Relive our top five favorite moments thus far throughout Hardwell’s career

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Since his inaugural debut production dating back to 2008, Hardwell has unequivocally cemented himself among an extremely select class of industry A-listers. The Dutchman initially drew electronic dance music fans in via heart-pounding and dynamic live performances at some of the planet’s most renowned music festivals. He’s since been extensively credited as one of the forefront pioneers of the bigroom house genre with not only his own music, but his main stage appearances where he incorporates never-before-heard creations from a multitude of artists.

Hardwell stunned the dance music world in early Spetember 2018 with the announcement that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from touring life in order to focus on his health and personal endeavors. The message arrived as a bittersweet moment, but fans were more than understanding and respected his decision—especially following the passing of Avicii earlier in the year after he faced extensive mental health obstacles.

While Hardwell continues to spend his much-needed and well-deserved off period in his hometown of Breda, we endlessly reminisce about the historic occasions of his mind-numbing mainstage appearances throughout each and every festival season. During the final performance at his Symphony event at Amsterdam Dance Event alongside the Metropole Orkest, Hardwell addressed the Dutch crowd with a tear-jerking farewell speech that concluded with “I will be back!” To hold us over until that eventual day does arrive, we attempted reduce his illustrious DJ tenture into just five of his most distinguished moments.

Sunset Performance at Ultra Music Festival 2013

Hardwell’s performance at Ultra Music Festival in 2013, which Dancing Astronaut labeled as ‘the unanimous fan favorite set‘ immediately following, is widely regarded as the irrefutable starting point in the mainstream bigroom house movement. The nearly one-hour set held in the midst of downtown Miami, that ignited during a breathtaking spring break sunset, was only the DJ’s second appearance at the iconic dance music festival. Hardwell experimented with a 20-song tracklist that contained productions that would soon convert into an abundance of dance music’s most nostalgic anthems. Introducing the Miami audience to an orchestral rendition of his timeless single, “Spaceman“, Hardwell did let up in the slightest, unleashing Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso’s Calling“, his collaboration “Jumper” with W&W and even had Dyro join him on stage for the premiere of “Never Say Goodbye“.

Return to Tomorrowland in 2018

One of the summer’s most anticipated performances calendar after calendar has been Hardwell’s return to Boom, Belgium, where he stood atop Tomorrowland’s mainstage and delivered a full 60 minutes of fast-paced bigroom. After a two-year hiatus from the renowned international festival, Hardwell officially reappeared on the event’s headliner billing to close Tomorrowland’s preeminent structure during the first evening of weekend one. Commencing with an aptly-crafted introductory edit and bootleg of Eminem’s “Without Me”, Hardwell delivered fan-favorite after fan favorite with his still unreleased “Old School ID”, a flawless mashup of “One Kiss” vs. “Bigroom Never Dies” and an impassioned grand finale featuring Ran-D’s “Zombie”. The moment of the performance that caught everyone’s attention, however, was when Hardwell reached for the mic to unveil the official follow up to his 2012 smash hit “Apollo” with “Being Alive“.

Historic 2017 Sophomore Edition of Hardwell’s Biggest Guestlist Festival

In December of 2015, Hardwell brought an astounding 80,000 fans together for one special event in Mumbai, India for his inaugural ‘World’s Biggest Guestlist Festival’. After an immensely successful first edition alongside the non-profit company Magic Bus to benefit underprivileged children, Hardwell took aim at shattering the first-year’s fundraising mark with the help of W&W, Kill the Buzz and much more. Hardwell delivered a near two-hour performance in front of more than 75,000 fans, playing out some of his most revered edits and mashups and a handful of unreleased productions including his hardstyle collaboration with Wildstylez, “Shine A Light”. The event was able to secure enough donations for more than 100,000 Indian children, who were at the receiving end of the charity’s education initiatives.

First Major Festival Appearance As DJ Mag Top 100’s #1 DJ

Hardwell was awarded with what would be his first of two titles as the number one DJ according to DJ Mag’s fan-voted Top 100 poll in October 2013. Excluding his celebratory performance at Amsterdam Music Festival following the vote reveal, Hardwell’s presence at Ultra Music Festival in 2014 marked the Dutchman’s inaugural major festival performance as defending champion. Clocking in at just over an hour, the display in downtown Miami has been widely lauded as one of, if not, the lone greatest performance of Hardwell’s extensive tenure. Opening with an unreleased cinematic introduction, which would later be known as “Eclipse“, Hardwell unleashed ID after ID in tandem with the unveiling of his remix for Armin van Buuren’s “Ping Pong”, Audien’s remix of “Pompeii” along with a closing hardstyle edit of “Spaceman” and Blasterjaxx and W&W’s “Rocket“.

