Creamfields 2010: Rated!
Daresbury, Cheshire - 28-29 August
Photographer: Claire Elshaw01 September 2010
Overall - 10/10
Okay, for those of you in the know – Creamfields is the UK’s biggest dance festival that has a knack of merging a myriad of new and emerging DJ talent alongside ‘A’ list artists over the course of two days. For the second year in a row it has gained award-winning status with good reason. The festival was sold out in record time for the second year running, building on its reputation of being able to offer a mix of top music for every festival attendee.
Creamfields, a formidable front-runner for dance festivals, deserves the many awards it has already stacked up and if you’re after a party, this one comes thoroughly recommend.
Set in idyllic surroundings in the Cheshire countryside and within spitting distance from Manchester and Liverpool. this festival has got it all going on in terms of location. It is just a shame there are sound issues, particularly on the main stage during some of the weekend.
Getting there and back – 9/10
For those festival-goers that live in the south of the country, it’s fair to say that it is a bit of a trek but that said, it’s pretty much straight roads all the way with very good traffic direction signage as you approach the festival site. All major transport links are very accessible too with shuttle buses running too and from the site frequently from the train station which is just a couple of miles away and also plenty of taxi drop-off points. Access into the festival is also very well thought out.
The site – 9/10
Getting around Creamfields is relatively easy – each of the stages are in pretty much close proximity to each other which means unlike other big festivals you can still get to see a lot of the action without damaging your hercules tendon in the process. It is slightly disappointing to find limited site signage around so it is a case of referring back to your Creamfields laminates for directions in some cases. On the plus side, toilets are ample, clean and well serviced with toilet roll - which is rare to see – although, at peak times the queues are pretty heavy. Also, there is a liberal sprinkling of decent showers around the site, which was also very pleasing.
There are a number of bars which are set up close to the tented stages which is good to see and the waiting times to get served are very good too with plenty of bar staff to hand. There is a good selection of food outlets on site and also other services such as mobile phone charging units and ATM machines.
Atmosphere – 8/10
Creamfields has a pedigree of giving the punters exactly what they want and 2010 is no exception with the main stage in good attendance on both nights and the tent stages likewise. The party vibe is good with very little trouble. Considering it is a sold out festival, everyone seems, pretty much, well behaved over the course of the weekend and seem to be enjoying the atmosphere to the max if slightly marred by the less than impressive weather.
Music – 9/10
The main draw for any would-be ticket purchaser for Creamfields 2010 is surely the top notch line-up of big hitters such as Tiesto, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Audio Bullys and the like so it’s a shame that during some of the performances, especially on the main stage, the sound quality is poor at times.
With a total of nine stages to choose from there is a stella line-up of talent catering for all tastes.
Deadmau5 - 10/10
Deadmau5 produces a superb performance as always, delivering the very best electro/progressive house in only a way he can. The main stage is thronging with standing room only for a blistering set.
Tiesto – 10/10
Tiesto never fails to impress and his two hour performance this year on the main stage is an experience to behold with incredible visuals to boot.
Marco Corala – 9/10
A great set of banging house tunes from this new and emerging DJ.
Leftfield – 9/10
What is there to say apart from an electric performance of high-energy proportion. Leftfield consistently deliver exactly what it says on the tin and at Creamfields they play a phenomenal set.
Annie Mac Tent – 9/10
A variable eclectic mix for everyone to enjoy.
David Guetta – 5/10
A lack lustre David Guetta set on the main stage is extremely disappointing.
Calvin Harris – 6/10
Another poor performance by Calvin Harris is made worse by poor sound issues throughout the set. His performance is not too dissimilar to his Oxygen show and he almost seems as though he doesn’t want to be here.