With the three of us failing to get Tomorrowland tickets, our eyes quickly turned to the star studded and in our opinion superior lineup that Creamfields, in Liverpool boasted. Released back in February, ever since we booked our tickets we were narrowing down our options of who to see and who not to. Our favourite part about the festival is the extensive genres that are wafting around the various tents, and huge main stages. It was so easy to dip in and out of sets, adapting to a genre that your mood dragged you too. Instead of releasing the second volume of our Rutherford House Progressive House package we have decided to share with you a few of our favourite songs that really made the weekend an incredible experience. With such an extensive artist selection we were spoilt for choice but below are the songs that the three of us enjoyed the most over the weekend. Although the festival has been held in other countries, the return of the annual Creamfields in Daresbury was the biggest one yet, with a huge transformation of the South Stage boasting 7 LED screen, pyro effects, fireworks and even nitrogen cannons. It's safe to say that this has been the perfect end to a music packed summer.
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With Tiesto headlining the huge South Stage on Sunday night, his set was the end of an incredible weekend. His set was exceptional, fading in and out of some of his trance classics, to mixing it up with his newer tracks such as Take Me and his remix of Passion Pit's Carried Away. However perhaps our favourite seven minutes of the weekend, was when he dropped the legendary Adagio for Strings, produced back in 2003. The stage transformed into a beacon of lasers and light and the goosebumps were sent into the 60,000 strong crowd.
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Paul Van Dyk yet again shows he still has the style and energy when performing on the Cream stage. Unlike many of the Trance DJs at Creamfields, the German legend played a lot of his own stuff as well as playing his uplifting and punchy trance tracks. Along with 'For An Angel' and 'Let Go,' The Ocean is one of PvD's most prominent tracks and it was really nice to see him playing to his roots. The melodic keys and uplifting synths perfectly compliment the vocals.
Saturday headliners The Prodigy absolutely smashed the place. Playing their only UK show this year the Essex group, who have been around since 1990, showed that age is no limit and the atmosphere was mad. Fortunately they played a lot of their old stuff from albums such as 'The Fat of the Land' and 'Music For the Jilted Generation' paying tribute to their importance in the last 20 years of the raving scene in the UK.
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When it comes to deep house there's one artist that is highlighted for the 3 of us, the amazing Hot Since 82. We've all been meaning to see him for a couple of years now and over the weekend was our first opportunity to do so. Once the line up was released, Hot Since 82 was a priority act which we could not miss. Throughout his songs he frequently adds his touch, stretching out the build up with delay drenched excitement that puts you in a trance before the second drop kicks in with bass driven drop.
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Sub Focus is undoubtedly a talented Drum & Bass producer by heart, but over the years old fans have been lost due to his more commercial style. However this dosn't mean that he is no good anymore, far from it. His style has changed a lot which has also brought many new fans. His tracks are lively and full of energy. Unfortunately at Creamfields we were put in a difficult situation in the last 2 hours of sunday night where Sub Focus, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk and Richie Hawtin were all playing at the same time. This gave us a difficult choice who to choose, however we managed to squeeze in 30 minutes of Sub Focus' live set. Of What we saw there was strong energy and vibes in Mista Jam Presents Tent in which he dropped huge tunes of his, filling the tent with liveliness. The bass echoed round the arena drawing in a huge crowd to fill up the tent. One of his more recent tracks 'Endorphins' really got the crowd moving and gave a great end to the festival on a high.
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The main reason (at least in my opinion) that Creamfields was the better than Tomorrowland is simple, Above & Beyond! Keeping to watching just the first half of the set so as to tease ourselves for their upcoming London show, as well as to catch Prydz, we are delighted to say that we took part in a beautiful hour of love and amazing music at the hands of the sensational songs that played. Giving us a few Group Therapy classics like Black room boy and Alchemy, they proceeded into Thing Called Love to the loudest sing along i've ever been a part of with the whole crowd mesmorised by the whole thing, beyond just a music performance. The one monstrous chord in the breakdown, you'll know it when you hear it, was perhaps the greatest moment of the festival for me. Truly beautiful and not one to miss, here is Thing Called Love.
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Definitely a favourite set of the weekend, we arrived at the Pryda Friends tent perfectly on time for the start of Swedish legend Eric Prydz after leaving the euphoric vibes of Above and Beyond. We were surprised at how Prydz played his set, but without a doubt he is a genius. The way he slowly and slowly built up the crowd up to the hour mark, before smashing into deep tech drops almost similar to his alias Cirez D. Finally towards the end of his set he dropped Everyday, which sent the crowd crazy. With a combination of probably the best light show all festival and the packed vibes of the tent, this was certainly two hours never to forget.
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This track also appeared in Above & Beyond's set, an Arty remix of London Grammar's Hey Now. Having recently posted the JOBE remix to this track, it was something of a special moment to hear it in this set. Enjoy this more chilled yet still brilliant track.
All in all there were some incredible performances across a huge range of genres all weekend. Special mention must also go to Adam Bayer, who's captivating late night set enthralled us all despite us hardly knowing him. An incredible weekend and we hope you get a flavour from these tracks