Cream Classics at Liverpool Cathedral

World renowned promoter Cream, famed for their reputable club nights, compilations, and of course establishing Creamfields, are back with a bang for two special events on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April, hosted in the Liverpool Cathedral. Renowned as organisers of huge events over the years at Nation in Liverpool, they are known to not shy away from taking on a whole new challenge on a huge scale.

2016 marks the 24th year of Cream’s existence, and what better way to celebrate their position which has been cemented in dance music history, than by hosting a brave new sell-out event in what is traditionally a place of worship. For two nights on the trot, dance producers K-Klass, the duo famed for the 1991 hit ‘Rhythm is a Mystery,’ invite you to put your hymn books to one side and prepare yourself for a rave like no other as the event brings a whole new meaning to the term worship. Expect to worship the great dancefloor fillers that have have become synonymous with dance music culture in a way that they’ve never been experienced before. After all, how often is it that generations of ravers past and present can boast that they’ve witnessed classic tracks performed by an orchestra in an ecclesiastical backdrop? Of course for certain tracks, such as ‘Adagio for Strings,’ there’s been an inextricable link between classical music and dance classics, yet the two forms are rarely paired in unison in a live setting.

The country’s largest cathedral will see the 60-piece Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the oldest continuing symphony orchestra in the UK and who are led by conductor Tim Crooks, replace their traditional selection of classical pieces with a tracklist of Cream’s biggest anthems meticulously put together by K-Klass. The orchestra will be accompanied by a soundtrack livened up with guest vocalists and a huge sound system to add some bass to the proceedings.

Tickets have sold out for both days, but if you’re lucky enough to have bagged yourself entry to either day then expect an ethereal experience like never before. Once the instruments have been packed away in the Cathedral, be sure to make your 5 minute walk down to The Garage in Liverpool in the iconic Baltic Triangle. Afterparties are being held there on both the Friday and Saturday nights from 10.30pm until 4am for what promises to be a fantastic way to end your night, featuring performances from Cream residents through the years. Entry for this is free to those who have purchased tickets to Cream Classics in the Liverpool Cathedral. The lineup on the Friday is comprised of none other than guest host Seb Fontaine, the ex-Radio 1 DJ who has been on the DJing circuit since the late 1980s, alongside A Guy Called Gerald, Allister Whitehead and Andy Mac amongst others. On the Saturday Cream co-founder Andy Carroll will be providing a special acid house set, while John Pleased Wimmin, Stuart Hodson and Samuel Lamont will also take to the decks. For those that missed out on tickets, Cream promise to be staging a series of events throughout the year to commemorate the closing of Nation in Liverpool at the end of last year.


Chris Gill