Creamfields (26-27th August 2017)

So Creamfields last year for me was a complete fail as I only had been able to go for the Saturday only and I went home on the Monday without being able to afford the Sunday, which had an amazing line-up that I would’ve loved to have experienced for sure. This year I wasn’t going to let anything go wrong, so I thought. Getting onto the train at Euston to Liverpool was my first mistake as I didn’t do a through check of what I had packed or needed. We get to Stafford and for some strange reason out of the blue I remember I didn’t pack my tickets for the event, they are still somewhere in my house which is a huge loss because I find them now I’ll be stunned. The ticket company weren’t able to offer a new pair of tickets for me so that wasn’t a great help. When I checked into my hotel room I phone my parents and asked for them to check and see if they could find them, no luck there and at this point I was ready to just grab my case and go back home. My mother had the luckiest idea of me staying in my hotel and meeting my friend, it was the best idea ever.

Waking up in the morning after meeting my friend in the center after getting pizza I make a prompt decision and attend Creamfields. I pack up my handbag with the stuff I need like the car I bought the tickets with and my passport with my money etc. I make my way to the station and I get on the train at Liverpool to Runcorn, straight into a taxi to Creamfields site. I head over to the box office there and I ask if they were able to give me a new pair of tickets and they were able to. I was so relieved and super happy that they are able to do this, so with a smile on my face I made my way to get searched and scanned which this year was better than last year I think, a lot more security on the gates and sniffer dogs pulling out a lot of people bringing in drugs yet of course drugs are still getting in ha ha! I receive my wristband for the day and enter into the site which looked really pretty as this year we had sunshine and no rain all weekend, it got very cold as it reminded me of the when I went to Steelyard back in May 2017.

I saw a lot of my favourite DJs play that day like Corey James, Kolsch, Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5 and many more. The set that stood out for me was Deadmau5’s set, unfortunately I wasn’t able to catch Axwell /\ Ingrosso’s set as I was watching hooked on his eclectic set with gorgeous yet comical visuals which were amazing. I had also seen some of the my friends there and had met a couple of them which was really nice as last year I was unable to as I didn’t know many people last year. Spent the whole night with my friend and his friends watching Deadmau5 and Camelphat, walked around to get some really nice yet heavy feeling curly fries with cheese, spent £7.50 on food and a bottle of pop so it was not bad really. I end my night by saying goodbye to my friend which is always the worst part I think. I make my way to get the shuttle back to Liverpool city and soon as we got dropped off I noticed there was a McDonald’s which I used as my point of call for a late night dinner to fill my tummy before hitting the sack. I get back to my hotel, eat my Maccie’s watching Would I Lie To You on TV and then just watched my videos back of the night, well worth the effort!

For the Sunday I prepared everything for the day, had my cereal and a cup of tea to keep me going and then I get to Sainsbury’s and I grab some lunch before I make my way into the site as it’s much cheaper to eat out rather than eat at the festival for sure. (TIP: Grab a meal deal from somewhere with a wholesome sandwich and crisps [No chocolate] that contains protein or a lot of carbs, will fill you up for longer) So we get onto the shuttle bus as I find it much cheaper than taxi’s going back to Liverpool (£6 each way, £12 return, don’t worry if don’t buy it online, the box office for shuttle tickets was empty at 22:35, 25 minutes till the music stops and everyone goes home, so they had plenty of tickets) I ate my lunch and the funniest moment was when the bus took off and everyone cheered, great atmosphere and get really pumped for the day for sure. Another was that everyone wanted to hop off so they could walk as the traffic was pretty bad, I recommend leaving early as the traffic was bad this year. So I get to the site and to gate, get searched  and scanned yet this time it was a little more luck on my side as the girl giving out wristbands for day people didn’t have any left, we all received a weekend camping wristband, so I could have just entered the camp site to meet my friends I didn’t as I had planned to leave before 23:00 as I knew it was going to be rammed to get out. So I enter and my favourite song is playing as I walk in which was really cool too. I got to see some of my friends again, seeing Joris Voorn, a little of Martin Garrix, tiny bit of Eric Prydz in Pryda at Steelyard, was fab to be back in that stage as it was round 2 for a few of us. I spend the rest of the night with my friends and I make my way over to Martin where unfortunately I didn’t have a comfortable time ha ha, so I left to go and see Eric Prydz and I had a very minor anxiety attack as I was getting scared because I was alone in the dark, yet this year I wasn’t going to let it get to me. These really nice girls came over and hung out with my the food court or a while to make me happy and feeling safer again, I say goodbye and I decide to just make my way home anyway as it was getting to closing time and I really didn’t want to be waiting all hours to get to my hotel room.

