Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is an electronic music festival and one of the largest festivals in Europe. Its unique psychedelic carnival atmosphere is complemented by its electronic and dance music (referred to in the USA as EDM) line-up that also features other similar sub-genres such as trance, house and rave music.

In 2014 the festival announced that in honour of its 10th anniversary, it would be held over two weekends (rather than its usual one). Dates are: Thursday 17/07 – Monday 21/07 and Thursday 24/07 – Monday 28/07. Both weekends will be basically the same, but with double the amount of time, more people will be able to attend.

Vibe

Known for its intense energy and phantasmagorical decorations, Tomorrowland has a surreal quality that sets it apart visually from its competition in the dance music field. In the years since the festival first started (in 2004) it has become one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world.

Every year the festival organisers invest a lot of effort and manpower in decorating the festival site, which greatly contributes to the total experience for the festival-goer. For example, in 2011 Tomorrowland took on an "Alice In Wonderland" theme for its main stage that included 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 doing so is escorted off-site.

Constructed decoration aside, Tomorrowland is also surrounded by many of Belgium's beautiful lakes, hills and fields.

Line-up

The 2014 line-up that's been announced so far includes Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Bassnectar, Benny Benassi, Carlo Cox, Diplo, Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike, Eric Prydz, Hardwell, Knife Party, Loco Dice, New World Punx, Nicky Romero, Steve Angelo, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Yves V, and many more.

Pre-event party: The Gathering

The Gathering is a party held on the night before the main Tomorrowland festival starts.

Stages

There are almost 20 stages at Tomorrowland, each with their own personality and style of artists. Some appear every day, while some stage and arenas are present for different days. The sheer quantity of stages means that there are many artists playing simultaneously, so festival attendees will not be able to see every performer on the line-up.

Every stage is painstakingly decorated, and the artistry of the decor is as much of an event as the music itself.

On average Tomorrowland has around 14 stages, but this can decrease of increase with each event. Purchasing a programme is highly recommended for festival-goers.

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, designed to be used for sex. Couples are left in privacy whilst attractive young women dressed as nuns guard the church, giving punters ten to fifteen minutes to partake in sexual activities.

Lakes

The Tomorrowland festival site is full of lakes and trees. Several paddle boats are available to rent on the lakes. Many visitors relax by the lakes as a chance to escape the 120,000 - 200,000 strong crowd.

Arena

The fairground rides are reported to be free of charge in this area.

Tickets

Tomorrowland tickets are sent to purchasers with special computerised bracelets that allow the wearer into the festival and past festival security. Passport details are collected when festival-goers originally purchase their tickets, and security verifies at the gate that each person is who they say they are.

These bracelets can be activated before arriving at the festival site online, although once activated, you will not be able to sell your bracelet to anyone else. Only the person for whom a bracelet has been activated can attend the event and get past security.

Tomorrowland organisers are not known to be very helpful with ticket or bracelet problems.

Prices

In 2014 a three day standard full madness ticket costs €237.50. Access to camping, in Dreamville, costs an extra €52.50 for a total of €290.00 . Check the camping section of this wiki for more details.

Buying

In 2013 tickets for Tomorrowland sold out in what has been reported as one second. In order to get tickets you must first pre-register, which can be done here. When the tickets go on sale, which will the 15th of February, you must make your purchase as soon as they go on sale, unless you are willing to purchase a far more expensive re-sale ticket or dodgy tout ticket.

In 2013 over two million people attempted to buy tickets for the festival when only 180,000 tickets were available. Demand for tickets was extremely high.

Resale

Several websites specialise in helping people with spare tickets sell them online in a process called "reselling". Unfortunately people will usually sell these tickets at an inflated price. Even so, if you have enough money you can usually purchase tickets on these websites, right up until the day of the festival. Check websites such as Viagogo, Stubhub and GetMeIn for resale tickets.

Touts

Touts are known to sell tickets outside the festival on the days of the event. There are several stories online about fake tickets being sold and pre-registered bracelets being sold to festival-goers who paid for these but were unable to enter the event.

