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Friday, 20 April, 2001, 18:03 GMT 19:03 UK
Dance stars headline festivals
Stereo MCs
Stereo MCs continue their comeback at Essential
Fatboy Slim, the Stereo MCs and Gorillaz are among the stars lined up for two of the summer's biggest dance music festivals.

Goldie, Isaac Hayes, George Clinton, the Stereo MCs and Asian Dub Foundation and Damage are among those who will play the Essential Festival in London on 14 and 15 July.

The Creamfields event, which takes place at the Old Liverpool Airport on 25 August, will be headlined by Fatboy Slim, Avalanches and Gorillaz - Blur frontman Damon Albarn's new collective.

Gorillaz
Gorillaz play in person at Creamfields UK
The Essential Festival is usually held in Brighton but was forced to move to Hackney Marshes, north east London, because of foot-and-mouth.

One day is billed as a dance day, while the other is a roots day, with several more big names to be announced before the end of next week.

Organisers decided to relocate to Hackney Marshes, north-east London, because of the "unpredictability" of the foot-and-mouth situation.

Creamfields, run by Liverpool superclub Cream, will also host Stereo MCs along with DJs Paul Oakenfold and Carl Cox. It will be Gorillaz's only festival appearance.

The club is also staging summer festivals in Dublin, Buenos Aires, Las Vegas and New York.

Cream boss James Barton said: "Creamfields is really one of the best things we work on.

"It's becoming the event we want - an event people want to come to and play at. And this year we've seen that more than any other time."

Clubs including Boutique, Bugged Out! and Metalheadz will have their own arenas at all of Cream's events.

There will be eight stages at each festival, featuring a range of musical styles.

Tickets for the Essential Festival are on sale now, but organisers warn that there are a limited number of weekend passes available.

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