Although TomorrowWorld's motto “Yesterday is history, today is a gift, tomorrow is mystery” is instilled into all of its attendees upon entry, we just can’t help but look back and try to relive the historic weekend that the Dutch entertainment enterprise ID&T created last week. TomorrowWorld 2014 drew in 140,000 people from all over the globe to celebrate “The Arising of Life” theme. The festival created an unparalleled experience where tons of high-fives and good vibes were shared amongst the festivalgoers. The scenic environment created at each of the 8 stages throughout the festival provided a musical landscape of genres that catered to everyone’s different tastes and preferences. The diverse atmosphere mesmerized its attendees, as each stage presented its own world and fantasy to experience. After a timeless weekend of memorable and euphoric experiences, we highlighted our 5 favorite stages at TomorrowWorld 2014 and discussed why they came straight out of a fairytale.
Here are our top 5 picks:
1. Mythical Frames
The Mythical Frames stage left festivalgoers with no other choice but to remain at one stage for a majority of their day. Mythical Frames was the 2nd largest stage that TomorrowWorld created and was extremely mesmerizing. It was made up of several large, beautifully-crafted frames containing LED screens that projected hypnotic visuals to all of its attendees. Renowned artists like scratch-champ A-Trak and Zeds Dead made appearances to the stage, although the biggest highlights from Mythical Frames included French DJ/Producer Tchami, who played an innovative set that showed off the deep, “future house” sound he’s known for, as well as the highly-anticipated performance from Bassnectar that closed out the night with fireworks illuminating the sky behind him.
2. All Gone Pete Tong
BBC Radio 1 and British DJ Pete Tong invited legends John Digweed and Jamie Jones to perform at his TomorrowWorld stage. Pete Tong, the man behind the Essential Mix, curated a deep, dark environment under a mystical arena. A consistent groove and hypnotic basslines pervaded the massive tent with several unreleased and never-before-heard tracks. TomorrowWorld logo flags and “Deep House” signs waved in the air. Detroit-based techno DJ Claude VonStroke was a notable set, fusing dirty house music tracks with distinctive funk. Mesmerizing visuals and cutting-edge production striked the energetic crowd, and Hot Creations label-head Jamie Jones closed out the night with his iconic beats and powerful dynamism.
One of the few labels selected to showcase their talents at TomorrowWorld with their own personal stage was OWSLA. Skrillex’s label took over one of the festivals tents on Saturday and curated an unforgettable experience and lineup for their dedicated fans. OWSLA ensured to include label favorites such as Yogi, David Heartbreak, and duo Milo & Otis. Rising star Valentino Khan drew in an energetic crowd as he skillfully showed off his versatility by incorporating a variety of genres into his set. The OWSLA tent was packed towards the end of the night for Jack Beats, as they threw down a hard-hitting yet funky set that was even further enhanced by the stages pyrotechnics and entrancing TomorrowWorld décor.
After bringing ENTER. parties to a close in Ibiza, where he played each and every week with other M-NUS artists on the magical island, Richie Hawtin invited his label's talent to TomorrowWorld to showcase a diverse concoction of original and innovative technique. The rare American festival escapade exposed a unique and deeper musical experience for festivalgoers. Gaiser and Paco Osuna performed instrumental and minimal techno while visual components echoed. Maceo Plex was a favorite of the night, beginning his set at dusk and dropping his signature chilling track “Conjure Sex.” Richie Hawtin closed out the stage with his expertise, defining the multi-sensory journey by M-NUS as an unparalleled live experience.
5. Black Butter Records
The Black Butter Records stage was another favorite, situated in an intimate, exclusive area surrounded by the luscious and monstrous forest trees of Chattahoochee Hills. Our best-loved set was Mija, who performed a deep set and has a forthcoming release with Ghastly on OWSLA titled “Crank It.” Recognized for her surprise b2b set with Skrillex at Bonnaroo, Mija’s two hour set at TomorrowWorld was nothing but dirty house beats and invigorating sounds.