The August bank holiday weekend being sandwiched full of parties, carnivals and festivals up and down the land poses the mother of what-to-dos – probably more so even than on cruddy old New Year’s Eve.
This year you’d think the recession bitten, politically disengaged consumer would happily take a seat on the next shuttle bound for Mars exploration, but there are still reasons to hang about and be cheerful in a field.
Take Creamfields, for instance. This year builds on 2008′s successful introduction of a two-day format with 12 stages housing some of the finest names in dance and electronica. Leading the charge are Tiësto and Basement Jaxx, who headline the main stage Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Peppered round the stages are some interesting live showings: Luciano presents his new Aether project, Laurent Garnier will be playing his new album Tales of a Kleptomaniac, Eddie Halliwell’s must see ED-IT live show will be there too, whilst Dizzee Rascal, Mylo and 2manydjs are dynamite waiting to go off.
Ibiza types can tick off the Cream stage on both days: David Guetta, John Digweed, Pete Tong, James Zabiela (Saturday). Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn, Judge Jules (Sunday).
If the record for super DJ concentration looked like it had been exceeded already in the names mentioned above, then you’ll probably need to sit down before we mention a few of the other stages.
Erol Alkan, Crookers, Boys Noize and Claude VonStroke all precede Luciano and Garnier at the likely-to-be-busy Chibuku stage (Saturday). Erick Morillo’s Subliminal Sessions stage (Sunday) sees the main man lent a helping hand by Sasha, Timo Maas and Laidback Luke. Worshippers of all things Dutch can spend a whole day at the Go! Dutch stage (Sunday) headed by a second Corsten set, along with Marco V and Diablo.
Annie Mac has roped in Diplo, Fake Blood, Delphic, Toddla T and Jack Beats to join her on the Annie Mac Presents stage (Sunday). Drum n’ bass and dubstep takeover the Ape stage (Saturday) with Andy C, Hype, Friction, Skream & Benga and DJ Marky. The Mixmag Terrace will certainly be worth dropping into as well with the likes of Friendly Fires, Deadmau5, Brodinski and Aeroplane all appearing across the weekend.
Aside from dancing yourself into the ground, have a wander over to the stomach dropping rides at the funfair or rent something outrageous and shake it in the fancy dress tent.
With tickets currently on offer at the recession friendly price of 100, the question of what to do soon becomes irrelevant. But here are our tips for the weekend anyway…
Luciano presents Aether
The moustached maestro promises a vast show which is both conceptual and ground breaking with an ensemble of his label mates at Cadenza backing him digitally and live. Minimal schminimal.
Eddie Halliwell presents ED-IT
Using technology that he has been involved in developing over the last couple of years, Eddie Halliwell’s ED-IT experience has been garnering rave reviews of late. Expect to be thrilled musically and visually.
The Dukes shows have always been raucous events and with their debut album they have the extra ammunition to lay waste to the main stage.
The veteran DJ / producer has whisked together techno, jazz and hip-hop amongst other genres for his latest LP Tales of a Kleptomaniac. Not to be missed.
Big tunes, big sound, big show. Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe are on fire at the moment and their headline set is what main stages are built for.
Fake blood aka DJ Touche aka one half of the Black Ghosts has got the fidget house crown sewn up snuggly. He’s one of the best mixers out there at the moment and his sets are an experience to say the least.
The Dirtybird label boss has a busy year with a new album out soon and if his recent Fabric mix is anything to go by, he’s raring to move floors and ceilings.
The in demand Dutch DJ has multiple stopovers in Ibiza this season but his Sunday set ought to turn the Subliminal tent into a super club for certain.
The world’s biggest DJ commands a main stage headline slot on the Saturday. The production will be immense and we should be treated to some of his new album as well.
The Ram records co-founder headlines the drum ‘n’ bass slanted Ape stage. Punters should expect the place to go just that.