Yesterday is History, Today is a Gift, Tomorrow is Mystery.
In the age of Mega-Massives, there are several festivals competing for the record as top grossing, most attended, and best event production overall. Tomorrowland's 8th edition closed its doors this year with unprecedented success across the board, transporting 180,000 revellers from 75 different countries safely through their 3-day long magical fairytale experience with astonishing innovation.
450 artists graced about 16 different stages (and not necessarily the same stages each day) with the beautiful backdrop of De Schorre Boom, Belgium. A few obvious favs include the one-and-only Carl Cox, Sven Vath, Swedish House Mafia (for one of their final performances!), Chuckie, Nervo, Fatboy Slim, Nicky Romero, Fake Blood, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Dirty South, Pete Tong....but NOT Calvin Harris, who unfortunately was too busy to make it and had to cancel this year.
The main stage was truly colossal, a giant fairytale bookcase with an enormous movable LED display book with the iconic facemask, it stood at about 150 metres and weighed 138 tons, more than any stage in the world. This Belgian wonderland also came complete with waterfalls, the world’s tallest portable ferris wheel, performers, fireworks and 75 hectares of custom-made props to explore across the festival site.
For those not lucky enough to be there in person, this year also marked the launch of Tomorrowland TV, which broadcast the festivities for 7 hours a day with a whopping 7,933,661 views - the most watched electronic music event on YouTube ever, and one of the highest viewed music events in the world.
Michiel Beers, co-founder of Tomorrowland, was thrilled with the stream's popularity:
“The amount of people around the world watching Tomorrowland TV is beyond anything we could have hoped for. Some of the countries with the most viewers included Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and the USA, this really shows the international appeal of the festival. This makes us even more excited to continue what we started next year, I look forward to revealing the dates of the 2013 edition!”
Check out Fireworks Friday below, and stay tuned for the official after-movie going live at the end of August.