One of the world’s premier bass festivals, Belgium’s Rampage, is coming off of a major 10th anniversary outing in 2019. The lineup boasted a thick cast of dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass heavyweights including Andy C, Excision, Sub Focus, Dimension, and more. Though now, as the festival preps for the 2020 iteration, Rampage has revealed their first headliner—Pendulum, performing their Trinity Live concept for just the second time. And judging by the festival’s lead off booking, 2020’s talent roster is already looking mighty fine.
Pendulum Trinity feature’s the group’s original three members: Gareth McGrillen, Rob Swire, and El Hornet, performing atop a pyramid of LEDs, making for one of the most sensory-overloading live electronic shows of the last decade. The trio have only performed together one time outside of Australia in the last ten years, debuting the Trinity concept at London’s South West 4 Festival in early 2019. Now, the group is locked in for a headlining slot in Antwerp next year for Rampage, which takes place March 13 – 14, signaling to a massive low-end lineup soon to follow.
Year after year, the most in-demand electronic acts from across the globe and their cross-continental patrons gather in Boom, Belgium for what is unquestionably one of the most bonkers celebrations in dance music. This year, for its 15th anniversary, the festival saw familiar faces from across the electronic genre continuum, like techno tidal wave and Belgian native, Charlotte de Witte, trance’s enduring patriarch, Armin van Buuren, and the Godfather of EDM himself, Tiësto; while DJ Diesel (Shaq) caused quite a ruckus over at the main stage for his Tomorrowland dubstep-fueled debut.
The quintessential dance music domain saw a colossal main stage revamp of its 2012 theme, the Book of Wisdom. More larger-than-life performances are practically guaranteed for weekend two, which kicks off Thursday July 25, and closing out on Monday July 29.
Belgium’s VestiVille festival was canceled on the first day of its debut following a chain of events that some of its guests have likened to Fyre. At 5pm CET, the fallen event’s official Twitter posted a statement that the mayor of Lommel, the city where VestiVille was taking place, decided to shut things down after it’d become apparent that attendees and artists were at risk.
Troubles began to arise earlier in the day, when A$AP Rocky announced he was pulling out of his slot due to security and production concerns. Upon arrival, concertgoers began posting photos to social media of a barren venue and reporting widespread disorganization and lack of staff. A few joked they were ready to give their Netflix or Hulu interviews. Ironically, Ja Rule was set to play VestiVille as well.
Organizers have since been charged with crimes including money laundering and document forging. Vendors and staff also weren’t paid until hours before the event kicked off. Other artists allegedly set to play VestiVille included Cardi B, Trey Songz, and Lil Pump.
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.
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.
As of Monday and through the rest of the week, organizers for Boom, Belgium’s Tomorrowland will continue to unravel their esteemed-as-ever list of 2019 artistry. Scene frontrunners setting the weeklong reveal in motion are Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Helena Hauff, Fisher, The Chainsmokers, and more. Seasoned patrons should expect an abundance of followups of equal caliber throughout the week.
The announcement supersedes last week’s Tomorrowland 2019 stage rollout. The multifarious stage hosts for the newest installment of what is arguably the world’s most celebrated electronic music event will include the likes of Anjunabeats, Dirtybird, Charlotte de Witte’s KNTXT, and Adam Beyer’s Drumcode—just to name a few.
The two-weekend Tomorrowland 2019 will run July 19-21 and pick back up July 26-28.
A recent breach of Tomorrowland‘s attendee database exposed data on 64,000 ticket holders from the Boom, Belgium-based event’s 2014 iteration. As a Tomorrowland spokesperson conveyed to Flemish news source, De Standaard, Tomorrowland’s ticketer, Paylogic, contacted festival organizers when the 2014 system displayed unprovoked “unusual activity.” Paylogic promptly disconnected the database and reported the incident, while Tomorrowland reached out to those whose information was compromised via email.
Hackers are reportedly likely to have gathered the names, ages, postal codes, genders, and email addresses of the 64,000 in Tomorrowland’s 2014 database, but did not obtain personal payment information, passwords, or physical addresses. Only Tomorrowland’s 2014 goers were affected by the breach. Tomorrowland personnel ask those who did receive an email notification of data disclosure to be wary of potential and ensuing phishing attacks, and to ensure that all electronic correspondence comes from Tomorrowland.com.
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.