As another August Bank Holiday weekend rolls round, it can only mean one thing for clubbing fans: Creamfields. If you’ve bagged a ticket for this year’s 20th birthday extravaganza, you can expect to see the biggest names in electronic music and grime rubbing shoulders with a host of rising talent. Here’s who we’ll be watching in Daresbury, Cheshire, between 24th and 27th August.
Combining afrobeats, grime, and bashment with his distinctly British flow, East Londoner J Hus’ debut successfully delivered the multicultural summer sounds of his city a whole month early. So if you’ve had to sacrifice a trip to the Notting Hill Carnival to make Creamfields, this set should capture the party atmosphere perfectly. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the breakout stars of 2017; he’s nominated for the Mercury Prize, don’t you know.
The Black Madonna
“Dance music needs riot grrrls. It needs DJ Sprinkles. Dance music needs discomfort with its euphoria... Dance music does not need more of the status quo.” As mission statements go, Marea Stamper’s anti-establishment stance is pretty compelling. Fresh from her residency at London’s XOYO, the Chicago-based DJ and producer will be bringing her vinyl-only mix of disco, techno and house to Creamfields on Saturday, as a special guest on Pete Tong’s stage.
Jax Jones’ chart dominance might seem a relatively recent development, but he actually co-wrote Duke Dumont’s 2014 number one ‘I Got U’. Nevertheless, it’s been a huge 12 months for the producer and vocalist, thanks to Raye-collaboration ‘You Don’t Know Me’ and the Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don-starring ‘Instruction’. Expect his Sunday set in the Mega Arena to be amongst the most oversubscribed of the weekend.