Fun in the fields of Cream

CreamfieldsAn extravagant British music festival based in Daresbury and is held over the August bank holiday weekend. For a long weekend, the fields of Cream are filled with stages holding the biggest and best variety of dance, deep house, techno DJ’s and Live Acts. The first headlining acts Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz have been recently released for Creamfields 20th anniversary in 2017, very exciting news for the fans of the festival.

 I attended Creamfields amongst 70,000 other people who also attended the festival in 2016 and saw a number of acts including Oliver Heldens, Hardwell, Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Avicii. Below is one of many videos I took over the weekend, it gives you a clear indication of the incredible atmosphere (and tremendous amount of fun) that you can experience at the festival.

Creamfields is an 18 and over event, which is different from other festivals, who allow young people of the age 16 into their campsites. The Creamfields festival was first held in 1998, after taking inspiration from Liverpool’s ‘Nation’ nightclub, which was home to the infamous club night Cream. The club was demolished earlier in 2016 but still the legacy of the popular house music night still lives on. Creamfields has been voted ‘Best Dance Festival’ on numerous occasions highlighting the success and popularity of the event.

There are many different ways of travelling to Creamfields. The Big Green Coach is the official and exclusive coach travel partner to Creamfields 2017. By choosing a Creamfields coach travel package, you can ditch the driving, parking or behaving on the last night. I decided at Creamfields 2016 to party hard and relax knowing that, I could sleep on the coach journey home. The Big Green Coach has been the official and exclusive coach partner to Creamfields for 7 years, transporting thousands of people to the festival every year. You alternatively may decide to take the shuttle bus, travel by train, by car (Parking costs up to £20) or even by air (depending on where you are travelling from). The map below shows the location of the festival in order to help you plan your journey.

With a standard 3 day camping ticket starting at £180, Creamfields proves to be one of the cheaper festivals comparing with Reading and Leeds festival’s weekend ticket prices starting at £213. Creamfields also offers a deposit scheme which allows festival-goers to secure their tickets for 2017 and pay for it with monthly installments.

If you don’t fancy a weekend of camping fun at the festival itself, Creamfields holds 1 Day events called the Steel Yard. The Steel yard is a superstructure which was first seen at Creamfields 2016 and is the first and largest of its kind in Europe, with a capacity of 20,000 people and reaching 20m high. This is where the artists headlining the event perform. The event also includes a selection of funfair rides, cloakroom, bars and food concessions. The Steel Yard is still considered a festival site and events take place all year round, so, dust off your wellies and get out your waterproofs to be prepared for all weather conditions.

Below is a short review on the Creamfields experience, including some top festival advice…

If you are a festival lover, in search of some escapism or just looking to experience something new, it would be hard (and just wrong) to decline the opportunity of having fun in the fields of cream. Creamfields festival is an absolutely amazing experience, which I will look forward to for many years to come.

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Leeds Fest: the best?

With the first headline acts Muse, Major Lazer, Bastille, Etc. released for Reading and Leeds festival 2017 this week and with summer 2016 feeling like a distant memory, the craving for the festival season is more prominent than ever. But with controversy over the recently released lineup, is Leeds fest really the best?

 The twin music festivals ‘Reading and Leeds‘ simultaneously take place over the Bank holiday weekend in August. Being one of the biggest rock festivals in the UK, celebrating the most famous acts in the industry and the latest up and coming talent, the festival has something for everyone. The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Arctic Monkeys are amongst the masses of artists who have performed at the festival. Although throughout the years the festival has focused heavily on genres of music including Rock, alternative, indie, punk and metal, this has begun to broaden over the years to branch out to a versatile range of music tastes, attracting larger audiences and a wider variety of people.

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My first Leeds festival experience was in 2015. To this very day, it is up there with one of the best weekends of my life. With acts such as Metallica, Royal Blood and Mumford and Sons drawing me in and fulfilling my passion for music, it is an experience which I will remember forever. The festival experience is not only addictive but it is unique. The carefree ‘anything goes’ atmosphere will keep you hooked for years to come. Although the experience is not for the lighthearted, once you have the ‘festival fever’ it will be hard to cure. My personal favourite act at Leeds festival was Catfish and the Bottlemen, excuse my extremely pathetic attempt at videoing (I was having too much fun).

