Cover Photo by: Lanty Zhang
For weeks according to residents, England had been experiencing the hottest and driest summer in years. Of course, that all changed the weekend of Creamfields, one of England’s largest electronic music festivals was to take place. Some of music’s biggest names and the rains came to Daresbury, England this past weekend. The weekend was packed with stand out performances from Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Axwell^Ingrosso, Alesso, Adam Bayer, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Diplo, Chainsmokers, Dillon Francis, Martin Garrix, and many more.
The festival took place outside of Manchester from August 23rd to 26th. As I arrived that Friday night a light drizzle began. I immediately was taken back to TomorrowWorld 2015, where the rain, mud, and everything that came with it was enough to cancel the festival indefinitely. Lucky for me, the English are resilient and the festival went on despite the weather. In 2012 the festival actually canceled due to intense flooding after heavy rains. The rains were heavy, especially Saturday night into Sunday morning, but fortunately it was not enough to stop the music. Over 70,000 attendees put on their wellies (rain boots), threw on a poncho, and hit the dance floor.
The Kaleidoscope Orchestra took the stage Saturday for a special performance that included a heartwarming Avicii tribute. The group is a musical collective that uses classical instruments to play electronic music in a way never heard before. In addition to Avicii they also played Martin Solveig, Rudimental, and many others.
Eric Prydz Holo
The stages at Creamfields were impressive. From the new Silo arena stage to the Steel Yard stage, the production at this festival was next level. Eric Prydz kicked it up one more notch by bringing his HOLO show to the event. Using holograms, the artist displayed next level visuals in this jaw dropping performance Sunday night to close out the festival.
Surviving the Elements
Despite mud up to your ankles, every one was surprisingly in good spirits at the campgrounds. The only ones complaining seemed to be us Americans. Everyone else strapped on their wellies and braved the mud with a smile on their face. No one skipped a beat as they danced around for hours to incredible performances from just about every major artists in the electronic space.
After making an epic return at Ultra in Miami this year, rumors were flying that Swedish House Mafia would also make an appearance at Creamfields. Both Axwell ^ Ingrosso and Steve Angello were slotted to play Saturday night. While the three did not appear on stage together, many popular SHM songs were heard during both sets. Axwell ^ Ingrosso even added a little teaser at the end of their show, watch the video until the very end. Will they be headlining the festival together in 2019? Only time will tell.
Fashion That Braved the Elements
Image by: Ellen Kirwin/Liverpool Echo
While this California girl was wrapped up in many layers (including gloves and a beanie), those who were more used to the weather came dressed to impress. Some chose more fashion forward looks of mesh, fringes, or checkers while other decided to dress in wacky outfits like super heroes or convicts in orange jumpsuits. Others decided to forgo the fancy outfits and decided that mud would be the best look for them. They could be seen jumping, slipping, and sliding throughout the festival grounds.
There are two types of people in this world: those who hide away from the rain and those who chose to dance it. You decide which one you want to be.