Creamfields brings the music festival back to Hylands Park

Leading electronic music promoter Creamfields will come to Chelmsford next year under a new deal to bring a major festival to the area each year for the next decade.

Plans for a brand new two-day, 50,000 capacity camping festival in 2022 will see Creamfields bring its award-winning festival south for the first time, taking over Grade II listed Hylands Park.

With the iconic Hylands House as a backdrop, the multi-stage festival will also give revelers the chance to experience the colossal 15,000 capacity Steel Yard superstructure.

The event takes place on June 3 and 4 – now spanning a four-day Bank Holiday weekend next year to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The launch of Creamfields Chelmsford is a game-changer for the UK festival landscape, promoters said, and coincides with the 25th anniversary celebrations of its award-winning sister festival Creamfields Daresbury, which takes place each year in the heart of the Cheshire countryside and attracts sell to an audience of 70,000 people.

Since its inception, Creamfields has become one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world, attracting big name artists such as Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia, Eric Prydz, Tiësto, deadmau5, Carl Cox, Bicep LIVE, Chase & Status , Pendulum and The Chemical. Brothers.

But it also means Chelmsford has been brought back as a major host of some of the biggest annual festivals – following Chelmsford City Council’s ten-year deal with Festival Republic.

Cllr Stephen Robinson, Leader of Chelmsford City Council, said: “We have been working for some time to negotiate a long-term agreement and are delighted that it has been agreed and that we have a festival date.”

The announcement comes after Chelmsford City Council signed a 10-year agreement with Festival Republic, which has pledged to hold a major event every year for the next decade at the Chelmsford site.

Above all, it serves to put Chelmsford back on the map as a host of many other major events, not least because of the financial boost they bring to council coffers.

Budgeted proposals suggest the council will earn over £200,000 from the event.

Mr Robinson said: “One of the extra good things about it from my perspective is that because it will still be May Break.

“Good, it means Hylands Park can be available during the summer holidays, which was not the case when V was operating.

“It’s always been my criticism in the past that the park was out of service for a month, so I’m really glad that’s not the case.

“We believe Creamfields will put Chelmsford Hylands Park back on the map as a venue for major events.

“It’s going to grab attention. We’re looking to attract a wide range of different events that appeal to a wide range of different audiences.

Jan G. Gilbert