Written by Carl Mumford
Looking forward to Creamfields 2016
In August 2014 I went to Creamfields for the first time, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I camped and although it rained like there was no tomorrow, I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. In August 2015 I returned to Daresbury in Cheshire to review it. At Uneek Ibiza we want to relive this year’s event and persuade you to join us at one of the country’s biggest music festivals next year that is the mind blowing production that is Creamfields.
Firstly let’s look at what tickets are available; head on over to the colourful and attractive Creamfields website (http://www.creamfields.com) where you’re greeted with the famous Cream logo and a countdown to their 2016 festival. Creamfields 2016 will be held on August bank holiday weekend from Friday 26th August 2016 through until Sunday 28th August 2016. There are a variety of options available for punters who can choose to visit on individual days, camp for three days or if you don’t fancy camping at all you can visit on a two day weekend pass. An example price for a one day early bird ticket is just £82.50 and you can book via major ticket sales websites like Ticketmaster. If you’re not able to foot the bill of a ticket straight away, Creamfields give you the option of staggering your payments over a few months to help you! Creamfields 2016 has been given a rebrand on hospitality tickets. They give you the option of purchasing different types of hospitality tickets split into ‘Silver’ and ‘Gold’. For example ‘Silver’ hospitality tickets will give you access to the luxury camp site, fast track entry, free parking, hot showers and a pamper parlour. ‘Gold’ tickets give you added benefits on top of ‘Silver’ including free meals, seating areas and more.
Whilst you’re deciding on your ticket, here’s what to expect from the UK’s best dance festival (as voted by you). If you’ve never camped at a festival before, I really recommend doing it. The atmosphere at a festival is electric and like no other. You will pitch your tent amongst thousands of festival goers with the same frame of mind. You will create memories and laugh more than you have ever before. Camping fulfils the experience of Creamfields as the party starts and finishes at your camp site. The fields you camp in will be filled with tents as far as the eye can see where you’ll find people cooking, drinking and enjoying themselves. You will meet so many people when you are pitched beside strangers that you’ve never met before. You’ll make friends who you will enjoy Creamfields with and beyond. You can retreat to your campsite and end the party when you want to. You will feel encapsulated in the festival and waking up every morning will make you feel like you’ve never left.
It’s now time to enter Creamfields… Walking up to the entrance gate, goose bumps tingling and heart beat racing it’s time to start your weekend. You can hear the beats being delivered from the colourful tents that stand tall in front of you. Thousands of excited people shout and sing their hearts out from inside and create a roar that gives you chills down your spine. As soon as you enter the festival you can head straight to the nearest tent and jump straight into the beat.
Festival facilities are abundant at Creamfields with multiple toilets, lockers, disabled access and phone charging. You’re never short of a bite to eat with a large selection of different types of food available. I’ve eaten a lot of food at Creamfields and I’ve never had a bad word to say about my meals. When you’re looking for a drink, you’ll rarely queue for long to get your favourite spirits, cider or beer. The bars are large enough and there are plenty of them to accommodate the huge amount of customers. On several occasions I have approached the very visible site staff who have been very helpful. The million square meter festival is very well laid out, labelled and easy to navigate.
With over 200 artists available to watch it’s hard to choose who to watch and where! In 2015 Creamfields introduced several new tents. The Curve Arena delivered visuals that surrounded the crowd. The Towers arena delivered an alternative production with large LED panels encapsulating those below. Creamfields continue to change and improve their tents and stages year on year which for those of us who return is much appreciated. The North and South Stage host the most LED screens compared to any other UK festival. Hosting the headline acts like The Chemical Brothers, Avicii, Tiesto and Afrojack, the stages delivered breathtaking weird and wonderful visuals and lasers that struck the crowd creating a moment to be remembered. The firework filled background of the stages create memories that will last a lifetime as you close one of the most memorable weekends of your life.
This year some personal highlights of mine were seeing Steve Angello playing Eric Prydz’s new track ‘Opus’, his intimate set which see him at the same level as the crowd almost playing off of a table complimented the phenomenal show. I am a huge fan of ‘Ants’ which has grown from strength to strength at Ushuaia in Ibiza and they stood out for me in their black net draped tent on Saturday. I watched Kolsch deliver melodic beats that made the colony bounce. I also enjoyed Pete Tong holding his world famous ‘All Gone Pete Tong’ tent where he delivered so much energy into the crowd during his set. I will hold a lot of memories with me from the festival this year including having the chance to interview Fatboy Slim and meet many of my favourite artists who I have watched from an early age.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to get your ticket booked and look forward to Creamfields 2016. The Creamfields Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCreamfields) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/Creamfields) account are filled with plenty of fresh content to get you in the mood for next year. Once you’re done you can read our entire review of Creamfields 2015 right here.
Book your ticket for just £20 deposit via http://www.creamfields.com/ now