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!!!

Hideout Festival

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Last week I got back from an epic week of partying in Croatia. Some say it’s the new Ibiza and I definitely agree. From someone who used to do seasons in Ibiza I can vouch that Croatia is on it’s way to becoming the new go-to party place in Europe. So what is there to do in Croatia? Festivals! And lots of them. I went to Hideout Festival after hearing about it from friends who had partied and worked there, it’s become the go-to festival in Croatia and it seems that everyone who’s anyone knows about it.

 

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When Hideout Festival kicked off back in 2011 it landed on The Guardians list of best European Festivals and has sold out ever since. It’s smaller than most known UK festivals – so how is it so insanely famous?

Firstly the festival is perfect for clubbers who want a holiday that guarantees sun and that has a solid DJ line-up. Every year Hideout creates bigger and bolder line-ups with acts like Major Laser and Stormzy headlining in 2017.

Secondly the festival isn’t too expensive. The thing that has put me off going back to Ibiza for the past few years is the cost. You can easily spend a £1000 in a week and that’s without your flights or hotels. Croatia is relatively cheap to get to with return flights from London ranging from £150 – £200 if booked in advance. You can pay around £100 for a weeks accommodation and you can pay between £15 – £20 (200 Kunas) for a meal with alcohol. Standard festival tickets for Hideout are £139 and that gets you into 5 venues across 5 days to see more than 150 artists, absolute bargain!

The festival is located in Novalja on the island of Pag and is an ideal size with 5 stages spread across the site. Everything is located close together so you never feel like you have to walk too far. The festival is right on the beach so there are beach and pool parties right next door to each other, all day every day for 5 days!

 

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Absolute Team

 

So which DJs did I see?

The first DJ I watched that always delivers is Jasper James. He played on the Kalypso stage – Elrow and I spent most of the time shazaming his tunes as every tune he played was a banger, always house and disco. Eats Everything played on the Papaya stage (Radio 1) and again I spent most of my time dancing like a lunatic and insta-storying his tunes. The afterparty on the last day on the Kalypso stage – Elrow was off the charts and went on until around 9am. Skream and Artwork DJ’d back to back and played everything from house bangers to Angie Stone, needless to say my head was sore the next day.

 

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 Skream & Artwork

 

So is it true that everyone’s ripped and look like models? Well……yes! Most people have been smashing the gym since the last Hideout and girls are rocking a thong 24/7 but don’t let that put you off!

 

Top tips for surviving Hideout

Always carry cash as most bars don’t take card.

Head down to Euphoria stage for cheap drinks, for some reason they are cheaper there….I don’t know why.

Try and stay close to the site otherwise you might find yourself spending loads on taxis.

On the last day (Friday) hang back for the afterparty, this year it was at the Kalypso stage with Elrow and went on until around 9am!

If you get time after the festival then head to Krka National Park which has incredible waterfalls you can swim in. It takes around 1 hr 40 mins to get there but it’s totally worth it.

Get your tickets booked for 2018!

 

 

Access All Areas: Lost & Found Festival: Malta 2016

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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