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CREAMFIELDS: have me passing out for all the right reasons!” David Rivers

1. John D i gw e e d

Pryda Friends Saturday “I’m looking forward to seeing John Digweed in the Pryda Friends tent. At a festival I like to hear DJs with a bigroom sound, DJs who I never really go to see at clubs that often. There’s something about deep, slightly dark, driving house and techno in a huge tent on a massive system that just works.” Digby

Fire It Up Saturday “Michael Woods can intertwine hands-in-the-air moments with melodic synths with such ease that I have to give him the nod. I recently saw him at Ministry and not a single person walked out, even though he started at 4 am! ‘Full Access’ could join that list of songs igniting the most nostalgia for Creamfields.” David Rivers

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7. M i x ma g A ll S tars

10. Annie M ac , t h e C h e m i c al B r o t h e rs , M aj o r Lazer and Er o l A l k a n

THAT MIXMAG THING Friday Night “I’ll never forget Big Philly D’s unscheduled All Stars appearance at last year’s Silent Disco. Silent isn’t the word – more like 3000 people singing along to each word, most of them peaking far too early! This year we’ll all be out in force; just need to start practising mixing without monitors!” Duncan

5. Brodinski Annie Mac Presents Saturday “If his set in our Mixmag DJ Lab is anything to go by, Brodinski is a total pleasure to watch – and we’re not just talking about his undeniably stunningly slick appearance and French charm. He is an absolute deck master. Skilfully meandering through a range of genres and decades, he played 25 tracks over three decks in just one hour, so just imagine what he’s going to do at Creamfields. Unmissable.” Bridget

3 . L o a d s tar f e at M C T e x as a n d I k ay

BBC Radio 1Xtra Saturday “Loadstar has has blown me away on several occasions, but what entices me most is how his songs feel designed for that loved-up festival vibe. During a washless, muddy weekend, the thought of hearing his recent ‘Second Skin’ in the same set as his ‘Blind Faith’ remix could

Creamfields. They have been smashing club nights left right and centre for the last four years – and I don’t think they’ve ever failed to take the party to the next level with their combination of dubstep, extreme energy and live grime MCs.” Callum

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4. Michael Wo o d s

2 . Lo c o D i c e Minus Presents ENTER Sunday “Whether playing tiny clubs as part of his Under 300 tour or storming stadiums with his pal Marco Carola, there’s one thing Loco Dice does best – and that’s hypnotise. His undeniably sexy take on minimal techno will lock you in for hours, even if you go in as a funky house fan!” Sean

most consistent selectors in the business. From Bognor Regis to Amsterdam via Ibiza and London, we’ve seen dancefloors melt in the palm of her hand. She’s cool, calm and comes armed with a house music artillery that could sink a battleship.” Seb

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6 . M aya Jane Cole s Pryda Friends Saturday “Not many DJs have a hit rate like Maya Jane Coles, who must be one of the

8 . S c u ba

Pryda Friends Saturday “I wasn’t the first to listen to Scuba’s ‘Personality’’; the office young bluds had it on lockdown. But here’s an album that blends everything I love about dance music and continues to get better with every listen. Reminds me of guy called Sasha way back when…” Phil

9. Tr u e Tiger

that mixmag thing Friday Night “Massively looking forward to seeing True Tiger at


Annie Mac Presents Saturday “When not at one of Mixmag’s three arenas or playing in our annual swingball tournament with Kissy Sell Out, I’ll be in the Annie Mac Presents tent. A couple of years ago they filmed that BlackBerry advert at Creamfields during the Major Lazer show, and if the atmosphere is anything like that again, it’s gonna be crazy. Erol and The Chems and, obviously, Annie are all also playing in there too. Blindin’!” Nick



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Groove Armada Presents Sunday “A man of many aliases, Stuart Price embodies what festival fun is all about: bridging the gaps between all kinds of music. In fact, it’s probably because of his incredible ‘FabricLive 09’ mix that I’m writing about him in Mixmag now and DJ’d at Creamfields last year. He’s an inspiration.” Phil Creamfields takes place in Daresbury, Cheshire on 24–26 August

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The Mixmag posse pick their unmissable artists and DJs from this year’s most essential dance festival. See you down the front!


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Creamfields Top Picks Map August 2012  

'What to see' suggestions for 2012's festival, highlighting Scuba and Jacques Lu Cont from yours truly.