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This Tomorrowland Festival Review + Guide will tell you all you need to know about this incredible, world-famous festival in Belgium, broken into 18 categories. From different kinds of camping, the lineup, the crowd, and security to amenities, getting tickets, how money works, and different kinds of food and drink… I got you.
Tomorrowland one of my favorite places in the world. There is just something different about it that sets it apart from anything else I have ever done. I am constantly lost for words whenever I try to describe how next-level of an experience it is… I am even finding it hard to sit here and find the words to write this Tomorrowland review + music festival guide about it. It just has that effect on you. It’s insane.
I think Tomorrowland is the one time per year all these people go to the festival and just completely let go. Everyone feels especially lucky to get tickets and be there in the first place. Everyone there lives and breathes Tomorrowland, and just does it big. It’s an extremely well-done massive music festival, with all kinds of other activities and areas to explore as well. Not to mention their unique and fairytale-like stage design, which only gets better over the years as well. But before I go too far into it, let’s begin with my Tomorrowland festival blog review + guide categories!
Tomorrowland Festival Review + Guide
Real quick – this is an almost 4000 word comprehensive Tomorrowland Festival Review + Guide … If you want, pin it to your Pinterest boards and save it to finish later! For info about tickets, Festicket is one of the only accredited resellers that might still have packages available.
Tomorrowland is situated in the Belgian countryside, outside a cute little town fittingly called Boom. It’s a huge thing for residents of this town each year, as locals set up chairs on their driveways and drink beers as they watch the hundreds of elated festival-goers arrive at the site. Inside the festival, the venue is pretty perfect for what it is. It’s absolutely enormous and spread out over multiple little lakes, forests, and fields. Read more about things to know before traveling to Belgium here!
Stages range from the enormous main stage situated at the bottom of a sound-funneling round hill with the space for hundreds of thousands of people, to little magical stages floating on the water, to a tiny little brick ‘rave cave’ cut into a hill, to pretty big tents decked out in decorations. Even though Tomorrowland festival houses more people than any other festival I have been to, it honestly never really seems that crowded. Why? Because they have figured out the flow of crowds to a tee, and have certain pathways to walk one way and certain ones for the opposite direction. It works like a well-oiled machine with all the people flowing in a constant direction along the insanely picturesque festival grounds. It’s brilliant.
Tomorrowland Festival Lineup/Music/Artists
Within the realm of electronic music, Tomorrowland has a little bit of something for everyone. Or well, should I say a lot of something for everyone. You can tell that the Tomorrowland lineup is varied by the fact that is has fourteen stages throughout the whole venue.
From the enormous main stage that could happily fit a hundred thousand people, to the tiny little stages floating on the lakes that could house maybe 30-200, you will definitely be able to find something you like at Tomorrowland. The mainstage artists are quite what you would expect at a world famous European festival – all commercial electro and house music. Think Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Hardwell, Tiesto type people, with a few others thrown in like Kaskade, Alesso, Porter Robinson, and Dada Life… You get the point.
Other stages really have the biggest variety within the electronic genre. There’s a more trap-oriented Dim Mak tent where Dillon Francis and Diplo would headline, a deeper Carl Cox arena, another smaller electro/house stage, many smaller niche stages, and there’s always a Bakermat-type tent somewhere too with artists like Klingande and Robin Schulz. There is also some hard style thrown in there, some live acts, a RAVE CAVE, and honestly a little bit of everything you can imagine. I wish I could include everything in this Tomorrowland festival review, but just know that Tomorrowland’s lineup never disappoints and always draws the biggest names from across the globe.
The crowd at Tomorrowland is as equally next-level and everything else there, and actually the most multi-national crowd you can find anywhere. I read a statistic last year that there were more nationalities represented at Tomorrowland than at the Olympics! People really do come from all over the world to attend this globally famous fest. People are tangibly more excited to be there; you can just tell that people know they’re lucky to be there and are acting accordingly.
One of the best things about the festival is connecting with other festival-goers from all over the world. It’s a very normal interaction to run into someone and ask where they’re from, and exchange a few stories. Most people bring flags from their home country and fly them high while they are in the crowd, interacting with people with the same flag as different flags alike! I have even seen people whose countries are at war take photos together at Tomorrowland. It gives me chills just thinking about it! It’s an incredible coming-together of nations, and you bond with people from places you didn’t even know existed.
