Laidback Luke spins undercover as a 70-year old at Tomorrowland’s legendary Rave Cave

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For a landmark festival with influence as ubiquitous as Tomorrowland, its 15th anniversary inevitably brought an equally remarkable number of commemorations—from a special 60-piece “Symphony of Unity” opening performance to a revitalized “Book of Wisdom” main stage to Eric Prydz‘s Holosphere debut. With the milestone celebration also came the myriad of diverse talent; whether mainstream or underground, icons or rising acts, artists across all corners of the electronic music world showed their faces at Tomorrowland including Laidback Luke‘s 70-year old alter-ego.

Laidback Luke revealed on social media that he secretly played twice at the Belgium festival—once as himself and once under the guise of an old man. The Dutch producer worked in collaboration with Tomorrowland to undergo a full transformation complete with hair, makeup, and special effects in order to play the part. As the oldie, Laidback Luke proceeded to take over the decks at Tomorrowland’s smallest stage, the legendary Rave Cave. Check out the behind-the-scenes process below.

Photo credit: Laidback Luke’s team

Anonymous Tomorrowland crew members admit to dealing drugs on-site

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Tomorrowland attracted 400,000 attendees to its 2019 iteration, which celebrated its milestone 15th anniversary over the course of two weekends. However, the festivities did not come without accompanying criminal activity. On Aug. 1, Belgium news source VTM News reported that several Tomorrowland crew members have admitted to dealing drugs at the festival. Anonymous witnesses that spoke to VTM News claim that some individuals took jobs specifically for the purpose of selling drugs. The claims have been cross-checked and substantiated by other festival employees.

Although security checks for the popular festival remained strict for regular event attendees, those for festival staff were comparatively looser—allowing many staffers to take advantage and smuggle in illicit substances.

Last month, the Boom festival detained and issued fines for 460 Tomorrowland attendees for drug use or possession. An additional 61 drug dealers were caught as well.

Tomorrowland has maintained the integrity of their security checks for festival staff. A representative stated, “We are convinced that this misplaced behavior of some crew members is very exceptional.”

H/T: Resident Advisor

Eric Prydz unveils EPIC 6.0: HOLOSPHERE at Tomorrowland Weekend 1 [Watch]

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This past weekend July 19-21, Eric Prydz took over Tomorrowland‘s Freedom Stage for one of the most anticipated performances of the year — EPIC 6.0: HOLOSPHERE. The visionary and renowned Swedish producer has masterminded his EPIC shows since 2011, with the intent on merging boundary-pushing technology with music in order to execute a mind-blowing live show. When Prydz shared the impending debut of his latest innovation EPIC 6.0, he claimed it was his most technologically advanced production to date. Racking in over two years of development, EPIC 6.0: HOLOSPHERE officially debuted at Tomorrowland Weekend 1 on Friday night.

The latest iteration of the HOLO production employs a multi-story sphere, millions of LEDs, and dozens of panels to create its breathtaking holographic visuals. The entirety of EPIC 6.0 production is done live, with Prydz reading the crowd through cameras and the tech team following suit to coordinate with his mixing. Equipped with transformative intergalactic space themes and fitting track selections from his exhaustive archive of Eric Prydz, Pryda and Cirez D aliases, Prydz once again reigns in his title as the king of audiovisual storytelling.

Photo Credits: Eric Prydz/Facebook

Tomorrowland releases set times and new stages for 2019 edition

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Tomorrowland will celebrate its 15th anniversary in just a week and has revealed its set times for both weekends. Taking place in Boom, Belgium over the weekends of July 19-21 and July 26-28, the festival will host the likes of Armin van Buuren, Adam Beyer, Alison Wonderland, David Guetta, Charlotte de Witte, and many more.

Although Tomorrowland has grown to be the biggest dance music festival in the world—attracting attendees internationally—it has plans to make its 2019 iteration even more special. The festival will open with the “Symphony of Unity,” a one-hour 60-piece orchestral performance of Tomorrowland anthems, and will unveil changes to its myriad of stages.

