2019 was a key year for various EDM festivals. The year served as an education for many such events to ensure their venues remain secure for their festivals. Many of the biggest festivals in the industry learned that just because they’ve become popular, the lands they rave on do not belong to them. But Tomorrowland won’t have this problem for years to come. The Tomorrowland organizers just confirmed that they’ve extended their contract with Boom, Belgium for the next 15 years. They’re now allowed to hold Tomorrowland on the De Schorre estate until 2015. Since 2004, the festival has become one of the most popular EDM festivals in the industry. More than their exciting headliners, their uniquely fantastical stages have continued to draw in more and more fans each year. And annually, they’ve held the festival in Boom, Belgium all this time. For now, they remain the only festival of their caliber to have held their event in the same venue year after year.
Though Tomorrowland has expanded their franchise to other locations around the world, the main event in Boom, Belgium continue to draw in fans and increase in popularity. In fact, the festival’s other iterations haven’t even seen even half of the success of the main event. The first was TomorrowWorld, the American version of the Belgium-based festival. Held in Atlanta, Georgia in 2013, it featured the “Book of Wisdom” main stage and helped boost the economy of the major American city. However, its 2015 edition went into chaos due to inclement weather, and as an indirect result, they never continued TomorrowWorld ever again. Tomorrowland also had a brief stint in Brazil called “Tomorrowland Brasil” from 2015 to 2016. For two years, they held the event in Itu, São Paulo and featured a lot of EDM heavyweights. The likes of Steve Aoki, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, and more. Similarly to TomorrowWorld, they also used the “Book of Wisdom” stage for both editions. But in November of 2016, they announced that they were discontinuing this franchise. It was due to the economic turmoil in the country. Now, Brazilian fans have to travel all the way to Boom, Belgium to enjoy Tomorrowland again.
Now, Tomorrowland’s only foreign franchise is Tomorrowland Winter. Held in the French alps, at the Alpe d’Huez ski resort, they debuted the event last March. With the theme, “The Hymn of the Frozen Lotus,” the edition achieved massive success and will return next year for a second edition. Though with headliners such as Armin can Buren, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, and more, it’s no surprise they were able to draw in thousands of fans. And since they held it in a ski resort, some of the packages attendees bought included passes for skiing and other winter sports activities. Tomorrowland 2020 will run from July 17 to 26, 2020, still in Boom, Belgium. While Tomorrowland Winter will happen from March 14 to 21, 2020 at Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps. Stay tuned on this space for more updates on both festivals.
- Tomorrowland Featured Image – RepublicOfVoyages.com
- EDM Festival Tomorrowland – YourEDM.com
- The Audience at Tomorrowland – TechCrunch.com
- Nighttime at Tomorrowland – Tomorrowland.com