Like I said before, Tomorrowland is like the one time per year all of its attendees get to just let loose and go crazy, and it really shows. And, not to mention, it is next to impossible to get a ticket (more on that below) so the people who do are extra stoked. People at Tomorrowland are just so… happy. They are happy, excited, and eager to meet everyone they see, share stories, and get the absolute most out of the incredible experience that Tomorrowland is.
It is important to note that to get this out of the experience, you must also be a part of it and be eager to be sociable and meet people. But, I can confidently say that I have never been in a crowd that was more into the music and the experience. Not once did I see someone being boring, being a downer, or standing texting during a show. Each person, I can confidently say, was 100% into it, 100% of the time. Everyone was having the absolute time of their lives, which made it nearly impossible for me not to have the time of my life as well. Even 300 rows back, the crowd was as rowdy as the very front. The energy level was off the charts and it seemed like the crazier you were dancing, the more normal it was. I have really made best friends at this festival! But anyway, I’m getting off topic. The crowd here is great.
Tomorrowland vibes are simply the best. Like I mentioned above with the crowd, everyone is so happy to be there, and so eager to socialize and vibe with other people. The energy is high, the music is good, the vibes are as positive as can be, and this situation facilitates tons of new friendships and shared moments and smiles with strangers and friends alike, no matter if you speak the same language or not. Excitement is just in the air all around the venue and the campgrounds – Smile at anyone at Tomorrowland and they will smile back, I guarantee it. Try it out 😛
Tomorrowland goes ALL OUT when it comes to the atmosphere. I have never seen anything like it – every inch of the festival grounds is completely decked out in magical and colorful decorations. Really, every inch. There are flowers floating on the lakes that spew colorful streams of water, there are lights and decorations hanging in the trees, and none of the stages are just normal ‘stages,’ they are all really cool artistic creations that heighten the experience even more.
Instead of just boring-ass tents like most festivals have, Tomorrowland does every single stage as a different theme. The main stage has been many things in the past; my first year it was an incredible mountain structure with waterfalls and foliage that had water streams in multiple places, colorful fog, and fire. One year it was an incredible clockwork creation with all sorts of gears and knobs and screws all working together like a machine- and it also had a waterfall. Another year it was like a mgical forest. TL always has it’s famous face in the middle of the main stage screen that sort of looks around and blinks and introduces all the acts, making the main stage seem like a functioning robot of whom she is the face. It’s insane.
Other stages have been a huge butterfly that spews bubbles, little floating stages with plants all over the place, an enormous Opera theater-looking stage, a decked out circus stage, a huge mechanical-looking scorpion, a magical mirror stage, a tiny stage set inside a little brick tunnel in the hill (rave cave!), and so much more. Even the one or two tent stages they do have are all decked out to a theme on the inside, with flowers hanging from the ceiling or shaped like a flower or something.
They have a “Church of Love” which is guarded most of the time by ladies who look like nuns in the front but are quite bare in the back; this ‘church’ has a bed in it and couples are free to go inside the church for a little while to do whatever they please… I am not entirely sure about the cleanliness of the Church of Love but find the fact that it exists quite hilarious. There are also public jacuzzis usually within some distance of the mainstage, and contrary to what most people think they are not VIP! A few years ago I watched Armin Van Buuren from a covered jacuzzi during a rainstorm. It was one of the craziest experiences of my life.
When they introduce certain acts, they have the magician guy from the Tomorrowland videos come up with a telescope on a huge platform in the middle of the Main Stage. He will do a little act, release hundreds of balloons, and introduce the next DJ. Even the pre-erected tents in Dreamville are completely fairytale-like, with mushrooms and fairies on the sides, but I will go into all that in a minute. Here I am rambling again. I could go on forever! The atmosphere at TL is a freaking 20/10. I love festivals that actually care about the whole vibe and experience, and Tomorrowland goes above and beyond.
Tips on Getting Tomorrowland Tickets
This festival is notorious for being among the hardest in the world to get tickets to. Boasting a sell-out time of a literal second for the global sale, many see it as impossible. Hell, I sat at my computer 3 years in a row at the actual second they went on sale, with a good internet connection and multiple devices, and still. didn’t. get. a damn. ticket.
BUT! There’s hope.
If you aren’t one of the lucky ones to get tickets in the general sale (for which I do recommend being at your computer right at the stroke of ticket time with multiple devices and refresh times), there are other options, and also accredited package sellers such as Festicket (see below).
