The first night will be headlined by Happy Mondays who, since 1980, have been offering alternative dancefloor anthems like Step On, Kinky Afro and Hallelujah. Now signed to McGee's Creation Management, frontman Shaun Ryder and the band will be stepping up to the main stage on May 29. Earlier in the day, Ryder will also appear on the main stage with his other band, Black Grape. It will be the first time that he has fronted both acts at one festival.
Headliners: Happy Mondays
The main support on day one comes from Echo & The Bunnymen, a band that harks back to Alan McGee's earliest days in music. Expect Ian McCulloch and crew to deliver a hits-packed set, laden with timeless treasures like The Cutter, The Back Of Love and The Killing Moon.
Castmarked the 25th anniversary of their All Change album in 2020, and the celebrations will continue when the Creation Management signees perform at Creation Day. Frontman and founder John Power is guaranteed to be on typically electrifying form.
A set by Echobelly will see Britpop-sister Sonya Madan dusting off era-defining gems like King Of The Kerb and Great Things.
Birmingham band Editors will headline the festival on May 30. Since debut album, The Back Room, in 2005, they have released another five studio albums, with two of them going platinum. They released their best-of, Black Gold, in 2019, a record packed with hits including Bullets, Munich, Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors, Papillon and An End Has A Start.
In support, Friendly Fires will bring their dancefloor-igniting creations to the party. Thanks to pop wonders like Skeleton Boy, Paris, Jump In The Pool and Hawaiian Air, the band's self-titled debut and its follow-up, Pala, saw them take over charts all over the world and earn a Mercury Music Prize nomination in the process. Returning to the spotlight in 2019 with their acclaimed Top 20 charting LP Inflorescent and some huge shows, Friendly Fires proved they are still one of the UK's hottest prospects.
In the spotlight: Friendly Fires
Preceding them on the bill, Ash, who are currently celebrating 25 years of pristine power-pop with their Teenage Wildlife compilation, will be cruising through smashes like Girl From Mars and Burn Baby Burn.
A set fromGlasvegas, a band discovered by McGee in Glasgow in 2006, will remind everyone of the blistering shoegaze of their Mercury Music Prize-nominated self-titled debut. They will also reveal tracks from their much anticipated 2021 record, Godspeed.
The recently revived Sleeper will see Louise Wener and co airing highlights from their critically acclaimed comeback album, The Modern Age, plus classics cuts from the back catalogue.
Longstanding Leeds legends The Wedding Present will see David Gedge digging up gold from their back catalogue of cult indie-rockers.
As a man with a reputation for spotting future talent, Creation Day will also showcase an array of new talent that Alan McGee has earmarked as next-big-things in waiting. Selecting a cross-section of bands from his current Creation 23 label, there will be live sets by Marquis Drive, The Illicits, Cat SFX, The Clockworks and Shambolics.
Talent spotter: Alan McGee
McGee said: "I'm looking forward to this festival; some of the best old bands with some of the best new bands. I can't wait to bring it all to Wolverhampton. Hopefully, we can do this every year."
Weekend tickets are priced from £110, day tickets from £55.