The Liver Bird is calling… Creamfields 2014 is here

Nothing is more demoralising than sitting in front of a desk when the weather is so glorious outside. Public parks are once again dominated by people lounging around in the sun, sales of Mr Freeze have gone up and drinking in the middle of the day is not really that shameful anymore. Yep, the summer has well and truly arrived, and here at Licklist, we know that British festivals offer the best way to escape work and soak up everything the summer has to offer. Enter Creamfields 2014…

After tearing up the Cheshire countryside with some of the biggest dance tunes around, the festivals success has grown overseas and now hosts some of the craziest weekends in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Andalucia.

Britain’s biggest dance and electronic festival returns to the outskirts of Liverpool for another year. With a wide range of DJs and artists, Creamfields is known for putting on a fantastic show; this year is no different. There really is no better way to spend your Bank Holiday weekend.

Who’s on this year’s line-up?

Who isn’t performing this year! All the big names in dance music will be gracing at least one of the ten stages. Whilst head-liners Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Tiësto and Avicii will undoubtedly be playing some of best dance tunes out there, Duke Dumont and Gorgon City will be keeping the festival fresh, laying down some of their biggest songs from their up-coming albums.

If none of that is really your kind of thing, no worries, there’s still loads on offer. Clubbing guide Mixmag return to Daresbury to host throughout the weekend. The all-new Mixmag Presents Arena will be home to some of 2014’s craziest parties, with performances from Redlight, Above and Beyond and Sub Focus. To sweeten the deal, BBC Radio DJs Mistajam and Zane Lowe will be playing some of their favourite tunes of the year on Sunday and Saturday respectively. But the best feature of Creamfields 2014 has to be huge spectrum of performers on show. Whether you want to see your favourite artist, or just fancy seeing a random Scandinavian DJ you’ve never heard of before excite the crowds with his overuse of the synthesizer, there’s something here for everyone.

What to bring…

After the downpour of 2012 and subsequent cancelling of the last day, you can never over-pack for Creamfields. Being a British festival, rain is inevitable, so dig out wellies and pack your waterproof poncho. On the other end of the scale, temperatures have reached thirty degrees in the past. Sun Cream is a necessity, as is water consumption. Nothing is less attractive than being sunburnt whilst queuing for cheesy chips.

Camping or Glamping?

If you want the traditional festival experience, then the main camping site is for you. With both two and three day tickets available, all you need to do is turn up and pitch your tent. The main camping site offers you the traditional mud and worryingly potent smells; all the things that make British festivals so unique and great.

If camping isn’t your thing, Dreamfields provides an alternate option. Alongside the Podpads and Tipis, new to 2014 are the Chalets, Sleephuts and Hotel Bell tents. Included in the Dreamfields package are hot showers, numerous bars, a phone charger hub and a 24-hour reception ready to answer your every call. Be warned, it’s a lot more expensive but these facilities do keep you looking fresh throughout the weekend. At least you’ll be able to wash off the smell of hand sanitizer and cider every night.

So what are you waiting for? Creamfields has sold out three years in a row so gets your tickets quick.  Leave the doom and gloom of work behind, buy your tickets and start counting down the days. Great music and a brilliant experience. If there’s a better way to spend your bank holiday, we haven’t found it yet!

By Gurjot Thind