Tomorrowland Returns to Claim the Festival Crown Once Again
3. The Impeccable Lineups
Tomorrowland sets itself apart by leaning on established and beloved brands, labels, and artists for its stages. This approach has grown in popularity among other festival brands as well. This way each stage each day has its own curated vibe and crowd that is consistent throughout the day. You’ll see Afterlife, Drumcode, Alesso, Anjunabeats, Ellum, STMPD, KNTXT, and more curate the entire lineup and production for the stage that day – so you’ll find it hard to leave the stage you’re at sometimes. You won’t have Marshmello fans taking up space before Eric Prydz, because Tomorrowland has enough room and enough stages to let each stage cultivate its own vibe each day.
Another really nice thing coming from the perspective of a US attendee, is the European music tastes are so different than the US. Since the US market is dominated by Insomniac Events now, all of our lineups feature many of the same names over and over again. It’s also very bass music heavy with sprinklings of tech house. You won’t find as many varieties of bass music at Tomorrowland. Instead, there are many more varieties of techno and underground sounds you’ll rarely ever get in the US. Take advantage.
Even the Tomorrowland mainstage will offer something different than most US festivals. Tomorrowland has the guts to put artists like Jamie Jones, Tale of Us and Maceo Plex on the mainstage at the earlier part of peak time. They expose the masses to new sounds they certainly wouldn’t hear at a mainstage at Ultra or EDC. In fact, Charlotte de Witte will close down the mainstage during Weekend 3 in what is sure to be a historic performance.
I particularly loved the Eric Prydz HOLO takeover at Freedom on Friday, Charlotte de Witte’s KNTXT takeover on Friday, the Afterlife stage at Atmosphere on Saturday, and Drumcode on Sunday. However, there were also amazing lineups from Diplo’s Higher Ground, Maceo Plex’s Ellum, and even a stage featuring the golden era of EDM 2010-2012.
Over the three weekends, it would probably be easier to list the artists that aren’t playing (Solomun, David Guetta, Carl Cox, deadmau5) than to list all of the ones that did. Suffice it to say that basically everybody in the entire dance music world was probably there at one point over the course of July.