From Texas to Tomorrowland: My Top 5 Moments
Ahh, Tomorrowland. Where dreams become reality and reality becomes madness. Just how mad did it get for this small town photojournalist who’d never been to a gathering quite like Tomorrowland? Let’s just say, I’m no longer the same gal I was when I left home. From Texas to Tomorrowland: My Top 5 Moments list included not only the obvious reasons to go, but also those surprise moments that will never be recreated. Many adventures were had while I was at Tomorrowland, but there are just some things that will always stay unforgettable – here are a couple of mine:
- Dreamville’s the Gathering – I’ve never camped before at a music festival…and the last time I actually camped was a good few years ago. The Gathering at Dreamville, the pre-party to the three-day concert extravaganza was in my opinion a definite highlight every TL-goer shouldn’t miss. The atmosphere was incredibly intimate – and I say this because you are in a social gathering of those you will be spending the entire festival with from the moment you wakeup to the minute you pass out. There’s something special about that feeling, it’s like belonging to a secret society and the Gathering was the first meeting. It gets you amped and is a perfect way to meet people you’d potentially want to party with at the actual location, especially if you’re traveling by yourself. It was the first night but people partied extremely hard.
- Germans – I’m not even kidding, Germans were one of the highlights of my trip because they were like the Texans of Europe. Loud, hit it hard party goers, and very patriotic. Don’t expect any peace and quiet with them around – you won’t get any; but if you’re looking to get drunk and rage and yell out “DEUTSCHLAND!” at anyone and everyone: then get ready to party.
- The Grand Theatre stage – are you one of those hipsters who’s always complaining about how everything just sounds so alike and it’s all just top 40s at every big name festival? Tomorrowland kicked y’all in the stomach by including this odd stage at the anniversary. Although one of the smaller stages near the river, it was one of the most packed – for very good reason, the tunes were nothing you’d ever imagine hearing at a big room festival. It was wonky, it was carnival-like, and played music I’ve never even heard of. People were letting lose in this wild folk type dance music and it was a sight to behold. None of that shuffling here – it was straight up wiggle your arms to your toes in bold moves to the crazy tunes of circus people; it was just a different vibe from most of the other stages and felt like a place to let loose to music in its own genre.
- Raving Bakers – another reason you should’ve stayed at Dreamville: the night the bakers at Dreamville raged out in their shop to EDM. After a hard day of partying at Tomorrowland, as I was walking towards my tent, I passed a large group of people huddled around the bakery cheering and going wild. I was tired but extremely curious. Imagine my surprise when two bakers were getting their dance on with the festival goers while preparing the next day’s breads and goodies. In fact – one of them made headphones out of dough while the other banged tools and pretended to be mixing as athe radio next door kept playing music. It was epic.
- Bracelets of Tomorrowland – what was particularly unique about Tomorrowland was the bracelets they used as entrance passes. Not only did it allow you to add friends via Facebook, but the lights actually were activated by the DJs themselves. On the main stage hill, I’ll never forget when everyone’s bracelet was lit up and the people of Tomorrowland held their wrists in the air. It was absolutely breathtaking seeing the blue lights flicker – I’ve never felt more united with strangers than that very moment. I was in the front of the stage when this happened, and when I turned around, looking up at all the lights on the hill, I’ll never forget how my heart pounded and my eyes blazed just staring at all the people: we had created our own stars.
Everyone has a sense of belonging at Tomorrowland. There was never a single moment in time that I ever felt lost when I was by myself. EDM festivals have gotten a bad rap over the past few years since its immense boom – but Tomorrowland has created such a powerful bond between its festival-goers that the personal impact it creates between people has never had backlash. It is the sense of community, the love of dancing, and the excitement of traveling that makes this festival worth every penny, every second, and every beat vibrating through its venue. It’s a gathering unlike any other that cannot be recreated through TomorrowWorld, Tomorrowland Brazil, or any other huge music festival in the world. It is rightfully the King of EDM fests not only for its steadfast fans who have supported the festival for ten years in a row and growing by the months, but also because of its organizers who have made an environment worth going to every single year. You can have EDC Vegas, Ultra Miami, EZoo, Stereosonic, and all the other music festivals in the world…because if there’s one music festival to have gone to this entire year – you missed it: I’ll take the 10th Anniversary of Tomorrowland any day.