Where do I even begin to start with a Tomorrowland blog post? Do I start with the attention to detail, the vast amount of effort that was put into making this trip something I will remember for the rest of my life, or the amount of acts I got to see on the various theatrical stages?
The start would be a good place for the beginning of the blog.
The tickets for Tomorrowland, (an electronic dance music festival) have always been like gold dust so I already knew I was one of the luckiest people on the planet to be landing at Brussels airport at the unique arrival desk with goodie bags, tickets, itinerary and gifts to start the experience. The goodie bag on its own included a map of Tomorrowland, the stages, artists and a personalised journal to record all of the once in a lifetime moments and photos.
Upon arrival to Tomorrowland itself, held in a small village quite aptly named, ‘Boom’, we saw the buildings decorated with Tomorrowland flags and people sitting outside their houses waving at the shuttle buses as they came through the streets like we were royalty! It was obvious that this festival really was as huge as we had previously anticipated.
We arrived at ‘Dreamville’. This was the name of our particular camping section. We were shown to our ‘lodge’, which would be classed as home for the next few days. A safe in the floor, two single beds, small lamp and a USB charging station next to your bed was the 5* accommodation we had been expecting, all topped off with a daily ‘Tomorrowland’ newspaper delivered to your porch every morning and fresh flower on the bed – Just one of the finer details that didn’t need to be done but made it all that bit more special.
To continue with the amenities and ‘extras’, there were showers and flushable toilets on our campus at Dreamville, all regularly cleaned and kept sparkling. Often someone would be straight in with their anti-bac spray and bleach as soon as you exited the cubicle. Quite a treat if you’re a regular festival goer and used to smelly portaloos and baby wipe baths!
Around a 10 minute walk away over in another campus, was a well known supermarket, hairdressers, beauty boutique, merchandise shop, post office and even a licensed tattoo shop! Various restaurants were also easily accessible for every kind of food lover. From Italian to a good old English kebab. You could get it. There wasn’t one thing the organisers missed or didn’t think of! Including the bracelets which you used to pay for everything contactlessly while you were there. you received these through the post a few weeks before the festival which came in their own ‘Elixir of Life’ themed four tiered presentation box. (Shown in goodie bag image above).
Onto the actual reason we were there, the music.
In total, there were sixteen stages across the seventy five hectares of land that housed Tomorrowland featuring artists such as Axwell, Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Sander van Doorn, The Chainsmokers, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Burren, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Eric Prydz and hundreds more. Those were just a handful!
Every stage was a masterpiece. The main stage was based on an enchanted forest with 3D trees and doorways with moving structures and various levels for dancers and performers.
The Rose Garden, The Garden of Madness, The Opera Stage and The Rave Cave, (literally a little cave with a DJ inside) were just a few of the titles of these stages. The Rose Garden stage made its debut at the 2016 Tomorrowland featuring a moving ‘she-dragon’ emerging from the lake behind the stage blowing smoke over the partying crowd beneath.
The journey from one stage to another was never a boring one either. You would walk over wooden bridges with a quote engraved into every single slat of wood. Large floating flowers on the river beneath turned into colourful fountains whilst swans swam past.
Once darkness had fallen, the stages came to life even more with lights, lasers, streamers, confetti and fireworks.
No amount of words, photos or videos will ever begin to describe the amount of effort that went into planning this music festival. You will never understand the feeling of euphoria you experience while you’re listening to some of your favourite artists live knowing that you were one of the lucky ones to be able to get your hands on a ticket.
I had already tried writing this blog once before but it started to turn into a lengthy and detailed explanation of every tiny detail, therefore too long to be a blog post. This is a very short and ‘to the point’ description of some of the things I saw whilst attending Tomorrowland. I have included a couple more links at the end of this blog for you to read more about the festival and also a video to watch the 2016 after movie.
And to round this blog off, I will end with the Tomorrowland slogan…
dedicated to Avicii