Some notable changes include reconfiguration to the Freedom stage, which will host Eric Prydz‘s HOLOSPHERE structure, the addition of a hardstyle-dedicated stage dubbed the Q-Dance stage, the introduction of Tomorrowland Winter stage L’Orangerie, and a brand new main stage reinterpreting Tomorrowland’s iconic 2012 “Book of Wisdom” theme. The main stage has been in construction since September 2018 and will be 26 meters tall and 132 meters wide, the same dimensions as the Planaxis stage.

Tomorrowland set times for both weekends can be found here.

See how Eric Prydz’s most ambitious live rig was made, EPIC 6.0: HOLOSPHERE

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Eric Prydz is embarking on his most technologically innovative stage setup yet, EPIC (Eric Prydz In Concert) 6.0: HOLOSPHERE, set to debut at Tomorrowland on July 20. The premise of EPIC is the DJ superstar’s brainchild where technology and music coincide as one, and in this iteration, he’ll be performing in a two story LED transparent sphere.

The news of the technological undertaking was shared earlier this year, and a snippet of the masterpiece was teased on social media last month.

Prydz has been performing EPIC shows since 2011 with the goal of blowing people away through the marriage of technology and music, and the Swedish DJ’s production team has been relatively successful using lasers, larger-than-life LED screens, and enormous holograms. EPIC 6.0 will take the concept to new heights, as the Holosphere engineers have been working on the spectacle for the last two years. The project is 8 meters wide, and the production is so large, the festival had to redesign its grounds to accommodate the tech art.

While EPIC 5.0 centered around a 44-meter-wide holographic projection that hovered over the crowd, this new iteration is a multi-story sphere intertwined with more than 2.4 million LEDs that will transform into various creative objects throughout the performance. Prydz’s longtime collaborator, Mark Calvert from the tech entity Realtime Environment Systems (RES), told The Verge,“All these [EPIC] shows have been amazing, but at the end of the day they were two-dimensional projections,” he said, explaining the move away from hologram and towards an LED structure that provides more depth without distortion.

The Holosphere is made up of 72 handmade panels designed by Light Initiative founder Bryn Williams. Each panel has LEDs on both side, varying in shape, and are puzzled onto a metal skeleton. The five-tone design has to be split in two to accommodate for the maximum weight allowed on the stage, the top half is bolted to the ceiling, while the bottom half is supported by the stage.

While the physical nature of the sphere is literally massive, visual animations and effects will grasp festival goers attention with intergalactic space themes and a reported giant eyeball. The show designers mind altering animations were made using an amalgamation of Cinema 4D, Houdini, Maya, and Adobe After Effects. They used a yoga ball for testing the spherical layout, which had the designers thinking differently since they’ve been used to designing for flat surfaces.

The sphere isn’t the only thing on stage. On both sides of the gargantuan sphere, there will be two equally large video screens. Lighting designer Ross Chapple has also equipped the stage with more than 500 fixtures that include 150 laser diodes, lamp beams, and LED bars that are on motors to move around the Holosphere. There is also a lighting rig above the centerpiece that will assist with an exploding effect for epic moments.

With all of this put in place, another crazy aspect is the entire production will be done live. Typically, bigger spectacles are synced and time-coded, but of course, Prydz has to go above and beyond. The “Call On Me” producer will have cameras of the crowd to dictate what he wants to play next. Liam Tomaszewski and Ross Chapple will take control in front of house with extensive knowledge of every Prydz song, minus the order in which he’ll play the songs.

The live entertainer continues to hit new highs with his show, placing the showcase on a pedestal of live performance. After two years of building this live spectacle, the team has two hours to execute its full potential at the biggest stage on the planet.

