Creamfields, one of the best electronic dance music festivals in the world returned to Daresbury in Cheshire for 2016 with an excellent line up including the biggest names in the industry performing for 4 days across the various stages and arenas.

We arrived back from Ibiza in time to join the party on day 3 of the festival, Saturday 27th August. Avicii was headlining, and playing his last ever UK set. We’ve seen him rock Ushuaia twice this season already, and alongside some great stage visuals and colours here at Creamfields he played the likes of his massive tracks I Could Be The One, Hey Brother, Waiting For Love, Fade Into Darkness, My Father Told Me and Levels. In true and typical UK festival weather the rain set in, but it didn’t stop the thousands in attendance loudly singing along to each and every track he dropped. Avicii in the short time (5 years) he has been a household name in electronic music has left his mark and brought a lot of people into the industry, so for that alone he will be missed by many.

When the outdoor stages finished at 11pm, we headed into the various indoor tent arenas, starting with Above & Beyond in the Cream tent. They played a set of beautiful trance and created the moment of the Saturday night at Creamfields 2016 by dropping Delerium’s massive anthem Silence. It was a hands in the air singalong.

Over in the It’s All Gone Pete Tong tent, Tongy was playing some big tracks including Alan Fitzpatrick’s We Do What We Want and Kolsch – Grey.

We finished the night dancing away in the Ants tent to Yousef playing the sounds of I Need Your Love by Alan Fitzpatrick.

On Sunday (Day 4) we got ourselves up and back to the site for one of our favourite DJ/producers, and big success story of Ibiza 2016, Kolsch. He was playing in the impressively large Steel Yard for Pryda – think of a massive warehouse in the middle of festival and you have a good idea of this impressive structure! Cream will also be erecting it on the docks in Liverpool for Ingrosso & Axwell’s show in November. Kolsch was laying down his ‘romantic techno’ as he calls it, it was amazing stuff.

In the Pepsi Max arena Cream favourite and regular Paul Van Dyk was playing and it was good to see him back after his terrible accident earlier this year. It was perhaps the happiest moment of the weekend. As the sun was going down PVD was playing some beautiful heavenly like trance we had a huge smile on our faces as it was great to see him back doing what he does best – making people happy and connecting through music!

Annie Mac on the outside stage was playing a commercial set with tracks such as the likes of Superstylin and I Wanna Go Dancing With You All Night Dancing.

Back in the tents and MK had it rocking to his mix of My Head Is A Jungle, Fatboy Slim had the Smile High Club arena in raptures for Eat Sleep Rave Repeat and Eric Prydz had the Steel Yard going mental with his driving progressive and techno beats complete with excellent lasers and visuals. When he played Opus at the end of his set, it was unquestionably THE moment of the weekend for us. Absolute scenes!

A crowd of tens of thousands providing a fantastic atmosphere, Creamfields 2016 was a brilliant, bonkers, incredible and energetic weekend. Great music, DJs, massive cinematic visual screens, lasers, lights, confetti, fire and smoke cannons. We will certainly be back to Daresbury for Creamfields next year where an even bigger and better (if that is possible!) festival is planned for their 20th anniversary!

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