Tomorrowland (festival)

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Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland logo
Location(s) Boom, Belgium
Years active 2005 - present
Date(s) Final weekend of July
Genre EDM

Tomorrowland is a large electronic music festival held in Belgium. It used to be organized as a joint venture by the original founders, the brothers Beers together with ID&T, subsidiary of SFX Entertainment.[1] The festival takes place in the town of Boom, Belgium (16 kilometers (10 miles) south of Antwerp, 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of Brussels), and has been organized since 2005. It has since become one of the most notable global music festivals.[2]

History[edit]

The first edition of the festival took place on August 14th, 2005. Two Belgian brothers, Mauricio and Gael with Andres Unidos Cisneros , organized the festival. Performers included Push (M.I.K.E.), Armin van Buuren, Cor Fijneman, Yves Deruyter, Technoboy, and Coone.[3]

The second festival, on July 30, 2006, hosted Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Fred Baker, DJ Zany, Ruthless,and Marco Bailey. The DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold was also announced on the poster, but canceled at the last moment, as he was on tour with Madonna at the time. Emjay, the producer of 'Stimulate', the anthem of 2006, performed on mainstage with The Atari Babies. The third year, the festival lasted two days for the first time in its history, taking place on July 28 and 29, 2007.

In 2008, the festival took place on July 26 and 27. For the first time, more than 100 DJs participated. The number of visitors exceeded 80,000 for the first time.[citation needed]

For the fifth event, ID&T led to even more venues, one ski, and much more. Sun[who?] has included an "I Love the 90's" stage, where musicians such as Push, Natural Born Deejays and SASH from the dance scene were present. La Rocca performed live at the event for the first time. The special act on the main stage was Moby. Tomorrowland 2009 took place on July 25 and 26 and attracted 90,000 people.

Main stage of Tomorrowland 2013

Tomorrowland sold out days before the event, with a record attendance of 120,000 visitors over two days, in 2010 Dada Life, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Tara McDonald wrote the official anthem "Tomorrow/Give Into The Night" performing the song twice on the main stage after Swedish House Mafia. The track was made by Like Mike, Dada Life and Dimitri Vegas and the vocal melody and lyrics were written and recorded by Tara McDonald. The song reached number 5 in the Belgian commercial charts and is the biggest selling anthem for Tomorrowlands to date.

2011 marked the festival's expansion to three days. Only a few days after the official pre-sale of tickets kicked off, Tomorrowland was completely sold out and had over 180,000 visitors. David Guetta, Nervo, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, Tiësto, 2ManyDJ's, Carl Cox, Paul van Dyk, Tensnake, Laidback Luke, Brodinski, De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, and dozens of others performed. It was voted the best festival of its kind in the world at the International Dance Music Awards in 2012.[4]

Tomorrowland 2012 took place between from July 27–29, 2012, at the De Schorre, a provincial recreation area in Boom, Belgium. The line-up consisted of 400 DJs, such as Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Skrillex, Avicii, Marco Bailey, Skazi, David Guetta, Nervo, Hardwell, Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Carl Cox, The Bloody Beetroots, Paul van Dyk, Martin Solveig, Chuckie, Fatboy Slim, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Pendulum playing on fifteen stages each day. 185,000 people from over 75 countries around the world were in attendance, with 35,000 of them staying in Dreamville. Because of the enormous success of Tomorrowland and the fact that it is a Belgian festival, ID&T decided to give Belgians an exclusive chance with a pre-sale (80,000 of the 185,000 tickets) on March 24. In less than one day, all of the tickets sold out and at some moments there were 2,000,000 people on the online waiting list. The worldwide sale started April 7. Within 43 minutes, the other 100,000 tickets sold out. In addition to regular tickets, Tomorrowland partnered with Brussels Airlines to provide exclusive travel packages from over 15 cities around the world. Other highlights of the festival were the Cloud Rider, the highest mobile Ferris wheel in Europe,[5] and the fact that 25 airlines were organised to bring spectators to the festival from all over the world.[6]

Tomorrowland 2013 took place on July 26–28 and reached over 180,000 attendees at De Schorre in Boom, Belgium. Full madness passes sold out in 35 minutes, and the remainder of tickets sold out in a reported one second.[7] Tomorrowland also offered its Global Journey packages and Brussels Airlines had 140 additional flights from 67 different cities around the world to get festival goers with 214 different nationalities to Boom, Belgium.[8]

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival, and to meet the high demand for tickets, the 2014 edition of Tomorrowland will be held over two weekends; 18–20 July and 25–27 July. However, unlike the 2013 Ultra Music Festival, which used a similar format and did have a differing lineup of performers in its two weekends, plus an array of other events across Miami during the week in between, the lineup of both weekends will be "more or less the same".[9] In April 2014, MTV announced that it will produce two hour-long MTV World Stage specials featuring performances from the festival (to be aired in August 2014), and that it will produce a documentary surrounding the 10th anniversary of Tomorrowland.[10]

TomorrowWorld[edit]

TomorrowWorld
Location(s) Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, United States
Years active 2013 - present
Date(s) Final weekend of September
Genre EDM

In March 10 March 2013, SFX Entertainment announced that it would begin organizing an American spin-off of Tomorrowland, known as TomorrowWorld.[11] The festival is held at the Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, located 48 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Atlanta.[12] The site was specifically chosen due to its resemblance to the Boom location that Tomorrowland is traditionally held.

The inaugural edition of TomorrowWorld, held 27–29 September 2013, reused the "Book of Wisdom" design used for the main stage at Tomorrowland in 2012. The festival played host to over 140,000 attendees over the weekend.[13][14][15] The 2014 edition of TomorrowWorld will be held on 26–28 September 2014.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Work Result
2012 International Dance Music Awards Best Music Event Tomorrowland - Boom, Belgium Won
2013 Won
2014 Won

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