A true giant in the dance music world, Creamfields has built a reputation over many decades, based on incredible line-ups and an array of the greatest music around. The Liverpool-based company, famed for their Thursday events at Amnesia in Ibiza, play host to the UK’s biggest dance festival every August, with a stellar line-up that includes the likes of Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Alesso, and many more.
Having conquered the United Kingdom, Cream’s attentions in recent times have turned to spreading that brand worldwide, with the first ever Creamfields Ibiza event taking place in 2015. Having gained huge popularity, the event was always likely to return again in 2017, and what better venue to host such a monumental event than the biggest club in the world, Privilege.
The sleeping giant of Ibiza clubs, Privilege has truly returned to form this summer, hosting Carl Cox’s sell-out ‘Game Over’ events as it looks to return to the glory days that attracted global superstars like Tiësto. Having revamped the venue, taking out the huge indoor swimming pool to accommodate a larger dance floor, and hence even bigger capacity, the club was home to the likes of Don Diablo and Above & Beyond for a true whopper of an Ibiza evening.
Situated around 15 minutes away from Ibiza’s buzzing San Antonio heart, the sheer size of this dome-shaped structure is enough for even the most club-hardened of ravers to drop their jaw in awe. A club set across many levels, with various smaller rooms around the edges, the Privilege main room, with dizzying high ceiling, could easily fit all the other Ibiza main rooms inside it.
An event slap-bang in the middle of the annual BBC Radio One in Ibiza weekend, the UK station played host to the main stage, with tastemakers Danny Howard and Annie Mac kicking things off with a blend of high-energy house. Followed by the unique talents of Kölsch, whose anthem ‘Grey’ received wild cheers from the rabid crowd, things were heating up nicely with a trio of huge global acts still to take to the stage.
The relationship between Above & Beyond and Ibiza has always been a special one, with the psy-trance trio holding a residency at Cream’s Thursday Amnesia slots. And here, their set was typically euphoric, with fan favourite ‘Another Chance’ being met by wild flailing arms and bouncing feet. Also debuting their brand new track ‘Tightrope’, this talented treble can do no wrong right now, and the attending Jono Grant and Tony McGuinness were given a rousing reception by the time their hour-long slot had elapsed.
Next up, house time became anytime, as Dutch supremo Don Diablo made a typically explosive entrance, with arms aloft waving from left to right to the beat of his new floor-filler ‘Momentum.’ Having climbed the ranks of DJ Mag’s controversial Top 100 poll with considerable speed in recent years, few producers are in such hot demand right now, with Diablo reaping the rewards of his industrious hard-working nature, and excessive amounts of time spent in the studio.
Ditching his usual flurry of Don Diablo favourites, the Hexagon boss chose to focus on the future of future house, rather than working through a back-catalogue of his own hits, using this hour to experiment with new IDs and tracks from his Hex family, such as Zonderling. With the crowd in the palm of his hand, the ‘Chemicals’ DJ used the moment to send the venue into an eruption of cheers, dropping the highly popular GotSome edit of Kanye West’s ‘Fade.’
With the evening drawing to a close, there was one more slice of premium dance pie, or in this case, cake, for the sweat-soaked attendees to enjoy. A man with a personality as big as his sound, Steve Aoki’s bearded image is a rubber-stamp for the face of modern EDM. The American delivered his customary relentless energy, jumping and screaming his way through the set, as things took a turn for the wild in Privilege, with his crowd bouncing even harder and higher than the man himself.
A resounding success from start to finish, the irresistible Privilege and Cream combination looks like one made in heaven. And with all eyes now firmly fixed on the annual Creamfields festival at the end of this month, we can’t wait to see what the Liverpool mega-brand have in store for us next!