Being one of the first in your country to pre-register
When you want to buy tickets to Tomorrowland, you must pre-register your information a few months in advance. To maintain its international vibe, Tomorrowland offers the first ten people in each country to pre-register, an option to buy their tickets first (up to four). This is an awesome incentive, especially if you live in a smaller country. Be right on the computer at pre-reg time as well, and this could save you some headaches. I got tickets this way one year from my angelic Canadian friend!
Tomorrowland Global Journey Packages
Global Journey is a huge thing that Tomorrowland does where you purchase an entire travel package from multiple different pickup points throughout not only Europe but the world. It costs a lot extra, but everything is completely figured out for you. Also, these tickets go on sale before the global ticket sale, so it is way easier to get tickets if you purchase them through the Global Journey package.
Global Journey includes either a flight, train, or bus to Brussels and back again, a shuttle to the venue from the airport, and an experience the whole way (potentially including people dressed up to the nines leading you around and helping you with stuff). Depending on which one you purchase, some Global Journey packages are actually Tomorrowland branded party trains/planes which will go all out with glowsticks and music during the journey. Pretty damn cool, I would love to do it one day!
These days they have also started packages called “Discover Europe” and “Discover Belgium” which include a tour of 4+ cities in Europe or Belgium included in your Global Journey package! So you could basically be traveling with other festival-goers and guarantee good vibes all around. Sounds awesome (but pricey)!
All in all, depending on the amount of effort you want to put in and how much you want to spend, Global Journey/Discover Europe could be an amazing deal and easy way to get to Tomrrowland.
Second-hand Tomorrowland ticket sellers
BE VERY CAREFUL buying tickets second hand, guys. I got scammed pretty badly my first year going, and I don’t wanna talk about it! There are a few reputable reselling agencies, including Viagogo and Festicket (below) Craigslist and all that jazz are pretty sketchy and are known to have professional scammers using them. There are a few horror stories and a few magical stories (like how I got tickets from a a girl who replied to a friend of a friend’s Reddit post after getting scammed.. no joke) but just be wary.Check Festicket Packages
Checking Festicket is a good bet if you have failed at getting tickets in the general sale(s) as they often still have a few packages available.
Tomorrowland Camping/Accommodation Options
Camping at Tomorrowland Festival – again, incredible. There’s something for everyone. If you want to rough it in shanty town, go to regular Dreamville (Dreamville is the name of camping in general at TL, whichever option you choose). If you want to live like a king while still camping, get a 12-person Mansion. If you want a little something in between, there are plenty of options. Each camping section is different, usually within a different fenced area/field. But your Dreamville band gives you access everywhere! I have always gotten the second tier up from regular Dreamville, called Easy Tents. Honestly though guys, there’s no excuse not to camp at Tomorrowland because of all the different options offered, all within walking distance of the venue.
Easy Tents at Tomorrowland Review
You can choose a 2 or 4 person Easy Tent, which will be set up for you when you arrive. This camping area comes with rows and room to have your own space. Each one comes with Tomorrowland/Dreamville branded air mattresses, sleeping bags, lanterns, and mirrors for the amount of people in each tent, and they will give you a lock for your tent too and sometimes some extra little gifts! I think this is completely worth it and absolutely amazing! Regular Dreamville does’t have rows or space to set up; it’s literally a free-for-all and people end up with their tents all set up within inches of one another or sleeping in a literal ditch. ( So get there early if you get regular Dreamville!) Easy tents also have an upgrade option (fabulous easy tents) that would come with power, nicer air mattresses, and a wooded ground to walk on rather than muddy grass. Seriously, you have no idea how much of a luxury it can be to have space between tents!
Another option is group camping, which seems like it would also be a good deal, but you must buy ten tickets all together. These come with a personal space and shade for your group, which sections off space just for yourselves. These “friendship garden” tickets also come with a similar “fabulous” option to the Easy Tents.
Other – Dream Lodge, Mansions, Creamville Cabanas, Relax Rooms at Tomorrowland
Other camping options are Dream Lodge (Fabulous/Regular, 2p), Relax Room (2p), and Dreamville Cabana (2p), which are all great to mix the idea of camping with a bit more comfort and amenities – with beds, power, and space to relax in different configurations. With the mansions, you are pretty much living like a King with private space, a bar, a stocked fridge, 24 hours reception, and a a ton of even more amazing stuff. This is pretty much my life goals.