Final Performance With Metropole Orkest Before Hiatus

After disclosing his impending retirement plans from the DJ world, Hardwell noted that his all-ages event during Amsterdam Dance Event alongside the Grammy-nominated Metropole Orkest would mark his official concluding performance. Through the help of the 52-person orchestra, Hardwell navigated through 30 years of dance music, taking attendees on a nostalgic adventure with the most recognizable productions in mankind. Beginning with early 1980s classics such as Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, Hardwell led the journey towards modern hits such as Avicii’s “Levels” and his collaboration with the Metropole Orkest known as “Conquerers“. The celebration of music finished with the aforementioned speech from the Revealed Recordings boss where he stood in front of a crowd chanting his name and thanked them for being there with him before teasing his inevitable comeback.

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NERVO making waves as Tomorrowland Radio’s first weekly hosts

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NERVO making waves as Tomorrowland Radio’s first weekly hostsNervo Chief Keef Champagne Video 01

It’s been a busy year for the NERVO sisters. Both members of the Australian duo became moms earlier this year, and now they have another big piece of news to share: Tomorrowland Radio has tapped them to be the first-ever weekly hosts of One World Radio.

“We are so happy to have joined the Tomorrowland family and becoming the first time weekly radio hosts for #OneWorldRadio show!” the duo shared on their Instagram. “What tune do you want us to play?”

NERVO had their first hosting session last week and will be hosting every Tuesday. Listen on One World Radio here.

SHAQ is hitting the road on international Summer League Tour

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SHAQ is hitting the road on international Summer League TourShaq DJ Diesel Live

DJ Diesel is keeping busy this summer. While the NBA cools down for a few weeks following the Toronto Raptor’s first championship title, SHAQ’s itinerary will be heating up as he sets out to bring his larger-than-life beats to a number of international stops on his newly announced Summer League tour.

Summer League is hitting some of the world’s most iconic venues and festivals this season, commencing at Red Rocks Amphitheater and taking the legendary center to Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, HARD Summer, Las Vegas, Croatia, and more in between. What’s more, two of the tour’s stops will be fully branded affairs known as SHAQ’s Bass All Stars, and SHAQ’s Fun House. Summer League runs through September 1. Find a full list of SHAQ‘s dates below.

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Tomorrowland delivers full lineup for 15th anniversary event

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Tomorrowland delivers full lineup for 15th anniversary eventTomorrowland 2018

Tomorrowland will celebrate 15 years of top-tier festival talent in just a few weeks, kicking off the festivities with the release of this year’s lineup in full.

The unveiling of the lineup has been gradual this year, with the first artists revealed in late January. Since then, the Belgian superfestival has been revealing waves of talent, disclosing performances by DJ Snake, Alison Wonderland, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, Above & Beyond, and many more.

Both weekends of the festival currently have undisclosed closing slots, leading many hopefuls to believe that Swedish House Mafia will be making an appearance. Only time will tell.

Tomorrowland’s first weekend kicks off July 19, followed by the second weekend July 26-28. The theme for this milestone anniversary year is “Our Story.”

View the lineup for both weekends in full here.

King of visuals Eric Prydz primed to outdo himself with ‘EPIC 6.0 HOLOSPHERE’ [Watch]

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King of visuals Eric Prydz primed to outdo himself with ‘EPIC 6.0 HOLOSPHERE’ [Watch]EPIC Eric Prydz Cube Cube

Eric Prydz‘ creativity knows no bounds. He imagines it, and sometime later, a team of technical geniuses make the most breathtaking interactive visual displays into reality. Now, with the impending debut of his “most technically advanced” live production to date, Prydz is set to outdo himself with EPIC 6.0 HOLOSPHERE.

The new live setup will be unveiled at Tomorrowland which takes runs from July 19 – 21. The Elements producer teased his jaw-dropping new 3D visuals online, just a month ahead of the show’s official debut. Get a sneak peek below.

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Tomorrowland to bring ‘Our Story’ curation to Amsterdam Dance Event

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Tomorrowland to bring ‘Our Story’ curation to Amsterdam Dance EventAde

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of one of the most influential dance music festival’s on the planet, Belgium’s Tomorrowland is bringing two days of curation to Amsterdam for the hotly attended and industry-focused ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) October 17-18.

The sweeping thrust of dance music synergy, entitled Our Story, will see performances from Netsky, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, The Bloody Beetroots, Armin van Buuren, and more at the 17,000-person capacity Ziggo Dome.

Catering heavily to industry professionals and avid fans alike, ADE is the largest and most quintessential club/dance music and conference-oriented festival in existence. In 2018, the festival saw its most expansive turn out on record, with 400,000 visitors in attendance through its five-day span.

