How Tomorrowland has become a Legend
Tomorrowland is one of the most famous and anticipated music festivals all around the world. It is also considered as one of the largest music fests that you can attend anywhere in the world. It was back in 2005 when the Brothers Manu and Michiel Beers started this festival together, to bring their dreams into a massive reality.
When they began this fest in 2005, Belgium was in utter need of an event that could attract a bunch of people towards the country. Exciting various audiences was the prime aim of this festival at that time.
The brand and festival that is worldwide famous at the very moment had undergone several trials and tribulations when it started. A lot of effort has been put in this music festival to make it one of the most popular ones across the globe.
This fest sells out within a matter of seconds, and people from all around the world, from different religions and cultures and countries, come together to attend this incredibly large event! If you are a music lover, then this is the perfect heaven that you need to visit to let yourself loose and enjoy from dusk till dawn.
Tomorrowland is no more than a fairytale dream coming to reality, which does seem impossible but make its way through the hurdles! In the starting years, the festival did not see the glory that we enjoy today.
The stages were unable to excite thousands of people, and it was just like any other random music fest until year after year, the crowd started to expand and become huge like never before. Let’s take you through a flashback of how Tomorrowland started and became what it is TODAY!
2005:The first ever Tomorrowland festival took place in 2005, on 14th August. Michiel Beers, Manu Beers and ID&T were the organisers of the fest. Artists like Technoboy, Coone, Push (M.I.K.E) and Yves Fijnem along with some others performed for the very first Tomorrowland fest. The crowd was not as expected at all; it was small and just fine.
2006:The first trial was not “the end” for Manu and Michiel Beers, and they organised Tomorrowland yet again in 2006. The second fest took place on 30th July, and some of the most famous names hosted this show. David Guetta, Fred Baker, Ruthless, DJ Zany and Axwell hosted the festival.
2007: In 2007, the Tomorrowland festival extended to a two-day fest. From 2005-2006, it was a one-day event only. In 2007, it took place on 28th and 29th July. This finally meant that Tomorrowland started to gather the attention that Michiel and Manu Beers had dreamt of. With a lineup with Magnus, Marco Bailey, Shameboy, Jan Van Biesen, Roger Sanchez, David Guetta, Headhunterz, Paul van Dyk, with an attendance of almost five times more than in the previous year, with 50,000 visitors from whole Belgium and neighbouring countries, due to its fame that began to grow.
2008: In 2008, the festival was again a two-day event. It took place on the 26th and 27th of July. This was the very first time when the artist list of Tomorrowland had 100 DJs. Also, after 3 years, the number of people attending the event went up to above the 50,000.The headliners were, Carl Cox the famous King of Techno that at the time was one of the most famous Dj’s in the world, David Guetta, Dr. Lektroluv, Yves V, Armin van Buuren, Felix da Housecat. And with a wide variety of musical genres, Tomorrowland was preparing to make the big leap.
2009: 25th and 26th July, was when the idea of thematic celebrations was born. With the theme “Masker” means Mask, the festival introduced its ideology, where they united art, with electronic music. Once again that year its attendance grew to 90,000 and again they managed to deliver a well-organized show, containing a lineup with the best stars of the actuality. The headlines that year were Push, Natural Born Deejays, Sash !, Moby, Felix da Housecat, David Guetta, Paul van Dyk.
2010: was a breakthrough moment for Tomorrowland as it was completely sold out days before the event. According to record, 120,000 visitors were a part of the music festival, over the two-day show. The official anthem of 2010 Tomorrowland was “Give into the Night” produced by Dada Life, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Tara McDonald, which became a massive hit. The theme of the fest was ZON (sun).
That year featured the famous trio Dj’s Swedish House of Mafia the faces of Electro House and progressive house. The headlines were, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Tara McDonald, DJ Chuckie, Armin van Buuren, Dada Life, Roger Sanchez.
2011:In 2011, Tomorrowland got expanded. It became a three-day show instead of a regular 2 day. It took place on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of July. The theme was “The Tree of Life”, and the anthem was “The Way We See the World” by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike featuring Afrojack and Nervo. Tomorrowland took another leap in its audience with its box office to sell out a few days after opening, with an attendance of 180,000 visitors. 2011 was the year that led the festival to receive the award for the best international dance music event in 2012. The headliners of the festival were Faithless, 2 Many DJs, Carl Cox, Steve Angello, Alex Metric, Quintino, Apster, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso, DJ Tiësto, Avicii, Pryda, Paul van Dyk.
