Creamfields and RideLondon 2023 will go head-to-head

Organizers warn that two major events in Chelmsford involving more than 70,000 people are set to coincide on the same day.

The Creamfields South dance festival, due to take place in Hylands Park from May 26-28 next year, is set to take place on the same weekend as the big RideLondon cycling event.

Tickets are already available for Creamfields 2023 while registration for the 2023 RideLondon-Essex 100 scheduled for Sunday May 28 opened on September 28.

To complicate matters, roadworks are planned for next year at junctions 13 and 14 of the A12 for Margaretting.

A Creamfields 2022 debriefing meeting of the Safety Advisory Group – made up of Essex County Council, Essex Police and representatives from Chelmsford City Council including John Lyons, Head of Leisure and Heritage Services of Chelmsford City Council, said there would be “additional traffic considerations” for 2023.

A statement in the minutes of the debriefing said: ‘John Lyons advised that he had already sent Creamfields dates for next year (May 26-28) to the committee so that they are aware . John Lyons advised that Ride London will likely take place on the same weekend as Creamfields, so there will be additional traffic management considerations for next year.

Around 50,000 people enjoyed the inaugural Creamfields South festival with DJs such as Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Fatboy Slim and Idris Elba on June 3 this year.

An estimated 22,000 people took part in the iconic RideLondon 100-mile challenge in May 2022, which started and ended in central London to include a loop from Essex via Epping, Dunmow and Chelmsford.

The new partnership between RideLondon and Essex County Council launched in 2022. Year one of the new-look event included a new three-day UCI Women’s WorldTour road race and four mass-participation rides – RideLondon FreeCycle and the RideLondon-Essex 100, 60 and 30 mile events.

The full format for the 2023 event and routes across London and Essex will be announced over the coming months.

A “full lineup of dance music heavyweight stars” is expected to be announced for Creamfields 2023 in due course.

Jan G. Gilbert