Further Inspiration: Read my post about why You’re Doing it Wrong if You Don’t Camp at Festivals right here!
Tomorrowland Camping Amenities
Ok so first of all, they have an entire elaborate stage set up inside the regular Dreamville section for “The Gathering,” which is basically night zero of the festival on the Thursday before it even starts. The Gathering is a huge show inside of Dreamville where some of the headliners actually play at this stage. People go all out for this too – the entire campgrounds usually show up to party before the actual party begins. It’s insane.
Dreamville Stores, Food, Shops, Etc
From the fact that theres an actual separate festival inside the campgrounds, you will probably be able to infer that the camping amenities at Tomorrowland are pretty dang good. When you walk inside the regular Dreamville, you are immediately met with a sight that looks like a small village, with different stores/stalls lining a big wooden pathway with crazy decorations and seating spread throughout. Along this little Dreamville Broadway, there are various food stalls (which I will go into next) and a hefty amount of other stuff.
There are little stores selling random things, a hookah lounge, a Tomorrowland clothing store, another clothing store (was H&M one year), a cigarette shop, a legit grocery store that actually has totally reasonable prices and good stuff, a phone charging stall, a bakery, and literally its own radio station that plays music across Dreamville 24/7… NOT EVEN KIDDING. It’s madness. I have had quite a few dance parties outside the Dreamville radio station setup. So, if you don’t have time to get groceries or don’t know what to get before getting to Boom, it’s actually fine to but stuff there. There are a lot of good options for you to buy snacks inside.
Showers at Tomorrowland
Now we get to another big thing that any Tomorrowland festival review should include – showers. Tomorrowland does have showers, and they’re totally fine. They’re classic little festival stall showers, and are decently warm. There multiple shower stations in each section of Dreamville. They actually close early in the day, so remember to shower in the mornings! Also, get up even earlier to beat the line. The shower stations have plentiful long sink-type things where you can brush your teeth, and some actually have plugs. One year these had mirrors, and the next they gave us mirrors in our Easy Tents instead, so I’m not sure what they will have.
The bad thing about these showers is that they cost money. Tomorrowland actually has it’s own currency, and it comes in the form of little metallic token things with the TL butterfly symbol printed on them. It will cost you something like 10 Euros for 7 of these, so it gets a little deceiving. A shower will cost you 1.5 tokens. So, it’s up to you whether it’s worth it or not – for me it was worth it a million times over!
Transportation/Hotels/Parking at Tomorrowland
If you aren’t so much into the camping deal, Tomorrowland partners with a few different hotels in the area where you can set up your accommodation for the weekend. It is easy to set up through a Global Journey package or a Festicket package (see link above). If you aren’t part of a Global Journey package, you must make your own way from the airport to the festival grounds; there are no shuttles. However, it is easy to find people to share a cab, because basically the entire Brussels Airport on that date is heading to TL. To check up on hostel options, check hostelworld (although I do think everyone should camp).
You can drive to the festival grounds as well, parking at Tomorrowland will cost you about 15-20 euros per car.
The selection of food is very good at Tomorrowland. The main Dreamville camp has a food area that is separate from but similar to inside the festival. There is a great selection of international foods, and the stalls are labeled after the country of origin of its food. For instance, you can get Greek, Italian, Mexican, Belgian, American, French, etc, all with their own menu selection of different items. There are many different eating areas inside the venue, and food stalls by pretty much every stage. There’s never a shortage of food! This is one festival where you can indulge in lots of creative food options. There are a few sweet options too, with even more of a selection inside the venue. One of my favorite moments was getting a big cup of tiny strawberries and eating them in a grassy field near the main stage!
As for drinks, they are readily available as well, mostly inside the venue. You can get all sorts of beers, ciders, and mixed drinks pretty much everywhere in the venue. Bars are all over the place.
Now for the only bad part: prices. Things are honestly pretty pricey at Tomorrowland. Food can cost 7 tokens or more (it costs about 10 Euro for 7 tokens) and drinks will usually cost 5 or more. But, it’s a festival, so what else would you really expect? My advice to save money at Tomorrowland would be to get food beforehand or use the amazing grocery store in Dreamville! As for alcohol, see ‘security’ section below 🙂
Fine Dining at Tomorrowland
Say, what?! I never thought I would be talking about fine dining in a music festival review, but here we are. Tomorrowland is one of the only festivals to offer not only fine dining but michelin-starred restaurants inside the venue, one of which is inside the main stage! They really do go all out. You can sign up before the festival to any of a few dining options and packages, including a fancy steak house with a perfect view of the DJ’s at the main stage.
