Festival review: Creamfields 2011
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If you’d told me a week ago that Creamfields 2011 and the Boy Scouts would have one fundamental similarity, I would have probably laughed off this ridiculous suggestion, prescribed a strong anti-psychotic, and carried on about my day. Sitting here today, I would understand the core value which linked these two things together; be prepared. Creamfields is one of my yearly festival staples. Having been lucky enough to avoid any seriously bad weather at previous festivals, such as the famous Glade and Glastonbury wash-outs of a few years ago, I had a feeling this would be the rainiest and muddiest festival I had attended. However I don’t think I quite appreciated just how messy it was going to be… I wouldn’t be in the least surprised to hear that a large number of (unprepared) people didn’t make it through the first day of the festival. Not bringing wellies, pitching your tent at the bottom of the hill and losing key possessions in the mud are the kind of occurrences that would have made even me consider the option of jumping back into the safety of my car. The music started in the early afternoon on the Saturday. For the DnB and Dubstep lovers there was serious motivation to get started early, with the likes of Caspa, Joker and Mistajam filling the Radio 1Xtra tent throughout the afternoon and evening. Creamfields has consistently been my top choice for music each year with a mind boggling selection of top DJs filling the various tents from start to finish. I had three DJs I was eager to see on the Saturday. In chronological order they were; Fake Blood live, Joris Voorn and Eric Prydz. I have seen numerous Fake Blood DJ sets and enjoyed them all but was super excited to see a live version of Theo Keating aka Fake Blood. Every now and again a set just ticks all the boxes at a festival and this definitely fell into that category. It was exactly what we needed. A lively, energetic introduction into what would be a solid seven hours or so on our feet, as the weather meant there was literally nowhere to sit down other than your own tent, and that seemed like a mountain hike away. The playful electro that Fake Blood plays worked well as a live set, spending a lot more time playing with each tune rather than just skimming through a much larger number of tracks. To no one’s surprise but everyone’s delight, the set built up to ‘I Think I Like It’ and ‘Mars’, both of which went down a treat. I fear though that Fake Blood is going to have to produce or remix another massive hit soon as both of those tracks must be nearing their end.
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