As is only fitting for such a momentous milestone in the history of one of the world's leading club brands, the birthday celebrations have attracted festival-sized line-ups of electronic talent, with the cream (excuse the pun) of the global dance crop eager to get in on the 20th anniversary action.
Steve Angello, Paul Van Dyk, Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox and Paul Oakenfold are just some of the heavyweights confirmed to appear across two weekends of birthday celebrations - joined by a supporting cast of newer acts and Cream residents from the past two decades.
The birthday celebrations begin on 6th October, when Steve Angello brings along his Size Matters label mates to host the Main Room. Joining Steve will be two of 2012’s most talked about duos; AN21 & Max Vangeli, and Third Party.
Grammy nominated and globally acclaimed DJ and producer Paul Van Dyk continues to dominate the electronic music scene and as a Cream favourite he will be jetting in for the 20th anniversary celebrations to take control of the Courtyard. He will be joined by the unstoppable Eddie Halliwell who returns fresh from his Cream Ibiza residency along with Adam Sheridan and Rob Harnetty.
The Annexe will be hosted by the residents, with the legendary Paul Bleasdale at the helm - back in the saddle after nearly a decade away from the decks. Joining him will be Anthony Probyn, Jemmy and Lee Ellis.
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It would be almost impossible to do justice to 20 years of Cream in just one night, so the double-whammy party continues on the 13th October with performances from some of the biggest names to have graced Cream’s hallowed decks over the years. First up is the ultimate party DJ Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim who, with a back catalogue of mammoth hits under his belt, is the ultimate king of big beats.
Joining Norman in the Main room is one of dance music's finest - the mighty Carl Cox. There are few artists who were there at the start of acid house and still remain at the top of their game, however, Carl is one such DJ. Having taken the proverbial roof off Cream on many an occasion back in the day - he still has more passion for dance music than many young pretenders.
Topping off what is already looking like one of year's biggest line-ups is John Digweed - whose low key approach to fame and infatuation with the finest music have combined to make him one of the most respected and revered figures in the international dance arena. Cream resident Jemmy completes the line up.
Taking the reins in the Courtyard is Cream's prodigal son Paul Oakenfold. Joining Paul is a true dance legend - BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong. As the godfather of the dance music generation and the voice of dance culture over the last 20 years, he has been a big part of the Cream story, - and the master of merging the underground with the mainstream. Completing the line up in the main room is residents Paul Bleasdale and Gareth Wyn
In the Annexe - the room where it all began in 1992 - Cream welcomes performances from Cream DJs past and present including K-Klass and Andy Carroll, and residents Andy Mac and Anthony Probyn.
Cream’s 20th Anniversary – Part 1
Saturday 6th October, Nation
Cream’s 20th Anniversary – Part 2
Saturday 13th October, Nation