Five favorite sets from Creamfields North 2022

Wow! That’s all I have to say about Creamfields 2022. If you’ve never been to Creamfields, here’s what to expect from the August Bank Holiday weekend takeover. It’s the biggest dance music festival in the UK. The festival takes place over four days in Daresbury near Warrington and Liverpool. The official first day is Thursday, with the following three days hosting headline titles across 11 different arenas. The festival has sold out for two consecutive years, with all tickets for 2022 going on sale within the first week of tickets going on sale in 2021 before the lineup was released.

The festival hosts a wide range of dance music genres such as house music, techno, EDM, tech house, drum & bass and hardstyle, to name a few. The production in tents and on the main stages is incomparable to that of Reading/Leeds Festival or Parklife. Granted, there are different genres of music, but this year was Creamfield’s 25th anniversary, so expectations for production and programming were high. Let me tell you; it did not disappoint. I could go so far as to say the best production and the best programming to date.

Creamfields production is second to none, with stages being revamped and new stages being created. Creamfields is home to the infamous Steel Yard, a 12,000 capacity arena featuring the likes of Ewan McVicar, Camelphat, Carl Cox and Eric Prydz. A new stage was introduced this year by Creamfields, which hosted brands such as Paradise, Trick and Solid Grooves, dominating the 2022 summer season in Ibiza. The Arc and Horizon main stages provided music from Joel Corry, Calvin Harris, Sam Divine, Arielle Free, David Guetta and Alesso.

This year’s festival not only brought sunshine, which ideally wasn’t too unbearable, but it also brought an energetic, interactive and responsive crowd, which heightened the excitement and vibes for the DJs.

After attending the festival, it was clear to me that the new festival stage was the place to be on weekends. The stage constantly splurged sideways throughout the weekend, and huge wobbler tunes were on display with sensational lighting and sound production. This MUST be brought back for 2023.

Beatport produced the livestream on four main stages (ARC, HORIZON, STEEL YARD and a brand new exclusive stage) throughout this year’s edition of Creamfields North, including heavyweight sets such as Armin Van Buuren, Denis Sulta, DJ Minx, Patrick Garnish, Anfisa Letyago, and more. Below, I’ve outlined five of my favorites from the Unforgettable Weekend. Enjoy!

Jan G. Gilbert