2012:The festival took place on the 27th, 28th and 29th July in 2012 at De Schorre. 400 DJs were lined up for 2012 Tomorrowland fest, and it included some great names like David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Cazzette, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Wolfpack, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Wildstylez, Hardwell, Paul Van Dyk, Carl Cox, Yves V & Felguk, Otto Knows, Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl, Chuckie, Skrillex, etc. 185,000 people attended the festival from across the world. According to stats, 35,000 of the visitors stayed in Dreamville. The tickets were opened for the first 80,000 people on 24th March, and within a day, all of them were sold out, with 2,000,000 people still on the waiting list. The worldwide ticket sales kicked off on 7th April, and in 43 minutes, all of the 100,000 tickets were again sold out. In this year, the Tomorrowland also partnered up with Brussel Airways to bring amazing travelling packages for people who wanted to attend the music festival. The packages were offered in 15 different countries.
The theme of the festival in 2012, was Book of Wisdom and Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, composed the anthem for the fest, which was named “Tomorrow Changed Today”. The festival again won the International Dance Music Awards in 2013 for the Best Music Event. Tomorrowland 2012 also won the DJ Award for the Best International Dance Music Festival
2013: 26,27 and 28 of July with the theme of the year “The Arising of Life” and with the Anthem “Chattahoochee” by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike featuring Maarten Vorwerk, like in the previous years the festival didn’t stop to grow, and already with a footprint for the best festival in the world, became the mecca of any music lover with the box office running out in less than 30 minutes, visitors from around 240 countries where in the park called the “Dreamville” stood around 35,000 people camping.
The headliners were Axwell, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Afrojack, David Guetta, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, Sebastian Ingrosso, Will Sparks.
2014: As the tickets sold away every time within some minutes, a lot of people were always on the waiting list. Thus, due to high demand and the 10 year anniversary, Tomorrowland was held over two weekends in 2014. The weekends were from 18th to 20th July and from 25th to 27th July. The lineup for both the shows was kept almost the same so that both audiences could get the same artists and fun. In April 2014, MTV announced that they would be creating an entire 10 year anniversary documentary on Tomorrowland.
The top selling point of Tomorrowland in 2014 was its impeccable lineup. A crowd of 360,000 people attended Tomorrowland over both the weekends in 2014.
And once again the festival has won the International Dance Music Award for Best Global Festival.
With the theme “The Key to Happiness” and Anthem “Waves” by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and W & W.
The headliners were, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Martin Solveig, Steve Aoki, Tiësto, Skrillex.
2015: The festival comes with the theme “The Secret Kingdom of Melody” the festival this year returned to the usual 3 days of the festival taking place on 24, 25 and 26 July.
Attendance of 180,000 music lovers, from 75 different countries around the world, the festival continues to deplete its box office.
Tomorrowland at this point is already the most desired festival in the world and only a few can access it due to the limited existing tickets for the festival.
The International Dance Music Awards honoured the Tomorrowland 2015 the Best Global Festival for the fifth consecutive year, and readers of DJ Magazine voted Tomorrowland 2015 the World’s Best Festival.
The festival featured the headlines like,
3 Legend, Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Oliver Heldens, Steve Aoki, The Symphony Of Unity, Tiësto, W & W, DVBBS, Fox Stevenson.
2016: Tomorrowland brings us on 22, 23 and 24 July the theme “The Elixir of Life“.
With a great surprise prior to the festival, a surprise spectacle with the famous Dj Tiësto.
with an attendance of 180,000 ravers, with ticket office sold out.
The festival featured the headliners, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Solomun, Afrojack, Alesso, Steve Aoki, W & W, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, The Chainsmokers, Don Diablo, Steve Angello, DVBBS, Marshmello, Fox Stevenson.
2017: After their 10 year anniversary, this was the first time that Tomorrowland decided to expand the festival to two weekends again. The weekends were from 21st to 23rd July and from 28th to 30th July in 2017 with the theme “Amicorum Spectaculum“. The record of sold tickets was broken as 400,000 tickets were sold out for the two-weekend festival. The performances were expanded massively, and 16 stages were set up. It was yet again, a breakthrough year for Tomorrowland as it gathered nominations from European festival awards and Electronics music awards too. Furthermore, King Phillippe and Queen Consort Matilda also visited Tomorrowland in 2017.
By the end of August 2017, Tomorrowland was officially tagged as the world’s biggest music festival and the highest viewed music fest on social media too. It crossed 1.2 billion views from 200 million people.
