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Cream was a music promotion trio (Darren Hughes, James Barton and Andy Carroll[1]) that originally began hosting a weekly house music club night[2][3] (1992–2002)[4] at the now-demolished Nation nightclub (formerly Snobs Disco[5]) in Wolstenholme Square in Liverpool.[6] It ran in this format from October 1992 to June 2002.[7]

Cream has counted Steve Lawler and Yousef amongst its resident DJs.[8][9]

Cream also hosts the dance music festival Creamfields every August in Daresbury, Cheshire. Creamfields has won the award for Best Dance Event at the UK Festival Awards a record six times since the awards began 10 years ago, most recently in December 2014. In 2010, they also won the Music Week award for "Festival of the Year".[10]

In 2012, Live Nation acquired the Cream brand.[11]

Cream's home in Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool was demolished in 2016 as part of an urban regeneration project. Plans to build a new home for the nightclub as part of the development were retrospectively removed from the planning application.[12]

Cream Ibiza


Every Thursday during the Ibiza clubbing season Cream hosts a club night at Amnesia.[13]



The label has had a history of releasing DJ mix albums, originally from their own label and later Deconstruction Records (1995–98), Virgin/EMI (1998–03), WEA (2004–05), Ministry of Sound (2006–11) and New State Recordings (2011–present). Releases from the club have been acclaimed. One of its earlier releases, Paul Oakenfold's Goa Mix, originally broadcast on radio, was described by Resident Advisor as "groundbreaking in its cinematic two-hour scope" and an "Essential Mix frequently cited as the best and favorite by both listeners and DJs."[14] Cream Live Two (1996) featured Q's 1997 list of "The 10 Best DJ Mix Albums...Ever!".[15] Cream Beach 2002 (2002) was noted by AllMusic as an example of how, "as usual, Cream has gone out of its way to compile an album appropriately, and impressively, suited for such [communal] occasions."[16] Paul Oakenfold's Creamfields (2004) was subsequently nominated for "Best Electronic/Dance Album" at the 2005 Grammy Awards. Many of their albums have also been commercially successful, most evidently so with Cream Anthems 2001 (2000), which reached number 1 in the UK Compilation Chart.[17]

See also



  1. ^ "The Ibiza scandal that's rocked the clubbing world - DMC World Magazine". dmcworld.net. 3 March 2016. Archived from the original on 20 September 2023. Retrieved 21 September 2023.
  2. ^ Haslam, Dave (29 August 2015). "Boogie wonderlands: five of the most influential nightclubs of the last 100 years". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2023.
  3. ^ "Cream nightclub 'grand finale' death man named". BBC News. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2023.
  4. ^ Wright, Jade (24 June 2015). "Nation to close and be replaced by new underground super-club". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 20 September 2023.
  5. ^ "30 Years of Cream – Liverpool's Legendary Nightclub". Uncover Liverpool. 12 September 2022. Retrieved 20 September 2023.
  6. ^ Barlow, Eleanor (11 April 2016). "Watch: Home of superclub Cream demolished". Liverpool Echo.
  7. ^ "Stars Of VHS: Cream 1995". Ministry of Sound. Retrieved 21 September 2023.
  8. ^ "Steve Lawler: Biography". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  9. ^ Rota, Zack (27 May 2015). "The Empire of Yousef Is a Powerful Brand". Vice. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  10. ^ "UK Festival Awards (2009)". Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  11. ^ "Live Nation Buys EDM Entertainment Company Cream Holdings Ltd, Owner of Creamfields Festivals". Billboard. 9 May 2012.
  12. ^ "New Cream nightclub could be removed from Wolstenholme Square plans". 12 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Amnesia Error 404". www.amnesia.es. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  14. ^ "RA News: 10 years on - Paul Oakenfold's Goa mix still sounds fresh". Resident Advisor.
  15. ^ Q; October 1997 issue.
  16. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Cream Beach 2002". AllMusic.
  17. ^ "Chart Log UK: Various Artists (Compilations)". www.zobbel.de.