Creamfields Malta - Friday 14th August - Adam Beyer, Sasha, Pan Pot, Steve Angello, Above & Beyond and many more...
As well as being based in the UK countryside for many years now, the Creamfields figurehead has begun its journey to expand the brand globally. Having already landed in Abu Dhabi, Buenos Aires and Mexico City to name a few, the world renowned festival was set to take over Malta for a second consecutive season. Malta, to some, may not seem like an obvious location to host a festival, however as of recent years, the island has joined the wave alongside Croatia, which is vast becoming one of the hottest locations on the planet for a summer getaway packed full of top quality dance music (Yacht Week anyone?).
For those who have grown up in the UK, and with a festival history jammed full of homegrown festivals like myself, the attraction to get away to the sun soaked land and crystal blue waters of Malta has to be one of the greatest attractions. Spending the day exploring the island before we descended on the hub of Creamfields worked perfectly as we had the chance to really experience why so many young people are now heading over to Malta for their summer getaway. It really is a stunning island.
With the entertainment kicking off a little later than what we're normally used to in the UK we headed for the MCL show ground just before the sun began to set. The excitement within me really started to pick up and roll, and with a line up including such underground names as Pan-Pot, Adam Beyer, Sasha and of course the EDM crew out in force with Above & Beyond and Steve Angello leading the way, how could I not be ready for this night?! In a way it was a small selection of my musical history wrapped up in one event, having wandered through the rising EDM scene over the past eight years with Above & Beyond and now in the present day opting for a more underground thirst which would surely be quenched by Drumcodes main man Beyer.
After absorbing as much energy as possible from the thousands strong crowds I found myself inevitably being pulled towards the Underground Stage where local artist Carl Bee was just making way for Sasha. The Last Night On Earth main man offered only the best in melodic and magical electronic beats which really helped take the energy up another level. With the fear of being sucked in to just the one tent I took it upon myself to take a step down memory lane and headed over to the Mainstage for the opening of Above & Beyond. With a slightly more 'EDM' feel to their older creations Malta was graced with just a singular figure appearing behind the decks, however the Above & Beyond power, drive and aura was exactly how I remember from when I last saw them five years ago at Creamfields UK.
With Pan-Pot set to grace the decks from midnight I left my old time favourite trance act and head for the dynamic Berlin duo. The pair brought exactly what was needed, gradually ramping up the darker, more industrial sounds across the two hour slot, leading nicely into the finale of Mr Adam Beyer. Now, in a way you know exactly what to expect with Adam, yet he still manages to throw in a couple of surprises, leaving me in awe without fail. The rolling techno proved to be a match made in heaven with the passionate crowd, which had began to grow even more with the closure of the main stage which once more built upon the solid vibes that had been built across the night.
Coming to a close there is nothing but praise for the artists, event staff and crowd, all delivering top notch performances for a stunning event and one that I'll be sure to attend once more.