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Between us we’ve had 10 in a row and this was, quite possibly, our last music festival of the year. Thanks to HTC, it looked as though we may very well have saved the best for last. Creamfields has already earned a reputation and rich history in delivering the best dance music to a festival environment. The 3 night, 2 day event in Warrington looked set to be pretty stunning this year, yet again pulling in the biggest and best names in house, trance and general dance music from across the globe. Festivals these days seem to want to cater to a wide audience and age range, from folk music to children’s entertainers and metal to outdoor theatre, often all packed into one festival. Creamfields, however, is unashamedly direct and forthright: you’ll get dance music and it’ll assault your every sense for the duration of the festival.

Creamfields and HTC

Between us we’ve had 10 in a row and this was, quite possibly, our last music festival of the year. Thanks to HTC, it looked as though we may very well have saved the best for last. Creamfields has already earned a reputation and rich history in delivering the best dance music to a festival environment. The 3 night, 2 day event in Warrington looked set to be pretty stunning this year, yet again pulling in the biggest and best names in house, trance and general dance music from across the globe. Festivals these days seem to want to cater to a wide audience and age range, from folk music to children’s entertainers and metal to outdoor theatre, often all packed into one festival. Creamfields, however, is unashamedly direct and forthright: you’ll get dance music and it’ll assault your every sense for the duration of the festival.

Every sense? That’s right. We saw it on the stages and in the arenas, we heard it everywhere from the toilet to the tent, we felt the pounding bass, we could taste it in the air and you couldn’t escape the smell of damp excitement. The line-up was also as over the top as my description above, with names of great DJs who had presumably only just flown over from Ibiza for the festival.

The Chemical Brothers, Calvin Harris, Mark Ronson, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, Benny Benassi, Paul Van Dyk, Example, Ferry Corsten, Joris Voorn, Eric Prydz, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, Jaguar Skills, Katy B and Magnetic Man… To name but a few who turned our heads prior to the festival. When we got there, they didn’t just turn our heads, but controlled our bodies, with fantastic tunes all day and night long. It wasn’t easy, of course, with so many people to see and so many tents and stages, there was a lot of running around.

The highlights certainly turned out to be the Chemical Brothers (obviously), Magnetic Man, Joris Voorn and Swedish House Mafia. Having seen the Chemical Brothers at the Big Chill, we decided to catch Tiesto first and then swap half way, and this proved fortuitous as we caught two of the best acts of the weekend. Example was also on top form again, this being the third time we’d caught him. Whilst our highlights may seem to be the obvious picks, they were the people that really got into the crowd and made them jump and dance for hours on end in the miserable weather. Being able to make people smile and dance whilst they are soaked through to their very bones and suffering the risks of hypothermia, speaks volumes of their collective ability as much as the great atmosphere their music inspired given the conditions.

It rained. Boy, did it rain. When we got there on the Friday night we set our tent up in the rain. When we woke up and had breakfast the next day, it rained. It rained that afternoon and in the evening. The sun shone early on Sunday, but it was only teasing and the rain came back by mid afternoon. It even rained when we packed up on Sunday. But, in spite of all of this rain, the mud it churned up, the mascara it made run, and the white tops its made opaque, everyone was loving it. And rightly so, it was an amazing weekend. This was also the most secure festival we’d been do – every bag was checked and every body frisked. No glass whatsoever. At V in Chelmsford the previous week a group of us strolled right through with no security in sight! This just meant that after a slower entry, we felt all the more safe and secure, and could really devote ourselves to debauchery and magnificent music.

And we weren’t just there giving it all to the music. We were given a shiny new HTC ChaCha to test in the ultimate of social situations. We certainly put it through its paces, tweeting, posting to Facebook, uploading and downloading photos and sharing as much as we could whilst we stormed through the weekend. So what did we come away thinking about it?

Well it certainly is a tool for the socialite! I’m already a big fan of it’s friendship stream, a standout feature for me. This combines your various social media feeds together in one simple place and makes keeping in touch that much easier, especially with the ability to share across all of the platforms in one go. It’s also got a full qwerty keyboard which gives it a sort of blackberry feel that so many professional types are addicted to. You can also fully customise the display, so we put the weather forecast up (a depressing site) and selected our favourite apps to surround it. And to top it off, it has a dedicated Facebook button that pulses at you when you are on a picture or a page that can be shared at, literally, the push of a button. No need to copy and paste or select the photo from an upload tool.

This was my first experience using Android as well, having been a dedicated iPhone user for the past however many years since I picked up my original iPhone. Whilst the user experience isn’t the most fluid and seamless, the functionality is most definitely greater. It also didn’t drop any calls over the weekend, something I have bemoaned since I picked up my iPhone 4 on release day. However, whilst it was great to be able to keep you all updated so quickly and easily, it drained the battery faster than a sailor does his pint on shore leave. It needed charging at least every 24 hours (if not 12), but to be fair, I was really putting it through it’s paces. And if you are a popular sort with lots of tweets and updates, the small screen means a lot of scrolling in order to keep up without missing anything someone might have said.

It’s a good phone in general. A great phone for staying in touch with friends. And the best phone I’ve taken to a festival. But I am not entirely sure if its going to be the beast that wrestles me away from the clutches of Apple.

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