- Stages and other entertainment
- VIP Comfort Pass
- Disability Access
- Local Accommodation
- What to wear
- Camping and Accommodation
- Site Information
- Food and drink
- Tables at Tomorrowland:
- Spending Money
- Perform at the festival
- Volunteer or work
- Drugs and security
- Stream online
- Mobile Apps
- Past lineups
Tomorrowland is a 3 day music festival that is amongst the biggest dance festivals in Europe. It's unique fantasy amusement park setting is complemented by the dance heavy line-up featuring other similar sub-genres.
Vibrant, dynamic and highly charged, Tomorrowland has been described as "A trippy technicolour fantasy". Tomorrowland incorporates a stronger visual experience then most of it's dance festival competitors.In its short history the event has accelerated itself to be considered one of the top electronic festivals in Europe.
Every year they invest a lot of effort and manpower in decorating the festival area, which contributes to the total Tomorrowland experience. To mention an example, 2011 saw an Alice In Wonderland theme for the main stage with giant oak trees, mushrooms, lasers shooting out of characters eyes and functioning waterfalls.
With so much time put into the decoration of the festival, attendees are asked not to tamper or harm decorations, and anyone found will be escorted off site, with other members of the public happy to report anyone they spy doing so.
Constructed decoration aside, Tomorrowland is also surrounded by many of Belgium's beautiful lakes, hills and fields.
2014 dates will be released shortly after the 2013 event finishes.
Recently a viral Facebook page suggested that the festival will be doing a tour of Australia, however there are many reasons to believe that is a hoax.
Stages and other entertainment
Tomorrowland has almost 20 stages, each with their own personality and style of artists. Some appear every day, while some stage and arenas are present for set days.
On average Tomorrowland has around 14 stages, but this can decrease of increase with each event. Because of this purchasing a programme is highly recommended.
Church Of Love: The festival has one area that is specially designed for long term lovers, recent couples and new friends. Reviews have suggested that once in the proverbial love shack, attendees can find a bed, condoms and cleanup tissues to enjoy. Couples are left in privacy whilst nuns guard the church, giving you ten to fifteen minutes to...urm...you know...you business!
Lakes: Tomorrowland is full of lakes and trees, with a ride on the rentable paddle boats a popular choice, many relax by the lakes as a chance to escape the 60,000 strong crowd.
Arena: The fairground rides are also reportedly free!
VIP Comfort Pass
If you choose to purchase the comfort pass you get access to the raised viewing platforms, this video is a good example of the view.
This is an 18+ event, although if you turn 18 the year of the festival you are hoping to attend, you will still be let in, but apart from that it still remains an 18+ event.
Those with disability should bare in mind the following information
- With a blue parking card, there is special reserved parking space available
- There is an elevator at the main enterance
- Guidance dogs are allowed
- Wooden floors around the site make ease for wheelchairs
- There are designated camping and toilets for the disabled
- Assistance is always availble, with many at the start of the festival giving you further information.
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For further advice check out our Where to stay during Tomorrowland article.
What to wear
Bright colours are always welcome at Tomorrowland, matching the vibe of the event, it's always best to wear something non constrictive so you can dance lots. We'd also recommend against wearing heavy denim, this can become quite heavy when wet from rain or sweat, and can cause skin irritation if the day is particularly humid.
Anyone wearing clothes that "express an explicit political, social movement or group" will be asked to remove said item, or be denied entry.
Good footwear is important, we have read tons of articles recommending this as it can take 15-30 mins to walk from the campsite to arena depending on where you are camped.
Camping and Accommodation
The camping area for Tomorrowland is called Dreamville and has a whole website dedicated to all the individual perks and things to look out for. Below we have summarized some points worth knowing:
- There is a supermarket managed by the company Tentenzo
- There are showers and a cozy BBQ area
- Unfortunately there is not a zone for Caravan and Campervans
- There is a general Dreamville Camp Area but if attending in a Group you will be assigned a certain camp area, With your regular DreamVille wristband you can visit all your friends at the DreamVille regular camp area, but they can’t enter the Group Camping area to visit you
- Every year this is a Warming Up Party on the Thursday night with 12 Belgian Dance acts.
