Since 2005, Tomorrowland has been blazing a path for electronic music fans all over the world. This past October, the iconic festival celebrated its 15th anniversary year with a special performance at ADE.
Tomorrowland celebrates its 15th birthday in 2019, but fans can now expect 15 more as the bucket-list topping festival just extended its contract with its annual host, the town of Boom, Belgium.
The first 15 years of Tomorrowland’s story have seen the European massive literally multiply in size. In 2019, the Belgian massive brought an estimated 400,000 attendees from around the world, nearly 50 times more than the 9,000 who partied at the festival’s inaugural edition.
With Tomorrowland bringing so much global attention in addition to its renowned lineups each year, the festival was able to renegotiate aspects of its contract with the Boom government. As such, the town will lower its tax on Tomorrowland a total of 14 percent, from €3.50 per day per person to just €3. Tomorrowland has taken place at De Schorre Estate since its inception, and according to event spokesman Debby Wilmsen, “Boom and De Schorre are part of the long-term vision that we have with the festival.”
Tomorrowland 2020 is a two-weekend event, first taking place on July 17 – 19 before returning the following week, July 24 – 26. Ticket registration for 2020 is now open.
Sure, mid-December is firmly in the thick of the holidays, but it also means that spring festival season is right around the corner. Serving that reminder this week is the announcement of Tomorrowland 2020’s upcoming ticket sales. Fans of the Belgium-based massive can start planning next year’s trip to Dreamville as the earliest phase of tickets go on sale January 18, 2020.
Sales for the global journey travel package begin on January 18, and are mostly inclusive, incorporating travel from larger cities in the region into the experience. For those just looking for a ticket to the festival, as well as a stay in Dreamville, WorldWide pre-sale begins on January 25. However, those who are interested in the early stages of ticket availability should create an account and pre-register on Tomorrowland’s website here (note: being pre-registered does not guarantee a ticket).
Additionally, Tomorrowland has two options for tickets titled First 20 and Surprise Tickets. As the name implies, the former gives the first 20 registrants from each country the option to secure four Tomorrowland tickets before the Worldwide Sale begins on the January 25. On the other hand, the Surprise Tickets will allow attendees to purchase a mystery-tiered ticket, which they won’t receive details of until days before the festival.
Tomorrowland recently announced that 2020’s theme
will be The Reflection of Love, see the teaser below.
A maniacal mixture is brewing on the Halloween event series horizon. This year, New York’s tried-and-true event architects, DEG Presents, are partnering with DJ Mag’s champion duo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Tomorrowland for a one-night-only three-pronged production of unearthly proportions. The duo parade into the city with their recently pocketed winning title as the world’s number one DJ’s voted by DJ Mag, swiping the reigning spot from multi-year defendant Martin Garrix at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event.
On November 2, Tomorrowland’s Garden of Madness will make its auspicious US debut, converging with DEG’s Fearhouse event series—all under Vegas and Mike’s beguiling behalf at the New York Expo Center. It will be the solitary US showing of its kind, among the most populated and production-propelled Halloween destinations in the Big Apple.
For ticket-holders hankering for further blood coagulation come the fateful night, the event will also harbor a 10,000-square foot pop-up installment of NYC’s renowned Blood Manor. They plan to pack the sinful structure with their signature “themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways designed to to maximize ones fears.”
Tickets to this tantalizing terminal are sure to sell with eerie expedience. Secure them here.
Belgium’s Tomorrowland expanded to new heights in 2019, announcing the year prior that not only would fans be treated to two weekends in summer, but that now a winter edition would unfold in March. The inaugural Tomorrowland Winter officially touched down on the Alpe D’Huez and immediately became a hit—even after inclement weather led to a bumpy start and evacuations at first. By Summer, plans were fully in motion for the festival’s return, and now, the first of its lineup has officially been unveiled.
House and techno dominate the first phase, with notable talents like Charlotte de Witte, Artbat, Joris Voorn, Kölsch, Patrice Baumel, Stephan Bodzin, Paul Kalkbrenner, and more making their way onto the bill. At a closer glance, it seems some of the festival’s headlining talent has also been revealed in Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren. Mike P.U.S.H. and Vini Vici are among the first trance acts to be announced, while the raucous Timmy Trumpet is primed to create another stunt whilst taking the Tomorrowland Winter decks.
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.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will debut their famed fall event, Garden of Madness in the United States on November 2. The international phenomenon, formerly known as Bringing The Madness, will touch down at the New York Expo Center for its inaugural iteration in the states. Produced by the team behind Boom, Belgium’s renowned Tomorrowland festival, Garden of Madness promises attendees a high-caliber live event experience with adrenaline-spiking dance action.
The November 2 date is Garden of Madness’ sole US showing of 2019: after its short New York stint, the series will cross the Atlantic, traveling abroad to Liverpool for a December 7 edition at the Steel Yard. The Garden of Madness run will conclude at the Sportpaleis Antwerp arena on December 20-21.
Garden of Madness holds a rich history in the context of Tomorrowland, where Dimitri Vegas and Like Mikes’ concept has been a cornerstone of Tomorrowland programming since 2014. The conceptual event series has also become a regular component of Ushuaïa Ibiza’s annual calendar as well. The White Isle hotspot has consistently welcomed Garden of Madness back for residencies for three respective seasons. Interested in attending? Visit Garden of Madness’ official website for more information.
Although it only saw one performance at the first weekend of Tomorrowland, Eric Prydz‘s EPIC 6.0 holosphere was simply unreal. EPIC stands for “Eric Prydz In Concert,” and that’s exactly what that performance was: a concert.
A club night is not a concert. A DJ set on a giant stage is not a concert. A concert is equally visual and aural in that the audience’s eyes and ears should remain fixed on the stage out of a resolute and irrational fear of missing but a moment. With Prydz and his DJ equipment inside the sphere, almost completely out of sight, fans who were lucky enough to be in that one crowd received a performance that was purely audio-visual.
Unfortunately, part of the Freedom stage, which housed the sphere at Tomorrowland, sank after the first weekend, and the organizers were unable to reconstruct the stage in time for the following weekend. As such, the second holosphere run was cancelled.
Luckily for the rest of Prydz’ global fanbase, The Verge was able to take a behind-the-scenes look into the holosphere from conception to production. In the video below that is just shy of eight minutes, The Verge interviews the visual designers, the architects, the technicians, and of course, Prydz himself.
Festival-goers have the option of purchasing either a four- or seven-day package, which go on sale Sept. 21 and 14, respectively. Pre-registration opens Aug. 13. Purchase of a ticket includes accommodations and ski passes. Read how to order your package here, and pre-register here.
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.”