With Creamfield’s meteoric expansion from three to four days for the first time in 18 years, the festival behemoth revealed an equally prodigious initial lineup in February. Boasting countless heavy-hitters like Avicii, Above & Beyond, Martin Garrix and Tiesto, as well as underground savants including Adam Beyer, Hot Since 82 and Jamie Jones, Creamfields is poised to be the one of (if not the) largest celebrations of 2016.
Hailed as the UK’s No. 1 dance event, it comes as no surprise that Creamfields continuously seeks innovative and exciting ways to uphold its prized title among the festival circuit. Now commencing on a Thursday, the annual dance music gathering will take place August 25-28, across 28 stages and in the company of more than 200 acts. New to Creamfields’ 2016 edition include a host of new arenas such as Smash The House, Hard Presents, Andy C Presents Ram, Sexy By Nature, Cream Classics and the Terrace. Meanwhile, veterans like Paradise, Armada, MK Area10, Revealed, Pryda, Mistajam Presents Jam Packed, All Gone Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim Presents Smile High Club, Ants, Tidy and Goodgreef Xtra Hard will see their coveted return this Bank Holiday.
Though, the additions don’t stop there. In an effort to tremendously outdo each festival since Creamfield’s inception in 1998, the UK brand has announced that come August, a brand new stage will also be unveiled. Steel Yard – a one-of-a-kind mega structure that required 12 months of planning and was created exclusively for Creamfields – will make its festival debut in three months’ time. A monstrous production capable of housing 20,000 revelers and reaching 20m high, the tunnel-like creation could be considered the mighty parent of Ultra Music Festival’s Carl Cox & Friends Stage, and is slated to trump that of any other stage throughout Europe.
Offering unparalleled light and sound, the Steel Yard has been developed to “immerse festival goers into a fest for the senses.” As its name insists, the arena is composed of 5 km of steel, 1km2 of LED, 400 lights and a dispersed audio system that spans the entirety of the construction. The stage’s teaser, clocking in at just over a minute long, showcases renderings of the Steel Yard’s look and feel, from demos of moving light panels to live laser shows and everything in between. If the Steel Yard is any indication of how Creamfields 2016 will play out, fans had better be prepared, as the festival claims it has even more to reveal in preparation of their forthcoming soirée.