Cream Classical 2021: dates, line-up, tickets and road closures for four-day event on Liverpool’s waterfront

Nile Rodgers, The Zutons, Faithless, Pete Tong and CamelPhat are all due to perform at the event.

Cream Classical In The Park: Image: @officialcream/twitter

Cream On The Waterfront returns this week as some of the world’s top DJs, performers and the 50-piece Kaleidoscope Orchestra takeover Liverpool’s Pier Head.

Starting on Thursday, September 16, it runs until Sunday, September 19, with four different events spread over the four days.

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Nile Rodgers and Chic will kickoff the festival against the back drop of The Three Graces and on Friday Liverpool’s electronic duo CamelPhat will put on their biggest homecoming show to date.

Saturday’s Cream Classical event will include Basement Jaxx, Faithless, Seb Fontaine and Tall Paul, while Sunday’s Cream Classical Ibiza show will also see Armand Van Helden, Groove Armada and Roger Sanchez hit the decks.

What’s it all about?

The Cream Classical events bring together the Kaleidoscope Orchestra, DJs and vocalists to perform a live track list curated by electronic duo K-Klass, which will include some of dance music’s biggest tracks.

The ‘Ibiza’ version on Sunday features a different set list that throws back to some of the club classics from the Spanish island’s heyday and an amended line-up of DJs alongside the orchestra.

The Kaleidoscope Orchestra: Image: @officialcream/twitter

When and where is it?

The event will take place on Liverpool’s Pier Head. (Google map)

The nearest train station is James Street but Liverpool Lime Street and Central station are also within walking distance of Pier Head.

Gates open on Thursday and Friday at 16.00. Last entry is 20.00 ahead of a 23.00 finish.

Gates open on Saturday and Sunday at noon. Last entry is 17.00 ahead of a 23.00 finish.

The full line-up for Cream On The Waterfront

Thursday, September 16

Cream On the Waterfront presents

Nile Rodgers and CHIC

The Zutons

Rebecca Ferguson

Friday, September 17

Cream & Circus present CamelPhat On The Waterfront



Pete Tong

Lauren Lo Sung


Saturday, September 18

Cream Classical On The Waterfront

21:00 - 23:00 Cream Classical featuring K-Klass

20:30 - 21:00 Stage Changover

19:00 - 20:30 Basement Jaxx DJ Set

17:30 - 19:00 Faithless DJ Set

16:00 - 17:30 Graeme Park

14:00 - 16:00 Seb Fontaine & Tall Paul

13:00 - 14:00 Paul Bleasdale

Sunday, September 19

Cream Classical Ibiza On The Waterfront

21:00 - 23:00 Cream Classical featuring K-Klass

20:30 - 21:00 Stage Changover

19:00 - 20:30 Armand Van Helden​​​​

17:30 - 19:00 Groove Armada DJ Set

16:30 - 17:30 Roger Sanchez

15:30 - 16:30 Tod Terry

14:00 - 15:30 Seb Fontaine & Tall Paul

13:00 - 14:00 Andy Carroll

Tickets and COVID-19 entry requirements

All ticket holders will need to demonstrate their COVID-19 Status by providing either:

Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken prior to travel on the day of arrival at the festival.

Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (with the second at least 14 days prior to the festival).

Proof of natural immunity based upon a positive PCR test within 180 days of the festival (including 10 days self-isolation following the result).

Road closures for Cream On The Waterfront

Liverpool City Council have confirmed the following:

Until Thursday, 23 September: Canada Boulevard from Brunswick Street to Isle of Man Gates, including Water Street, will be closed to all traffic. However car park facilities for all buildings will be maintained throughout these times.

From 22.00 on Wednesday, 15 September, until 20.00 on Monday, 20 September: only residents, deliveries and Merseytravel staff will be able to access Brunswick Street, Mann Island and George’s Dock Way.

A ‘Residents Hotline’ has been set up to answer any queries that people living near the Pier Head may have.

Telephone: 02034 750 702