 As the festivals host the same acts but on different days over the weekend, it makes logical sense to attend the one closest to you. For me, Leeds festival was the closest of the two, being a car journey of only 2 hours away. For me, I decided to choose the weekend camping ticket in order to get the full festival experience, but there are multiple packages on offer. If camping isn’t really your thing, then you can choose just a singular day ticket, the “Seat of luxury” (which aims to revolutionize your festival experience –with luxury toilets, hot running water, hair dryers & straighteners) or even if you have a campervan a campervan pass. Below is a map which will help you see where the festivals are held and maybe even to see which is closest to you.

My best festival advice (learned from personal experience & my own mistakes)…

  1. Be prepared. Bring your wellies, bucket hat, factor 50 and your emergency poncho. Being prepared for any weather conditions will make your overall festival experience better. (Do not assume the weather will be glorious and forget your waterproofs)
  2. Make a list of your favourite acts, ones you will forever regret missing if you don’t see them. Ensure you know the time of their set and at what stage they are playing.
  3. The festival environment is one of the only places nearly EVERYTHING is socially acceptable. Wear what you want, be controversial, forget about your everyday life and responsibilities.
  4. Enjoy it. Laugh. Go with the flow, experience new music, be spontaneous and most importantly have fun.

So is Leeds fest really the best?

Leeds Fest. A thrilling, exhilarating and magical weekend which is yet to be topped by any other festival I have attended. Is it the best? I’ll leave that for you to decide.

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I’m hyper about linking

Hyperlinking. Linking two documents together simultaneously, directing a reader to a broader coverage of a topic, explaining further what concepts and words mean. Creating a wider demographic through knowledge and understanding, bringing your readership back to you and your writing because they can understand and comprehend what you are saying.

Others may argue that links direct us away from our original story but, used correctly this is simply not the case. Links can be additive and creative, embedding context into our stories and enticing our readers to take more interest into a story as a whole. Hyperlinking can help to make connections between topics and add coherence throughout our work.

By hyperlinking we ensure that our work is honest and fair if we are presenting others points of view or opinions. We can award ourselves the ‘Badge of honesty’ by inviting readers to check our work with references to others.

 

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UNI.

Saturday 17th September. North Wales to Manchester. A new beginning.

Weeks of anticipation, planning, and preparation all led up to this day. Nervous, I unloaded the car, instantly regretting the masses of belongings I arguably believed I couldn’t leave at home. 4 suitcases full of clothes? I asked myself if it was all really necessary. Naylor 22, the second floor, room 7. Home for the next year.

Unpacked (minus the clothes), I said the emotional goodbyes to my parents, promising that I would speak to them later. Heading to the communal kitchen to meet the 12 new people I would be living with, the nerves kicked in. What would I do if I didn’t like them? What if we didn’t get along? Reassuringly I was greeted with open arms by the girl that I knew shared the same floor as me, my first real friend at university.

Hungry to experience the nightlife in Manchester and have my first adventure in the big city, I began getting ready to go out. Knowing that my friend from home, who lived in the flat next door but one was also venturing out, I decided to join her. After being shocked at the snaking queue to get into the night club ‘Factory’, we agreed to explore other places to go, ending up in a place called 5th.

Coming from North Wales, 15 minutes from the nearest city, Chester; Manchester was a whole new world. The two clubs ‘Rosies’ and ‘Cruise’ that Chester has to offer, began to get repetitive after religiously attending every weekend since my 18th birthday. The endless choice of bars and clubs in Manchester excited me and instantly made what home has to offer look dull and boring. Fresher’s week and the concept of going out every night of the week in a brand new city, fulfilled the party animal in me.

3 days into the move. Homesick. Hungry. Hungover. The reality that I actually had moved away from home, would have to cook my own meals, wash my own clothes and live independently hit me hard. Realizing how much I took for granted at home and that I could no longer afford to live the luxurious lifestyle I once had dawned upon me. Freshers flu creeping in, I found solitude in my flatmates, who I knew were going through the same situation and feeling the same emotions. Sitting at the communal kitchen table eating beans on toast for the second time in a row, laughing at the mischief from the night before, it appeared to me that these 12 people would be friends I would cherish for a lifetime.

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