Tomorrowland 2014 sells out two-weekends in under hour; TomorrowWorld 2014 on sale 2/22
Tickets for Tomorrowland’s 10th anniversary celebration (July 18-20 and 25-27) went on sale Feb. 15, Saturday morning. If you hoped to be able to go to the Belgium dance festival which is held on recreational grounds called De Schorre in Boom, a town between Brussels and Antwerp, you will have to wait until next year.
Even with the addition of a second weekend for the first time in Tomorrowland’s history, roughly 360,000 tickets sold out in under an hour. This in comparison to last year’s single-weekend which sold out in just minutes. With over 220 countries represented in the Tomorrowland crowd, it is not hard to see why tickets are such a commodity. But what sets this music festival apart from other large scale events?
For starters, the lineup consistently boasts the hottest acts in the EDM world and includes sounds from the Beatport Top 100 all the way to Q-Dance. Some headlining artists to grace the 2013 lineup included Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, and local “Belgiumites” Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike (who have also hosted the event since 2010.) Hardwell, Tiësto, Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren, Eric Prydz and Diplo have already been announced for the 2014 event.
The festival also offers some of the most surreal stages and top of the of the line FX and sound production. Stages themselves become part of the experience and look to engulf the audience into the fantasy that is Tomorrowland. For instance, last year’s cherished Main Stage included a built in volcano which would erupt fire, water, and fog on-queue. Other stages look almost as if they are part of the surrounding forest.
The beautiful festival grounds in Boom only add to the experience. The sprawling 185-acre fields also host a camping area, Dreamville, which is home to 35,000 campers. Dreamville includes a few different camping options, varying in price and equipment inclusion.
Only Dreamville residents are allowed entry into the exclusive area which also includes a marketplace with freshly baked goods, several community centers, and ability to attend “The Gathering,” a festival warm-up party to take place the night before the festival is to begin.
The most intriguing area of the festival is the “Church of Love.” Already sounds exciting, right? Specially designed for long term lovers, recent couples and new friends, attendees can find a bed, condoms and cleanup tissues, designed to be used for sex. Couples are left in privacy whilst attractive young women dressed as nuns guard the church.
“Church goers” are given ten to fifteen minutes to partake, though I’m sure for some that’s nine-fourteen minutes too much. Don’t believe me? Watch the video below of an astonished Tomorrowland 2012 attendee.
If the trip to Belgium is a little out of your rave-radius, SFX Entertainment just last year announced it would be bringing the beloved festival brand to the States. The festival, appropriately named TomorrowWorld, took place Sept. 27-29 of last year.
TomorrowWorld decided to hold its inaugural stateside festival in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia on a 500-acre plot of land resembling its Belgium home. Over 140,000 attended the 21+ only festival and 30,000 of those attendees camped in Dreamville, myself included.
Being a part of the EDM world since 2008, I have been blessed to attend countless shows and events but Tomorrowworld was by far my favorite. I was able to make the road trip with my girlfriend from South Florida to Chattahoochee Hills in under 12 hours which seemed way more feasible than the 10-hour flight to Belgium (and way less expensive.)
The camping aspect brought a whole different vibe to the event since there was no stress in booking an overpriced hotel or finding a cab along with thousands of other inebriated people at the end of the night.
Also, general admission tickets only grant you festival access once per day while Dreamville campers may go to and from the camping area to the festival site endlessly. This came in handy when we were just exhausted and wanted to relax in our makeshift “home” or if we wanted to grab another self-made drink (Dreamville campers were allotted 1x 24-pack of beer and 1x 1.75L bottle to bring into Dreamville, per person.)
The lineup was similar to Tomorrowland’s in that it included the most sought after headliners as well as some local artists and the stages were actually the same stages from Tomorrowland, sent from Europe in 80 shipping containers.
We enjoyed the event so much, we already purchased our “Pioneer” pre-sale tickets at $420 p/person (after service fee), for the 2014 incarnation. This compares to Ultra Music Festival 2014’s general admission prices of $490 p/person (after service fee) and does not include the magnificent countryside Tomorrowworld has to offer, nor camping options.
With festival season vastly approaching, make sure to lock in your tickets to any upcoming events as demand has increased over the past couple years, prices go up, and these events usually sell out. If you will be left out of the party this year, don’t worry. Last year, Tomorrowland live streamed seven hours of its festival each day via Youtube to an internet audience of about 16.8 million people.
If you will be in attendance for TomorrowWorld 2014, perhaps our fist-pumps will cross paths at some point. If you were lucky enough to have locked in a Tomorrowland 2014 ticket, have fun, be safe, and don’t forget to go to “Church.”
*Here’s what happened at TomorrowWorld 2013:
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