Tomorrowland is expensive. It’s the harsh truth. The price is only going up, too. A general ticket will cost you upwards of 375-400 Euro, with other camping options going up from there – Easy tents are 425+ per person these days, I believe. Global Journey can exceed 1,000 per person depending on where you’re coming from, and other hotel and camping options can be expensive as well.
Is it worth it? Completely. The experience you get at Tomorrowland, the whole pretty much five days (Thursday – Monday), and the time you have there is pretty close to being priceless if you ask me. For all the time they spend making the stages and the venue unbelievable, for all the amazing amenities you have in the campground, for completely going above & beyond for a music festival – I say it is worth the money, at least once in your life. It costs a lot, but what you get out of it (if you go into it with the right attitude) will be 1029397528752% worth it.
This will be a kicker: Tomorrowland is run pretty much entirely by Belgian youth. No joke. They have a strong sense of Belgian pride at this festival, and only allow Belgian volunteers to work at it. That being said, letting you into the campground are mostly 16-year-old Belgian kids who are goofing off. Take with that what you will… the security is minimal, at least at the campgrounds. It is getting scricter by year, however.
Tomorrowland camping allows plastic bottles and cans, but no glass. They don’t care if you decant your vodka into a plastic bottle or smuggle things into the grounds as long as they are inside plastic containers. That being said, if you have glass, they will allow you to keep it, take it back outside of the camping security to ‘drink,’ and come back in again. So basically if you want to try and re-hide it to sneak it in you can try as many times as you want, but I didn’t tell you that.
As for food in the camping, you can bring whatever you want – no restrictions/rules.
Inside the festival, it’s a complete different story. They are pretty good at their security checks, and they don’t even allow empty plastic bottles inside. I once wrapped an empty big bottle (which I intended to fill with water) inside three shirts, a hat, and put all my stuff around it in the backpack, and the damn lady still found it. It’s pretty bad. I think this is more so people spend money on water bottles inside the venue, which is just cruel. Make sure to bring your own bottle caps so you can save the bottles you buy.
Ah, Belgium. Not the best weather, but not the worst either. At least one rain storm is definitely going to happen during the weekend, so prepare for it. Any by that I mean make SURE your tent is waterproof, bring a waterproof poncho/cover, run for cover under one of the tent stages when it comes, or just grin and bear it! But with the tent being waterproof thing – I mean that! It’s usually nice and warm, but rain definitely does happen. And with rain comes the occasional mud, so prepare for that also!
Ponchos are actually surprisingly effective when it comes to rain at festivals. Just chuck a thin poncho into your bag and put it on if it rains, and it will keep you warm and dry.
Tomorrowland Festival Time
Tomorrowland runs noon to midnight. Pretty standard. Most people sleep in and take some time to get ready, and get into the venue in the early afternoon. Most will stay till the end, and might have little powwows and hangouts at the tents after it’s over or shuttle back to their respective hotels. But of course you can do whatever you want – be an early bird and get there right at 12, or spend time enjoying the campgrounds and come in a bit later in the evening. At a 180k person festival there are people doing all of the above!
My Best Tomorrowland Tips
Just go into it with a good, social attitude and be ready to put yourself out there. All of these amazing things will only happen to you if you have the same attitude as everyone else. The biggest mistake people can make at Tomorrowland (and in life) is waiting for the ‘fun’ to happen to them, when in reality you should make the fun happen yourself. Go to the festival, create your fun, and share it with other people in the process, and you cannot go wrong.
EARS – Believe it or not, constantly subjecting your ears to the world’s highest class sound systems really takes a toll on your ears! That’s why as a seasoned festival veteran I never leave home without my high fidelity earplugs that protect my hearing but let all the good sound in! This is something I rarely see people doing, but think more definitely should in the future – I already feel like festivals have taken a toll on my hearing.
ZIPS – I always recommend keeping your belongings inside a zippable portion of a backpack or bum bag/fanny pack (my go-to’s). Even with the happiness of Tomorrowland, you do (although rarely!) get some bad apples.
FLAG – Join in the spirit and bring your country’s flag! I usually bring the California flag, though 🙂
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