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This article is for the Creamfields 2014 line up - head here for Creamfields 2016 line up.
It’s the staple festival any dance music lover must attend at least once in their life. An annual cutting edge ensemble of the finest acts in the electronic sphere. And, as the famous phrase encapsulated, what August Bank Holidays are for. Creamfields is the nation’s longest running and most well-loved festival, and they’ve now announced the details about who will be playing at the showcase in 2014 (watch the video revealing all below).
The line up is, typically, huge. Things kick off on Friday in the Cream Arena with 3 Are Legend, a coalition between Steve Aoki and the irrepressible duo of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, followed by Sander Van Doorn, Firebeats and Bassjackers. Mixmag invite a wealth of drum n bass excellence in the shape of Sub Focus, Andy C and Friction amongst others, whilst the likes of Riva Starr, MJ Cole, Technasia, Thomas Gold and Deniz Koyu are drafted to headline both Snatch Arena and Nation's Silent Disco parties.
Saturday sees Avicii and Deadmau5 sharing headline duties for the South and North Stages, with Calvin Harris and Tiesto on respective duties the day after. Those huge crowd drawing locations will also see performances from the likes of Afrojack, Hardwell, Fatboy Slim and Steve Aoki across the weekend, with the sounds of rip roaring electro, full frontal bass music, speaker shaking house and spine tingling progressive monsters all guaranteed to make an appearance.
The tents across the weekend all read like a who's who of the global dance music community. On Saturday Armin Van Buuren will bring his A State of Trance to Daresbury for the first ever time, with trance royalty Aly & Fila, Cosmic Gate, Andrew Rayel, Ørjan Nilsen, Jochen Miller and Marlo all on the bill.
Size Matters returns on the same day, Steve Angello joined by label mates and friends including AN21, Max Vangeli, Third Party, Tim Mason and more to bring a very Swedish slab of euphoria to the Cheshire countryside. Revealed joins ASOT in Creamfields debut territory, the arena hosted by the DJ Mag Top 100's world number one DJ Hardwell with W&W, Dyro, Dannic, Deorro, Sick Individuals and more names lacing the speakers with aural ammunition.
There's more as well with Eric Prydz and BBC Radio One darlings Annie Mac and Pete Tong all with individual arenas (Pryda, Annie Mac Presents and All Gone Pete Tong), with Maceo Plex, Skream, Sasha, Scuba, Joris Voorn and many more joining them across the day and night.
Watch the highlights for Creamfields 2013 above
Sunday's talent is equally as emphatic. The Swedish influence once again rears its head as two thirds of the Swedish House Mafia Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso reveal their new Departures concept, Alesso, Dirty South, Otto Knows and Oliver Heldens joining the duo at the centre of this.
Mixmag presents will be the legendary magazine's second arena (they also helm the residents showcase on the Saturday, Creamfields' annual celebration of the talent behind the nation's clubs), headlined by Above & Beyond. Joining the trance trio will be the chart topping Duke Dumont, a DJ set from Booka Shade, James Zabiela, Tensnake and many more.
Cream will of course have their own arena, and as ever it features the names that define the club's central sound in Ibiza and at home. Paul van Dyk will headline that alongside Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, John O'Callaghan and a very special guest appearance, iconic Cream DJ Paul Oakenfold.
The other arenas include Laidback Luke's Super You&Me showcase, bass music of every description via Mistajam presents Speakerbox, London Warehouse Events making their Creamfields debut with a stunning house and techno showcase and Goodgreef Xtra Hard also hosting a tent. Hed Kandi will return to look after the hospitality on both days.
Creamfields takes place from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th August in Daresbury, just outside Warrington in Cheshire. Head here for the full line up.
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