Tomorrowland has done its job going from a small electronic festival in Boom, Belgium, to becoming one of the biggest and best electronic festivals in the world. Now a festival giant within the community, people flock from all over the world to see the best DJs in the genre in stratospheric stage production.
With festivals of this size and nature, there have to be iconic, stand out moments that people remember for the rest of their lives. We compiled some of the favourites into one place to get you excited for the beginning of Tomorrowland fever.
People went to the first edition for free (2005)
Nowadays, finding a ticket for Tomorrowland is like finding gold dust, however for the first edition, Tomorrowland gave many free tickets away to fill up the crowds. Looking back just over 15 years ago, the festival was a lot different to how it is now but is a true testament to how far they have come to now be one of the biggest festivals in the world.
The First Tomorrowland Anthem Arrives (2010)
Now a beloved tradition of the festival, the first Tomorrowland anthem was created by hosts Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, together with Dada Life and Tara McDonald. 'Tomorrow (Give in to the night)' has since become legendary, setting off Tomorrowland in a way that hasn’t really been replicated since.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike bring their Grandparents on stage (2012)
Lillian and Karl, the grandparents of the Electronic brother duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike headed to the main stage to see their grandsons put on a customary high-energy show. You can see the pride is written all over their faces, even if they do seem a little out of place sometimes - however it is amazing to see them coming to support their boys.
A wheelchair user goes crowdsurfing (2013)
During Carnage’s set on the Dim Man stage, the crowd took it upon themselves to raise a wheelchair user into the air for him to experience the exhilaration of crowd surfing. It’s amazing to see people putting someone else before themselves, testing the strength of their arms to raise the wheelchair above their heads - and you can see the pure joy bursting out of him.
Armin van Buuren Sheds a tear for his new born son (2013)
There was another beautiful, touching moment in 2013, when Armin van Buuren came straight from the hospital to his set in Boom, Belgium after the birth of his son, Remy. Barely holding back tears, he announced the amazing news before he started, dedicating the whole set to his newborn son to a crowd of screaming, loving fans.
Ban Ki-Moon joins the People of Tomorrow (2015)
Not many festivals get the official support of the United Nations, however Tomorrowland is unlike any other festival. In 2015, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon celebrated the festivals commitment to “dignity, respect, diversity and solidarity” and finished his message with the powerful words "Let's work as one towards dignity for all, and let youth lead the way.”
Multiple tributes in honour of Avicii (2018)
After his sudden death in 2018, there were many tributes to the Swedish DJ Avicii. The DJ had performed in many previous editions and to honour his memory, some of his good friends, who were also DJs decided to pay tribute.
A huge Swedish flag with Avicii’s face on it was there during Nicky Romero’s set and a haunting acapella moment of “Wake Me Up” was created by Axwell & Ingrosso before mashing it against the Swedish House Mafia hit “Don’t You Worry Child”.
Head to 49.37 to see the moment...
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