Taking a walk around the site to look at the merchandise (it was the last day of the festival and I needed souvenirs), I encountered some enthusiastic and colorful samba drummers.
Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike were performing again, this time at the Smash the House stage.
Outside, the English DJ Duke Dumont was finishing up at the Arc Stage with his 2014 hit I Got U as spectators wrapped themselves orange streamers.
There were so many great acts to see, but I knew I would have to head over early to the Horizon Stage to get a good view of Hardwell, and then Tiesto, who would be at the same stage later on. This meant missing other DJs, most notably Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris, whom I had never seen.
The long wait was worth it as I was close enough to take clear cellphone photos.
This was my second time seeing Hardwell, and I was impressed again with his rhythmic sense and the way he builds and sustains the energy in his sets. Hardwell’s sets are so seamless they feel like one long epic song.
Obviously a lot of others people felt the same way. I couldn’t help noticing, though, that guy fans outnumbered girls by a ratio of about 50:1.
After a long break to have the stage reconfigured, Tiesto took the spotlight.
At 47, he is one of the oldest top-billed DJs, and is referred to by some as the “godfather of EDM.”
Tiesto’s set was spectacular, and towards the end he drove the audience into a frenzy.
There was a ridiculously long wait for the shuttle bus, and a few of us bonded in the line-up, continuing our chat on the ride home. One was a a Dutch guy who had seen Armin van Buuren 34 times – I was really envious.
It’s so different living in Europe, with easier access to big festivals and EDM hotspots like Ibiza. Vegas is also a centre but does not have the variety of DJs that Europe offers, except during the annual Electric Daisy Carnival festival.
Getting off the shuttle bus in Manchester, I chatted a bit with a business student I had met on the bus. High on the experience, we exchanged contact information, assuring each other that we would attend the festival together the following year.
What: Creamfields music festival
Who: The Disciplines, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Duke Dumont, Hardwell and Tiesto
Where: Daresbury village in Cheshire, England
When: August 28, 2016
Cost: A Standard ticket for that day cost £101.50.
Danceclubgirl Rating: 9