Creamfields 2012 Festival review

'Its dance heritage is impeccable'

Creamfields 2012 Festival review

Claire Elshaw - 26 August 2012

Dance lovers throughout the UK flock to a small village in Cheshire once a year for the award-winning Creamfields festival. Its dance heritage is impeccable, emerging from one of the most well-known clubbing names in the industry, Cream, and boasting such an exciting line-up of artists you can see why it is so popular.
This year, Creamfields started the party early again, allowing punters on site on Friday to begin the revelry. But Saturday sees the start of the main event. Despite the promise of rain from the weather forecasters, Saturday started gloomy, but surprisingly dry. Whilst the ground underfoot was a little soft there was still plenty of grip to be had.

The day-glo paint and body morph suits were out in force as the DJs start hitting their decks. The choice of stages to attend is mind-boggling. But the most fun was to be had early on at the North stage with Dimitri Vegas And Like Mike (8/10) kicking things off in style, remixing the like of Queen and The Killers to great effect.

The most expressive movers were busy getting into the groove over at the Nissan Juke stage. Unfortunately the sounds of the North stage and the Juke stage clashed somewhat, making an odd mix of noise for those anywhere but in the central column of the bigger stage speakers.

Over at the Annie Mac presents tent, local Liverpool lad Mele (5/10) was joined onstage by a man whose sole job seemed to be to repeatedly re-introduce Mele to the audience. Clearly he was worried people might forget who they are watching mid-track. Well this could be an issue for many as the set is largely forgettable.
Nervo (7/10) had no such problems, if only because of their wardrobe choices. Mim’s jacket had such large fru-fru sleeves it looks like it was eating itself.

As the afternoon wore on, the sheer volume of people started to churn the mud, the consistency going from spongy fudge, to thick soup. Sliding around the site on a sledge may have been the best way to traverse the space between stages. But not to be put off by a bit of soggy soil the party continued. On the South stage Cazzette (7/10) outdid any of the punters in the comedy headgear stakes whilst Afrojack (8/10) held court on the North stage.
As the evening drew in, so did the clouds. The rain started to fall as Example (8/10) hit the North stage. The multi-coloured plastic ponchos were now the main fashion accessories, and a wee splattering of mud the look de jour. As the rain started to pummel the audience, David Guetta (9.5/10) provided relief, not only in the form of a blistering set, but the jets of real flame provided a welcome blast of warm air.

As the party drew to a close on the main stage, the tents provided the venue for a more old-fashioned clubbing vibe. But the rain had well and truly set in and the ground was quickly turning into a quagmire.

Sunday morning brought a respite from the torrential downpour that went on all night. Unfortunately it was too late. Ironically the sun was beaming down when Creamfields was drawn to a premature close by the wet weather. It’s a real shame. British festival goers like to think of themselves as a hardy bunch. Strapping on your wellies to head to a festival in the harsh British summer is always a risky business. But in this case it’s the right decision. When you need a shovel to extract your boots for each slow step it’s just not safe. The metal roadways were sinking and there was a serious risk of injury, especially once everyone starts drinking. It can’t have been an easy decision for the promoters who will undoubtedly be looking at a lot of refunds.
Despite its forced brevity, this year’s Creamfields had all the factors that have made it an award-winning festival year after year. It’s a genre of music more usually at home on a sun-soaked shoreline then the rolling green fields of the Daresbury estate. But hardcore dance devotees don’t seem to mind the incongruous setting. They seemed determined to enjoy the music, the vibe, the atmosphere and the spectacle. However, the weather defeated even their die hard attitude this year. All back to an aircraft hanger for a rave then?

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