This year I had learnt a LOT of lessons, those lessons for anyone wanting to go are as follows:-

  • Get a hotel room in advance if you are not camping, stay for three nights as you will have a nice long, relaxing Friday night and will be well rested for the weekend to come where you will be lacking sleep.
  • Pack your tickets, also make a checklist also of everything you’ll be bringing with you. Don’t leave tickets or anything in envelopes or a book, put them on your wall or in a plastic wallet in a special place to keep safe.
  • If you want like I did, buy cereal bars or something for the morning of Saturday and Sunday as you may not have time to eat breakfast, you could always go to a supermarket and buy a meal deal for £3-4 too.
  • Make sure if you buy the meal deal to get a high in carb or protein sandwich and crisps as this will you fill you up faster as they have higher carb content etc.
  • Buy shuttle tickets at the site when you’re ready to leave if you are staying in Liverpool etc, that way you can still decide on what you want to do.
  • If you buy food at the festival, make sure you go for something that’s high in carbs or something that will fill you up. This year they had a lot of heavy foods which is a really great idea.
  • Lay out the stuff you’ll need for the day you’ll attend, make sure chargers are charged and your phone is fully charged too.
  • Text, DM, phone friends before you make your way to festival as the signal is really bad there, I had many problems contacting my friends after having the minor anxiety problem.

All in all though I had the best, most expensive weekend ever! Was luck on my side all weekend and had the sun with no mud all weekend also which was a true blessing. Seeing Steve Angello for the second time with the heavens shining down on us was a really remarkable site to experienced too. will be going again next year for sure! Just follow my tips to make your experience a great one!

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Kryder & Corey James @ Ministry of Sound (01-09-2017)

The night was superbly entertaining. Me and my good friend popped to Maccie’s at King Cross to grab a little bite to eat before heading off to the club. When we got to Elephant & Castle we sat down on a bench to carry on eating our food, we then bumped into a werido outside the station who was rather merry and hi fived haha! The air that night was crips and cool and the nightlife could be felt all around. Wetherspoons was packed full of people ready to enjoy their evening just as we were about to enjoy ours. We finished our food and headed for the club, we got to the guest list queue, got ID’d, wristbands and we headed inside to collect our entry slips, and we were in!

We walked up to the balcony upstairs in the main room to enjoy some fab track selection from Henry Hackling. We then met more friends and revellers who were also really excited about tonight. Whilst I was up on the balcony with my friend we bumped into Corey James, who was set to play 04:30-06:00, just after Kryder finishes, and he was ever so kind to us, gave me a hug as he reconised me straight away of course haha. Kryder started the night off from 01:30-04:30am with some amazing tribal and funky house tracks which were so heavenly and made my hips sway so much… I actually found it dificult to stop swaying because it was that swayable. Cartel is all about that tribal sound.

His set was gorgeous, played a lot of my faveouites and I adored everything he played. Corey had introduced me to someone I wanted to meet for ages too which really nice, we continued to dance to Kryder’s impressive set. He played Ori Tali Ma, his new one with Erick Morillo called Waves, Mi Gente remix too which is by far my favoruite to hear at Ministry.

I then managed to also meet someone I met off Twitter too and I got him into VIP with us with ease, possibly it made his night and money worth while. So we all enjoyed the rest of Kryder’s eclectic set of beauties . I went to go out to get some drinks in for us all and we partied all night long together. Funnily enough as I walking back in with the drinks, I had bumped into Corey who wanted to give me a high five, yet my hands were full with drinks haha!

