Nowadays, there seems to be way too many festivals out there to keep up with. However, Tomorrowland is one of the most anticipated and talked about festivals every year. For the past 10 years, Tomorrowland has been one of the most outstanding festivals around the world. Taking place in Boom, Belgium (between Brussels and Antwerp) an estimated 200,000 people from over 100 countries gathered together to dance as the world’s biggest electronic acts took over 16 stages at this massive festival.
Arriving in the town of Boom, it is almost impossible to believe that such huge event is taking place. The only thing that indicated such were the Tomorrowland flags hanging on the home windows as well as people making their way to the entrance with flags from all over the world. After gates opened on July 24th, madness began and did not stop for the next 3 days.
During the first day of the festival, it was easy to see the excitement and almost desperation of people who just couldn’t wait to get in. Many of the festival goers were already staying on festival grounds in a population within the festival called Dreamville. This consisted of big part of attendees to camp at the actual festival making the experience more comfortable and exciting (One of the things that makes Tomorrowland so great is all the different camping options that are offered). Shortly after doors opened, ravers from all over the world started to take over all 16 stages. Names like Alesso, Oliver Heldens, and Avicii were some of the most anticipated acts of the day as well as some of the best sets that took place on the massive main stage, however, huge crowds were gathered around the entire festival as names like Steve Aoki took over the Dimmak Stage and Carl Cox and Friends took over the Opera stage.
During the second day, some rain started to fall and it seemed like there was no stopping it. As R3hab took the stage, some of the most hardcore ravers seemed too determined to party and were not stopped regardless of all the rain. As the day went by, the weather seemed to slowly get better as more and more people joined the party. During late afternoon names like Martin Garrix, Dillon Francis, and Armin Van Buuren took over the main stage as well as acts like Hardwell taking over his own Revealed stage. All amazing performances but the highlight of the night was definitely the closing of the main stage by Axwell / Ingrosso. The former Swedish House Mafia members came back to the Tomorrowland stage and seemed to be stronger than ever. Including songs like ‘Something New’ and ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ in their set, the Swedish duo seemed to prove that they are still one of the biggest and most powerful names in electronic music.
The third and last day of the festival started with some beautiful and sunny weather. With hopes of it staying that way, the energetic crowd got out there once again bringing out their last bit of energy for the big finale. The windy and stormy weather took over once again although it seemed like this time it wasn’t going anywhere. Even though people were dripping from head to toe, ravers held tight to their flags as they made their way around the festival to catch the final performances. Names like Steve Angello, Afrojack, and Hardwell dominated the main stage while Dillon Francis, Yellowclaw, and GTA seemed to have one the most crazy crowds over at the Barong Family stage.
It is very hard to describe Tomorrowland in its entirety as there are simply too many great things going on at once. However, it is very easy to say that it is simply the best festival you could ever attend. Everything from the food (which was beyond great) to the insane and massive production, Tomorrowland seems to have it all and it has achieved things that no other festival has ever done yet. Even though electronic music festivals expand around the world with names like Ultra Music Festival and EDC Vegas, it is easy to say that Tomorrowland is an experience like no other and it’s simply the world’s best festival.