Tomorrowland have just announced their 2018 stages and stage hosts, meaning that we now have our first glimpses of what the lineup itself will look like.
While some artists are mentioned by name – Dave Clarke, Nervo, Nico Morano, Robin Schulz, Coone, Lost Frequencies, Martin Solveig, Charlotte de Witte, Claptone – there are also plenty of record labels and project names in the announcement that give very strong hints as to who might appear in person.
Axtone (Axwell ^ Ingrosso), Smash The House (Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike), STMPD RCRDS (Martin Garrix), A State of Trance (Armin van Buuren), Heldeep (Oliver Heldens), Sexy by Nature (Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano) are just some of the names that have already got Tomorrowland fans excited for what's in store.
Several of these artists have spoken to Festicket Magazine over the last 12 months, telling us what it's really like to host your own stage or perform at the world's biggest dance music festival.
Armin van Buuren
I 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 I guess it kind of represents 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.
We spoke to Armin in February 2017: • Exclusive Interview: Armin van Buuren – "So many dreams, so little time"
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
How do you feel about the ‘Kings of Tomorrowland’ label?
M: We’re very honored to be labelled that by the fans. It means a lot to us to be part of the Tomorrowland family and to perform there each summer, especially as we grew up in that area.
It’s been nearly a decade of appearances at the festival 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 that 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!
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 these 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!
What are you planning for this time round [in 2017]?
Last year the vibe was energetic, positive and free, that’s a feeling I really wanted to create with my Lost Frequencies & Friends stage – the same for our event at ADE last year, too. And at Tomorrowland this year we’ll have big names like Duke Dumont, Fatboy Slim, Axwell ^ Ingrosso and lots more!
Full interview: • Lost Frequencies talks Airbeat One, Tomorrowland and the Year Ahead
Aly & Fila
How was it having your very own FSOE stage at Tomorrowland?
It was one of our dreams to have our own stage at Tomorrowland. What an amazing experience. We are very thankful to the organisers of the festival, the fans who attended and our teams who played an important role on the day, thank you Tomorrowland.
Did you have a good time at Tomorrowland?
Oh I definitely had a good time in Belgium. Tomorrowland was crazy as always. There were so many good artists and people coming from all over the world. That really makes the festival special, I think. And the stages and production are sick!
We spoke to Oliver in August 2017: • Oliver Heldens: "At the moment I'm training to DJ in a submarine"
More Festicket Magazine interviews with Tomorrowland 2018 stage hosts:
- Martin Garrix: "I still get nervous, but the adrenaline is insane"
- Charlotte de Witte: "I underestimated the impact touring would have on my life"
- Glitch Festival 2016: Dave Clarke Talks Malta, Pyro Shows and Artistic Integrity
- Claptone: The Mask, The Music & Pacha Festival
- Marin Solveig: "Don't try to mimic anything, be you"
- Robin Schulz: "Playing at MAYDAY was just a dream come true"