Premier EDM festival took over a patch of Belgian soil this weekend to unite some of the biggest DJs with some of the most passionate and enthusiastic festival-goers around. With crazy stage designs, tons of fireworks and pyrotechnics, and, of course, some of the best sets of the summer, it was a complete sensory overload from start to finish.
The journey to Tomorrowland for many British fans began at St Pancras International, with the Eurostar whisking festival-goers through the Channel Tunnel and over to Belgium for a weekend of raving.
Those lucky enough to have got their hands on tickets for the sold-out festival picked up their passes from the station before jumping on board the train.
Thursday night began with the Gathering party in Dreamville, the festival’s campsite. Alongside performances from Afrojack and Tiesto, the party included dancers and a cluster of drummers playing from a crane in the sky.
There were even flaming baton twirlers and other performers working with fire, as if the rest of it wasn’t mind blowing enough.
At the Gathering party, Tiesto premiered his new track ‘Infected’ while “infusing” a tanker full of Bud with the beats and energy from his performance.
Fans will be able to purchase Tiesto’s “infused” brew from shops in August, giving them a little taste of Tomorrowland in their homes.
The stages at Tomorrowland were weird and wonderful, including this lakeside space with a smoke-breathing dragon looming over dancers.
The main stage looked like it’d been designed using The Faraway Tree as a template and looked magnificent both day and night. Dancers performed from its nooks and crannies, while the DJs had their booth at the base of the trunk.
The Opera stage mimicked an old-fashioned music hall and was the site of some of the weekend’s best sets, including a b2b collaboration from Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz, and Aussie duo Nervo.
The Theatre stage saw DJs playing to crowds of eager fans with dancers dressed like milkmaids and vampires to get them hyped up even more.
Steve Aoki was one of the main stage performers, using the edge of his area to lob cakes at his adoring fans below.
Tomorrowland organisers made sure you could never be bored at the festival. The sheer amount of spectacle put into the production – from confetti and streamers to the biggest and loudest fireworks – was worth the ticket price alone.
Tens of thousands of fans gathered nightly to watch some of the biggest names in EDM, from Axwell Ingrosso to Martin Garrix.
With the festival being such a sensory overload, it was hard not to be constantly trying to capture the moment forever on your phone, as these fans know all too well.
Each night, the fireworks were more and more impressive, exploding into the Belgian sky just as the DJs beneath them delivered huge, euphoric drops.
The little Belgian town of Boom became a place of worship for EDM heads across the weekend, with this pose a regular sight at each stage.
Axwell Ingrosso brought some mind-warping lasers with their show that made the main stage field feel like an open air super club.
Tomorrowland’s slogan was “live today, love tomorrow, unite forever” and festival-goers certainly took that on board. The atmosphere was one of pure friendship, with fans from all over the world coming together to have a good time.
There were many highlights across the weekend, from David Guetta’s banging, high energy set to Martin Garrix giving UK grime a shout out when he mixed Stormzy into Drake during his set.
The crowd was never not going off at Tomorrowland, even after three days of hardcore dancing and raving. Here’s to next year when they’ll no doubt be back to go even harder.