With Cream set to close it’s doors at Nation for the last time ever on Boxing Day, Getintothis’ Ste Knight has the lowdown on today’s huge line-up announcement
Cream is somewhat of an institution when it comes to dance music. OK, it is THE dance institution, which is why when news broke several months back that Liverpool Council had given the go-ahead for a new development which spelled the end for Nation, Cream‘s spiritual home, everyone was quite rightly up in arms.
With an incredibly packed-out first leg finale on Saturday, Cream aren’t letting the old girl go without a fond farewell.
Today Cream have announced the completely ridiculous line-up that is going to give Nation the send-off it deserves. This particular Boxing Night extravaganza looks set to do the demolition crew’s job for them, as they’ve got sorted a roster which is literally going to tear the place asunder.
First up in the Main Room is one of the scenes’ hottest DJ/Producers and Blasé Boys Club label boss Duke Dumont, the Grammy nominated artist famed for #1 hits like Need You and I Got You will undoubtedly tick the box for the deep house shufflers. Next up is a true dance music legend Todd Terry, responsible for some of the biggest house tracks over the last 30 years. Watch this master at work when he takes to the decks on Boxing night for what is set to be a performance that will go down in history.
Completing the Main Room line-up is a roll-call of Cream’s legendary residents including Nick Warren, X-Press 2, Paul Bleasdale, Anthony Probyn and of course no Cream closing would be complete without the man who started it all – James Barton. He will be performing a very special set back to back with Cream resident Andy Mac.
In the Courtyard we have a true legend at the helm and one that needs little introduction Mr Paul van Dyk. As Cream Ibiza resident he has Amnesia’s main room in the palm of his hand so it’s only fitting that one of the most in-demand trance DJs on the circuit joins us for this farewell party. Joining him will be Eddie Halliwell, this year’s Cream Ibiza residents Aly and Fila, and a special guest performance from Chicane, Tall Paul and Gareth Wyn.
Over in the Annexe, the room where the story began all those years ago are some of the legendary names that have performed for Cream over the years. First up is a live performance from K-Klass and if you caught their set on Saturday at Part 1’s Grand Finale, you know you’re in for a treat. Next up is Danny Rampling, one of the original house music pioneers who lit the fuse back in the late 80s.
Of course, no finale would be complete without Jon Carter, a regular who’s performed at Nation under the Cream and Bugged-Out banners. Completing the Annexe line up are Phat Phil Cooper, Andy Carroll, and Cream reunion residents performing back to back, Stuart Hodson & Samuel Lamont.
Tickets are likely to sell out quicker than you can say ‘see you down the front‘, so get on it quick.