Fraud

In 2013 a website entitled "Tomorrowland 2013" was set up by a fraudulent company in order to sell fake Tomorrowland products and tickets. Tomorrowland's popularity is growing and consequently fraudsters will attempt to cash in. Always check that a website you are considering making a purchase from is legitimate before completing your transaction.

VIP Tickets

The VIP tickets at Tomorrowland are called a "Comfort Pass". This ticket gives attendees access to the raised viewing platforms, providing better views of stages. This video is a good example of the view.

Packages

Global Journey

Tomorrowland offer a range of travel packages to festival-goers that they term Global Journey. These are well organised packages that consist of a ticket for the festival and a return flight, train and/or a hotel. A few select flights are classified as "party flights" and have entertainment and music on them. 2 flights last year had live DJ sets with Dmitri Vegas and Yves V. Although Global Journey packages are more expensive than buying everything individually, they are becoming increasingly popular as a sure way to get into Tomorrowland when normal tickets run out.

Further information is available on our blog post here. There is a price simulator on the Tomorrowland website to help you calculate how much a Global Journey ticket will cost, that can be accessed here.

Private Packages

A range of tour operators offer organised package trips to Tommorrowland. In the UK we recommend Festicket.

Children

This is an 18+ event, although if you turn 18 on the year of the festival you are hoping to attend, you will still be let in.

Disability Access

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 entrance
  • 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 available at the event

For more information about disabled access at the festival, email jelle@intro-events.be

Weather

The average minimum temperature for July in Boom, Belgium is 13C; the average high is 23C.

Travel

Tomorrowland is located on recreational grounds called De Schorre in Boom, a town between Brussels and Antwerp. You can get to Boom by flying into Brussels or Charleroi Airport, and then taking public transport.

Visitors can also take trains from Antwerp and other cities in Belgium.

If you are flying into Brussels Airport on the Thursday of the festival you can take a train to Mechelen and then take the special Dreamville train to Boom where you will be picked up by a free coach. If you are arriving later take a train to Puurs from Mechelen, and then change to Boom.

If you are flying into into Charleroi Airport on Thursday take a train to Mechelen and then take the special Dreamville train to Boom. Alternatively you can take a train from Mechelen to Puurs and then change.

Coaches

Companies such as Eurolines provide a good network of coaches from most European countries to Belgium.

There is no public transport from the Boom station to Dreamville on Saturday and Sunday!

What to wear

Bright colours are always welcome at Tomorrowland, matching the vibe of the event, it is always best to wear something loose to help you move around and dance more easily. Wearing denim is not recommended, as 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. It can take 15 to 30 mins to walk from the festival campsite to the arena depending on where you are camped. Dancing tires out your feet; if you like to dance wearing comfortable shoes is crucial.

What to bring

The weather can be very sunny at Tomorrowland. If you are camping, and won't be indoors very often, bring sunglasses. Sun screen is also essential. Keep some water on you throughout the day too, as dehydration can sneak up on you, making you feel tired and irritable.

Music festivals are notoriously loud places; just because you want to sleep doesn't mean your neighbours will feel the same way. Bring earplugs so that you can be sure that you can recharge for another day of fun.

Accomodation

There are several options available to festival-goers looking for accommodation at Tomorrowland.

Camping

The camping area at Tomorrowland is called Dreamville. There is a whole website dedicated to all the individual perks and things to look out for that you can visit HERE. Below we have summarised some key 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 camper vans
  • 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 will not be able to enter the Group Camping area to visit you
  • Every year there 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. All glass is banned.

There are 4 camping choices provided by Tomorrowland, all which include access to The Gathering Warm Up Party. All camping options will cost extra (they are not included with your ticket fee).

The first and cheapest option available to you is standard camping, and to get a pass for this you must purchase a Dreamville five day pass. This option requires you to bring your own camping material to the event.

The other three camping options are all boutique, and more expensive.

Boutique Camping

Apart from standard Dreamville camping, three other boutique camping options are available:

  • Easy Tent five day pass: This option provides one tent per ticket, with each tent holding 2 to 4 people. The tent is set up for you. You are allowed to take the tent home with you at the end of the event.
  • Relax Room five day pass: This option provides a room for 2 people per ticket. You will be given a lockable room with 2 beds, a light, clothing rack and separate sanitary facilities.
  • Mansion five day pass: This is the most luxurious option and suits up to 12 people. The Mansion pass is located in a more secluded part of the Tomorrowland site, a short walk away from the festival. This is a luxury camping pad with a living room, sofas, a dining table, fully equipped beds, filled fridge, espresso machine and private lounge terrace. The price for this can be quite expensive (in 2013 it was €21,000).

