Creamfields, one of the best electronic dance music festivals in the world returned to Daresbury in Cheshire for 2017 for its 20th anniversary, with an excellent line up including the biggest names in the industry performing for 4 days across the various stages and arenas.

We arrived on site on Friday evening, and our first port of call was to interview Armin van Buuren. Armin spoke to us about his new residency at Hï Ibiza on Wednesdays, his favourite ever gigs, and future musical releases.

You can check out the interview here

We then headed onto the festival site, and straight to see a couple of DJs who’ve been taking Ibiza by storm the past few years, Eats Everything & Patrick Topping back to back in the Paradise tent. Paradise at DC10 on Wednesdays has been hugely popular, and they rocked it, none more so than when they played Paul Johnson’s Get Down.

Less than an hour after we’d interviewed Armin, he was smashing the Armada tent with some hands in the air trance.

Our Friday finale at Creamfields was in the Steelyard for a special back to back from Eric Prydz and Deadmau5. The Steelyard is an impressive 20,000 capacity size structure that was specially erected for Creamfields last year. After having been used on Liverpool waterfront and also in London, it made its return to Creamfields this year, and was rammed for Prydz and Deadmau5 on Friday night. Their individually styles complemented each other well as we were treated to a progressive/techno masterclass.

Some photos from Friday at Creamfields;

We returned to Creamfields on Saturday evening and our first duty was to interview Nicky Romero and Laidback Luke for the site. We spoke to Nicky (check out the interview here) about his Creamfields set, favourite Ibiza venues and future musical releases, and to Luke (check out the interview here) about Creamfields, playing techno in Ibiza and future releases and album. From the press area to the main stage, we caught some of Armin’s set;

After Armin, it was Deadmau5’s turn to take to the stage, as he played some of his biggest tunes, including the excellent ‘Ghosts n Stuff’;

From the outside stages and into the various tents – we caught some great sets on Saturday night. Two of our favourites were B.Traits, who had the Steelyard bouncing, and Above & Beyond, who played some lovely melodic trance.

Some photos from Saturday at Creamfields;

We headed back to Creamfields on Sunday for the final day at the early time of 2PM to catch Kolsch’s set in the Steelyard for Pryda. First, Claptone was playing his vocal house remixes such as Liquid Spirit and We’ve Got The Power;

Kolsch was on next in the Steelyard. Alongside Eric Prydz, we feel that Kolsch has been the best DJ/producer in the world the last few years. From first seeing him at BBC Radio 1 weekend in Ibiza at Ibiza Rocks hotel during their 20th anniversary celebrations in 2015, to then seeing him make Ibiza 2016 and 2017 his own with appearances at the island’s biggest clubs and events, as well as smashing it out producing some of the island’s biggest tracks, including arguably his biggest track Grey;

We’ve seen Jackmaster a couple of times this year including at Elrow in Manchester in February, and at Lost & Found in Malta in April, and we’re a big fan of the Scotsman’s sound. He was playing at Creamfields in the Circus stage in the Warehouse;

On the adjacent stages, Sister Bliss of Faithless and Steve Angelo were dropping big tracks (Faithless – Insomnia and Eric Prydz – Opus respectively);

One of the biggest success stories of this summer have been a couple of local Scouse lads, Camelphat (AKA Whelan and Di Scala). We’ve been a fan of theirs since they released Constellations a couple of years back. They’ve had some big releases this year, which has seen them perform at no less than 8 shows on Bank Holiday weekend, busy lads!

In the other tents, we seen Paul Oakenfold drop some lovely trance in the Pepsi Max arena, and the excellent replica Nation, as well as Eric Prydz ending the weekend and event with a special headline set in the Steelyard.

Some photos from the Sunday at Creamfields;

Creamfields 2017 was an awesome weekend of music, DJs, massive cinematic visual screens, lasers, lights, confetti, fire and smoke cannons, with a crowd of tens of thousands providing a fantastic atmosphere. See you at Creamfields same time and same place next year!

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