H/T: Dani Deahl for The Verge

Tomorrowland unveils 2019 roster of stage hosts, featuring Carl Cox, Dirtybird, Charlotte de Witte, and more

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Tomorrowland organizers strike a particularly sweet chord among underground enthusiasts with their announcement of the Belgium-based event’s 2019 stage hosts.

The techno-friendly roster sees a number of industrial visionaries assume curative stage responsibilities. Charlotte de Witte, for one, will resume her KNTXT tour at Tomorrowland 2019. De Witte originally debuted her KNTXT showcase back in 2015 at Belgian nightclub, Fuse, and later revived KNTXT for some select shows in the spring of 2018.

Indeed, Tomorrowland hit the techno trifecta this year, with the return of Adam Beyer‘s Drumcode Stage, Jamie Jones‘s Paradise Stage, and Sven Väth’s Cocoon Stage. Nina Kraviz will also head her very own Tomorrowland stage, to further solidify Tomorrowland 2019 as a veritable techno haven. House music fans, fret not, for Tomorrowland also caters to house heads, namely through a Dirtybird stage and the reprise of Claptone‘s traveling party series, The Masquerade. In that vein, Barong Family, Robin Schulz & Friends, and Anjunabeats account for just a fraction of the additional stage hosts slated to grace Tomorrowland’s 2019 iteration.

As in the festival’s previous years of production, Tomorrowland will span two consecutive weekends in July. Tomorrowland’s opening weekend will run Jul 19-21. The second and final weekend of the electronic affair will span Jul 26-28.

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Tomorrowland delivers momentous winter 2019 lineup featuring Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Afrojack, and more

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Tomorrowland delivers momentous winter 2019 lineup featuring Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Afrojack, and moreTomorrowland Winter Lineup

Tomorrowland lineups are consistently expertly and diversely curated, catering to attendees’ equally multifarious musical tastes. Tomorrowland Winter‘s inaugural 2019 lineup unsurprisingly arrives as an extension of the festival brand’s storied history of monumental lineups. Tomorrowland Winter touts electronic mainstays of the dance music mainstream — DJ Snake, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, and Steve Aoki — as well as perennial Tomorrowland performers, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Not a team to overlook underground enthusiasts, Tomorrowland organizers will also bring Claptone, Charlotte De Witte,  Kölsch, and Vini Vici to the event’s icy 2019 installment.

Tomorrowland Winter will take place at France’s Alpe d’Huez ski resort from March 9-16. The extended affair will not only proffer sets from some of dance music’s most celebrated acts to attendees but also opportunities to take part in resort sports and activities. Ticket packages to the winter version of Belgium’s longtime festival are now available to those who previously registered for access and can be purchased here.

Photo credit: Office de Tourisme de l’Alpe d’Huez

H/T: Billboard

Steve Angello: Swedish House Mafia will play Tomorrowland 2019 ‘by any means necessary’

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Sources with insight on Swedish House Mafia‘s future moves don’t get any more veritable than Steve Angello.

A series of posters bearing three consecutive Adidas logos recently appeared in London, further fueling speculation that the Swedish supergroup would soon announce a 2019 tour given the posters’ resemblance to those that appeared in Miami just before SHM’s reunion at Ultra 20.

While Swedish House Mafia’s comeback at Ultra‘s 20th anniversary celebration might very well have been the worst kept ‘secret’ of 2018, an ensuing Swedish House appearance–whether in the form of a tour of in that of a Tomorrowland 2019 performance–could be the 2019 equivalent.

Angello recently chatted with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, during which he told the source that the group would play Tomorrowland 2019 “by any means necessary.” Angello’s comment crystallizes the long suspected, but formally unconfirmed return of the trio, despite a lack of formal affirmation from Tomorrowland festival organizers.

Tomorrowland has not released the dates of its 2019 production, but given Angello’s remark, tickets to the Boom, Belgium based affair can only be expected to sell out with increased rapidity next year if “means” prove propitious.

Feature image: Rukes