Creamfields Cuts Ticket Prices

Creamfields, the U.K.’s major annual dance festival, has cut its weekend prices as owner James Barton hopes to “ease the cash burden for the people who have been there for us through thick and thin.”

“We’re in the midst of a recession, with most people having to tighten their belts, so we’ve made the first 5,000 tickets as cheap as we possibly can,” he explained.

Weekend camping tickets for the Daresbury, Cheshire, event are down from £115 to £100, while non-camping tickets are down from £105.00 to £100.

Single-day tickets remain the same, at £57.50 for Aug. 29 and £53.50 for Aug. 30. The Saturday and Sunday hospitality tickets also remain at £100 each. When 5,000 tickets of any sort have been sold, the cost will revert to the 2008 prices.

The acts confirmed for the August Bank Holiday Weekend include Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascal and Mylo, plus sets from Europe’s top DJs, such as Tiesto, Laurent Garnier, and Paul van Dyk.

One festival to fall foul of the recession is Red List Live, which would have made its debut in Kent in June. The organisers say going ahead would have been an “unacceptable risk.”

Heavenly Planet in Reading, Scotland’s Hydro Connect and the Isle of Wight Jazz Festival, have also been scrapped.