Creamfields

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Coordinates: 53°20′N 2°38′W / 53.34°N 2.63°W / 53.34; -2.63

Creamfields
GenreElectronic Dance Music
DatesAugust Bank Holiday Weekend
Location(s)Main location UK:[1]
Winchester, Hampshire
(1998)
Liverpool, Merseyside
(1999–2005)
Daresbury, Cheshire
(2006–present)
For spin offs see here
Years active1998–present
Founded byCream
Attendance280,000[2]
Capacity70,000[3]
Organised byLive Nation
WebsiteOfficial website

Creamfields is an electronic dance music festival series founded and organised by British club promoter Cream, with its UK edition taking place on August Bank Holiday weekend, with a number of international editions held across various territories worldwide.

First held in 1998 in Winchester,[4] the festival moved to Cream's home city of Liverpool the following year, taking place on the old Liverpool airport, before moving to its current location on the Daresbury estate in Cheshire.[5] The festival, having initially begun as a one-day event with 25,000 people in attendance, is now a four-day event with camping options hosting 70,000 per day.[6]

The festival is the UK's oldest and most prestigious electronic dance music festival.[7]

History[edit]

Creamfields initially began in 1998 as a one-day annual event run by the Liverpool night club Cream.[1] This first edition was held in Winchester, Hampshire and attracted 25,000 people.[8] The following year Creamfields moved to Liverpool, Merseyside, with the festival being on the old Liverpool Airfield. The move put the festival closer to its parent night club and the new site was able to hold 50,000 people for the festival.[8][9] In 2002, Cream was demolished, however the brand continued to run the festival. 2006 saw the festival move outside the city to its current location in Daresbury, Cheshire.[9] The 10th anniversary of the festival saw it expanded to a two-day event with 50,000 people attending across the weekend.[8] The festival saw its site expand over the next few years after its first sell out in 2009 of 60,000 across in weekend. In 2010, the site was expanded for extra tickets sales and growing demand for campers. In addition to this, the festival sold out 80,000 tickets and again in 2011 with 100,000.[8] In 2012 the festival ownership changed hands as Cream was bought out by Live Nation who are the current organisers of the event.[10][11] In 2012, the festival was also set to expand to a three-day event,[8] however, on the final day the festival was abandoned due to heavy rain.[12] The following year a £500,000 investment into the site was made to protect it against bad weather. The three-day event allowed an attendance of 150,000.[8] 2014 saw the edition of a second primary stage, the North and South Stage; and in 2015, the festival was live streamed for the first time seeing 500,000 online attendees.[8] 2016 saw the introduction of the Steel Yard stage which spawned a spinoff mini-festival with events held in Liverpool and London,[13] it also saw the festival become a four-day event with site expansion in 2017 allowing for a maximum attendance of 280,000.[3] In 2019, a £2,000,000 investment was made to improve security and safety as well as reducing environmental impact.[14] The festival itself saw Creamfields host Swedish House Mafia in their Save the World Reunion Tour. The show was the supergroup's first UK show since 2012 and saw the group as the sole occupiers of the festival's iconic Arc Stage on the day of the event.[15] The 2020 edition of the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[16][17] with a virtual festival taking its place.[18] Following Boris Johnson's announcement on the 22 February regarding the road out of the UK's COVID-19 lockdown, Creamfields announced the 2021 edition would go ahead. Tickets for the event sold out in record time.[19]

Edition's summary[edit]

Nb: Artists shown in the table below were headliners for the event. For full line-ups see List of Creamfields line-ups.

