The original 1999 Creamfields lineup and where they are now

Creamfields is a huge festival in Liverpool that has stood the test of time.

Creamfields began as the Cream nightclub in the city’s Parr Street in 1992, becoming an internationally renowned venue in the 1990s before being closed and demolished in 2002.

But Creamfields lives on, a festival that first took place in the south in 1998.

Read more:Cream in 2007 – 10 photos of Liverpool’s iconic club night at Nation

With that in mind, we’ve decided to revisit the lineup from 1999, when the festival was first held on Merseyside, when 50,000 people thronged Liverpool Airfield to catch the top acts world dance.

Here’s the original lineup of Creamfields from 1999 and where they are now, 22 years after their festival appearance.

Pet Shop Boys

UK pop group The Pet Shop Boys during a performance in 1999.

One of three headliners, Pet Shop Boys performed on the Radio 1 stage at Creamfields in 1999.

A dominant force in the 1990s, Creamfields was just another stop on a world tour for the pop duo that would go on to play Live Eight and Glastonbury.

The Pet Shop Boys have released seven studio albums since rocking Creamfields and this year the band proved their worth again with the digital release of a new EP titled My Beautiful Launderette.

The duo will embark on another world tour next year, showcasing their greatest hits from a 40-year career.

Pete Tong

Pete Tong attends the Music Industry Trusts Awards 2021 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London
Pete Tong attending the Music Industry Trusts Awards 2021 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Superstar DJ Pete Tong was another headliner at Creamfields, a reflection of that festival’s 90s lineup.

Now 61, Tong (who earned an MBE in 2014) hasn’t slowed down, releasing 26 mix albums since appearing at Creamfields.

He also became a successful record label executive, signing artists like Run DMC, Frankie Knuckles, Goldie and Salt-n-Pepa.

Still a resident of BBC Radio 1 and a world-renowned DJ, Tong received an Outstanding Contribution to Music award from the Music Industry Trusts (MITS) earlier this week.

Judge Jules

Judge Jules at the mixing desk in 1999
Judge Jules at the mixing desk in 1999.

Judge Jules represented another blow for Creamfields as the London DJ was voted the best in the world by DJ Mag just four years before his Liverpool festival appearance.

Third headliner in 1999, Jules is still a regular at Creamfields to this day and continues to tour across the UK.

While he is known for his exploits on Radio 1 and then the Global Warm Up show broadcast around the world, Jules has now expanded into many areas.

Between 2012 and 2018, he worked as a partner at the law firm Sheridans before joining Sound Advice LLP as an entertainment lawyer.

He was due to play the Stockton Globe in Middlesbrough last month as part of his current UK fixture but the show was canceled at the last minute due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’.

Paul Oakenfold

Cream Nightclub DJ Paul Oakenfold
Nightclub Cream DJ Paul Oakenfold.

Cream’s resident DJ Paul Oakenfold was the first name on the list when it came to headlining the aptly named Cream scene in 1999.

Despite only releasing four studio albums since his 1999 slot Creamfields, Oakenfold has landed two Grammy nominations and a handful of DJ Awards during that time.

Oakenfold has also made a name for himself through television appearances, playing himself in several programs including ITV’s The Club program which aired in 2004.

Since May 2015, Paul has been leading the DJ and EDM vocalist department of Isina, a global mentoring program for talent search and development.

Last year, the DJ released his new single The Perfect Song featuring Mexican pop icon Fey, as part of his 25th birthday celebrations.

Earlier this month it was announced that Oakenfold would be featured in an acid house documentary titled All We Wanna Do Is Dance.

Paul Van Dyk

Superstar DJ Paul Van Dyk
Star DJ Paul Van Dyk.

In 1999 German DJ Paul Van Dyk was already a global superstar as well as the owner of Vandit Records.

Since bursting onto the Cream scene, Van Dyk has released seven studio albums (including the popular Reflections) and has seen his songs used in numerous video games, including Fifa and Grand Slam Tennis.

The disc jockey provided part of the soundtrack for the 2008 superhero film The Dark Knight.

After falling in an accident on stage in 2016, Van Dyk suffered severe spinal and brain damage, he has thankfully since recovered.

He performed at the Belfast Feile An Phobail festival earlier this year.

The Sugar Hill Gang

The Sugar Hill Gang in concert in 2019
The Sugar Hill Gang in concert in 2019.

Creamfields was actually part of the Sugar Hill Gang reform party, having originally disbanded in 1985.

Due to departures and court cases, the Sugar Hill Gang performed as Original Sugar and Rapper’s Delight with Wonder Mike and Master Gee.

In 2014, original Big Bank member Hank died aged 58, following a long battle with cancer.

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Two years later, the remaining members embarked on a world tour as The Sugarhill Gang, for the first time in a decade.

They have since performed at numerous festivals and continue to tour, with shows coming in late 2021 and early 2022.

Miss Mel

Legendary rapper Melle Mel
Legendary rapper Melle Mel.

Better known as Melvin Glover, American hip-hop icon Melle Mel was another big name to appear at the 1999 Creamfields festival.

Since his Liverpool showing, Mel has continued to expand his talent pool, releasing a children’s book titled The Portal In The Park in 2006, along with a CD of his rapped narration.

The CD also featured a then-unknown Lady Gaga who performed two songs with the rapper.

That same year, Mel, then 45, attended professional wrestling school, saying he hoped to emulate John Cena.

In 2011, it was revealed that he would be participating in a new hip hop/pro wrestling collaboration, the Urban Wrestling Federation.

Mel also appeared in Ice-T’s 2012 hip hop documentary, Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap.

The rap legend sparked controversy this summer when he told online magazine Hip Hop DX that he could frame Eminem and that Jay-Z wasn’t one of the greatest rappers of all time.

Jaxx Basement

Jaxx basement in 1999
Jaxx basement in 1999.

The London electronic duo were still newcomers in 1999 having recently released their full length studio album Remedy.

Since then, they have released six more studio albums, including their hit Kiss Kash which won them a 2004 Grammys award.

Their seventh studio album Junto was released in 2014 and since then they have taken a step back from mainstream projects.

In 2019, the duo composed the music for the CITV animated series The Rubbish World of Dave Spud before composing the title music for a 2021 children’s show called What’s On Your Head?

It was announced last month that Basement Jaxx was among a group of artists set to work with Madonna on a remix of her Disco album.

Carl Cox

Carl Cox in July 1999
Carl Cox in July 1999

Creamfields was something of a launching pad for Cox who would later go on to enjoy residency slots at Ibiza’s superclubs from 2001 to 2016.

It was thought he would retire in 2017 after completing his residency at Space Ibiza, but Cox continued to announce festivals and events for that year before being named a global ambassador for the Ultra’s Resistance movement. MusicFestival.

Cox has performed at Goodwood Racecourse for three consecutive Fridays in 2020 and is expected to play several shows in Australia in 2022.

Earlier this week, Cox awarded a brand new scholarship to a Brighton student to support his future career under a new scheme.

We want to hear your memories of Creamfields. Did you go to the Creamfields festival 1999? What was your favorite moment? Let us know in the comments.

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Jan G. Gilbert