CREAMFIELDS 2016 REVIEW
Creamfields just keeps evolving, growing and getting better every single year.
The world’s most iconic dance music brand has taken the legendary festival around the globe – proselytising nation after nation to the Creamfields creed.
Creamfields Mallorca is the latest incarnation of the famous festival and Magaluf experienced the transformative vibe for the first time ever.
The buzz had barely faded from the blissed-out Balearic beats when it was time once again for the annual pilgrimage to the fields of Daresbury.
While Creamfields has conquered the world with festivals staged everywhere from Abu Dhabi to Argentina, this is the true original. Those hallowed Cheshire fields are where it all began and can be considered the spiritual home of this era-defining movement.
It might now be in its 19th year, but Creamfields has never stood still. Just as dance music itself is evolving, Creamfields is in a constant state of revolution and reinvention – each year bigger, better, brighter and bolder than the last.
Creamfields 2015 pushed the boundaries of what people thought possible – how could they ever top this, we thought.
But 2016 has once again pushed the limits, smashed records and blown minds all over again.
Like manna from heaven the Creamfields diaspora were given a fourth day at the 2016 festival to cut loose and rave ‘til dawn.
Two huge new stages were also added to the mix along with the ambitious revamp of two more.
The Cathedral-like metallic megastructure of The Steel Yard, which stands as the biggest of its kind in Europe, was brought into being along with The Vault, an industrial style, open-air amphitheatre constructed of digital cubes enveloping the crowd.
Newly reimagined stages Arc and Horizon were unleashed upon the festival for the first time too, and it was like nothing we’ve ever seen before.
Festival first timers will have been blown away at the spectacle just as much as the die-hard Creamfields disciples who have seen it grow from the ground up into the greatest festival on the planet.
The mesmerising light shows, big screens, pyrotechnics, the ticker tape and just the sheer magnitude of the stage production elevated the atmosphere to unprecedented levels.
And then there was the music. The incredible music. The reason that fans come flocking back from the four corners of the earth, year after year.
With a line-up that yet again included the biggest names in dance music, Creamfields delivered…and then some.
Veteran Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren illuminated Friday night with a sensational set while the evening’s headliner Alesso had crowds in a frenzy, rounding off with the anthemic Heroes.
Basking in the August Bank Holiday sunshine, Saturday was when things really kicked up a gear.
Swedish duo Axwell Λ Ingrosso debuted on the Arc stage this year rolling out Grade A bangers from their Swedish House Mafia days alongside their current musical opus.
The night was all about Avicii though. Every square inch of space around the Horizon stage was swollen with humanity wanting to be there to witness his last ever UK performance.
It was symbolic that Creamfields would be his swansong on these shores and his set was something special, climaxing with his totemic tune ‘Levels’ played against a backdrop of fireworks and thousands of fans, arms raised aloft and singing. Truly unforgettable and what a way to bow out.
Deep in the early hours Jack Ü (AKA Skrillex and Diplo) put on a commanding performance in the cavernous Steel Yard too.
Sunday was certainly no day of rest. Swedish twosome Galantis got everyone going again, cranking out the likes of Peanut Butter Jelly and No Money.
Calvin Harris brought down the house and indeed the curtains on another unimpeachable Creamfields with his Sunday night set on the Arc stage.
Harris’ seamless blend of hard house and hits like his Disciples collaboration How Deep Is Your Love and Blame with John Newman was a highlight of the weekend.
But the icing on the cake was surely Tiesto over on the Horizon stage. Yet again the Dutch master absolutely smashed it. Euphoria to the point of delirium set in as he rounded off with Adagio For Strings and had the crowd in raptures.
As the lights went out on another exceptional Creamfields, we barely dared to imagine what the festival might deliver in 2017 to celebrate the 20th anniversary. But we will move heaven and earth to be there.