It was time for Corey to take to the stage once again at Ministry, yet we were told that they had to close the VIP section so we made our way down to the dancefloor and it was very atmosperic and lively at 04:30am. The lack of people at this time saddended me a little bit, but I didn’t care to be honest or notice it as much as I did before as Corey was doing an immense job of making me dance and smile again. His set was also filled with my favorite tracks, LMSY, Another Storm, Mi Gente (The one he also played at Creamfields) Bird Flu and so many more. His set also included several new IDs which sounded really good, some of them did ring bells in my ears that’s for sure!

I actually had the chance to see Corey play here on the 10th March at Third Party’s Release party in Dolby, but I couldn’t as I had a pretty bad flu and my throat was so dry and very sore from all the singing I did, wore all the energy I had out of my body ha ha, so I missed his set, but was so happy to watch his entire set tonight.

All the guys I partied with were just the best, could never find anyone else like them to be honest. The night finally came to a very sad end as Corey’s set was cut short by 30 minutes, thought it was very funny when this girl wanted Corey to play Liam Payne’s new song on the infamous sound system, we couldn’t stop laughing, was the most random thing to hear someone to request a song with hardly anyone there and to actually hear them request a song haha!

We managed to get a photo with Corey at the end of his set and me and my friend had a little catch up with him and his management a little bit which is always nice when they are that down to earth to have a little chat with you. Just wish the room the more packed out for because Corey would play a longer set like Kryder did as I knew he had so much more to play.

We made our way to the station after we had left and I said goodbye to my friend, always really sad this part! Me and my other friend who came with me headed off to Maccie’s to have some breakfast and to discuss are next events and club nights as I always do with friends, said our goodbyes and I headed home onto the Circle to West Ham, then the District back to Essex haha!

Release Records at Ministry of Sound (In Dolby Atmos) [10/03/17]

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On Friday 10th March, I was just leaving work after working very hard for 8 hours scanning customers shopping, dealing with complaints and dealing with the lack of cigarettes and the customers frustration due to this. Fortunately, all I had in my head at 6pm (And throughout the entire day of course) was that in a few hours I would be partying with two of my best friends to our favourite DJs, Third Party, Corey James, Sebjak and now the new gorgeous talent Pete K.

First up on the line up was the sensational Sebjak whom warmed up the crowd very well indeed and tonight was his debut at Ministry. I’ve been to Ministry 40+ times and tonight was my first experience of the Dolby Atmos sound system, the best in the country or even the world haha! The sound was super loud yet ultra crisp, so Sebjak was just a perfect choice for it, he played so many of my faves and some ids too.

Next up was the delightful bosses of Release records whom have only been around for a few years yet have pulled off and won the hearts of many Northerners, Southerners, and fans from all over the world who go to the Release shows that are mainly held in London and Liverpool. They’ve played at Ministry several times (16/01/2016, 17/06/2016, 11/11/2016) so was the first Release show to have Dolby Atmos.

Their set was pure perfection, played some real nice mashups and plenty of classics too, for example Steve Angello‘s ‘Tivoli’ with Empire of The Sun‘s Walking On a Dream and Swedish House Mafia‘s ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’. They also played one of my favourite release’s on Size, ‘Nation’ which sounded superb on the sound system, also, they played one of many faves of mine on Axtone by the man himself, Axwell – ‘Centre of The Universe’.

Their set was just stunning and unfortunately I had a pretty flu and sore throat at the time, but the whole set made me forget I had it!

Unfortunatly my night came to an end when Corey James played just after 4am due to lack of energy, my flu and sore throat were worse and I couldn’t stand anymore haha, but his set sounded amazingly good as I sat in one of the booths with my best friend, but his sets always never fail to make me smile even though the door!

It was also a pretty special day for him aswell as being back at Ministry as his new track ‘With You’ with Santez got played on Pete Tong‘s radio show and was also was named track of the week by Cream!

Luckily for me the night was made worth while throughout when I got to meet the lovely Third Party boys, Astor (Photographer for Release events, Oskar Syk and many more) had a nice catch up with Corey aswell!

And so, in conclusion the whole evening wasn’t a disaster ie. me ending up in the medical room with a migraine or major fatigue… I met some of my favourites again, saw saw familiar faces and had a really really amazing experience and enjoyable night!