Creamfields

Creamfields

 

It’s that time of year again, Creamfields is back and this year we’re celebrating it’s 20th anniversary with another incredible line-up. Since it began in 1998 as a one day event in Winchester, it’s moved to Speke in Liverpool and then to Daresbury near Runcorn expanding to a 4 day event. Attracting crowds of up to 65,000 and incredible DJs like The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Daft Punk and Sacha, Creamfields has become the go-to festival in the UK.

Last summer I got the chance to work backstage interviewing some of the headline acts. The backstage area is full of tipis, bars and dressing rooms with some of the biggest DJs in world draped across the sofas. It was a bit of a surreal experience, at one point we had Annie Mac and her TV crew running through the backstage area capturing every moment for her new documentary, then we had Tiesto and his team doing shots (we’ll get to that in a bit).

 

 

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Capital FM Team

 

Above the Capital FM Liverpool team working backstage at Creamfields. Anton Powers (standing next to me in the picture) even had to stand-in for Martin Garrix on the Main Stage……as you do!

 

IMG_1732I interviewed Disciples, MK, Galantis and Oliver Heldens who I found out loves disco music which I was absolutely buzzing about because I LOVE disco music too. He was really good fun to interview!

 Check out the interview here

 

 

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My favourite interview of the day was with Fatboy Slim, who is the most down to earth DJ I’ve ever met. The legendary DJ told me how he felt at home at Creamfields as he’s played  so many times and what his warm up ritual was before he went on stage.

Check out the interview here

 

Tiesto

 

Just before his set I was told I was going to interview Tiesto but warned we couldn’t film it. Obviously I was pretty annoyed as he is one of THE biggest DJs in the world, however it went really well and ended up with me and my producer being asked back to his dressing room to do some shots! The most bizarre end to an interview EVER, and they let us film that bit!

Shots with Tiesto – Check out the snapchat here

 

 

After the interviews we went into the festival pretty giddy from Tiesto’s shots and watched Calvin Harris and Fatboy Slim, the perfect way to end a day at Creamfields.

Creamfields 2017 kicks off tomorrow!!!

January is a write-off…..let’s go DISCO Liverpool

 

 

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Happy New Year!! Yeah so I’m 41 days late in saying it but whatever, I decided that January was a write-off and that blogging, gymming and being sensible could wait until February. January brings dark, rainy mornings, diets that no one sticks to and gyms full of newbies taking over the running machines (well thats my excuse for not joining a gym).

I decided that as I’d moved to a new city (Liverpool) I would put miserable January on the back burner and test out the new nightlife, I’m calling this ‘research’ for my new radio show on Capital. Liverpool is such a vibrant city with every type of restaurant, bar and club going. I lived in Liverpool from 2007 to 2010 as a student and seen the dramatic change in the cities look and nightlife during the Capital of Culture. Coming back 5 years later the city has even more to offer.

My first Thursday night back in Liverpool was spent at Bongos Bingo at Camp & Furnace. Yep that’s right I went to play bingo! However it’s not what you think, well you do play bingo but they let you dance on the tables, get very merry and they play random rave and pop tunes in-between the rounds. They even have characters that dress up and dance on stage to entertain the strong crowd of 500. The prizes are ridiculous ranging from bottles of Lambrini to cash. There’s no other way of explaining this event, you have to see it to believe it.

Magnet was always a favourite of mine at university and it was great to see the bar is still going strong. I went to see Hacienda legend Graeme Park play some house and disco classics. The vibe was brilliant but my dance moves were questionable. Check out some of the tracks that were played at the event here – Graeme Park Mix – Magnet 

Mowgli Street Food on Bold Street is absolutely the place to go for after work drinks and food. Mowgli is all about how Indians eat at home and on their streets. The food is super tasty, the service is friendly and the setting is hipster and cosy (if that’s even a thing), plus Bold street is ideal for bar hopping.

 

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Fancy a bevvie?

Finally if you liked the Radio 1 Ibiza Proms then make sure you have 15/16th April 2016 free in your diary, Cream Classics at Liverpool Cathedral performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – it’s going to be a biggie. To follow more posts like this then follow me on Twitter.

 

Capital Liverpool – Capital FM To Take Over Juice FM’s 107.6 Frequency

 

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So the cat is out of the bag! It was announced today that 107.6 Capital Liverpool will be launching on 18th January 2016. This is very exciting news for me and my co-host Graeme Smith as we will be transferring from hosting the breakfast show on Capital North West & North Wales and moving to the Drivetime slot on Capital Liverpool. This will be the second time we have both launched a Capital station as we launched Capital North West & North Wales in May 2014. The current breakfast team (Adam, Gemma and Imogen) will continue to host the breakfast show and Baz Todd will present weekends. Liverpool legend Anton Powers will take over the Drivetime show on Thursdays and Fridays and present from 6pm – 7pm.

Moving to Liverpool will be an amazing opportunity for me and Graeme as we both have connections to the city. With Graeme originally from Crosby in Liverpool and me studying music there at university, Liverpool has always had a big place in our hearts. It’s amazing to see how much the city has changed since it was awarded Capital of Culture in 2008 so I’m looking forward to exploring again. Here’s to 2016 it’s going to be an exciting year!


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