Creamfields is a large British dance music festival featuring DJs and live acts. The first Creamfields was held in 1998 in Winchester, attracting 25,000 people. The festival hosts live performances from Run DMC, Primal Scream and DJ sets from the likes of Daft Punk, Paul van Dyk and Sasha.
1999 Creamfields returns to its spiritual home of Liverpool – taking over the Old Liverpool Airfield in Speke. Over 50,000 people flock to the first Creamfields in Liverpool to see performances from the likes of Basement Jaxx and Pet Shop Boys.
2000 Creamfields introduces the Live Outdoor Stage to its Liverpool festival, and hosts its first international event in Dublin. Muzik Magazine names Creamfields “Event Of The Year”, while The Guardian awards it “Best Event”.
2001 Creamfields continues on its path to global domination – after a successful Cream residency at Pacha Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Creamfields is introduced to the South American market, with an even event that attracts 20,000 people.
2002 Underworld and Faithless headline Creamfields in Liverpool, while the Creamfields Ireland event in Dublin hosts a record-breaking crowd of 27,000 people.
2003 Creamfields’ international expansion continues with events staged in Czech Republic, Turkey and Argentina – where it was officially decreed by the secretary for Tourism & Culture as an event of “Significant cultural and Touristic Importance to the region of Buenos Aires and to the nation of Argentina”.
2004 Creamfields is voted “Best Dance Festival” in the UK Festival Awards. The event is also staged in Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Czech Republic and Spain, which altogether brings in an audience of nearly 200,000 people.
2005 Creamfields is voted “Festival Event Of The Year” in the House Music Awards. Creamfields Argentina attracts a record-breaking 65,000 people – it is now the biggest one-day EDM festival in Latin America.
2006 Creamfields outgrows the Speke airfield and moves to its current home in Daresbury.
2007 The Chemical Brothers headline Creamfields in Daresbury, which sees its capacity increased to nearly 50,000 people.
2008 Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Creamfields becomes a two-day event for the first time. The diverse line-up includes the likes of Kasabian, Tiesto, Ian Brown and Fatboy Slim.
2009 Creamfields sells out for the first time in its history, smashing the 60,000-people barrier. It is also named “Tourism Event Of The Year” by VisitLiverpool.
2010 Creamfields’ capacity in Daresbury is increased to 40,000 people each day, and the option of camping is introduced.
The festival is als named “Festival Of The Year” at the Music Week Awards, beating the likes of Glastonbury and V Festival.
Creamfields also goes to Oz for the first time, staging four festivals across Australia.
2011 Capacity at Daresbury is increased even further to 50,000 people per day, and the international expansion continues down under with events in New Zealand.
2012 Disaster struck Creamfields, as adverse weather conditions meant that the final day of the festival was cancelled for the first time in its history. As a result, £500,000 was spent on major site improvements, and a contingency plan was put in place for wet weather conditions.
2013 Following adversity last year, Creamfields comes back bigger than ever. With an even bigger capacity of 60,000 people per day, the festival site now includes a spectacular new main stage, interactive FX towers, explosive pyros and a gigantic firework finale.
2014 Creamfields continues to go from strength to strength, with the festival becoming a three-day event for the first time. Headliners include EDM giants Calvin Harris, Avicii and Tiesto.
It has been held since 2006 annually on the August Bank Holiday weekend in Daresbury. The festival began as an offshoot from Liverpool’s Cream nightclub. Other Creamfields festivals have been held in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Almería (Spain), Malta, Punchestown (Ireland), Punta del Este (Uruguay), Alcala de henares (Spain), Istanbul (Turkey), Vilnius (Lithuania), Mexico City (Mexico), Moscow (Russia), Prague (Czech Republic), Lima (Peru), Santiago (Chile), Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Belo Horizonte (Brazil), Wrocław (Poland) and Asunción (Paraguay). Creamfields Lisbon (Portugal) was held for the first time in May 2007. Creamfields Australia has been held annually since 2010.