This August bank holiday weekend, Cheshire will once again see hoards of eager ravers descend on Daresbury for three days and nights devoted to dance music of all kinds. Originally a Liverpool club night known as ‘Cream’, the festival’s first year took the form of a 25,000-capacity event held in Winchester. Since then, Creamfields has returned to its northern roots, each year offering an innovative and exciting programme of popular drum and bass, house and EDM DJs from across the globe.
Maya Jane Coles
Maya Jane Coles is a woman of many talents. Singlehandedly writing, producing, engineering and often designing the artwork for her music is all in a day’s work for the British-Japanese musician. Since breaking onto the house scene with EPs on Hypercolour and Elite, she has continued to impress with a stellar mix for !K7’s DJ KiCKs series, as well as her acclaimed self-released debut album, Comfort. There’s a reason why she’s topped many a ‘Best DJ’ chart, too, through her seamlessly executed sets where she delivers smooth minimal techno interspersed with her own cinematic belters. Head to the front for a dark and atmospheric journey.
The Chemical Brothers
Alongside Norman ‘Fatboy Slim’ Cook and ‘Firestarter’ hitmakers The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers are responsible for the pioneering the ‘big-beat’ era of the 90s, fusing rock with dance music to create the ultimate party anthems. Pitchfork described their most recent album as being full of “enormous festival-fillers and hard-nosed club bangers”, and if their show-stopping set at this year’s Glastonbury is anything to go by, we’re pretty excited about their Creamfields show. Expect to hear lots of new material, scattered between golden oldies like ‘The Salmon Dance’, ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’ and ‘Galvanize’.
Since founding seminal d'n'b imprint RAM Records in 1992, Andy Clarke has become synonymous with the genre. Clarke has built a loyal fanbase through cultivating a modern, mechanical mutation of the jungle genre, aided by his strong connection to the Real Playaz imprint founded by DJ Hype, DJ Zinc and Pascal. In 2011, he was crowned Best DJ at the Drum and Bass arena awards and received high praise for his FABRICLIVE 18 mix, compiled with DJ Hype. Pioneering the infamous 'double drop' technique, his showstopping mixing talents are a must-see at Creamfields.