Tomorrowland – Festival Review

If you haven’t heard of Tomorrowland before, then don’t bother reading this post.
It’s not for you, don’t worry about it. No pasa nada.

Last year, as part of my amazing OE (‘Overseas Experience’) I made it to Tomorrowland – pretty much the greatest party on earth.

 

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Now before I go any further, I realise you maybe pondering the most obvious question, ‘How?!’  – as getting tickets to this is not particularly easy (especially from New Zealand!), with over 180,000 tickets selling out in minutes.

Well, to be honest I don’t really know how I scored a ticket, basically I was lucky – as were 2 of my friends who also managed to get tickets, although perhaps this information might help you:

We were up and on the internet at 4am (NZT) and ready to buy the tickets as soon as they were released. We also bought Global Journey packages, which included flights, hotel accommodation, transfers and tickets.

Obviously this cost more than just buying days tickets, but as I was set to be in Spain before the festival, I needed the flights anyway – and the accommodation and transfers sure made things easy every day. There’s also less people looking at these deals (although, there’s still a heck of lot), so it’s easier to snap one up.

 

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The Global Journey deal was great, and I’d highly recommend it for several main reasons:

  • Tomorrowland itself is out in the middle of no where – about a 45 minute bus ride from Brussels. There are not many places out there to stay (excluding DreamVille, and a few home-stays, which get booked up super fast). This package includes buses there and back, making things super easy. (they are also really well organised)
  • You get to meet people in your hotel and on the bus before you go.
  • You have a nice bed to sleep in each night… props to everyone that does DreamVille, but seriously it’s not for me… hell Baywatch Camping at Rhythm & Vines taught me that.
  • You get freebies! On the ‘party plane’ ride over (actually not that great despite the disco lights, as you can’t get out of your seat) I got a free ICE watch, Tomorrowland sunglasses, snacks and other random things. I love free shit.

 

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Now Tomorrowland itself, can quite fairly be described as Disneyland for adults. It’s decked out like a dream, with crazy décor, incredible stages and buzzy things going on everywhere.

You’ll see something new everyday.

The line up is always incredible, and though there were a bunch of DJ’s I’d never heard of before I quickly worked out which stages played my kind of music and stuck around them whenever I was in doubt.

 

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All the big names are there though; David Guetta, Like Mike and Dimitri Vegas, Tiesto, Hardwell, Alesso, Steve Angello, Nicky Romero, Avicii, and our favourite Aussie girls, Nervo, among others.

Being in the crowd is incredible.

Everyone is ecstatic, the air is electric and the sky is often full of balloons, streamers, confetti, glitter, and bubbles. I think I was smiling for three days straight.

 

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It’s an incredible experience and by far the most impressive festival I’ve ever been too.

There’s really nothing in New Zealand compares – our festivals are awesome of course, but on a completely different level.

I would highly recommend Tomorrowland for anyone that’s interested in dance music – whether you’re a hardcore drum & base addict, or more of a commercial house music fan like myself. I know it’s expensive (especially coming from New Zealand) but holy crap it’s worth it.

I would go again in a heart beat.

3 Comments

  1. OMG Tomorrowland has been on my to-do list for ages, but I didn’t know how to approach it! I was actually in Brussels at the same time Tomorrowland was on last year but I was too scared to go alone (I don’t speak any European languages). Thanks for the tips!

  2. Awesome. Awesome. Awesome!
    I’ve missed on tickets/packages 2 years straight. Didn’t let that happen this year. Can’t wait to embrace the same experience & emotion.

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