For over 20 years Creamfields has been bringing the very best in dance music to the north-west of England. Born out of the famous Liverpool brand Cream, the showpiece festival is now regarded as one of the world's most prestigious, even hosting satellite events in South America.
This August bank holiday it returns with another top-tier lineup that spans across the dance music spectrum, from house and techno through to trance and drum and bass. And there's no better way to prep than by turning up the volume on these killer sets.
Cirez D & Adam Beyer
Two titans in their own right and both already Creamfields favourites, 2018 saw Cirez D and Adam Beyer join forces for a string of shows in the US. Now they'll be bringing their unique show across the Atlantic for the first time on UK soil at Creamfields in what will be an audio and visual experience like no other.
Get prepped by turning up the volume on their New York show from late last year.
Swedish House Mafia
Rewind to 2007 and a year before they officially formed under the name Swedish House Mafia, Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso were thrilling Ibiza's Amnesia in what has become one of the all-time greatest Radio 1 Essential Mixes. 12 years, a breakup and make up later, and it still never fails to disappoint.
Since the Drum & Bass Arena Awards began in 2009, no-one other than Andy C has won the Best DJ award. The respect he commands in the community is unparalleled.
The founder and boss of iconic label RAM Records has been a key figure in the scene since establishing the label and releasing seminal jungle track 'Valley of the Shadows' as Unknown Origins (alongside Ant Miles) way back in 1992.
All those years later he's still at the top, selling out huge arenas and topping festival bills. Earlier this year he held down a residency at intimate London club XOYO, where this Essential Mix was recorded.
Not many fans are as adoring as Amelie Lens'. They pack into her shows bearing bunches of sunflowers, football shirts with her name on the back and artwork designed specifically for her.
But once you've seen her play, it's easy to see why they hold such affection. Beyond her undoubted talent behind the decks, it is her infectious love for the genre and emotional engagement with her crowd that really shine through.
Here she is playing an exclusive DJ set at the Atomium in Brussels.
Above & Beyond
Since the global takeover of EDM, trance music has been somewhat pushed to the sidelines, leading some DJs to even transition away from it to keep up with trends.
Not Above & Beyond. The trance veterans are all about staying loyal to their roots, displaying a true passion for the genre over fame... not that that hasn't come along too.
Here they are absolutely slating A State of Trance earlier this year.
Creamfields will take place on 22-15 August 2019.