With less than 60 days ’til the start of Tomorrowland 2018, today, we are getting a closer look at the madness that will go down both weekends at one of the dynamic music festivals of the world. People from all over the world take a trip to Tomorrowland to keep their eyes on the stars, feet on the ground and to lose themselves. It’s more than just music. To the known and unknown, here is the programme for the dynamic festival. The first round of Tomorrowland will take place from 20-22 July, (Weekend 1), followed by the second round from 27-29 July, (Weekend 2) at recreation area De Schorre in Boom, Belgium. Cutting the long story short, here are the things you should know about Tomorrowland 2018.
The festival swanks quite a few stages, and trust me, they are matchless and holds a distinctive vibe and varied acts from artists all over the world. The eight stages have some quirky names too. Have a look: Mainstage, Paradise Core, Harbour House, Leaf, The Arch, Theatre Formidable, Musical Freedom, House of Mask, Atmosphere, Cage, The Rave Cave, Euphoria, Organ of Harmony, Garden of Madness, Rose Garden and Tulip.
Let the cat out of the bag: The gigantic line-up
When it is about the line-up of one of the biggest, most dynamic music festivals of the entire world, it has to be explosive. Today, we are getting a look at the music that will go down both weekends at the Mainstage, Atmosphere, Garden of Madness, Arch, and The Tulip. On that note, Lost Stories and Zaeden who are two prominent names in Indian dance music scene, will be taking Indian music to world domination. Lost Stories will be representing India yet again at Tomorrowland for the third time with Zaeden marking the latter’s debut performance at the esteemed festival. The boys will be performing a full-fledged B2B set at Tiesto’s Musical Freedom Stage on the very first day of the festival.
In weekend 1, the main stage will feature some global heavyweights such as Alan Walker, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Bonzai All Stars feat. Airwave, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, Hardwell, Joris Voorn, Netsky, San Holo, Steve Aoki, and Vini Vici. On the second day, Armin van Buuren, Curtis Alto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero, Nora En Pure, Salvatore Ganacci will be playing some explosive dance floor worthy tunes. The last day of weekend 1 will witness Lost Frequencies, Martin Garrix, Paul Kalkbrenner, Paul Oakenfold, Steve Angello, Timmy Trumpet, Yves V among many others.
Weekend 2 will witness Cherry Moon Trax, Henri PFR, Jonas Blue, Kölsch, Nico Morano, Paul Kalkbrenner, Slushii, Tiësto, and W&W followed by Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Angemi, Armin van Buuren, Kungs, Markus Schulz, Martin Garrix, Quintino, Robin Schulz, Solomun, Bassjackers in the next two days.
This is one of my favourites and for those who believe in no-nonsense techno. In weekend 1, this stage will feature some notorious techno producers/DJs such as Adam Beyer, Ben Klock, Dense & Pika, Enrico Sangiuliano, Ida Engberg, Korsakoff, Mc Villain, Ran-D, Sub Zero Project, Michael Thoelen, Richie Hawtin, Sam Paganini, Atmozfears, Len Faki, Marcel Dettmann, Mind Against, Audiotricz, Brennan Heart, Da Tweekaz, and Demi Kanon among others.
Here comes another good news, as in weekend 2, Atmosphere will be dominated by Pryda and artists like Broux, Cristoph, Dubfire, Eric Prydz, Sasha along with Adam Beyer on the first day (27 July), followed by Boris Brejcha, Fred Hush vs Nakadia, Nina Kraviz, Richie Hawtin, Rob Hes, Sven Väth among many others in the last two days.
Garden of Madness
The first day of weekend 1 is the day of Anjunabeats featuring Above & Beyond, Amy Wiles, Andrew Bayer, Gabriel & Dresden, Genix & Sunny Lax, Grum, Ilan Bluestone, Jason Ross, Oliver Smith, Spencer Brown, and Tinlicker. Followed by Adriatique DkA (Live), Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Lehar, Magdalena, Solomun, Nukov & Yelmet, Solardo, Sam Feldt (Live), Sander van Doorn, Capoon, Hunter/Game, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Mind Against, Recondite (live), Tale Of Us, Vaal and many many others in both the weekends.
Arch and Tulip Stage:
In weekend one these will the ideal place for psychedelic trance music lovers. These two stages have some lit acts in both the weeks and that includes names like Ace Ventura, Avalon, BLiSS, Firaga vs SynSUN, GMS, Infected Mushroom, Liquid Soul, Vertical Mode, Vibe Tribe, WHITENO1SE, Yannick Thiry, Menno de Jong, Rank 1, Scott Bond, Talla 2XLC, Ton T.B. (Three Drives) among some gigantic names.
In weekend two, Arch will be witnessing a few Anjunadeep folks including 16 Bit Lolitas, Ben Böhmer, Jody Wisternoff & James Grant, Lane 8, Luttrell, Yotto, whereas Aevion, Anna Lunoe, Chocolate Puma, Disciples, Duke Dumont, Jax Jones, Oliver Heldens, Punctual will be dominating The Tulip Stage.
On the second day of weekend 2, Tulip will also showcase the Future Sound of Egypt with acts by Ahmed Romel, Aly & Fila, Ciaran McAuley, Cold Blue, Ferry Corsten, Giuseppe Ottaviani Live 2.0, Hazem Beltagui (Deep Set), Paul Thomas and Stoneface & Terminal.
State of things no one speaks about
- Access to the festival is only possible if you have a valid Tomorrowland Bracelet registered on your name. In both the weekends, on Friday and Saturday check-in is open until 22h00. Access will be denied after this time. On Sunday check-in closes at 21h00. Access will be denied after this time.
- To enter the festival, the minimum age limit is 18. However, the good news for people born in 2000 is, they will be allowed to the ground even though they turn 18 after the festival.
- For Tomorrowland day Bracelet holders there is no re-entry possible. When leaving the site, a new entry ticket is needed for new access to the festival site.
- Tomorrowland and DreamVille can easily be reached by public transport. There are extra trains from SNCB from the railway station in Boom. An easy to use journey planner for the public transport in Belgium can be found here.
- Tomorrowland is easily accessible with bus line 500. This bus line follows the route Antwerp – Boom – Rumst – Mechelen or Mechelen – Rumst – Boom – Antwerp and runs several times per hour.
- If you are coming by car, trust your cell phone’s GPS. The festival area is situated in between the E19 and the A12 motorways and is easily accessible from both motorways. Check for DreamVille parking lots. On the highway, follow the signs “Festival Boom”. Once you get closer to the festival, follow the signs: For DreamVille: “P Camping”. For Tomorrowland: “P Festival”.
- It goes without saying that Tomorrowland and DreamVille conduct an absolute zero tolerance policy in regard to drugs! However, the organisers can only allow specific medications if one can present a valid medical certificate at the entrance. No one wants to get removed from the festival grounds and/or camping site, right? So, please make sure you are saying no to drugs.
To finish, there will be an amazing opening party called ‘DreamVille The Gathering’, a warming up open-air party certainly sets the right mood for the smashing weekend that awaits you. This is exclusively for all the DreamVille guests (entrance is free for them) and will be an overwhelming experience in the midst of sunset, enthralling music and good vibes. Please note that only DreamVille packages and Global Journey packages (incl. DreamVille accommodation) will grant you access to The Gathering.
Think a little less, live a lot more.