The penultimate day of the final weekend of Tomorrowland 2018 has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. People of tomorrow can relive a jam-packed July 28 of the Story of Planaxis to the fullest: Nora En Pure gets deep as ever, Armin van Buuren returns from weekend one for back-to-back mainstage appearances, Virtual Self makes a debut in Boom, and Salvatore Ganacci returns with more shenanigans. Meanwhile, Belgian legends Cherry Moon Trax light up the mainstage with the trance classics that led to the country’s domination of dance in the 90s.
The first three days of Tomorrowland 2018 are officially in the books. While there may be another packed weekend of brilliant, Belgian-based mayhem still in store, we took a look back at high points from weekend one of EDM’s most storied celebration. Whether it’s a two-hour euphoria trip with Above & Beyond at the Anjunabeats stage or a crawl through the techno trenches with Charlotte de Witte at the main stage, weekend one implores a revisit. See our top highlights from Tomorrowland’s opening weekend below.
As the countdown to festival season continues, Tomorrowland has been gradually releasing the names that will grace the stages of one of the world’s most celebrated festivals. Along with the January announcements that brought on artists like Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Prydz, the Belgian festival has announced the addition of nearly 20 more artists to kick off February.
One of the largest, most illustrious music festivals in the business, Tomorrowland has released its first bill of names for both its July 20–22 and July 27–29 dates. The Belgian blowout will feature household names from years past, such as Armin van Buuren and Axwell / Ingrosso slated to perform at the trance and main stages, respectively, as well as fresh-faced up-and-comers like Rezz, who will be found goggle-eyed at the Monstercat stage. The preliminary lineup is intriguing, but still leaves ample spots for six days of festival to be filled in the coming weeks.
The full lineup and more festival info can be found here.
People of Tomorrow, please welcome these incredible performers. Ready to guide you through a fascinating new tale… pic.twitter.com/uvyPBGg6cp
On July 20-22 and 27-29, Tomorrowland 2018 will return to Belgium under the theme of “The Story of Planaxis.” While the meaning behind the theme is unknown for the time being, details are sure to emerge as registration dates approach.
Pre-registration begins Jan. 9, 2018. Global Journey sale begins Jan. 20. Worldwide pre-sale begins Jan. 27, with worldwide tickets on sale Feb. 3.
The 2017 event generated 77 million views on Snapchat, amassed 355 million minutes in YouTube views, and effectively reached 184 million people on Facebook. Tomorrowland’s reach as a major event, both physically and across social media, grows 2.4 times larger each year.
Tomorrowland has taken a step in festival security that no other multi-day festival has before.
Organizers of the Boom, Belgium-based event are on the defensive this year for the festival’s twelfth iteration, with the threat of terrorism especially emphasized after the suicide bombing attack on Ariana Grande’sDangerous Woman tour in Manchester. The evacuation of Nuremburg’s Rock am Ring in June after the receipt of a credible terror threat provided further cause for caution. Federal police in Belgium have acknowledged Tomorrowland’s screening of each and every ticket holder this year. 400,000 tickets were sold for the festival’s 2017 edition.
Belgian police officials evaluated ticket holders on what has since said to have been strict “criteria” by various Belgian media sources. While the details of that criteria have not been released in order to ensure the utmost level of effectiveness in the evaluation process, it is known that those barred entry to the festival were not rejected on the grounds of prior drug offenses. Thirty-eight ticket holders were refused access to the festival once the comprehensive screening was completed, the examination focusing on ticket holders’ respective potential for radical behavior. All staff members were screened along with ticket holders.
The mayors of Boom and Rumst lent Tomorrowland permission to screen the thousands of ticket holders. Due to a Tomorrowland ticket’s link to one’s full legal name and country of origin, the process was expedited and the information sought immediately obtained.
Following up their “Elixir of Life” theme in 2016, Tomorrowland has dubbed their 2017 theme as “the most magical gathering on earth…. Amicorum Spectaculum.” To provide context, “Amicorum” is Latin from the root word “Amicus” which simply means “friend” while “Spectaculum” is rather self explanatory. Given the festival’s esteemed reputation, Amirocum Spectaculum is intended to be a spectacle spent with friends, acquaintances, and even strangers who may eventually become much more.
Tomorrowland’s official announcement on Facebook contains images of palm readers, hot-air balloons, and Ferris wheels in a blue & cream color scheme, suggesting at a classic carnival aesthetic. As the Belgian mega-festival continues to push the innovative boundaries of live entertainment, there is a lot to be excited about as further announcements loom in the near future.
In the past few years, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have evolved from hometown heroes in Belgium to bonafide superstars. In 2015, for instance, they took the number 1 spot in DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll. Using their newfound stardom, the EDM dynamic duo proceeded to cement their popular standing in the mass music market through pairing with Ne-Yo to create “Higher Place,” which topped Billboard Dance charts. All the while, they’ve been returning to their roots on the DJ front, impressing fans at their homebase of Tomorrowland with an all-vinyl set.
In addition to their musical accomplishments, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike also held a notable residency at Ibiza’s Amnesia club throughout the 2016, drawing thousands to view their onstage antics and raucous tunes under their “House of Madness” concept. They recently brought their show home to Antwerp for an end-of-year blowout.
The video above shows the full 2.5 hours of action where they proceeded to stun their crowd with their high-energy curation synced with larger-than-life stage production .