Tiësto delivers phenomenal headline set at Creamfields Steel Yard
Few artists in the electronic music industry have accumulated as much widespread acclaim for their talents as Tiësto. Having released countless global hits as well as many triumphant albums, the Dutch star has continued to be a dominant force in the industry throughout his years as a musician. As undoubtedly one of the UK crowd’s favourite DJs, it comes as no surprise that Creamfields called upon Tiësto to headline the second day of their iconic Steel Yard showcase last weekend. Tiësto wasn’t by any means the only star on the bill, accompanied by leading artists including Swedish sensation Steve Angello, and phenomenal French stars Tchami and Malaa who joined forces for one of their faultless ‘No Redemption‘ sets.
First unveiled at Creamfields’ 2016 edition, the Steel Yard pushed the boundaries of festival production. The hangar-shaped stage provided the perfect platform for out of this world performances accompanied by breathtaking visual effects. An instant hit, the stage became an iconic aspect of the festival, with fans eager to experience the unique arena. In November that year, the stage proved so popular that Creamfields hosted its first Steel Yard event in Liverpool, headlined by Axwell Λ Ingrosso. Since then, the Steel Yard has played host to plenty more sensational performances, including Eric Prydz‘s 2017 EPIC 5.0 show, which will be remembered for years to come. Last weekend, the Steel Yard’s return to London was everything fans had hoped for and more.
Warming up the crowd nicely with a selection of some of electronic music’s finest hits, both Phonix and Gareth Wyn instantly got the crowd moving. Faithless‘ Sister Bliss took to the stage to perform an exceptional DJ set, covering a number of Faithless’ hit singles as well as many more classic anthems. The pinnacle of the performance occurred when ‘Insomnia‘ echoed around the arena, accompanied by the chants of attendees and a stunning laser show. The pyrotechnics showcased the arena at its full potential, illustrating exactly why attendees travel from far and wide to be part of the experience.
Taking the energy up a notch, Tchami x Malaa, the special guests, provided a phenomenal showcase of house. With a dark, eerie set filled with unforgiving thumping anthems, the French pair took absolutely no time in provoking a massive crowd reaction. Offering a starkly unique set in comparison to the other talents on the bill, Tchami and Malaa proved exactly why they have such a dedicated worldwide following. One of the highlights of the stellar set occurred towards the end, when the pair dropped Tchami’s ‘Missing You‘ featuring AC Slater and Kaleem Taylor, resulting in a roar of approval from the crowd.
Next up, Steve Angello took to the stage, treating attendees to a showcase of his finest hits as well as a number of other progressive house gems. Having released his latest album ‘HUMAN‘ just last month, he provided a set abundant with fresh hits and iconic classics. During the set, he revisited a number of Swedish House Mafia anthems including ‘Greyhound‘, ‘Save The World‘ and ‘Don’t You Worry Child‘, each of which provoked a monumental crowd reaction. Throughout the performance it remained clear that Steve Angello continues to be an icon in the UK’s electronic music scene.
After a day packed with exhilarating sets, it was finally time for Dutch sensation Tiësto to take to the stage. Met with echoing cheers, he kicked off his set in truly exceptional style, showcasing a number of his biggest hits including ‘BOOM‘, ‘Secrets‘ and his edit of ‘L’amour Toujours‘. Towards the middle of his set, he also paid tribute to the late Avicii, dropping ‘Waiting For Love‘ vs ‘My Feelings For You‘, ‘Seek Bromance‘, and ‘Levels‘. Closing his set in style, he revisited his most iconic single, ‘Adagio For Strings‘, accompanied by an awe-inspiring display of lasers and visuals, before dropping Brennan Heart‘s remix of ‘BOOM’, which echoed through the arena with a quake-like effect.
A thrilling showcase of the finest talents the electronic music sphere has to offer, Creamfields’ Steel Yard once again defied expectations. Consistently delivering in terms of jaw-dropping pyro, outstanding visuals and top artists, it comes as no surprise that the Steel Yard has become an iconic venue in its own right. With two unbelievable shows already complete, all eyes are on Creamfields as the festival gears up to fill the stage with even more phenomenal talents at its 2018 edition this August.
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