Not many things bring the world together these days, but Tomorrowland continues to prevail in attracting people from all over the globe to its dance music mecca.
In the small town of Boom, Belgium, the SFX-owned ID&T festival showcases some of the dance scene’s biggest talents for a three-day escape with a focus on being with loved ones, celebrating life and having fun.
Billboard takes you abroad to experience the madness and take part in a day in the life of a Tomorrowland attendee.
8:06 a.m.: After 10 hours of traveling — “Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to Brussels International Airport where the local time is 8:06 a.m.,” the flight attendant says over the airplane speakers. There’s a waffle stand waiting outside the gate with Belgian treats galore.
4:16 p.m.: Mild clouds hover but the sun shines above the Tomorrowland grounds while dance music fans from all over the world stroll through the festival. Foreign voices and people shouting along to the beats of Dzeko & Torres can be heard during an approach to the V-Sessions stage’s massive vine covered arena.
4:22 p.m.: Dzeko & Torres’s remix of Kygo‘s “Firestone” illuminates the V-Sessions stage being held in the Garden of Madness. Pink and purple lights flash as the gathered ravers rejoice. “I love this song,” a girl with multi-colored flowers in her hair exclaims as she grabs her friend’s hand.
5:45 p.m.: “It’s a world gathering here, you know? Everybody comes from different countries over the world and you feel like it’s a big family thing,” Johan Gielen of trance duo Airscape explains with a smile on his face.
6:53 p.m.: The ominous, almost haunting looking main stage called ‘The Kingdom of Melodia’ lights up to W&W dropping a surprise edit of Ariana Grande‘s “One Last Time.” Purple confetti consumes the crowd during a fiery drop full of melodic electro-synths. While catching up backstage, Ward of W&W explains that they also got to drop a new track set to come out on their Mainstage Music label and mashed it up with Galantis‘s “Runaway (U & I)” and a remix of Jack Ü‘s “Where R U Now.”
7:48 p.m.: Nicky Romero dominates the Tomorrowland main stage crowd while playing his song with Krewella, “Legacy.” “You saved my life tonight!” a girl howls to the sky as she jumps and swings her heart-eyes emoji totem in the air.
9:00 p.m.: “Tomorrowland, we are one,” declares David Guetta as a congregation of fans commence a massive “hey, ho!” chant. The main stage comes to life, flashing blue and green lights with strobes hitting overjoyed fans as they sing along to Guetta’s remix of “Show Me Love.” He then changes the pace by turning the meadow down to a remix of the classic Oasis track “Wonderwall.”
10:43 p.m.: The first round of fireworks launch during “Titanium.” Bright white lights expose the main stage masses. A boy with an Australian flag tied around his neck like a cape walks around carrying a lavender plant asking people to smell it, while his friend hoists a sunflower plant in the air beside him. It makes little to no sense at all, but that’s the mad magic of Tomorrowland.
10:55 p.m.: Avicii takes the stage to an alluring mashup of some of his most famous tracks, including many from his debut album, True. Wearing his signature black snapback, the Swede charms the crowd with an acapella of latest single “Waiting for Love,” while his hands making piano playing motions in the air. Acrobats throw their bodies across the stage, doing tricks beside the Kingdom of Melodia’s waterfalls. “Look up there!” a British boy screams while grabbing his girlfriend and pointing towards the screen that shows them both dancing.
12:32 a.m.: “Let me see your flags, Tomorrowland!” Steve Aoki hollers into his mic before dropping popular track “Boneless.” Flags from across the world can be seen waving in the sea of people. A group of girls on shoulders spread their Swedish flag while screaming “Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum!”
1:05 a.m.: After throwing a cake into the face of a lucky fan, Aoki finishes the night with “No Beef,” his collaboration with Afrojack. He ends his set screaming passionately into the mic, “Tomorrowland! Thank you so much!” Interviewed backstage, he emotionally declares, “I can’t tell if I’m crying or not. I’m just in a cloud. It’s just so epic.”