Taking place in Belgium, Tomorrowland has cemented its place among the titans of dance music festivals to become one of the most iconic and most notable events worldwide. What started out as a one day event with one stage will expand to three consecutive weekends in 2022, featuring 14 different stages with a lineup of hundreds of the world’s most prolific artists.
What makes Tomorrowland so unique is the festival’s commitment to all things PLUR, it encompasses all the best parts of dance culture each year celebrating a different theme from love, to equality, to acceptance. It puts love and light into the world and captures the magic of dance music culture that we all know and love.
A Brief History of Tomorrowland
- 2005: Inaugural event with one stage; Armin Van Buuren and five others were headliners.
- 2007: Festival became two-day event for the first time.
- 2008: More then 100 DJs were on the lineup for the first time.
- 2010: Marked the first time Tomorrowland sold out and hosted over 120,000 people.
- 2011: Festival shifted to a three day event for the first time.
- 2014: 10th anniversary festival expanded to two weekends; then became strictly two weekends in 2017.
- 2018: Attendance reached 400,000 across both weekends.
- 2020: The festival was delayed to the following year for the first time due to COVID and a virtual festival was held instead.
- 2021: Tomorrowland was put off for another year due to ongoing COVID concerns.
- 2022: Tomorrowland returns with three consecutive festival weekend dates and 14 stages.
This year’s iteration of Tomorrowland will be its biggest ever. It boasts hundreds of artists from the largest names you can think of, to the smallest up-and-comers to mainstage headliners. The headlining acts include some familiar names, including Above & Beyond, Tiesto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Eric Prydz, Armin Van Buuren, Alan Walker, Diplo, Charlotte De Witte, Vini Vici, Yellow Claw, and so many others.
Tomorrowland 2022 will take place on July 15-17, July 22-24, and July 29-31, and this year’s theme is Reflections of Love.
There will be 14 different stages all with different genres and themes presented. If you are into bass, trance, psytrance, techno, future bass, or anything else in between, and it will be found at this festival.
Pre-sale tickets will become available world wide on February 19 and officially go on sale February 26. You can sign up for presales here. There are also many different travel packages available, which will go on sale starting February 12. You can find a list of all the travel packages offered here.
Speculation: Could the Northwest ever handle a three-weekend festival?
Tomorrowland has been setting the pace for dance music events since the beginning; growing and evolving right along side the growth and evolution of the dance music industry as a whole. Once again, Tomorrowland could be the standard for festivals returning from multi-year, COVID-driven hiatuses.
If you really think about it, this is a great strategy because it offers so much flexibility both with the schedules of artists who are often busy touring in the summer months and the schedules of the attendees as well. It provides the maximum amount of attendance possible, while boasting variety and maximizing profits both for the festival organizers themselves and the entire country of Belgium, which will be raking in those vital tourist dollars following what has been a long pandemic for us all.
That all begs the question of whether a similar format could be achieved here in the Northwest, and if this format will become the new standard for many large-scale festivals in the future. We may not know the answers right now but based on the success Tomorrowland is sure to have with this new evolution, it stands to reason that festival creators all over the world will take notice.
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