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Tomorrowland: Electronic Music Festival

A Belgian delicacy of music

Tomorrowland is the globe’s biggest electronic dance music festival, organized in the Belgian town of Boom in the province of Antwerp, for the past 16 years since 2005. Electronic, EDM, hip hop and pop are the core genres of this concert that takes place during a weekend in July. For more than a decade, the overwhelming crowd in the concert and its increasing popularity has been transforming Belgium and the town Boom into one of the cultural powerhouses of the world. Three organizations, the LiveStyle, the Tomorrowland Foundation and ‘We Are One World’ jointly organized this concert.

A Brief History

In the year of initiation in 2005, the concert brought performances by Technoboy, Coone, Yoji Biomehanika, Armin Burren and Push. The Atari Babies, David Guetta, DJ Zanny and Amir Buuren were the focal attractions of the fest. The concert, for the first time, took place for two days in 2007 on July 28th and the 29th.

By 2008, the concert became popular enough to attract a crowd of more than 50000 for the first time from all over the globe. It incorporated more than hundreds of DJs which was a record at that moment. The 2009 Tomorrowland concert is not only famous for attracting almost a million people but also for its incorporation of a central theme— ‘Masker’. Everyone was found wearing a mask in a dark aesthetic form. SASH, Push, La Rocca and Moby were the star performers of the show. The official anthem of the concert came out the next year in 2010 that witnessed a gathering of 1.2 million people for two days. Vegas & Mike, Dada Life and Tara McDonald were the lyricists of the anthem “Give into the night” which became a gem for the concert by reaching the fifth position on the Belgian music charts and thus became the highest sold anthem in the entire history of the Tomorrowland concert till now. This year’s concert enjoyed such an overwhelming appreciation from all over the globe that a nomination as the Best Music Event for International Dance Music Award was achieved in 2011!

Comprising almost 2 million people from all over the earth the concert of 2011 for the first time made an expansion for three days and the performances by Nervo, Basto, Raven Tensnake, Carl Cox, Jeugd Tegenwoordig, Mike Matthews, Paul Dyk and many more top-notch performers of the western world melted everyone’s heart. The result was more warming, however! In the next year, the concert won the award for the Best Music Event.

Currently, the concert is developing its world-class recognition in the history of world music, especially modern western music.

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