By Chandler Shortlidge
It’s one of the busiest nights on the island, growing each and every year by bringing only the most massive artists from around the globe, and this week, we headed down to Cream at Amnesia last Thursday to get down and dirty with Calvin Harris and Gareth Emery for one of the most wild nights on the island. Grab tickets now to next week’s Cream featuring Paul Van Dyk and Alesso now, and read on for all the wild details!
With massive Creamfields festivals taking place in every corner of the globe these days, Cream might just be the most popular clubbing brand around. Started by James Barton, who recently sold the brand to Live Nation, and Darren Hughes, who now heads We Love…at Space, the brand is notorious for having it’s finger squarely on the pulse of just about every market there is in the world of dance music. Such was the case on Thursday night at Amnesia, as Cream brought Calvin Harris to headline the cavernous terrace, along with Michael Woods and Burns, with Gareth Wyn, Gareth Emery and Above & Beyond taking over the terrace.
Burns got things going ahead of Harris, keeping the vibe energetic yet in control with a fantastic warm up set. Smoothly dropping bangers like ‘Camorra’ by Nicky Romero, Burns kept the dance floor fully in his command, while making sure the energy wasn’t spent before the night’s main act. From there, Burns blasted out his own ‘Domino,’ heading into ‘Kidsos,’ Sebastian Ingrosso’s rework of MGMT’s ‘Kids,’ the beyond rammed dance floor belting out the melody along with the track. Burns’ tempered electro was pumping the crowd up for what was to come. There’s no denying it, Cream knows exactly how to throw a party. Feeling in the mood for something a bit more melodic, we headed into the main room to check out Gareth Wyn.
Walking in, Wyn was on a roll, busting out Anjunabeats favorites like ‘Wayfarer’ by Audien, and ‘Alchemy’ by Above & Beyond, a dove slowly floating away on the LED screen behind him, while Zoe Johnston’s beautiful voice wafted out of Amnesia’s Funktion Ones, pushing the incredibly packed main room to pure euphoria. From there, it only got bigger with massive tunes like ‘Tell Me Why’ by Supermode. As incredible as Wyn’s set was, his closing track was truly inspiring, heading perfectly from big room territory to the acoustic mix of the timeless ‘On A Good Day’ by Oceanlab, everyone singing along to some of the most inspiring lyrics in dance music. From there, we headed into the terrace to get a glimpse of today’s hottest dance music star, Calvin Harris.
Having a sneaking suspicion I’d hear one a remix or two of one of my favorite bands, Harris opened up with his own twist on ‘Spectrum’ by Florence & The Machine. His mix was full of all the energy and inspiration of the original, pushed over the edge by the massive beats that have made Harris one of the most in demand DJs of today. From there, he rocked the crowd with his own ‘Awooga,’ jumping up and down along with the fans as the ice cannons blasted everyone with cooling CO2.
Up next, it was the hip hop inspired ‘Drinking From Bottles’ featuring Tinie Tempah, with it’s bigger than big synth destroying the masses, everyone singing along with the lyrics, no doubt rushing on the VIP vibe that Harris effortlessly brings to the floor. Next up was ‘Here We F*cking Go’ by Firebeatz, Harris slipping in one of today’s hottest samples with Breach’s ‘Jack,’ stirring the wall to wall packed room into a frenzy. But it wouldn’t be Cream with Calvin Harris if we didn’t hear a little Rihanna, Harris dropping his remix of ‘We Found Love,’ once again cementing his role as one of the world’s top jocks.
Over in the main room, Gareth Emery was fully in command, kicking things off with ‘Yin-Yang’ by Ashley Wallbridge, stirring the thousands of bodies filling the main room into a frenzy. He didn’t stop there, blasting ‘This Is What It Feels Like’ by Armin Van Buuren, Emery singing right along to the lyrics with the crowd, jumping up and down in anticipation of the drop.
It’s no wonder that with talent like this, Cream remains at the very top of the clubbing spectrum, continually selling out week after week. Do yourself a favor and come to Cream, and be a part of one of the biggest parties on the island!
Tomorrow night sees another utterly massive lineup, as the Main Room Presents Politics of Dancing with Paul Van Dyk, Eddie Halliwell, Giuseppe Ottaviani and Adam Sheridan over in the main room, and taking over the Mixmag Terrace will be Alesso, Otto Knows, Tom Staar and NO_ID. Get your tickets now!
By Chandler Shortlidge @ clubtickets.com