Cream Of The Crop: Creamfields 2012 preview
What to expect and what to dance to at Creamfields
Chris Eustace - 22 August 2012
Creamfields? I know we’re having some freaky weather this summer but that’s ridiculous!
Er…no, it’s a dance festival, not a dairy festival. Bearing the name of the iconic Liverpool clubbing colossus, 55,000 people are heading down to Cheshire’s Daresbury Estate this weekend for yet another sold out event.
Oh, right! So what’s so special about this one then?
Well, it’s won Best Dance Event at The UK Festival Awards three times, and a look down the list at past line-ups reads like a who’s who of electronic music, with the likes of Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim, Paul van Dyk, Swedish House Mafia, The Chemical Brothers and Pendulum all having played, and there’s plenty more legends in amongst the new breed this time too.
Come on then – impress me. Who should I see?
Make sure you catch this lot:
The house legend is pretty much unmissable, with a good time guaranteed – there’s a reason why he’s the highest paid DJ in the world. He got plenty of great tunes of his own, with the likes of ‘Traffic’ and ‘I Will Be Here’ likely to feature, while his recent ‘Club Life II: Miami’ compilation once again demonstrated his formidable mixing skills.
The purists might not be too fond of him, but you can bet the Creamfields faithful are going to love him. One of the leading lights of “EDM”’s march to the mainstream in the US, he’s successfully merged dubstep with the dynamics of (nu) metal, as crazy samples do battle with ear-splitting squeals and squelches and earth-shaking bass. He’ll be as inscapable here as ‘Bangarang’ is on the radio.
Hugo Pierre Leclercq, aka Madeon, is stupidly young and ridiculously talented – starting to write songs at 11 and, following his 'Pop Culture' mashup and helping hands from the likes of Radio 1’s Pete Tong, on the airwaves by 17. Following up the blissed-out ‘Icarus’ with the pensive, driving ‘Finale’, it’ll be a varied, playful set, from the man most likely to fill that Daft Punk-shaped hole in your life.
Switch might not be a part of proceedings these days, but Diplo has ensured that Major Lazer keeps on going strong, working with DJ/Producer Jillionaire to continue their relentless mix of dancehall, reggae, hip-hop and electro. With tracks like ‘Pon De Floor’ and ‘Original Don’ waiting to be unleashed, you shouldn’t need any more convincing.
The electro-house DJ and producer will be able to meet up with former touring mates Tiesto, Skrillex and Deadmau5, and it won’t be long ‘til he seals household name status for himself either – with his single ‘Language’ now nestled in the UK Top 10, and set to be one of the anthems of the weekend.
Other acts performing at Creamfields 2012 include Avicii, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Sebastian Ingrosso, Example, Deadmau5, Axwell and Zane Lowe.
Creamfields 2012 takes place on 24-26 August in Daresbury, Cheshire.
While this year’s event is sold out, we expect Early Bird tickets for Creamfields 2013 to go on sale in the next fortnight.
Keep watching Virtual Festivals for more Creamfields news, reviews and pictures from the event.