Creamfields 2015: The Best Dance Festival In The UK
Approaching the twilight of festival season, possibly the UK’s biggest dance festival, Creamfields fell upon the August bank holiday weekend. The festival is every house-head’s dream with artists like Chris Lorenzo, Bontan and Skream or the more well-known disc jockeys such as Avicii, Hardwell and the legendary Fatboy Slim are making appearances.
Upon entry, the queue was pretty minimal, always a good sign of good organisation at a festival. The trek to the campsite itself did drag but the paths in comparison to the year prior were on another level. Last year the whole venue was a mud pit, you couldn’t go anywhere without a pair of wellies, whereas this year, they had smartly laid out chipped wood along the surface meaning wellies were not essential. Creamfields had the wet weather essentials sorted.
On the Friday, from the moment you entered the campsites, the festival vibe was in full swing with the little over 80,000 festival-goers all in a party mood. Headliners included Sigma and Armin Van Buuren, or if you wanted to get away from the house vibe, Tempa T performed elsewhere. None of these disappointed! Tempa T absolutely smashed his set sending the crowd into a frenzy of mosh pits. Kicking off the weekend and really showing what the UK’s biggest dance festival has to offer.
Saturday’s artists included Bontan, Ben Pearce, Skream, Swedish superstar Avicii, Hot Since 82 and many more. Avicii was my only choice of act on a main stage (South Stage), but he really put me in the summer festival mood. Dropping his brand new single “For a Better Day”, really got the crowd going and left me wanting more. This meant that later that night I opted to see the legendary Chris Lorenzo, in the Mistajam tent, who never seems to disappoint! Following up was bassline/grime master Preditah, who dropped the tune, which seems to make even the sanest person crazy, “Feed Em to the Lions”.
The last day was a very frantic start with, the master of garage, DJ EZ in the ‘Fatboy Slim presents Smile High Club’ tent. The former Kiss 100 DJ’s set started at 12:50 so it was an early start to get in the mood. As expected, though, EZ did not disappoint one bit, the atmosphere was buzzing as his set varied from house music to classic garage tunes and as the set went on it seemed to only get better and better.
With EZ’s set finishing at 13:50 we headed for the neighbouring tent, MK’s Arena 10, back-to-back was Shadow Child, the man himself MK and Radio 1’s Hannah Wants, who is one of the biggest breakthrough DJ’s of recent time.
Shadow Child’s set did not disappoint, dropping well-known tunes such as “23” and “Piano Weapon”, then MK’s set followed up, but Hannah Wants’ was on another level, dropping her smash hit “Rhymes” as well as dropping some absolute house classics. We were approaching the end of our time at Creamfields 2015, and her set was a reminder of just how good the weekend had been.
Approaching the last hurdle of the weekend, who else other than the legendary Fatboy Slim to close one of the best dance music weekends of the year. The set was a complete throwback, and was a great way to shut the weekend in complete style.
Early bird tickets for next year’s Creamfields are already on sale and it could not be more recommended if you are a person who likes the UK clubbing or rave scene. Here’s to many more Creamfields to come.
Site Setup 7/10
Festival Communication 5/10
Attention to Detail 6/10
Creative Content 4/10
Value for Money 7/10