- You can bring your own food and drink into the camping site, but not into the arena, with anything in glass banned.
There are 4 Camping/Accommodation choices all which include access to The Gathering Warm Up Party which takes place:
- DREAMVILLE 5 DAY PASS + "THE GATHERING" (€ 47,50 + € 3,25 Admin Fee) - bring your own camping material
The following choices are bought by through one transaction with everybody spliting the amount
- EASY TENT 5 DAY PASS + "THE GATHERING" (€250 + €6.50 BF) - 1 tent per ticket, with 1 tent holding 2 - 4 people, tent is set up for you. You are allowed to take the tent home with you.
- RELAX ROOM 5 DAY PASS + "THE GATHERING" (€950 + €6.50 BF) - 1 ticket per room for 2 people - lockable room with 2 equipped beds, a light, clothing rack, separate sanitary facilities.
- MANSION 5 DAY PASS + "THE GATHERING" - for 12 people, located in nature a walking distance from the festival, luxury, a lviing room, sofas, a dining table, fully equiped beds, filled fridge, espresso machine, private lounge terrace and more. Price is €21,000.
It's important to know there are no Caravans and Camper facilites.
It costs 2 tokens to use the showers and the queues are long, Best times to go are either first thing in the morning or in the afternoon around 2pm.
Opening Hours Of Festival Site:
- Friday 26 July 2013:12h00 til 01h00
- Saturday 27 July 2013:12h00 til 01h00
- Sunday 28 July 2013:12h00 til 00h00
Friday and Saturday check in possible until 22H, Sunday check in possible until 21H, no entry will be allowed after those times.
- As mentioned earlier, Anyone wearing clothes that "express an explicit political, social movement or group" will be asked to remove said item, or be denied entry.
- Lockers: For just €6 a locker key can be bought, with access to your locker throughout the festival. A deposit of €5 will also required however this will be refunded on the return of your key.
- Flash Lighting: Many festivals have flashing lights, however many reviews have joked about the seizure like quality of the light displays at the event, so do avoid if epileptic.
- There are showers on site, but it is recommended to go in the afternoon or evening if you are desperate as the mornings have long queues.
- The main arena opens at 12pm every day, shutting at 1am apart from Sunday where it shuts at midnight
- Camera: the festival is open for all cameras as they love seeing and sharing peoples youtube videos and pictures
Parking Parking is just a walking distance from Dreamville and accessible throughout the whole festival from 10am onwards on Thursday 25th. You can go and come as you please from the parking area to Dreamville and then to the festival site from there.
Food and drink
Tomorrowland has received universal praise for it's choice of festival cuisine.
Food ranges from hot dogs and pizza to oyster and Belgian frites, with a wide choice for vegetarians and vegans.Those eating and drinking in the VIP area are also eligible for free massages.
According to forum discussion, the festival operates on a token system, in 2012 the prices were apparently as follows:
- 7 coupons for 10 euros
- Beers and Ciders cost 2 coupons
- Soda/Water cost 1.5 Tokens
The Boozebag which costs €50 comes with some beers and 35 tokens.
You can bring your own food and drink into the camping site, but not into the arena, with anything in glass banned.
Tables at Tomorrowland:
Minimum 8 people per table, maximum 12.
1 Day table - €590 --> €300 Free drinks per person included (€4720 total for 8 peoplel)
Exclusive Table + 2 additional days with comfort ticket - €800 --> €300 Free drinks per person included. (€6400 total for 8 people)
-Exclusive Table for all 3 days €1370 --> €600 Free drinks per person included (€10,960 total for 8 people)
Other pricing for it: Extra guest for 1 day table: €590 Extra guest for 1 day + 2 additional days of Comfort VIP - €800 Extra guest for 3 day table - €1370
Tables include the following: - Access to all comfort areas - Comfort parking - Comfort entrance - Dedicated water service - Wide selection of liquors and soft drinks - Delicious finger food
Additional: - Dinner at star chef Wout Bru (3 course dinner + glass of wine) - €27.5 per person - Dessers at star chef Roger Van Damme - €15 per person - Hotel accomodation: On demand - Transportation (Limo - Bus - Car): Price on demand
Aside from travel and those kind of expenses, outside forum research shows that many recommend anything from €150-€300 depending on what kind of time you want to have.
