Legendary superclub Cream is to be awarded the Freedom of Liverpool tonight (21 April).
The iconic club turned global events company will receive the honour ahead of the Cream Classic Live event at Liverpool Cathedral.
The work of the man behind the original concept is also being recognised with founder James Barton set to be made a Citizen of Honour.
Founded in 1992, Cream is being recognised for its “outstanding contribution to the music and event industry” and “showcasing Liverpool to millions worldwide”.
The brand is now part of Live Nation Entertainment after being sold for just over £13 million in 2012.
James Barton says: “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.