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Creamfields UK 2007

Date: Saturday 25th August Bank Holiday Weekend
Daresbury, Halton, Cheshire, Nr Warrington
Occurrence: Anually
Hours: 3pm - 6am
Ticket Price: £57.00+BF
Genre: Various
Dress Code: N/A
Capacity: 44,999
Creamfields 2007 was greeted with unbroken sunshine as the English summer appeared after months of slumber. Heralded by many across clubland as the pinnacle of the UK dance festival calendar, Creamfields has always had much to live up to; at times this can be a weighty crown to bear.

My personal Creamfields experience was marred by a couple of events, one of which an almighty tail back on the M6 due to a severe accident; this and the bank holiday traffic madness did not diminish my hunger for the event I look forward to each year.

The security checks this year were increased from previous. Metal detectors were on the entrance and advanced chemical detection equipment in use by the police, (to which this reviewer had first hand experience of!)

To my surprise, a police sniffer dog singled me out and I was led away by two officers. I was advised that if I had any drugs on me to hand them over before swabs were taken from my hands and pockets.

After pleading my innocence, I was led into another section of the police tent where swabs were taken from my fingers, palms, jean pockets and jacket pockets. The swab was then placed in a chemical analyser which gave me the all clear to proceed on site. This is the first event I am aware of where this technology is being used; however I had heard testing was being carried out by the Hampshire Constabulary.

Anyway back to the event.

On one of my groups many ramblings across the site we stumbled into the Subliminal Sessions arena to take on board the pioneer of French house David Guetta, a set which at points rocked a mass crowd, many struggling to fit into the arena and having to settle for an outside pew. The most talked about arena was the 10,000 strong Cream arena amassing the most amount of high praise, with reference to Carl Cox making his highly anticipated return. The main stage earlier had been brought to an rip roaring end by The Chemical Brothers with what is being labelled as one of the finest performances in Creamfields history. Earlier Groove Armada had seen out the sunset with some choice summertime tracks from their acclaimed new album. The VIP arena was its normal glamorous self with some fine live percussion from Pav and The Lovely Laura on Sax. In all honesty the VIP arena never lets anyone down, however you would hope this to be the case if you were paying extra to don the VIP bracelet.

Then the party was over, now that would have been a great ending however alas it was not. Leaving the site as instructed by the none helpful security staff we were directed on several occasions to the wrong car parks. Now paying £6 to park your car in a field is at times a bitter pill to swallow but when no details are provided as to which car park you’re in or how to get there on leaving is a problem.

Two hours later we found our cars and headed off into the morning sunshine. Great event shame about the lack of helpfulness from the men in fluorescent coats..

Creamfields is a cracking event, just shame my experience was marred by an avoidable issue.

Venue: 6
Music: 8
Crowd: 8
Sound System: 8
Total: 30 / 40

Rating: Silver Award
Review written by: Oli Pavitt oli@uk-cl.co.uk
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