian Ingrosso and Tiesto, who were on at the same time, we stayed at the North Stage and were entertained by Belgian brothers and Tomorrowland favorites, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike. Although back on stage for the second time on Sunday, the pair gave us an epic set that kept the crowd moving until Guetta arrived.

With only 27 minutes left before the strict 11pm finish time, David still managed to pull in a massive crowd. It seemed that there were no hard feelings either when his set finally began with his hit song ‘Play hard’, the crowd erupted. Throughout the set which celebrated Guetta’s many hit songs, the stage was brought to life with fireworks, lasers and streamers. This large scale production ended with yet another hit ‘Titanium’ featuring Sia which the crowd couldn’t resist singing along to. Love him or hate him, one thing that couldn’t be argued was Guetta’s ability to put on a great show.

And that was it, another great year at Creamfields over. The festival proved itself to be a continued staple of the festival season. Check out this years after-movie below!

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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