Axwell & Ingrosso and Jack U take Creamfields by storm

Creamfields 2016 review

By Jamie Licence | Published: Tue 13th Sep 2016

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th August 2016
Daresbury Estate, Halton, Cheshire, WA4 4AR, England MAP
£220 for 4 days with camping
Daily capacity: 70,000
Last updated: Mon 18th Jul 2016

After a heavy night Friday it was nice to have a later start on the Saturday. With the main stages not firing up until 2 pm.
We started the day sat in the sun with a few drinks, the bars were always well staffed and we never waited more than 5 minutes to get a drink. Whilst we sat and indulged, Otto Knows were on the Horizon stage, this stage was formerly known as the South stage. With its improved design, at any other festival this stage would look immense, but I couldn't help but think it paled into almost insignificance compared to the majesty of the Arc stage, After 45 minutes we decided to indulge our teenage tastes and entered The Vault stage. Yomanda played a set which could of been straight from the days We first started clubbing, and this set very much stirred up my late teenage sensations, within the blink of an eye he was rounding off his hour long set with one of my festival highlights, a soaring rendition of 'Synth And Strings'.
After making my way through some top quality tempura and noodles, and refilling the drinks, we went back to The Arc Stage to catch DVBBS performance. The Canadian brothers were obviously swept right up in the moment as they were partying just as hard as anybody in the massive crowd. The huge bass provided by the Arcs monstrous sound system whilst they played their signature tune Tsunami, could have been measured on a seismograph on the other side of the world I am sure!
After walking down to the opposite end of the festival to see Martin Garrix, we were met with a bit of a surprise as Nicky Romero was playing, it turns out Garrix had plane issues, but Romero stepped up to fill the breach. In my experience he always puts on a better show than Garrix and he justified the faith placed in him today, finishing his set with a remix of his biggest hit to date 'I Could Be The One' a collaboration with Avicii.
This got the crowd pumped up as the next set was tonight's Horizon stage headliner, Avicii. At the tender age of 27 Avicii has taken the decision to call it a day on his career, I have long been a fan of his sets, but I can't help but think he has timed this decision well, as this performance felt stale and very aged! 4 summers ago Avicii was years ahead of many other 'headlining' DJs, as his sound was totally on point with what was the sound in demand. However his sound hasn't grown, or aged particularly well, and I had to leave his set 45 minutes in as I didn't feel he was hitting the highs of previous years. I can't help but think the stage screens and special effects were a bit underwhelming for his visuals compared to what I walked into back on the Arc stage, where Axwell & Ingrosso were smashing the festival to pieces with relentless ease! Teasing Swedish House Mafia loops in amongst new material. Even though the two Swedes have been around longer than Avicii I couldn't help but think they have progressed and evolved to better stand the test of time, with their material still sounding as relevant as ever. 
Having failed to make it into the arenas after the main stages finish for big performers in previous years. we decided to head into the steel yard early, which brought us in halfway through JAUZ set, a dub step heavy set with a real industrial sound, mixed with huge beats! The perfect act to warm the crowd up ready for what was one of the buzz sets of the weekend!
There had been a buzz around site all day for Jack U. The collaboration project of Skrillex and Diplo have taken the world by storm! Unleashing hit after hit, they almost took the roof clean off the steel yard! Everything they touch turns to gold! they have even managed to make Beiber look credible on the super hit 'Where Are You Now'. With Skrillex coming down and jumping into the crowd during 'Bangarang', this set was the highlight of the weekend for me, jumping from genre to genre with ease, from dancehall to dub step and everything in-between. By the time the hour and fifteen minute set had finished I was left battered bruises and soaked to the bone! After cooling down and watching half an hour of Marshmello we decided to call it a day.

review by: Jamie Licence

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