JULIE VALEUR

 Electronic music, world’s finest DJs, fireworks, lasers, flags, and obviously rain and mud - The recipe of the Tomorrowland’s success, gathering just under 200,000 ravers from all over the world every year.

Attending this world famous festival is definitely a dream for electro music lovers all over the world. I mean, seeing David Guetta, Afrojack, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Nicki Romero, Avicii and Steve Aoki in just a three-day period, what else can you wish for? Being more than just dancing in front of DJs, this festival creates its own atmosphere with some of the most aesthetic stages and fairy decors, no doubt worth seeing.

From the most renowned DJs at the festival, there are two that really got my attention: Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren. Both fueled the main stage on Saturday night with some amazing mixing skills and their phenomenal stage presence. I mean that’s not something you can say about every DJ, you know, compared to those that just dance around and don’t actually do any mixing!

Oliver Heldens also nailed his set on the main stage, and I particularly want to describe my total appreciation for his finale of ‘Gecko’. This track features this rhythm that literally gets under your skin, and you just have no other choice than to enjoy it.

The festival’s finale was supposed to be the climax; the one last set that would completely set fire to the stage, and that was Tiësto’s job. However Tiësto’s performance was slightly flat, the set felt too long, especially as it was the closer for the weekend.

Great sets, however, can't just resume to the main stage. Though it’s just not humanly possible to tell you about each set, there were two that should definitely be noted.

Despite hours of rain and the weekend quickly coming to an end, Paul Kalkbrenner gathered the ravers in a chilled and authentic atmosphere. No mainstream songs, but simply a mix of his own tracks, from the old favourites to his newest creation, and the result is this impeccable set.

Finally, I cannot talk about electronic music without mentioning my one true favourite: trap music. There is not much of that kind of electronic music in European festivals, especially as it tends to be more American. Although, Yellow Claw’s performance on the Barong Family Stage featured everything I love about trap music, continuous rhythm, sub-bass, kick-drums and obviously brilliantly built-up drops.

credit: www.tomorrowland.com/en/2015
credit: www.tomorrowland.com/en/2015

As I said previously, Tomorrowland is not just about the music, it’s about the atmosphere and this huge wonderland that is set up each and every year. Though there is competition from festivals trying to get on their level, like EDC Las Vegas, I still believe that the Tomorrowland’s aesthetic is one of the worlds best.

Simply look at the main stage, transformed into this Gothic cathedral, which would totally suit any Disney villains; with the play of lasers, smoke and fireworks - everything has been gathered to make the most atmospheric experience that one could imagine. So, the coolest thing about the main stage? Definitely the water jets in see-through tubes that rose to the beat! Or maybe it’s just me?

Most stages are just like you would imagine, multi-coloured, dreamy and particularly crazy. It’s not everywhere that you see two hot-air balloons on the side of a stage, a Ferris wheel behind another one, a labyrinth in between two stages, and even a stage in a cave… 100% Tomorrowland spirit!