Year Venue Dates Attendance[8][A] Headliners Ref.
1998 Winchester, Hampshire 2 May 25,000[8] Sasha, Paul van Dyk, Daft Punk, Tony De Vit. [20]
1999 Liverpool, Merseyside 28 August 50,000[9] Pet Shop Boys, Basement Jaxx. [20]
2000 26 August 50,000[9] Judge Jules, Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx, Moloko, Laurent Garnier. [21]
2001 25 August 50,000[9] No artists declared headliners [22]
2002 24 August 50,000[9] Faithless, Underworld, Kosheen. [23]
2003 23 August 50,000[9] Paul Oakenfold, Erick Morillo, Harry Romero, Audio Bullys. [24]
2004 28 August 50,000[9] The Chemical Brothers, Goldfrapp, Mylo, Scratch Perverts. [25]
2005 27 August 50,000[9] Basement Jaxx, Faithless, Caged Baby. [26]
2006 Daresbury, Cheshire 26 August 50,000 The Prodigy, Gnarls Barkley, Goldfrapp, The Zutons. [27]
2007 25 August 50,000 The Chemical Brothers, Groove Armada, Kelis, Mark Ronson, Carl Cox. [28]
2008 23 and 24 August 50,000 Fatboy Slim, Ian Brown, Gossip, Paul van Dyk, Kasabian, Tiësto, Paul Oakenfold, David Guetta. [29]
2009 29 and 30 August 60,000 Tiësto, Mylo, Basement Jaxx, Paul van Dyk, Dizzee Rascal. [30]
2010 28 and 29 August 80,000 David Guetta, deadmau5, Leftfield, Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Paul van Dyk, Swedish House Mafia. [31]
2011 27 and 28 August 100,000 The Chemical Brothers, Tiësto, Paul van Dyk, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia [32]
2012 24, 25, and 26 August[B] 100,000 Avicii, David Guetta, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Skrillex, deadmau5, Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Axwell. [33]
2013 23, 24, and 25 August 150,000 The Prodigy, Avicii, Tiësto, David Guetta, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Above & Beyond, Paul van Dyk. [34]
2014 29, 30, and 31 August 150,000 Aly & Fila, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, Hardwell, Paul van Dyk, Tiësto. [35]
2015 28, 29, and 30 August 150,000[36] Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Jamie Jones, Martin Garrix, The Chemical Brothers, Avicii, Knife Party, Alesso. [37]
2016 25, 26, 27, and 28 August 200,000 Armin van Buuren, Chase & Status, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Avicii, Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris. [38]
2017 24, 25, 26, and 27 August 280,000[3] deadmau5, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Eric Prydz, Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Hardwell [39]
2018 23, 24, 25, and 26 August 280,000 Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren, The Chainsmokers, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Giggs, Tiësto, Hardwell, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim, Adam Beyer. [40]
2019 22, 23, 24, and 25 August 280,000[41] deadmau5, Martin Garrix, Carl Cox, Calvin Harris, The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia. [42]
2020 27, 28, 29, and 30 August 0
(Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic)[16][17]
Armin van Buuren, Pendulum, CamelPhat, The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz, deadmau5, Charlotte de Witte, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. [43]
2021 26, 27, 28, and 29 August TBA deadmau5, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Martin Garrix, Adam Beyer, Tiësto, Timmy Trumpet, Laidback Luke [44]

Album[edit]

On 9 August 2004, British DJ Paul Oakenfold released his fifteenth DJ Mix album entitled Creamfields. The album was released in advance of the sixth edition of the festival in 2004 of which Oakenfold was due to perform. The album itself is third in a series of remix album with the other two being made by other DJs. In 2019, Oakenfold released a further DJ mix album to celebrate the festival's twentieth anniversary.[45]

Creamfields: Steel Yard[edit]

The 2016 edition of Creamfields saw the debut of the Steel Yard stage at the main event in Daresbury, Cheshire. The stage is a 15,000 capacity super structure designed and built by Acorn Events.[13]

Steel Yard Liverpool made its debut in 2016 at the city's Clarence Graving Dock, and now occurs annually in late November or early December.[46]

Steel Yard London initially took place in late October at Victoria Park, London in 2017,[47] before moving to Finsbury Park for 2018 and 2019 respectively, with a new date on the late-May bank holiday weekend.[48]

In 2018, Steel Yard Liverpool partnered with Tomorrowland and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike to bring "Garden of Madness" to the UK for a special one-off event.[49]

Creamfields International[edit]

Creamfields Brazil, 2013

In addition to the main UK event, Creamfields also operates a number of international spin offs including:[50]

  • Creamfields Australia (2010–2012; 2017–present)
  • Creamfields Brazil
  • Creamfields Buenos Aires (2001–2015)
  • Creamfields Czech Republic (2002)
  • Creamfields Chile
  • Creamfields China (2018–present)
  • Creamfields Colombia
  • Creamfields Hong Kong (2017–present)
  • Creamfields Ibiza
  • Creamfields Ireland (2000)
  • Creamfields Mallorca
  • Creamfields Malta
  • Creamfields Mexico
  • Creamfields Romania
  • Creamfields Paraguay
  • Creamfields Poland
  • Creamfields Portugal
  • Creamfields Peru
  • Creamfields Spain
  • Creamfields Taiwan: (2017–present)
  • Creamfields Turkey
  • Creamfields Ukraine
  • Creamfields UAE
  • Creamfields Vietnam

Awards and nominations[edit]

DJ Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Special Award – Best International Dance Music Festival Creamfields – UK Won [51]

DJ Magazine's top 50 Festivals[edit]

Year Category Work Result Ref.
2019 World's Best Festival Creamfields – Liverpool, UK 13th [52]

Festicket Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result Ref.
2016 Best EDM/Dance Festival Creamfields 3rd [53]

International Dance Music Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result Ref.
2011 Best Music Event Creamfields – Liverpool, UK Nominated [54]
2016 Nominated [55]

UK Festival Awards[edit]

Year Category Work Result Ref.
2004 Best Dance Festival Creamfields UK Won [56]
2005 Best Dance Festival Won [56]
2008 Best Major Festival Nominated
Best Dance Festival Nominated
2009 Best Dance Festival Won [56]
2010 Best Dance Festival Won [56]
2011 Best Dance Festival Won [56]
2013 Best Dance Festival Won [57][56]
2014 Best Dance Festival Won [58][56]
2015 Best Major Festival Nominated [59][56]
Best Dance Festival Won
2016 Best Major Festival Won [60]
[61][56]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ These attendance figures are for the whole weekend, therefore attendees with multi-day passes will be counted per day of their pass.
  2. ^ The festival was abandoned on the 26 August due to heavy rain.[12]

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