Creamfields founder voted most important person in electronic music

James Barton speaking at the UK Festival Conference
James Barton speaking at the UK Festival Conference

USA James Barton, founder of global electronic music festival Creamfields, has been voted the most important person in electronic music by Rolling Stone magazine.

Having sold Creamfields to Live Nation in 2012, Barton is now the global promoter’s President of Electronic Music, based in Los Angeles.

The magazine said: “As debate persists over the corporate courtship of EDM, few players are being watched as closely as James Barton. The 20-year veteran of the dance music game was enlisted by Live Nation Chief Executive Michael Rapino to lead the live events giant’s expansion into the EDM market.”

Barton first launched Creamfields as an expansion of his Cream club nights, which were important events for the likes of Carl Cox and the Chemical Brothers. Live Nation bought Cream Holdings in 2012, and Barton has since convinced formerly corporate-resistant peers Insomniac Events and HARD Events to join him, inking deals with both last year.

Creamfields has been a regular winner at the UK Festival Awards, most recently scooping Best Dance Event in 2013.

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