With Europe's dance music scene getting bigger and bigger and our own squelchy home turf playing host to some real spectaculars the decision of which one deserves our hard earned cash is a difficult one.
This year Creamfields are undoubtedly top contenders, and now they've presented another good reason why you should embark to Daresbury, Halton in Cheshire on the 23rd-24th August: a brand new green initiative. For the first time the festival has teamed up with Liftshare.com, a company whose aim is to make people more aware of the problems posed by pollution and travel efficiently. This partnership will help cut car emissions by introducing friendly festival-goers to each other online before the event so they can share car journeys and make friends early, also saving money and the environment in the process.
For Creamfields 10th anniversary this year party people are being encouraged to dress up, be it in fancy dress, prom dresses, top hat and tails or home made outfits fashioned from recycled clothes. Those lycra shorts, green wigs, tutus and platform shoes all have a place in the 'Fields. If your clothes haven't been torn off by an over enthusiastic '80s fanatic, a container will be provided for you to throw the old outfits into, which in turn will be donated to Oxfam at the end. Even your mouldy, discarded tents that you can't bear to take home at the end have a place, aptly named the 'tent donation station', to be distributed to parts of the world where people need shelter.
With the line up looking as good as ever, the likes of Kasabian, Fatboy Slim, Ian Brown, Paul van Dyk, Tiesto and Underworld on the bill let the craziness begin and go truly enviromental… (sorry, couldn't resist).
Other initiatives include:
- Providing festival goers with recycling bags to use in the campsites
- Solar powered beach huts and pod pads for luxury accommodation in the boutique camping area
- Pump powered taps to minimize water wastage
- Providing water waste containers so contaminated water is not poured on the ground
- Traders using biodegradable bin bags
- Food and drink stands using biodegradable or re-usable plates and cups
The festival runs on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August in Daresbury, Halton, Cheshire, tickets are available for £115 + booking fee for weekend camping passes through www.creamfields.com and most other online ticket companies.