The headliners were Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Alan Walker, Alesso, Alok, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, David Guetta, Don Diablo, Duke Dumont, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim, Yellow Claw, Kölsch, Corsten Ferry, Martin Garrix, Zedd, Paul van Dyk, Oliver Heldens, Solomun, Svenson & Gielen, Tiësto, Tchami, DJ Snake, Timmy Trumpet, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero, Marshmello, Markus Schulz, Fedde Le Grand, Sander van Doorn, Laidback Luke, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Paul Kalkbrenner, Showtek, Cosmic Gate, Gareth Emery, Nina Kraviz, Otto Knows, Marco V, David Gravell, Ørjan Nilsen, Pete Tong, Aly & Fila, W & W, KSHMR, Mattn, Jauz, Chocolate Puma, Matthias Tanzmann, Getter, Alison Wonderland, Lauren Lane DJ, Krewella, Robin Schulz, Eli & Fur
2018: Now we see ourselves the giant that Tomorrowland has become.
The festival over 14 years has totally changed and influenced the electronic music industry.
By 2018 on 20,21,22 and 27,28,29 July the theme is “The Story of Planaxis” with its box office sold out in less than an hour, the festival again had 400,000.
It was the year they paid tribute to the death of the famous Dj Avicii, that died three months before the festival.
The headlines were, Diego Garcia Sailing Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Alan Walker, Alesso, Axwell Λ Ingrosso. Coone, David Guetta. Don Diablo, Dua Lipa, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim, Hardwell, Kings, Meta4for, Yellow Claw, Kölsch, Ferry Corsten, Martin Garrix, Nervo, Paul van Dyk, Oliver Heldens, Quintino, Slushie, Solomun, Salvatore Ganacci, Tiësto, Tchami x Malaa, Timmy Trumpet, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero, Markus Schulz, Sander van Doorn, Laidback Luke, Lil Pump, Push, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Paul Kalkbrenner, Showtek, Vini Vici, Cosmic Gate, Gareth Emery, Nina Kraviz, Otto Knows, Marco V, David Gravell, Ørjan Nilsen, Pete Tong, Aly & Fila, W & W, KSHMR, Mattn, Jauz, Chocolate Puma, Matthias Tanzmann, Getter, Alison Wonderland, Robin Schulz, Eli & Fur , Ummet Ozcan, Virtual Self, YTRAM, 3 Are Legend
Tomorrowland 2019 what to expect?
Tomorrowland 2019 is all set to be another two-weekend festivity. From 19th to 21st July and from 26th to 28th July, thousands of people will be a part of the world’s most elaborate music festival. The line up is, as usual, amazing and the best artists will be performing at the event. Names like Afro Bros, Neon, Rebuke, B-Kay, Mad Teeth and much more will be a part of the two-weekend craziness.
At the main stage, Chainsmokers, Mike Williams, Mc Stretch, Alesso, Armin Van Buuren and Boris Brejcha will be performing from time to time. The lineup for both the weekends is almost the same; more or less. For instance, Hugel, Alok, Black Coffee, DJ Diesel and Amelie Lens will be performing on the first weekend but won’t be on the main stage of the 2nd weekend. On the other hand, Chainsmokers, 15Y Spectacle and Mc Stretch along with some other artists, will be performing on both the first and the second weekend.
Where to stay for Tomorrowland?
Ok so there are two options for staying at the Tomorrowland; either you camp or you book yourself a room in the best hotel around. If you have decided not to camp there, which is the best option if you want to experience the festival to its fullest, there are many places where you can stay. But let me remind you, everything you do for this festival, do it in advance because just like tickets, everything gets booked fast. Places Antwerp which is about 8 miles from Tomorrowland, Mechelen which is about 7 and Brussels, which is about 17 miles from the festival but don’t forget to book a hotel in advance.
Some tips for the Tomorrowland festival
If you’re attending it for the first time, then we would suggest to you to enjoy more and keep a low profile and do not get yourself kicked out of the event. Do not mess with the installation at the event, not in any case because this is a fast ticket that you will you out of the event. There are a lot of other things to check out other than the main stages. There is going to be a post office, a library, a love chapel to visit with your companion, restaurants and fun side attraction that makes this event one of its kinds. You will not experience anything better because of the details in the installations are the best compared to other events like Coachella and Ultra.
Going to Tomorrowland is just like going to a secret music society where you’re the chosen ones, and the excitement levels are through the roof. If you’re still not convinced, then you need to watch one of their videos because those videos of the experience can’t convince you, I don’t know what will. If you’re into music, then think of this moment, Avicii (rest in peace) is about to play his famous “Wake me up”, and it’s raining. You have to admit that this feels heaven, so buckle up and get your tickets while there is still some time left.