Tomorrowland, Boom, Belgium

I know it’s not a city, but our time at Tomorrowland festival was just as significant as seeing the Emperor’s palace in Beijing or St Basil’s in Moscow. You see, this festival is extra-ordinary.

Everyone who knows about Tomorrowland wants to attend, which is why tickets sold out in one second this year. Even though the festival has been running for almost ten years, it’s popularity has exploded in recent times thanks to YouTube and the Tomorrowland after movies of 2011 and 2012.

As often as we had watched those after movies and imagined ourselves adrift in the sea of people, being there (along with 180,000 other revellers) was infinitely better. Tomorrowland truly lives up to it’s hype.

Looking over the magical grounds!

Looking over the magical grounds!

What’s so good about this festival? The creativity and planning makes it an experience. For three days you visit the kind of Wonderland that Alice probably would have preferred in her later years. It’s a very different feel to the festivals back home where you’re herded into a stadium the highlight is just the music. Atmosphere is everything and Tomorrowland has got it in spades.

The main stage

The main stage

We met some awesome people and spent lots of time exploring the festival grounds where we saw some of our favourite artists and some more mainstream ones. We were disappointed on the Saturday night when a tremendous thunderstorm rolled in and flooded the last act of the night. We were armed with emergency ponchos but in the end, even they knew they wouldn’t withstand the pelting rain. We spent the best part of an hour trying to navigate our way back to the buses that would take us home, wading through water up to our shins along the footpaths.

The main stage lit up in the evening.

The main stage lit up in the evening.

Ultimately, the festival was everything we thought it would be.

Jez and I at the main stage, luckily with an Aussie flag in the picture too!

Jez and I at the main stage, luckily with an Aussie flag in the picture too!

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