At Wikifestival we recommend not to keep all your money in one place, as mentioned in the Food and Drink section, the festival operates on tokens. It might be worth buying a selected amount of tokens in the morning and keeping a small amount of cash for merchandise and other fun festival buys.
There are plenty of ATMs on site, so withdrawing all your money at once isn't completely necessary.
Perform at the festival
Like much of the festival, the organisers source the artisits themselves as opposed to people applying.
The festival uses the same team of dances every year too.
Volunteer or work
So far, all we know is that Tomorrowland does everything in-house, recruiting their own staff and volunteers from bespoke services.
Drugs and security
The festival is known to have a mini drug culture, so be ready to be searched on entry, as well as the occasional stop search once in the site. Dogs are often present, however forums discussions suggest that the security changes in various degrees year on year, some years getting weaker, some years getting stricter.
The intensity of the search as you enter depends on how busy it is when you arrive.
Tomorrowland TV gives you the chance to watch some of the lovely madness, Shot in HD, viewers get to see live sets, interviews, backstage gossip and more!
Broadcasting 6 hours of live television across 3 days, The channel is available from the Tomorrowland YouTube channel
Every year the festival does have an app that usually available for both Andrioid and Iphone, the 2012 app had the following features:
- Appmiral Connect - friend connect system which helps you locate your friend, you can also manually ask your friend to update their location.
- News Feed that is updates regualrly
- Artist lineup and update
Ticket Sell Out Times: (2013: 1 Second)(2012: Within The Hour)
Tomorrowland began as a relatively small festival in Belgium, originally opening with 10,000 party-goers.
Started in 2005, Tomorrowland was intended as Europe’s answer to the amusement park setting of America’s incredibly popular Electric Daisy Carnival.
It has grown massively since then bringing together huge crowds from all across the world each year and is now often described as one of the biggest festivals in Europe today.
Tomorrowland is run by the Dutch event and entertainment company ID&T, the largest dance music company in the Netherlands.
In 1992, the founders of the company, Irfan van Ewijk, Duncan Stutterheim, and Theo Lelie began planning an electronic music concert to appeal to the college graduates who made up a large base of the fans. This concert “The Final Exam,” was a huge success and with 12,500 students attended the event.
For many, the after-movie of the 2011 event pushed the festival higher in global knowledge, as the YouTube video clocked up almost 50 millions views.
Since then this collective’s scope has grown bigger and they are the ones behind festivals like Sensation (Black and White), Mysteryland, Thunderdome, Innercity, and of course Tomorrowland. ID&T has won Best Promoter and Best Dance Event at the WMC multiple times and remains one of the strongest event promotion companies in the world.
The festival has won many awards including “Best European Festival” and “Best Belgian Summer Festival” as well as being nominated for “Best Global Festival” at this year’s IDMAs (International Dance Music Awards).
In 2012, the festival welcomed 180,000 revellers all safely returned to 75 different countries, with the live stream clocking up 7,933,661 views.
At the 2012 European Festival Awards the event won Best Major Festival.
2012 featured Skrillex, Avicii, Skazi, David Guetta, Nervo, Swedish House Mafia, Steve Aoki, Carl Cox, The Bloody Beetroots, Paul van Dyk, Martin Solveig, Chuckie (DJ), Fatboy Slim and Pendulum, full lineup can be seen here
2011: Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Carl Cox, De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, Fedde le Grand, Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn, Swedish House Mafia, Cosmic Gate, Avicii, Faithless, Tiësto, Laidback Luke, David Guetta and 2 Many DJ's. For a full list of the 2011 line up, click here.
2010: Swedish House Mafia
2009: Moby, Push, Natural Born Deejays
2008: David Guetta, Above & Beyond, Les Petits Pilous, Armin Van Burren, Marco Remus, Felix Da Housecat
2007: Paul Van Dyk, Roger Sanchez,
2006: Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Fred Baker, Zany, Ruthless, Marco Bailey.
2005: Push (MIKE), Armin Van Buuren, Cor Fijneman, Yves Deruyter, Technoboy, Coone
Details of past line-ups can be found here