Tickets to Our Story go on sale June 11, but pre-sale is available now, here. The event will be available to standard ADE pass holders, as well, with limited capacity, however.

Tomorrowland honors Avicii through 24-hour stream

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Tomorrowland honors Avicii through 24-hour streamSean Eriksson Avicii

The electronic community felt widespread sorrow on April 20, 2018 when news came out that Avicii had passed away that morning. Though he’d only been 28 at the time of his passing, the icon already had a long history of electronic music innovation with tracks like his breakout, “Levels,” to becoming one of the genre’s first crossover superstars with fusion cuts like “Wake Me Up” and more recently, Stories. His impact on the scene is indescribable, and as a tribute, mega festival Tomorrowland will be donating the entirety of its April 20, 2019 programming to the artist’s music to pay tribute to his career.

All 24 hours of the day will be Avicii’s best music, with an hour-long “Best Of” set being included. The stream will take place on Tomorrowland’s One World Radio online station. The star and the festival have a long and close history; “Levels” got its first major play in Tomorrowland’s 2011 iteration, and the star also made history with his 2013 and 2015 sets.

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Tomorrowland Winter faces first hurdle with ski lift evacuations

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Tomorrowland Winter faces first hurdle with ski lift evacuationsTomorrowland Winter Taken From Their FB

Tomorrowland decided to expand its seasonal horizons in 2019, launching its very first winter edition on to a sold-out crowd. Kicking off at the picturesque Alpe d’Huez on March 9 for quite a few attendees, the gathering offers not just winter wonderland levels of beauty, but also a choice ski spot to enjoy before well before the music kicks in on March 12.

There already seems to be some trouble in paradise, however; reports are coming in that a fierce storm in the area has led to the evacuation some of the prime ski lifts in the venue. Over 250 people, including artists, were removed from the area amid the harsh weather conditions, with some having to be escorted down in Bobcat sleighs. Luckily, the festival hasn’t been too affected since the music programming doesn’t begin until midday on the 12.

A spokesperson for the festival, Debby Wilmsen, advised in a statement: “The evacuation was a normal situation in a ski resort. In the afternoon, lifts were closed because of the wind. Some of our festival goers, crew, and artists that panned to take lifts from the bars to the resort were bought back by snow cars.”

Operations will resume fully by start time on the 12. Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, and Armin van Buuren are just a few of the headliners slated for the debut event.

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Tomorrowland kicks off One World Radio streaming platform, Steve Aoki spins at launch

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Tomorrowland kicks off One World Radio streaming platform, Steve Aoki spins at launchOne World Radio 1

To commemorate the festival’s landmark 15-year anniversary and cater to ever-mounting live-streaming demand, Tomorrowland has implemented a new multi-purpose streaming platform, One World Radio, accessible through its official website.

In addition to providing accessibility to live sets, the station will host a variety of exclusive mixes and special guest appearances. One World has secured Armin van Buuren as a station regular, locking him in for one weekly prime-time mix every Friday, while Aussie sister duo, Nervo, will host a Top 30 segment, fleshing out the People of Tomorrow-curated hottest tracks of the week.

To bolster the launch, Tomorrowland organizers invited Steve Aoki, who is also performing at this year’s installment, to spin a 15-minute set on the festival’s home turf, in Boom, Belgium. Eric Prydz, Nina Kraviz, Alesso, and The Chainsmokers are just a few of the most illustrious faces on the 2019 lineup, which exceeds 1000 artists throughout its two-weekend duration: July 19-21 and starting back up July 26-28. Tickets to Tomorrowland are completely sold out.

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From Miami to Ibiza and back again—Swedish House Mafia confirm return to The White Isle

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From Miami to Ibiza and back again—Swedish House Mafia confirm return to The White IsleSwedish House Mafia Tomorrowland 2013

Swedish House Mafia continues to keep the world on its toes. Whether the trio are teasing new music or hinting at potential performance locations, there is never a lack of speculation when it comes to the group’s impending activities in 2019. The latest confirmation from the Mafia is a confirmed return to Ibiza this summer. Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello took to Instagram to confirm this, posting, 26.7.19 on their stories.

This confirmation comes the week after their creative director, Alexander Wessely, sparked rumors about their impending return to the island after he posted a story searching for flights from Stockholm to Ibiza. It is currently unknown whether the trio’s Ibiza performance will be a single performance or the onset of a residency.

There is additional speculation that the group will be performing at Ultra Europe after posters scattered Split, and Tomorrowland currently has a hole in its weekend two Sunday lineup, leading many to believe they will be closing the second weekend of the festival as well.

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