Caravans & Camper Vans

There are no Caravans and Camper facilities at Tomorrowland.

Other Accommodation

Other than Tomorrowland's own camping options there are lots of local private accommodation options available for festival-goers.

The following hotels have been recommended and spotted on similar articles and sites: Sir Plantin Hotel / Ibis Antwerpen Centrum.

For further advice check out our Where to stay during Tomorrowland article.

Showers

It costs 2 tokens to use the showers and the queues are long. The best times to go are either first thing in the morning or in the afternoon around 2pm.

Site Information

Opening Hours Of Festival Site

The festival site is usually open during the following hours:

  • Friday: 12h00 until 01h00
  • Saturday: 12h00 until 01h00
  • Sunday: 12h00 until 00h00

Check In

  • On Friday and Saturday check in is possible until 22:00pm
  • On Sunday check in is possible until 21:00pm.
  • No entry is allowed after these times.

General Information

  • 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

For information for how to get to the festival see How to Get to Tomorrowland.

Parking

Parking is just a walking distance from Dreamville and accessible throughout the whole festival from 10am onwards on the first Thursday of the event. 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 chips (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 Booze bag which costs €50 comes with some beers and 35 tokens.

Alcohol

You can bring your own food and drink into the camping site, but glass bottles are not allowed. Food and drink are banned from the festival grounds.

Tables (In the Bar)

Minimum 8 people per table, maximum 12.

  • 1 Day table - €590 --> €300 Free drinks per person included (€4720 total for 8 people)

  • 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 tables: 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 accommodation: On demand - Transportation (Limo - Bus - Car): Price on demand

Spending Money

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 Wikifestivals 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.

Performing

Like much of the festival, the organisers source the artists themselves as opposed to people applying.

The festival also uses the same team of dancers every year.

Volunteer

So far, all we know is that Tomorrowland does everything in-house, recruiting their own staff and volunteers from bespoke services.

Drugs

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.

Security

Police and security guards operate at Tomorrowland each year.

YouTube Channel

Tomorrowland TV gives you the chance to watch some of the lovely madness, Shot in HD, viewers get to see live sets, interviews and backstage gossip.

This channel broadcasts 6 hours of live television across the 3 days of the festival and is available here.

Mobile Apps

Every year the festival offers attendees an app that is usually available for both Android and Apple phones. In 2012 the festival app had the following features:

  • Appmiral Connect: friend connect system which helps you locate your friend. You could also manually ask your friend to update their location.
  • News Feed: Regularly updated news.
  • Artist line-up and updates.

Trivia

Ticket Sell Out Times

  • Tomorrowland 2013 sold out in 1 Second.
  • Tomorrowland 2012 sold out within one hour.

Tomorrowland began as a relatively small festival in Belgium, originally catering for 10,000 party-goers.

Started in 2004, Tomorrowland was intended as Europe’s answer to the amusement park setting of America’s incredibly popular Electric Daisy Carnival.

the festival 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.

Tomorrowland is run by the Dutch event and entertainment company ID&T, the largest dance music company in the Netherlands.

The founders of the company that organises Tomorrowland are Irfan van Ewijk, Duncan Stutterheim, and Theo Lelie.

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 Tomorrowland After-Movie 2011 caused quite a stir across the globe because it was very well made and showed off all the fun aspects of the festival. This YouTube video has registered over 50 millions views.

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.

Past lineups

2013: Avicii, Alesso, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Infected Mushroom, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, and more.

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

Information about Tomorrowland is quite difficult to find online. Social media and web forums like WikiFestivals and Tomorrowland Festival Forum can be very useful places to find the information you are looking for.

Rumours

There are some interesting rumours that Tomorrowland's organisers will be bringing it a version of the festival to South Africa, near Cape Town, in 2015. It's speculated that it will be called TomorrowWorld, just like the American version of the festival. Fingers crossed!

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