Creamfields returns to kick off another three-day festival extravaganza on August Bank Holiday weekend, the time of year when Daresbury in Cheshire becomes the centre of the universe for electronic music fans as they flock from all corners of the globe to attend one of the world’s best dance festivals - and this year Creamfields have secured quite possibly their biggest DJ line up ever! Deadmau5, David Guetta, Tiësto, Avicii and many more have all been confirmed!
First up is Canadian electro pioneer Deadmau5, a stadium selling artist who has well and truly transcended the superstar DJ frontier, he returns to Creamfields for his last UK festival performance of the year on Sunday’s North Stage. Headlining the South Stage on Saturday will be Avicii… they say that some things are worth the wait and as one of the most requested acts over recent years, his Creamfields debut will undoubtedly be one that goes down in festival history.
Having attracted over 25,000 people for his performance in 2011, Tiësto returns to host his own Clublife stage and having secured the No.1 spot in the DJ Mag Top 100 and two Grammy nominations, David Guetta takes the helm of Saturday’s North Stage. Creamfields regulars the Swedish House Mafia, who this year are focusing on their 65,000 capacity show at Milton Keynes Bowl, are back, but on this occasion Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso return to perform solo.
Grammy award winning breakout star Skrillex performs under canvas this year as headliner of the BBC Radio 1Xtra arena, with his unique brand of dubstep, electro and glitch which has caught the imaginations of the planet’s dancefloors over the last 12 months. Other highlights come from the Grammy nominated and globally acclaimed Paul van Dyk who jets in from his Cream Ibiza residency just for the occasion, along with Above & Beyond and Ferry Corsten. Calvin Harris joins Deadmau5 on the North stage plus a live performance from singer / rapper / musician / producer extraordinaire Example.
Internationally renowned techno god Richie Hawtin presents his brand new concept in the form of the M-nus presents Enter. Arena, curated by the man himself, brings together some of the most exciting artists from the scene including Loco Dice, Seth Troxler, Gaiser and Paco Osuna. Groove Armada return to DJ as hosts of their very own arena and will be joined by BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix star A-Trak, plus the highly anticipated return from DJ/producer Stuart Price aka Jacques Lu Cont. Also look out for performances from the likes of Fake Blood, Jaguar Skills, Alex Metric and Burns. BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Mistajam has his own Speakerbox arena featuring performances from the likes of Sub Focus Live, Knife Party, Borgore, Shy FX feat Stamina MC and Redlight. Eddie Halliwell returns as host as he debuts the all new Fire It Up Arena and he’s joined by the likes of Sander van Doorn, Mark Knight, Funkagenda and Michael Woods to name a few.
Following last year’s superhero success Laidback Luke returns with his Super You&Me arena once again, with a welcome debut performance from American DJ/producer and Dim Mak Records boss Steve Aoki, Wolfgang Gartner, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano. The Pryda Friends arena is back as Eric Prydz heads up another eclectic line-up featuring a return from John Digweed, debut appearances from Mixmag’s ‘Breakthrough Producer Of The Year’ Maya Jane Coles, Hotflush boss Scuba, Joris Voorn, Sébastien Léger and Jeremy Olander. Trance is in the Cream Arena with performances from Above and Beyond, Gareth Emery, Markus Schulz, Judge Jules and Mat Zo. Mafia don Steve Angello returns with his Size Matters arena featuring a special guest performance from Benny Benassi, Pete Tong, younger sibling AN21, Max Vangeli and Third Party.
Other acts include a Creamfields debut from BBC Radio 1 supremo Zane Lowe, Dirty South, Sebastian Ingrosso protégé and label peer Alesso, John O’Callaghan, Feed Me, Hardwell, Simon Patterson, Ørjan Nilsen, Adam Sheridan, Cazzette, Norman Doray, Syn Cole, Guetta collaborator Nicky Romero, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Australian lovelies NERVO and a debut performance from DJ/remixer/roducer Porter Robinson.
The 1Xtra crew are back for a second year, this time with Skrillex at the helm, along with Andy C feat MC GQ, Caspa, Flux Pavilion, Friction, Koan Sound, Doctor P, Loadstar feat MC Texas and Ikay whilst 1Xtra stable mates Skream feat. Sgt Pokes, Benga feat. Youngman and Mistajam keep the bass alive. Annie Mac has pulled together a top line up for her Annie Mac presents arena with performances from dancehall duo Major Lazer, Erol Alkan, Crookers, Melé, rising star Madeon and Brodinski joins Gesaffelstein for a special back to back set.
The Mixmag Allstars arena will feature a mix of the best up and coming DJs they’ve discovered in the past 12 months alongside some recognisable big name house DJs in the form of James Zabiela, Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Curly and Paul Woolford. Hed Kandireturn as hosts of the Hospitality Arena, which sold out three months in advance in 2011! Friday night’s Silent Disco Arenas brought to you from That Mixmag Thing, UNION and Riva Starr’s label Snatch!
Creamfields UK 2012