Creamfields 2013 has been & gone and in its 15th – and most successful – year there were many talking points. From the beautiful weather to the record attendance, everyone that was there has not stopped ‘raving’ about it.
I was there for the first time this year and had the time of my life therefore it is the only topic I have on my mind to blog about (also for the first time).
The two stand out acts over the whole three days are easily two legendary acts in the dance music scene.
Firstly, The Prodigy. Known all over the world for their unique sound and outstandingly mental live shows – this was without a doubt not one to be missed. On top of this, it was their only UK live show therefore I knew it would be special. They had already started when I reached the stage around 10pm and the show was in full swing – with lashings of pyrotechnics and red laser beams ripping the night sky. It was pretty much purely The Prodigy classics that were played in their set – from ‘Firestarter‘ to ‘Omen‘ which were all given 110% by the whole group and every single person in the crowd. One thing that surprised me over the whole weekend was my love for the ‘mosh pits’ at The Prodigy. I am not too keen on them as I prefer to dance and love instead of trying to flatten each other but the sounds I was hearing did not allow for any love. A final ‘circle mosh’ was created under the instruction of lead singer Keith Flint. This happened during the build up of a live mix song: “Comanche“. Everyone knew it was going to be carnage… And that’s exactly what it was. As soon as the bass dropped, the circle of people collided and everyone went completely mental. In one sentence, anyone who was Creamfields but went to see Avicii instead made a huge mistake.
My second stand out needs no introduction. Progressive House hero – Eric Prydz.
This was one of my most anticipated acts of the whole year so I was slightly apprehensive in case I had over-hyped him. The clock struck midnight and Marco Carola had just left the stage. It was time. As soon as the lights went out and the music hurt my ears, I knew this was going to be special and any apprehension poured straight out of me. This was Progressive House at its finest, especially when he dropped his song of 2013: “Power Drive“. As with The Prodigy, this man can put on a laser show like no other DJ of his kind. As every light under the sun was flying about the room a strong voice called to the crowd: “It’d be better in here if it was dark.” then BOOM! the lights were out and the crowd erupted with excitement. Prydz then dropped a mash-up (two different songs added together to make one) of Cirez D – “On Off” & Green Velvet & Harvard Bass – “Hit Me With Those Lazer Beams” accompanied with the return of green & yellow lasers which – again – set the crowd off. Here is this moment in its entirety – uploaded by the official Creamfields page.
Altogether I had a great weekend and there were various acts who I loved (Hot Since 82, Above & Beyond & Jordan Suckley) but these two sets will live with me for a long time – especially since I have known and liked them for longer than I have been into dance music. Legends.
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