The recap of day 1
For many people, the first day of Tomorrowland is often the most exciting since you often fall from one surprise to the other. The stages are becoming fully active and the artists bigger and bigger on every single stage in the course of the day. You are perplexed about how literally everything on the festival ground breaths Tomorrowland. From the information signs to the trashcans, you are constantly reminded of the fact that you really made it to Tomorrowland. This euphoric feeling is also being kept at a high level due to the energy every single artist radiates.
This was especially the case during the set from Psy-Trance hero’s Vini Vici, we had the honor to be the first ever Psy-act to hit Tomorrowland’s Mainstage. Where Psy used to be an underground genre, the Israeli managed to reach a broader audience with their amazing sound and some unique collaborations with Armin van Buuren, Dimitry Vegas & Like Mike, and Steve Aoki. Putting these guys on the Mainstage definitely paid off, because the crowd’s response to the Psy-beats was truly mesmerizing.
It set the tone for a great day of diversity on the Mainstage, where Joris Voorn, Netsky, and Hardwell succeeded one another. Hardwell had been left out of the Tomorrowland line-up in 2016 and 2017 due to a beef with Dimitry Vegas & Like Mike, and celebrated his return with a special ‘guess who’s back intro’ from Eminem’s Without Me. The track was preceded by a number of quotes from the hugely popular game GTA 5, which included: ‘don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years’, and ‘they gonna need a f*cking wrecking ball to take me outta here’. By doing so, he found a great way to take just a lil piss on the organization that decided to pass him due to the beef with their beloved DV & LM. Check out Hardwell's intro here.
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On the other stages, the atmosphere was amazing as well. The Freedom stage was extremely packed during the sets of Oliver Heldens and Tiësto, and Afrojack was having an amazing at his own Jacked stage. The crowd was fully into his set that contained a lot of euphoric mashups with classics like ‘One More Time’ and his own ‘Take Over Control’. A little further, Above & Beyond were turning the Garden of Madness into a Garden of Magic with their emotional signature tracks and amazing support from their Anjuna-family.
What’s in store for today
Saturday’s Mainstage has a little less diversity compared to yesterday’s line-up since it is bringing the more ‘usual’ EDM acts like Nicky Romero, Armin van Buuren, DV & LM, and Alesso to the table. Tomorrowland's live stream will start broadcasting this at 5 pm local time. This also applies to the Freedom stage, that is hosted by Axwell’s label Axtone. In addition to his own performance, he is bringing the groove through guys like Tom Staar, Benny Benassi, and Kryder to finish things off. The #1 DJ in the world is also making his first appearance at this years Tomorrowland, by hosting his own STMPD RCRDS stage. While Martin Garrix will end the day with a 1,5 hour set himself, he will be joined by Matisse & Sadko, Brooks, Jonas Blue, and no other than Dua Lipa for a special performance. However, the live stream schedule claims that the set from the label boss will not be broadcasted, which will be a huge disappointment for all his fans watching at home.
On the other stages will the energetic ladies from Nervo host their own Nervo Nation stage, and play a 2,5 (!) hour set themselves. Due to the amazing performance from Vini Vici on yesterday’s Mainstage and the rise of the genre in general, the Psygathering stage will probably attract a whole lot of new fans today. It will therefore be difficult for the true Trance veteran to make a decision whether to visit the Psy or the Trance Classics stage. But on the other hand, it will always be difficult to choose between the massive number of 17 stages. Good luck with making that decision again today!