Kicking off the Sunday on the Sub_Aural stage was a DJ set from the lauded sound engineer, Sub Focus. Striking some blistering drum and bass, Nicolaas Douwma AKA Sub Focus played a mix of chaotic, dance floor dismantling loops with a range of booming drops.
Striding onto stage alongside a glitching hologram of his name, the DJ’s assistant lyricist chanted: “I say Sub, you say Focus.” As fans acted on his demand, the DJ spun into a distorted drum and bass remix of Wilkinson’s, ‘Afterglow.’ Sub Focus was easily one of the more satisfying sets of the weekend.
Following over on the Horizon Stage was the iconic Fatboy Slim, whose entrance was preceded with a string of theoretical chimes. Spinning his deck into his ’98 success, ‘Praise You’, the set seen blistering classics paired with his most recent work (‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’) as well as some surprises (a Fatboy Slim remix of Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’).
Playing at the Circus tent, Eats Everything honed in on idiosyncratic-pop sliced with glitchy electronica for his Creamfields set. With the set booming in piercing sounds and wild stage production, it is fair to say the dismantled lasers were a journey of their own. Wildly known for their visuals at live events, Eats Everything brought us everything we could imagine.
Also making an appearance and spinning circles of excitement at Creamfields 2018 was the iconic Birmingham DJ, Goldie. Booming thunderous basslines with husky grime lyrics, Goldie lamented through his set “Creamfields can you put your hands up. We lost a good friend today, this one for him.” With a glitch of lucid graphics, fuzzing vibrations of heavy baselines, and spoken-word lyrics, the crowd bounced with energy in support of Goldie’s comment. A sentimental moment for the DJ and his fans.
Following from this performance was English quartet, Rudimental, who treat us to a DJ set. Booming into their first track, ‘Not Giving In,’ a loud roar beckoned the tent as Taurean, (Rudiment’s, saxophone player) melodically played his section of the track.
Famously known for acclaimed tracks, ‘Feel the Love,’ and ‘Waiting All Night,’ the drum and bass group have stapled a sound rather hard to duplicate. Mixing soul with jungle-electronica, Sunday’s set was wired with electrifying beams of red and gold lasers, followed with pulsing beats.
After a series of disruptive live shows, we ended our Creamfields 2018 with a headline performance from MK. Playing at Area 10, the tent boomed with disco-house beats, and was packed with fans. Marc Kinchen – the birth name of MK – has been in the music industry for nearly three decades and has blessed us with some of his best tracks, such as, ’17,’ which he played during his set.
Blasting techno with deep house and contemporary drum and bass, MK is one of the many DJ’s who’s sound throws in a lot of the Ibiza club classics.
Until next time, Creamfields, you gorgeous festival, you.