About This Festival
Creamfields is a dance music festival featuring DJs and live acts, held annually on the August Bank Holiday weekend in Daresbury, England. The festival began as an offshoot from Liverpool's Cream nightclub, which headlined the band Crème every year. Today, the success of Creamfields in England has spawned more than a dozen other Creamfields festivals around the world.
While Cream nightclub is known for playing house music, the Creamfields festival hosts artists from a wide range of popular genres in dance music including drum 'n' bass, techno, dubstep, electronica and other house styles including hard, deep, tribal, funky and indie.
How Creamfields Began
Cream, located at the Nation nightclub in Liverpool, is one of the best-known house music nightclubs in the world. From October 1992 to June 2002—Cream ran a weekly house music night each Saturday at Nation featuring various international DJ superstars.
The success of these weekly music nights led Cream to organizing its first international event in the award-winning nightclub Amnesia, on the party island of Ibiza, Spain. To this day, Amnesia continues to host Cream house music nights earning its title as the longest-running UK club night on the party isle. Propelled by this overseas success, Cream launched into the UK outdoor festival market in 1998—and Creamfields was born. The first festival was held in Winchester, Southern England, attracting some 25,000 people, featuring live performances from Run DMC, Primal Scream and over 100 DJs including Daft Punk, Paul van Dyk and Sasha. From 2001-2005, Creamfields was situated in Liverpool, eventually settling in its current home of Daresbury in 2006.
The Creamfields festival held its first international event in 2000 in Dublin, Ireland. This quickly spawned other Creamfields festivals—Buenos Aires, Argentina being the most successful spinoff, attracting 65,000 people in 2005 to make it the biggest one-day festival in Latin America.
While hardcore partygoers could literally spend all summer dancing, the UK edition still sets the bar high when it comes to booking world famous DJs on exclusive deals and giving underground stars their big breaks. DJs who have played at UK and international events over the years are a house lovers' list of "who's who," including The Prodigy, Avicii, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Tiesto, Calvin Harris, AfroJack, The Chemical Brothers, and Armin van Buuren.
With 200 artists set to fill 11 stages over three days, partygoers can expect huge LED screens, VIP lounges, cocktail bars, fairground rides, and silent discos to complete their oversized rave experience.
Getting Ready to Dance the Days (and Nights) Away
As with most music festivals, tickets are sold in advance and the deadline for buying tickets is usually at the end of July. Yet with 11 stages playing music from Friday until Sunday at 11pm, it's no surprise that Creamfields is typically a sell-out event. Dance enthusiasts wanting to score last minute tickets can try their luck at the will-call ticket booths at the festival entrance. At the very least, you could strain to hear notes from all types of dance music—all blending together.
Camping and Amenities
There are three levels of camping available over the three days—standard camping, hospitality camping and luxury camping, which are located approximately 100 meters (300 ft) from the event (so definitely bring earplugs when you want to get some rest). For those wanting a more luxurious camping experience, Hospitality campers receive an allocated campsite and access to facilities including hot showers, proper toilets (as opposed to portable toilets), as well as access to the standard campsite to visit any friends who may not have been so fortunate (or financially endowed).
No camper vans are allowed in the campsite and no pets are allowed during the festival. The campsite and car parks open at 12pm on Friday, with the arena opening between 6pm and 11:30pm. Car parks and campsites then open at 7am on Saturday morning. The arena is open from 12pm until 4:30am on Saturday, and 10am until 1:30am on Sunday. The campsite closes at 12pm Monday before the car parks close at 2pm on Monday, too.
Amenities available at the festival include an onsite pharmacy, various food and beverage market stalls, lockers, phone charging stations, an information tent, first aid and two cash point areas (one inside the event arena and one located in the Purple Campsite). While food and chairs can be set up at campsites, these are not allowed in the event arena. Other no-nos include generators, glass containers, sound systems, recording equipment, fires or barbeques.