The EP kicks off with “Unity,” a heavy collaboration with Hardwell. Festival synths and hardstyle rhythms take over, surprising listeners. Nicky Romero’s feature samples The Chemical Brothers‘ “Hey Boy, Hey Girl,” in another hardstyle heater. “Opa” with KSHMR takes advantage of Greek influences using Bouzouki sounds and electro-house rhythms.
“Arcade Mammoth” is as big and wide as the title suggests. Plucking synths that lead into trance synth melodies is exactly what listeners would expect from this collaboration between Dutch duo, W&W, and the No. 2 DJs on DJ Mag‘s Top 100 DJs list.
There are two Bassjackers alliances on the EP, “All I Need” and “The Jungle.” Both combine elements of trap, electro, and bass music using trap rhythms and eclectic synth whomps.
The project culminates with a calmer verse than previous tracks. Around the two-minute mark, listeners are met with that signature hardstyle fans know and love from Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Wiz Khalifa’s vocals add a cooling contrast from the bigger synth play.
Tomorrowland thanks its 2018 attendees for the memories via the release of its official after movie, shared to Tomorrowland’s Facebook page just one day after the two-weekend event’s conclusion on July 29.
The 23-minute production compiles a number of noteworthy Tomorrowland moments, ranging from ticket holders getting temporary tattoos at one of the festival’s activity tents, to confetti filled skies and behind the decks DJ footage.
Those interested can watch Tomorrowland’s official after movie here, and can also stream 49 full-length sets from the festival’s second and final weekend here.
Tomorrowland‘s 2018 festival season activity concluded on July 29, ending a consecutive two-week run in Boom, Belgium where top artists in the electronic circle convened to deliver momentous sets throughout the weekend.
Tomorrowland organizers notably shared 67 sets from the festival’s first weekend, and now follow suit in their release of 49 additional appearances from the event’s second and final weekend. Uploaded to YouTube, the subgenre spanning sets allow viewers to experience performances from producers like EDX, Sebastian Ingrosso, Nora En Pure, Afrojack, Zonderling, and more from the crowd’s perspective.
Viewers can toggle the list of weekend two sets from the top lefthand corner of the Youtube embed to browse the diverse range of available sets.
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.
As with Tomorrowland’s opening weekend, the festival will broadcast performances from fan favorites all weekend long across four different channels. Those looking to get in on the multi-set action can tune into Tomorrowland’s live stream beginning at 7:50 AM PT/10:50 AM ET from July 27-29. Viewers can access the live stream, here.
In the meantime, relive some of the best sets from Tomorrowland 2018’s inaugural weekend, here.
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.
Future house maestro and Hexagon label boss Don Diablo crushed his 90-minute Tomorrowland set on Tiësto‘s Musical Freedom stage this past weekend in Belgium. Diablo delivered highlights including “Pizza,” a collaboration with Chris Lake, his tried and true “Smells Like Teen Spirit” remix, and his single with Tiësto, “Chemicals,” of which the Musical Freedom founder joined him on stage for.
To finish the set, he says to the crowd, “If you miss someone right now, put your hands up in the sky” before launching into a beautiful tribute to the late Avicii. The tribute started with a remix of “Fade Into Darkness” where the dropping into melodic, electro-house joyfulness. Next, was a rework of Bergling’s iconic “Levels” vs Eric Prydz’s “Pjanoo,” and to end the set was Diablo’s collaboration with Swedish singer Hilda “Wake Me When It’s Quiet,” a song written a the day after the passing of Avicii, written to raise awareness for mental health.
Festival goers traveling to the second weekend of Tomorrowland, held in Boom, Belgium from July 27 – 29, may be facing flight cancellations following the announcement of planned strikes from Ryanair staff. Inbound and outbound flights from Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Belgium are the specific locations in question due to a 48-hour strike between July 25 and 26. The strike was announced last week by the workers union representing Ryanair cabin and ground crews, Fórsa.
This marks the second strike by Ryanair employees this month — following a years-long conflict between the airline’s professionals, The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), and Ryanair’s CEO, Michael O’Leary. The first strike occurred in the Dublin airport on July 12 for a 24-hour period. The news is of course worrisome for artists and attendees traveling to the world-class EDM festival, the annual theme of which was announced as “The Story of Planaxis” earlier this year. For now, travelers headed to Tomorrowland may need to make alternative plans.
While the festival has yet to deliver on its potential Swedish House Mafia booking, time shall tell whether the festival delivers on the “unexpected,” as it has confirmed plans to continue rolling out artists into the week.
Follow the announcement on Tomorrowland’s Twitter.
In addition to premiering three unreleased songs at Ultra 20, Axwell concluded their set by saying, “We are Swedish House Mafia for life this time.” Steve Angello’s talent manager, Scooter Braun, then took to his Instagram story following the set, and hinted, essentially confirming that Sunday’s SHM reunion was “the beginning” of something much larger.
Fans immediately began speculating over whether an arena world tour was in the works, or a possible summer festival run, despite the fact that most large festival bookings have been finalized for the 2018 season.
Following the SMH reunion at Ultra Miami last weekend, Tomorrowland may have further fueled fan hopes when they posted an image of the Belgian festival’s main stage on Twitter with the caption, “expect the unexpected.” The tagline is the exact same phrase that Ultra used when announcing the “secret guest” slot for it’s 20th edition.
Nothing has been confirmed, and the tweet has since been deleted, but the coin of phrase has sparked controversy that another secret guest appearance by SHM may be in the programming for Tomorrowland’s 2018 edition, “The Story Of Planaxis.”