a brief history of the festival from humble beginnings to today

A brief history of Creamfields

fields of cream is by far one of the biggest and most beloved festivals in the wider dance music scene and the UK events scene. Every August, the world’s biggest DJs (such as Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Carl Cox and just about any other DJ you can think of in any subgenre) combine at Daresbury for three days of fun from Friday to Sunday (Thursday being campers only), for a weekend to remember . As Creamfields has made a comeback in 2021, we take a look back at a brief timeline of the events leading up to how Creamfields has become as big as it has.

It all started in 1998, when the Cream team had the idea of ​​setting up a festival. Running a successful events company for several years before Creamfields was founded, Cream (founded in 1992 by James Barton, Andy Carroll and Darren Hughes) began as an early 90s club night, hosting events at Nation from 1992, but it wasn’t until 1998 that the world first saw the name Creamfields. For its first edition, it was a one-day affair, held at The Bowl in Winchester, Hampshire and attracted 25,000 revelers. Big for the first event, they had a jam-packed lineup with DJs playing from 1 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday morning. The likes of Carl Cox, Pete Tong, fat thin boy and even daft-punk play. An old flyer for the event shows that the tickets were only £37.50 at the time, which is hard to believe given the large number of big names present. It was not until the following year in 1999 that Creamfields moved to his forever home of Liverpool and upped the ante, although at the time he was housed at the old Liverpool airfield and would not move not in his Daresbury home that people know and love until 2006.

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Jan G. Gilbert