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).

 

 

14068070_10157374899280080_7145266710889135226_n

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

 

 

14100318_10157379783230080_2473293606638309826_n

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!!!

Access All Areas: Lost & Found Festival: Malta 2016

 

img_7187

 

Malta is an unlikely place to go ‘raving’ but over the past 2 years Annie Mac and her team have turned the island into a desirable place to party, bringing you Lost & Found Festival.

I was lucky enough to blag a backstage pass and got the chance to see the festival from the other side of the DJ booth. I spent most of my weekend over at the Palace stage watching DJ EZ, Disclosure, Dusky and Annie Mac. The vibe on that stage was immense, I felt very lucky to have the chance to watch these DJs up close. I also went to see Artwork and Skream play back to back at one of the pool parties. Artwork spent most of his set playing house bangers and giving everyone who wasn’t dancing grief over the microphone, which was brilliant. The atmosphere across the whole weekend was infectious, the crowd wasn’t too chavvy or too studenty. The cherry on the top was that the DJs and some of the festival goers stayed in the same hotel (including me), which meant bumping into familiar faces in the corridors and the afterparties.

The team behind the festival worked relentlessly to make sure everything was perfect. The artist liaison staff (Michelle and Damo) had to deal with everything from DJs missing flights to DJs not turning up, to hangers on. You really don’t appreciate how much time, patience and energy is put into their job, all with a smile on their face.

 

img_6760

 

Sadly I didn’t make any of the boat parties, mainly because I couldn’t get out of bed, but I heard they were the dogs b*llocks. Check out some of the Lost & Found instagram videos to see Jackmaster & Eats Everything play back to back.

 

Highlights of the weekend

 

  • Talking nonsense to Katy B
  • Watching DJ EZ for the first time
  • Annie Mac’s closing set playing ‘I feel love’ Donna Summer

 

If you didn’t get to Lost & Found this year then don’t stress, you’ve got all these other festivals to go to.

 

 

IMG_7189