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.
As the countdown to festival season continues, Tomorrowland has been gradually releasing the names that will grace the stages of one of the world’s most celebrated festivals. Along with the January announcements that brought on artists like Alesso, Alison Wonderland, Prydz, the Belgian festival has announced the addition of nearly 20 more artists to kick off February.
One of the largest, most illustrious music festivals in the business, Tomorrowland has released its first bill of names for both its July 20–22 and July 27–29 dates. The Belgian blowout will feature household names from years past, such as Armin van Buuren and Axwell / Ingrosso slated to perform at the trance and main stages, respectively, as well as fresh-faced up-and-comers like Rezz, who will be found goggle-eyed at the Monstercat stage. The preliminary lineup is intriguing, but still leaves ample spots for six days of festival to be filled in the coming weeks.
The full lineup and more festival info can be found here.
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Tomorrowland 2018 has just revealed a brand-new theme and dates for the Belgium music festival. ‘The Story of Planaxis’ will invite Tomorrowland attendees to “be part of this fascinating new adventure and discover a magnificent new world” during next year’s event. Tomorrowland will start on July 20-22 and the second weekend being from July 27-29th,
On July 20-22 and 27-29, Tomorrowland 2018 will return to Belgium under the theme of “The Story of Planaxis.” While the meaning behind the theme is unknown for the time being, details are sure to emerge as registration dates approach.
Pre-registration begins Jan. 9, 2018. Global Journey sale begins Jan. 20. Worldwide pre-sale begins Jan. 27, with worldwide tickets on sale Feb. 3.
The 2017 event generated 77 million views on Snapchat, amassed 355 million minutes in YouTube views, and effectively reached 184 million people on Facebook. Tomorrowland’s reach as a major event, both physically and across social media, grows 2.4 times larger each year.
Tomorrowland had a very special visit from the Belgium’s royal family during the first weekend of this year’s festivities. On Friday, July 21st, King Filip and Queen Mathilde visited the festival to celebrate Belgium’s national holiday. The royal family was welcomed with open arms as they had the opportunity to watch Tomorrowland from the skybox
Tomorrowland has taken a step in festival security that no other multi-day festival has before.
Organizers of the Boom, Belgium-based event are on the defensive this year for the festival’s twelfth iteration, with the threat of terrorism especially emphasized after the suicide bombing attack on Ariana Grande’sDangerous Woman tour in Manchester. The evacuation of Nuremburg’s Rock am Ring in June after the receipt of a credible terror threat provided further cause for caution. Federal police in Belgium have acknowledged Tomorrowland’s screening of each and every ticket holder this year. 400,000 tickets were sold for the festival’s 2017 edition.
Belgian police officials evaluated ticket holders on what has since said to have been strict “criteria” by various Belgian media sources. While the details of that criteria have not been released in order to ensure the utmost level of effectiveness in the evaluation process, it is known that those barred entry to the festival were not rejected on the grounds of prior drug offenses. Thirty-eight ticket holders were refused access to the festival once the comprehensive screening was completed, the examination focusing on ticket holders’ respective potential for radical behavior. All staff members were screened along with ticket holders.
The mayors of Boom and Rumst lent Tomorrowland permission to screen the thousands of ticket holders. Due to a Tomorrowland ticket’s link to one’s full legal name and country of origin, the process was expedited and the information sought immediately obtained.
The first wave of artists to hit the many stages of Tomorrowland has been revealed and there is no shortage of big names for the Belgium festival. Published via their social media accounts, Tomorrowland kept with their circus/carnival theme “Amicorum Spectaculum” and uncovered this year’s DJs via tarot cards that displayed a portrait of the artists