It’s halftime for Europe’s most hyped music festival. With the first weekend in the books, Tomorrowland gears up for its second round this weekend. Before heading to Boom, Belgium to check out the scene, Billboard makes artist picks for each day of Weekend Two in light of Weekend One’s best moments. With an exhausting 15 stages to choose from, consider this merely a representative sample of one of dance music’s deepest assembled talent pools.
FRIDAY, JULY 25
Eric Prydz, Main Stage, 12:00 – 15:00
What better way to kick off a festival than a three-hour set from one of dance music’s most prodigious producers? With triple the canvas to work with than most main-stagers, expect another signature set from Prydz that spans his stylistic range from euphoric progressive house to tension-tinged techno.
Dillon Francis, Mad Decent Stage, 21:30 – 22:30
Mad Decent’s class clown also happens to be one of its most exciting artists. Swerving from spirited moombahton to booming trap and throbbing electro, Francis’ first weekend set was a highlight of the talent-stacked label’s stage showcase.
Âme, We Play House Recordings Stage, 18:30 – 21:00
Kristian Beyer will represent the versatile Berlin duo with a moody and melodic DJ set that should offer attendees a contemplative break from the more mainstream stages’ drop-driven fare.
SATURDAY, JULY 26
Hardwell & Tiësto, Main Stage, 0:30 – 1:00
Spectacle can eclipse substance at Tomorrowland, where intricate stage designs and jaw-dropping pyrotechnics regularly earn just as much attention as the sounds they complement. With only a paltry thirty-minute set to share, the two Dutch dance stars will likely color within the lines. But if the first weekend was any indicator, the main stage’s energy level will be unparalleled.
Nero, Super You & Me Stage, 22:30 – 23:45
With searing new single, “Satisfy,” heralding their much-anticipated second album, British trio Nero is one of Tomorrowland’s most intriguing acts. Their Weekend One set was both energetic and bass-heavy, allowing attendees select sneak-peeks of the new material they’ve kept closely under wraps.
Ben Klock, Kozzmozz Stage, 22:00 – 23:30
Tomorrowland’s 2014 edition offers an oft-overlooked wealth of techno talent. Crowning a lineup that also boasts the likes of Cocoon don Sven Väth and Detroit legend Jeff Mills, Berghain resident Ben Klock is the move for a Saturday night hypnotic techno soundtrack.
SUNDAY, JULY 27
Krewella, Main Stage, 16:00 – 17:00
Bringing their trademark energy to the main stage last weekend with a blend of dynamic vocal-driven originals and well-executed remixes, Krewella’s Tomorrowland debut emerged as a consensus Sunday highlight. The Chicago trio should easily reprise that role this weekend with one of the final day’s most unrelenting hour-long offerings.
Markus Schulz & Cosmic Gate, Legends of Trance Stage
Three German trance titans will commandeer the Legends of Trance stage for more than nine total hours on Sunday. Cosmic Gate will kick off festivities at 13:00, hand off to Markus Schulz at 14:30 and rejoin him for a back-to-back set at 16:30. Trance’s resident marathon runner will then take back over from 17:15 to 22:30, before finally relinquishing the reins to Paul Van Dyk.
Maceo Plex, Café D’Anvers Stage, 22:00 – 0:00
Maceo Plex currently enjoys a rare sort of DJ diplomatic immunity reserved for artists unimpeachably on top of their games. From his “Conjure” series to his “Crossfade” remix, every release this year has been both exemplary and widely embraced by his peers. While he made his name on peerless deep house and techno productions, the American-born Barcelona transplant has emerged as a praise-worthy performer and would be a wise festival-closing choice this year.