If you love to rave, then you’ve probably heard of Tomorrowland. Located in Belgium, this EDM festival brings in travelers from far and wide, but does it really live up to the hype? Use this guide to learn essential details and to help plan the best trip to one of the world’s hottest music festivals!
When you think of music festivals, Coachella, Lollapalooza, or maybe even the Governer’s Ball Music Festival comes to mind. Those are all great festivals to visit within the US, but music festivals aren’t limited to just the States!
Tomorrowland is one of the world's biggest music festivals and takes place in Belgium, Europe. After closures due to the pandemic, Tomorrowland is making its return and its goal is to be bigger and better than ever before.
This guide will dive into everything there is to know about Tomorrowland, what to expect, and whether it’s the festival for you!
What is Tomorrowland?
Tomorrowland is an annual Belgian EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Festival. Each Tomorrowland has a theme, and that theme is reflected in the mainstage design.
In 2022, Tomorrowland’s theme was “The Reflection of Love.” With over 600,000 people in attendance, the festival was able to make a great comeback after COVID shutdowns.
Like most music festivals, it’s important to note that only those over 18 years of age are allowed to enter.
Where is Tomorrowland?
Tomorrowland has been held in De Schorre Park in Boom, Flanders, Belgium since 2005. In 2018, they added a Tomorrowland Winter in Alpe d’Huez in the French Alps.
When is Tomorrowland?
Tomorrowland takes place during the summer, typically towards the end of July, and over at least two weekends. In 2022, Tomorrowland happened during July 15-17, July 22-24, and July 29-31.
When’s the next Tomorrowland event that you can add to your itinerary? Tomorrowland Winter is taking place in 2023 from March 18-25, 2023.
You’re thinking of attending Tomorrowland, but you want to know who’s playing first!
During their 2022 event, Tomorrowland’s mainstage had performances by Alesso, Above & Beyond, Diplo, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and more.
Unfortunately, the full lineup for Tomorrowland Winter 2023 hasn’t yet been announced, but they’ve already promised performances by Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Joris Voorn, and plenty of others! Find the full line-up as it's announced on the official website.
In 2022, Tomorrowland had 14 stages, all with different vibes. While the main stage is obviously the biggest, there’s definitely something for every type of EDM, music, or festival person at Tomorrowland!
How much do Tomorrowland tickets cost?
Your Tomorrowland ticket price will depend on how long you want to stay and the level of access you’re looking for.
Tomorrowland offers passes that are valid for one weekend, or multiple weekends. They also sell day passes that will grant you access for only one day into the festival. Talk about lots of flexibility!
All versions of tickets have comfort editions, which will grant you VIP access, as well as general access to the festival and mainstage areas. In 2022, prices were as follows:
- Pleasure day pass (access to all areas except mainstage comfort): ~US$175
- Comfort day pass (access to all areas): ~US$205
- Full Madness Pass (access to festival Friday-Sunday): ~US$303
- Full Madness Comfort Pass (access to all areas, including VIP comfort areas): ~US$524
You can also purchase a general day pass that will allow you into the festival, but without access to any of the stages for ~US$108. These costs do not include accommodation.
How much do Tomorrowland Winter tickets cost?
Seeing as Tomorrowland Winter is held in the Alps, tickets cost a little more than their summer edition. This is because included in your tickets are the ski lift and ski passes.
Access to the lift and ski passes are valid for the duration of your Tomorrowland Winter ticket. Here’s a breakdown of their ticketing options with prices valid when this blog was originally published:
- 1-day Tuesday pass: ~US$107
- 1-day Festival pass: ~US$159
- 4-day Festival pass: ~US$455
- 7-day Festival pass: ~US$602
How to Get to Tomorrowland
If you’re planning on attending either of the Tomorrowland Festivals, you have to make your way there to experience it. The nearest airport to the Tomorrowland festival that happens in the summer is in Antwerp, although you can also fly into Belgium.
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If you arrive in Antwerp, you can take the train from Antwerpen Centraal to Boom station, and a free shuttle bus will bring you to the festival on Thursday and Friday, and back again on Monday.
If you arrive in Brussels, airport shuttles can take you from Brussels Airport to the festival grounds.
Tomorrowland Winter, on the other hand, is a little less accessible. By plane, you’ll want to fly into Lyon or Grenoble if possible. If you fly into Paris, you’ll need to take a train to either Gare de Lyon St Exupery or Gare de Grenoble. From there, you’ll have to organize transfers directly with Alpe d’Huez.
Tomorrowland doesn’t currently offer any shuttle or transfer services for Tomorrowland Winter.
Where to Stay for Tomorrowland
While there's the option to camp at Tomorrowland, it’s not as simple as bringing a tent and finding a place to stay. Camping on festival grounds requires a Dreamville Package.
Tomorrowland recommends several accommodations options that range from hostels to expensive hotels. These accommodations are located in Brussels and other cities that are perfect for festival visitors. Here are some of their hostel recommendations:
Located a five-minute walk from the train station in Brussels, you’ll stay in an ensuite room, complete with reading lights and sockets by each bed. A bed in their 8-person room starts as low as US$23.
It’s the same chain as the above hostel, so the amenities are the same, but this hostel will have you staying closer to the city center. It’s a great option if you’re hoping to sightsee before or after your weekend at Tomorrowland! A bed in their 8-person room also starts at $23.
Want to get the immersive festival experience? You can also splurge a little to stay in a room within Dreamville, a small village set up specifically to host the hardcore festival goers who don’t want to leave. You’ll be able to experience the Festival vibes through the night!
As a side note, if you’re staying in Brussels, be sure to find time to explore the city! It’s a popular tourist destination for a reason with its beautiful architecture and delicious food. Start your visit by exploring some of the best things to do in Brussels.
What to Bring to Tomorrowland
If you’re headed to Tomorrowland, there are a few things you’ll want to triple-check you have before heading off to the festival.
First and foremost, you need to have your festival bracelet and ticket confirmation with you to ensure you can get into the Festival. Make sure you also bring a valid form of ID with you.
If you’re planning to camp, you’ll want to bring your tent, sleeping bag, mats, and tent pegs. If you’re staying somewhere in Brussels, you should bring only the necessities to the Festival.
Daytime necessities include sunscreen, water, sturdy shoes, and a small bag to carry anything else you may need for the day. Do note that only closed packages of food may be brought into the Festival.
Note that for Tomorrowland Winter, no food or drink of your own is allowed into the Festival at all.
Be sure to not bring anything that isn’t allowed into the Festival. This includes drugs of any kind, glass, weapons, and any animals other than guide dogs.
Top Tips for Tomorrowland
Whether you’re getting a day pass for Tomorrowland, or going for the whole Festival, you’ll want to make sure you’re able to enjoy your entire experience! Here are some pro tips to help you make the most of your time:
- Get your tickets early: Passes go quickly, so be ready to snap them up ASAP if you want to attend
- Plan your route from your accommodation: If you opt not to stay in Dreamville, then make sure you’ve mapped out how to get to the Festival from where you’re staying
- Wear sturdy shoes you don’t mind getting dirty
- Choose the acts you want to see in advance: With so many stages, plan out who you want to see early so you can make the schedule work to your tastes!
- Bring water
- Wear sunscreen
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