Cream have been known to put on some of the most wonderful events across the entire dance music spectrum, including the esteemed Creamfields festival.
A big reason why people have continued to flock back in their droves to parties hosted by the brand is the way they have continued to innovate and enrich the clubbing experience.
Last year at Creamfields they unveiled a gargantuan superstructure called the Steel Yard. As soon as you stepped foot inside the festival grounds it didn’t take long to see how imposing the huge arch-shaped area was. My first ever experience, which included seeing sets by Jack U and Marshmello, proved to be one of the formidable highlights for me that year. Last weekend I turned up to the Liverpool docks keen to see whether I would be left with the same sense of overwhelming joy now that I was outside the utopian-esque environment of a festival.
As soon as I walked through the entrance, filled with a wealth of excitement for the event to come, I was once again awestruck by the sheer size of the Steel Yard. Alongside the star attraction of Martin Garrix there was also a stellar support cast to warm the crowd up on what was a piercingly cold day and night.
Whenever I have attended an event it has always been fascinating to see artists mesmerize crowds with a completely different style than what they first gained notoriety for. Sigma started out as a drum n bass duo, seeing their profile rocket with the release of “Nobody to Love” back in 2014.
Now they have taken quite a distinctive step away from their origins favouring a more house-orientated sound as you can hear with their latest number “Forever”.
Standing there surrounded by a sea of people, a beaming smile was etched across my face as I revelled in the way they had still created a thoroughly uplifting and energetic atmosphere. Seeing the power of how music can bring people together is also another big draw for me. Sometimes we don’t stop to think about all the different countries but music helps to break down those physical barriers. As Steve Angello took his place a collection of various flags littered the skyline from China to France.
He may now no longer be part of the former dance music supergroup Swedish House Mafia, but the Swede is still well aware of how much the UK has and always will adore the records the trio made. It would be hard to identify one that doesn’t instantly encourage a mass of people to start singing in perfect unison, such is the warmth with which they made music.
In touch with where he was playing, Angello decided to make a rather essential detour from the big-room sound, pressing play on CamelPhat and Elderbrook’s “Cola” and subsequently evoking a state of pandemonium.
Not often has the Size Records boss warmed a crowd up in preparation for another DJ/producer but there was plenty of reason for an exception given the astronomical rise of Garrix over the last few years. A 30 minute interval between Angello departing and Garrix stepping up seemed an eternity but it was worth the wait as a dazzling display of visuals appeared across a custom-built cross-like structure. Seeing the Steel Yard lit up with a rainbow of colours as the 21-year-old proceeded to bring a thunderous conclusion to the evening’s entertainment really did make for a magical experience. Just like a few months ago at Creamfields, Garrix provided a mesmeric soundtrack to round off the event, a standout moment being when he teased his forthcoming trap-infused single.
The past two weekends I have sampled fairly contrasting events. At the end of each one the thing which has struck me the most is how epic the Steel Yard is and why there is every justification to continue taking it on tour.
Photos courtesy of Anthony Mooney
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