Cream founder honoured by
THE super club turned global events
company Cream and its founder are being honoured by the City of Liverpool.
Cream was formed in Liverpool 25 years ago and now 1 of the globe's leading
event promoters, part of Live Nation Entertainment; is being awarded the
Freedom of Liverpool in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the music
and event industry, showcasing Liverpool to millions worldwide.
Founded in 1992, Cream defined itself as one of the world's most instantly
recognisable youth brands and became a global leader in the electronic music
market. Now part of Live Nation Entertainment, the brand is one of the world's
leading music event promoters.
And the man behind the concept; James Barton; regarded as one of the most
influential people in the electronic dance scene, is being made a Citizen of
Honour to recognise his significant and unique contribution to the City.
The presentation is taking place during preparations for one of the
organisation's major events in the City, Cream Classical Live @ Liverpool
Cathedral this coming Friday night.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, said:- "I am delighted to
be able to present these 2 civic honours to Cream and James Barton.
His work to establish the nightclub put Liverpool on the global map for dance
music and significantly enhanced the City's cultural credentials in the 1990s,
helping drive the City's night time economy, our international profile and
assisting in paving the way for Capital of Culture.
The organisation continues to play a huge role in the cultural life of the City,
through events such as Cream Classical, and it is right and proper that the City
pays tribute to its past, present and future commitment to our City."
James Barton said:- "This is a huge honour for me and for Cream, what
started off as a small club night back in October 1992, we could never have
dreamt the journey it would take us on and what a journeys it's been.
We've staged events across the globe many times over the last 25 years and it
excites me still to this day when I meet fans of Cream in a far flung place and
they talk fondly of 'that club in Liverpool'.
We are proud in the role that Cream played in the rebirth of the City during the
90's. There is no better City in the world and we're proud to call this our
home, thank you Liverpool."
The Freedom of Liverpool is Liverpool's highest civic honour and is awarded to
organisations and individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to life
in the City.
Citizen of Honour Awards were introduced in 2008 to formally recognise those
individuals who have enriched the image of the City and / or its citizens.