Creamfields star talks exclusively to eFestivals

By Scott Williams | Published: Fri 9th Jul 2010

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Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th August 2010
Daresbury Estate, Halton, Cheshire, WA4 4AR, England MAP
weekend tickets £110 - SOLD OUT, only Sunday £55 available
Daily capacity: 40,000
Last updated: Mon 16th Aug 2010

Sasha talked exclusively to eFestivals ahead of his appearance at this year's Creamfields, the clubbing world's large scale outdoor event for 40,000 ravers returns in 2010 on August bank holiday Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August 2010, again at the Daresbury Estate, Halton, Cheshire.

You're regularly on the bill at Creamfields what do you lie most about paying there?
Getting back to Liverpool really, and seeing the crowd there. I've got so many friends there, and such a history of playing for Cream, and even Quadrant Park back in the day. I've always had such an amazing relationship with the crowd in Liverpool, and a lot of friend there. It's always great to see my old mates there. My family are all from that part of the world, so it's always like a homecoming for me.

Will you be staying there for the whole weekend?
No, I'm playing in SW4 on the Saturday night, so I'll be arriving on the Sunday.

Have you ever been to a festival as a punter?
The last time I went to a festival as a punter... well I went to a food festival last weekend in Regent's Park. The last time I went to a music festival as a punter? I don't know, that was a very long time ago.

Your 'Vortek Show 'at Glastonbury was really impressive, how did you come up with the idea?
I've always struggled at festivals and just doing a DJ set, I've always felt I wanted to do something more than that. You see people like The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk and the shows that they put on, and I don't have the musical catalogue that those guys have, but I thought there was some way of taking something of what they do with their shows and merging it with my festival DJ set.

We tried it out at the Big Day Out Festival in Australia, and it went down really, really well, so the Glastonbury show was the first time we expanded it and did it on a bigger scale.

It certainly seemed to create a great atmosphere, did you enjoy doing it?
Oh I loved it, I loved every minute of it. The Glade Stage is just such a brilliant location at Glastonbury and the weather was perfect this year, and I had so many of my friends there to see the show. The feedback has been amazing.

What can fans expect from your set at Creamfields, any surprises?
I don't know it's a bit of a way off yet. I'm always reliant on the kind of music I get week to week. I'm sure that what I'm playing tonight at Pasha compared with what I'm playing at Creamfields will have changed quite a bit.

When you're at Creamfields do you get a chance to have a look around?
Yes, I try to hang out as much as I can, and see some of the other acts. The thing is that because of the timing of my sets I'm usually on at the same time as the people I really want to see. It was the same at Glastonbury I really wanted to catch a couple of things at Glastonbury, but everyone was playing at the same time. But, yes, I'll be around on Sunday night, and I know the little closing VIP party on Sunday is always a lot of fun, so I'll be around for that.

Are there any acts on the bill on Sunday that you want to see that don't clash?
I'm not sure who's on actually, I haven't worked it out, and off the top of my head I can't remember who is playing.

With all the festivals you've played over the years do you have any advice for first time festival goers?
Yes, just be prepared, be prepared for anything. Be prepared for rain, and just let yourself get swept up in it. It's all about a shared experience really, and being with a large group of people. Letting yourself go and getting swept up in it really.

Creamfield's eight arenas of acts are headlined by David Guetta and Tiёsto, with Deadmau5, Leftfield, Calvin Harris, Paul van Dyk, Swedish House Mafia, Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Eddie Halliwell with ED-IT, Eric Prydz, Sasha, Laidback Luke, Crookers, Erol Alkan, James Zabiela, Pete Tong, Judge Jules, Marco Carola, and many more. For the line-up details as available please click here.

Tickets for the two day camping event over the Bank Holiday weekend of Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August 2010 are priced at £110 with or without camping. Day tickets are also available priced at £59 for Saturday and £55 for Sunday.

To buy tickets, click here.
interview by: Scott Williams

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