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From Tiësto to deadmau5, the biggest names in electronic music are heading to Creamfields Abu Dhabi

By Mohamad Kadry (kadry@khaleejtimes.com)

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Published: Thu 29 Sep 2011, 12:06 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:19 AM

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE, double your fun.

Due to the overwhelming past success of Creamfields Abu Dhabi, the electronic dance festival has been extended from just one day, as in the previous two years, to two full days. The festival will provide electronic dance music fans with over 24 hours of the world’s finest electronica live and DJ talent at the Yas Arena.

Headlining the third installment of the annual electronic dance fiesta will be Tiësto, deadmau5, Magnetic Man, Ferry Corsten, Katy B, Laidback Luke, Tinie Tempah, plus a host of special guests.

Tiësto will no doubt attract thousands of electro trance lovers. He recently wrapped up his Kaleidoscope World Tour which saw him touring for more than 15 months travelling across six continents and playing to over a million people.

Canadian electro dance titan Joel Zimmerman, better know by his stage name deadmau5, is one of the most recognisable characters on the dance circuit. Famous for performing in his trademark mouse headgear, MTV named him House DJ for 2010 topping off a multi-award winning year for the artist.

Magnetic Man is the supergroup formed by dubstep dons Skream, Benga and Artwork. The trio has been together since the late 90s and last year completed their first sellout international tour. They are currently promoting their first self-titled studio album.

Dutch trance music producer Ferry Corsten is considered a pioneer and a dynamic force in the electronic dance industry. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 DJs in the world, his reputation as a music producer and electronica trail blazer is unsurpassed.

British rapper Tinie Tempah has become a household name following the success of his first album Disc-Overy, which debuted at number one in the UK charts. His hits Pass Out and Written in the Stars claimed the top spot following their release while Frisky and Miami 2 Ibiza reached the top five.

Earlier this year he received the award for Best Breakthrough Artist at the BRIT Awards. He is currently working on his second album, which he says “has a more electronic and live vibe”.

With multiple dance stages and arenas, as well as a host of festival entertainment dotted around the Yas Arena fields, Creamfields Abu Dhabi 2011 is catering to music fans like never before.

Last year’s festival was headlined by David Guetta and Dizzee Rascal and saw 17,000 visitors party until dawn at Yas Arena.

This year’s event is expected to attract even more fans with some of the hottest DJs spinning all weekend against a backdrop of cool chill-out areas, VIP platforms, shisha lounges, massage areas, oxygen bars, rides, vendors and other exciting activities.

The artist line-up for Thursday, December 8 will be deadmau5, Magnetic Man, Katy B, John Digweed, Ferry Cortsen, Markus Schulz, Danny Howells, Yousef, Jochen Miller plus local DJs Greg Stainer, Humaid, Yunome, DJ Xavi, DJ Spider, Mr Mr, Vas Floyd and Raxon.

Closing night, December 9, will host Tiësto, Tinie Tempah, Laidback Luke, Marco Carola, Derrick Carter, Riva Starr, Slam, Italoboyz, Madjam, plus local DJs Natalie Brogan, DJ Genie, Stacktrazz, Mark Pickup, Simonne Cooper, Smokingroove, Andy Buchan, Charl Chaka and Afroboogie.

EVENT DETAILS

Tickets for Creamfields Abu Dhabi 2011 go on sale Monday, October 3. The event takes place December 8 and 9 (+21).

General Admission is Dhs325 for Thursday or Friday. Weekend passes are priced at Dhs525. For tickets visit www.thinkflash.ae. For hotel packages visit www.yasisland.ae.



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