Creamfields, the UK’s biggest Dance-Music Festival saw their biggest production to date this year, with enough explosions, lasers, smoke machines, big screens, cake throwing, huge sound systems and general mischief to take up a whole summer’s worth in one weekend! We headed down to check out some of the acts at this years event and you can check out a few of our highlights below.
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3 Are Legend – 4/5
Arriving halfway through 3 Are Legend‘s set, we expected to see a packed main stage full of cake. What we found was an overflowing tent with a disappointing amount of cake.
With the sound not quite right and a fairly basic production set up, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike definitely made the most of what was on offer. Playing a mixture of their hits along with some new mixes, they had the crowd pumped up for a weekend of madness. After giving us a mere taster of their capabilities, we just couldn’t wait for their individual sets over the weekend, and had even higher expectations this time.
Martin Garrix – 5/5
For a 19-year-old to be in such high standing within the EDM world, many of the genre’s fans can be dismissive of Martin Garrix. For those that are, just go and see him! His Creamfields set alone would win many over as he proves why he is one of the best DJs right now.
With huge hits like ‘Animals’ and ‘Wizard‘ under his belt, the crowd were bouncing as soon as he appeared on stage. Garrix’s mixture of his hot tunes like ‘Tremor‘ and major dance remixes (Sebastian Ingrosso‘s ‘Reload’ in particular) turned the crowd from wild to absolutely insane within minutes. How many 19-year-olds can do that? Probably not many. Hats off to probably the future frontman of EDM!
Steve Aoki – 4/5
Steve Aoki is possibly the most Marmite name in electronic music. Some say that his over the top stage antics, cake throwing, champagne cork popping, stage diving and rave rafting antics are ridiculous and ruin the name of clubbing. However, at Creamfields, this was absolutely not the case. Flying between monstrously huge EDM drops, hefty as f**k Electro and Explosive Trap Tunes, all the while putting on a rock-star like show, the crowd fell in love with Aoki’s beautifully mad, energetic performance and greeted every new track with amazing vibes. A larger-than-life set from a larger-than-life showman.
Gareth Wyn – 4/5
For Gareth Wyn to get a 2pm warm up set on the Saturday was fairly unexpected. However, the crowd were more than welcoming for the Cream Ibiza resident and rising producer. A few sleepy faces soon woke up to some tight beats from Wyn. A minor blip halfway through the set may have fazed a newcomer, but not our Wyn! He shook it off and came back with twice as much energy. Being a Radio 1 favourite, keep an eye out for Gareth Wyn. Definitely not one to miss!
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Deadmau5 – 5/5
Saturday night at the North Stage saw the arrival of possibly the biggest spectacle of the entire festival, with Deadmau5 bringing his colossal live show to Creamfields! Opening with a gorgeous piano piece (a stark contrast to previous act Steve Aoki’s 100 miles and hour opening) before slamming into new album banger ‘Are You There?’, it was clear that Deadmau5 was taking no prisoners, with the sheer power of the kick drum beating into the chests of all in attendance. Showing a musicality that is becoming less common in dance music, the set consisted of a gorgeous mix of fan favorites, new material and remixes of old material (including a beautiful Chill-Step remix of ‘Raise Your Weapon’) before ending on the drama-filled epic that is ‘Strobe’. Complaints have been heard that Deadmau5 was too soft in comparison to the onslaught of EDM that took place prior to his set… Those complaints were so so wrong. One of the greatest live shows on Earth and a perfect way to round off Saturday!
D.O.D – 3.5/5
One of the UK’s most exciting young DJs graced the Super You & Me stage early on the Sunday. In thinking most would still be unconscious at this time, we could not have been more wrong as Festival-Goers were out in full force. D.O.D donned a fitting ‘Bananaman’ costume as he woke up Creamfields with an energetic set featuring hits ‘More Cowbell’ and ‘Bananas’. With his faultless combination of House, Electro, Progressive and Techno, D.O.D showed everyone why he is definitely one to watch.
Nervo – 4/5
As a fairly big name on the scene, Nervo attracted a mixture of crowds. Whether they simply wanted to see the two hot blonde Australian DJs, or if they actually knew how bitchin’ they were, who knows. But one thing was for sure, not one person was left without a ‘smile on their face and a bounce in their step. Their set featured a real mixture of old and new hits including ‘Like Home’, their track with Nicky Romero, and several exciting remixes we couldn’t wait to fish out on YouTube!
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Laidback Luke – 4.5/5
With most people rushing to see Calvin Harris, the Super You & Me Stage was left with some room to spare. Getting right up to the barrier was no issue, and it was well worth it. Laidback Luke exploded onto the stage, immediately having giant foam hands thrown out into the ever-eager crowd. The creativity behind his set really sets him apart from the other more ‘mainstream’ DJs, and every mix had the crowd yearning for more. Even with only seeing half of his set, Laidback Luke more than exceeded our expectations… and we still have ‘Flashing Lights’ in our head!
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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike 4.5/5
Sunday saw a few soggy ravers disappointed as DJ Legend Tiesto pulled out due to a cancelled flight. All was not lost though, as brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike stepped up to fill those huge shoes. To our delight, a packed South Stage saw the duo rip Creamfields a new one, and we had almost forgotten Tiesto was ever on the bill! With huge hits including the crowd-pleasing ‘Tremor’ drowning out any of Calvin Harris’ set, Dimitri and Mike closed a mammoth weekend with a truly explosive set.
Roll on Creamfields 2015