Tomorrowland is finally getting underway for the first of two weekends next week. Let that sink in for a second.
For everyone going, with every passing second your getting closer to the first sets on those legendary stages. And for those who missed out, remember that blood pact you made with your friends to get tickets next year is an unbreakable bond.
Anyone who's lucky enough to have been to Tomorrowland always talks about the festival with such awe. Even the artists, they're are just like you and me; only, you know, with the ability to make music. And they're every bit as amazed by the festival as we are.
Over the past year we've been lucky enough to get a chance to talk to a number of DJs who've graced Tomorrowland's biggest stages, so we thought it'd be cool to get their unique perspective on electronic music's biggest spectacle. Here's what they had to say.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
It’s been over a decade of appearances at Tomorrowland now. Are there any moments that particularly stand out?
D: The Mainstage never fails to deliver. It’s an experience unlike anything else which is something you truly have to sample to understand what it is all about. Tomorrowland is a magical journey that for any DJ performing is a very special occasion.
M: Playing Dreamville is always a part of the festival we love. It’s pretty wild in there! Oh and our B2B sessions for the Smash The House arena is something that is always a highlight of the festival for us!
Armin van Buuren
We have to ask about your announcement of the birth of your son, Remy, on the main stage at Tomorrowland 2013. It has become one of the festival’s iconic moments, and it seems to represent the balancing act between family life and touring. How do you remember the emotion of that moment?
A rollercoaster. I think that’s the only way to accurately describe all of the emotions that I experienced right there and then. That moment will stick with me till the day I die.
You'll also be back at Tomorrowland this year...
Yeah, it's cool that Tomorrowland has really been embracing trance on multiple stages the past few years. It shows what the genre is doing in terms of popularity. So yeah, I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be an amazing weekend, I'm sure.
What are some of your best festival experiences so far?
Tomorrowland for sure, hosting my own stage felt like an honour, I was very proud to be asked! We had guys like Felix Jaehn, Robin Schulz, Sigala, Feder and a lot of others that were playing this more melodic house and tropical sounds, before it all went a bit heavier in the evening. The production of Tomorrowland is something worth seeing in itself, the festival blew my mind and we have some more exciting artists lined up for this summer!
You have your V Sessions stage at Tomorrowland again, this time alongside Timmy Trumpet's Freak Show. How do you put together the lineup and can you tell us a little bit about who's playing this year?
For the lineup, I always try to bring a lot of friends, people that I work with, people that I just have a good connection with. Also musically-wise, people I do collabs with, things like that.
Besides that, in previous years I've had people like Eric Prydz, Nicky Romero, who are influences for me, so that was an honour to have them on my stage as well.
Tough question, but do you have a stand out memory from Tomorrowland that you can share?
[Laughs] Wow. I have so many good memories, even from the beginning when I was playing in front of a few hundred people. I was playing with vinyl back in the day and I remember once there was so much wind that the needle was always going backwards, so I had to stop it and put a new record on. If I think about it now, it's so hard to imagine.
Just the vibe there is unbelievable.
You seem to be the foremost expert on Tomorrowland, so for people who haven't been, can you describe the atmosphere?
Well I always say it's like Disneyland for grownups. The thing is everybody wants to be there, nowadays it's so hard to get tickets. So when you're there you really feel like people are happy and that they finally made it so let's enjoy ourselves and have a good time.
That's the most common thing I feel whenever I walk there, that people are just happy to be there and want to have the most unforgettable weekend.
Tomorrowland 2019 takes place 19-21 July (weekend 1) and 26-28 July (weekend 2). Find more info on our Tomorrowland 2019 guide and book your last minute festival packages (including tickets & accommodation) here.