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Creamfields recently dropped their first wave of line-up announcements and it didn’t disappoint. With huge names from the world of EDM, drum and bass, house, techno and trance all taking to the stage in Daresbury this August Bank Holiday, here’s the lowdown on our ten must-see artists over the weekend.
Legendary Prydz is a mainstay of Creamfields, taking up residency in the festival’s famed Steel Yard, now a venue in its own right. This year, he’s bringing his immersive Holosphere experience – which made its debut in back 2018 in Glasgow – with an upgrade for Creamfields 2020. Pyrdz is infamous for playing sets jam-packed with his own unheard productions, as well as tracks released under his many aliases across his 19-year career. Combined with these insane visuals, the Holosphere experience is set to provide another mind-boggling treat.
Another regular of the Creamfields line-up, Calvin Harris recently launched a brand new alias – Love Regenerator – focusing on his loves for breakbeat, early rave music, house and techno, dropping three new EPs in less than a month. Harris has held down a residency at the Omnia nightclub in Las Vegas since 2017, refining his craft as a titan of EDM over the last three years. We’re very excited to see what his 2020 performance pulls out of the bag if Calvin is feeling energised by his ravey origins.
Bicep have cemented themselves as the golden boys of the electronic scene, effortlessly pleasing both the mainstream and the underground with their ethereal, pulsing brand of house and breakbeat-inspired electronica. From their collaborations with the likes of Simian Mobile Disco to that Four Tet remix, Bicep are a force to be reckoned with. Following a staggering THREE sold-out shows at London’s Printworks last year, as well as a sold-out O2 Academy Brixton show coming up, Bicep will be headlining the Soundscape stage on Sunday with their highly esteemed live show. This one is guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Paul Woolford, AKA Special Request, is one of the most exciting, genre-defying and well-respected DJs in the scene. Woolford’s triple-decade spanning career has taken in appearances at both the coolest clubs and biggest festivals internationally, so it goes without saying that Woolford knows a thing or two about taking a crowd to dizzying heights. Boundaries are not on Woolford’s radar, with his sets comfortably straddling techno, breaks, house, acid, and classic rave without ever veering away from a sense of unifying cohesion.
Since her meteoric rise to fame in 2016, South Korean born, Berlin-based DJ, producer, fashion designer and record label owner Peggy Gou has amassed a cult following across the globe, and it’s not hard to see why. With her sets and productions alike taking in an eclectic mix of styles that encompass Chicago house, electro, punchy acid and breaks, she has cemented herself as an internationally revered selector. Bringing the fruits of her impeccable crate digging skills to every dance she arrives at, Creamfields will be no exception. Expect the unexpected.
Hailing from Glasgow, an ex-employee of the world-famous Rub-a-Dub record shop, Denis Sulta is arguably one of the best DJs around, a testament backed up by the fact that he was voted DJ Mag’s Best DJ 2019. So why is Sulta the fave of the rave? His style is fearless, no less at home with dropping Rage Against The Machine or an anthemic trance classic than he is with the forward-thinking underground house, techno and electronica that he is famed for. He says his only aim when DJing is to get “everybody feeling”. Warm and fuzzies incoming.
Bristol-based duo My Nu Leng have been crown jewels in the UK bass scene for a minute now, and it’s not without reason. Their high-octane sets are a full-spectrum fiesta of the finest in bass, breaks, dubstep, jungle, drum and bass, techno and whatever else they feel like playing. My Nu Leng are not here to follow the rules, reflected in both their sets and productions, and that’s exactly why we think they’re an unmissable act. Accompanied by long-time friend and host, Dread MC, this will get your pulse racing and your feet firmly off the ground.
The alias of house producer, Ejeca, Trance Wax was born from his love of early-era trance records, which have been having quite the renaissance lately. With an impressive Essential Mix and more recently a Boiler Room from Montreal showcasing why classic trance might actually be the best genre of all time, Trance Wax will be a familiar trip down memory lane for the older ravers, and a schooling for those too young to remember the glory days. Trance Wax also creates his own breakbeat-infused edits of his favourite trance records – if you like Bicep, you will love this!
If you’re a fan of the harder stuff, look no further. Hailing from Hamburg, Helena Hauff is a force to be reckoned with, playing relentless, fast-paced techno, acid house, EBM and electro – strictly on vinyl. Whether she’s playing for thousands or in an intimate venue, Hauff’s sound transports you to a dark, gritty basement somewhere, perfectly demonstrated in her now-infamous Boiler Room set at Dekmantel 2017. Widely considered to be the top dog of electro, Hauff brings a haunting yet celestial energy to every single set.
Metalheadz’ DJ Randall is the godfather of drum and bass, with a career that spans over 25 years and takes in all corners of drum and bass, jungle and breakbeat. Randall was there when the UK rave scene exploded and pirate radio took over the airwaves and in 2020, he’s still heralded as the DJ’s DJ. Hospital Records’ SPY kicked off his career back in 2006 and is renowned for schooling crowds with his effortless blends of old-school jungle and drum and bass with fresh new cuts. Originally hailing from São Paulo and living in Bristol, the UK bass capital, SPY is highly regarded amongst the drum and bass community as one of the best there is. So a back to back with two of the biggest names in the game? Need we say more?
Creamfields 2020 takes to Daresbury, Cheshire from 27 – 30 August 2020. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.