A Video History of Tomorrowland: 2005 – 2019
All the usual suspects were in attendance for Tomorrowland’s 17th chapter last July, including Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren and the ever-present David Guetta, who performed at the very first edition.
And now, as the legendary festival gears up for a special winter spin-off in the French Alps, we take a journey through the history of Tomorrowland; from its humble beginnings as a one-day, 10,000 capacity festival, right through to becoming the biggest, most spectacular electronic music event on the planet.
Headliners: Ferry Corsten, Sven Vath, Sasha, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta
Duration: 1 Day (Sunday 14 August 2005)
Despite featuring some big-name headliners, the first ever Tomorrowland was fairly modest in comparison to the mega spectacle we are now familiar with.
The one-day festival welcomed roughly 9,000 visitors to Boom, Belgium, on Sunday 14th August 2005, setting in motion the most magical series of events.
Headliners: Ferry Corsten, David Guetta, Bob Sinclair, Axwell, Armin Van Buuren
Duration: 1 Day (Sunday 30 July 2006)
Tomorrowland’s second instalment welcomed almost twice as many visitors as the first, but remained a one-day event. Roughly 15,000 turned out to see a strong line-up of DJ’s, and word quickly spread that this festival was the real deal.
Headliners: Paul Van Dyk, Jeff Mills, Roger Sanchez, Carl Craig, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren
Duration: 2 Days (28-29 July 2007)
In 2007 Tomorrowland stepped things up significantly by throwing in an extra day and adding the Dreamworld campsite so that people could stay over.
Capacity was increased to 50,000, and Tomorrowland became one of the big boys on the international festival scene.
Headliners: Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Martin Solveig, John Dahlbäck, The Subs
Duration: 2 Days (26-27 July 2008)
Now firmly established on the European festival calendar, Tomorrowland’s reputation had spread far and wide. More than 100 DJs were on the bill for the festival’s fourth edition, including Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren and, of course, David Guetta.
Headliners: Moby, David Guetta, Paul van Dyk, Armand van Helden, Axwell, Martin Solveig, Felix Da Housecat, Laidback Luke
Duration: 2 Days (25-26 July 2009)
2009 was the year Tomorrowland really started to up its game in terms of production. Now a 90,000 capacity event, the festival’s 5th anniversary featured more stages, more artists, and was rounded off with a memorable special guest set from Moby.
Headliners: Dirty South, Swedish House Mafia, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta, John Dahlbäck, Laidback Luke
Duration: 2 Days (24-25 July 2010)
2010 saw Swedish House Mafia unleashed upon the Tomorrowland crowd for the very first time, along with a host of EDM’s biggest names. Stage hosts included Coincidence Records, Minus, Cocoon, Cadenza, Ovum, Kne’Deep and Kompakt.
It was also, by the looks of things, the year Tomorrowland’s organisers invested in some HD video cameras.
Headliners: Swedish House Mafia, Faithless, Avicii, Tiësto, Martin Solveig, David Guetta, 2 Many DJs, Laidback Luke
Duration: 3 Days (22-24 July 2011)
After dominating the dance charts for pretty much the whole year, Swedish House Mafia returned for a headlining set at Tomorrowland 2011, joining the likes of Tiësto, Martin Solveig and David Guetta on the Main Stage line-up.
All 180,000 tickets were sold within a week of being released, and the festival was expanded to a three-day event.
Headliners: Avicii, Fatboy Slim, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Afrojack
Duration: 3 Days (27-29 July 2012)
2012’s edition sold out even quicker; the 80,000 pre-sales for Belgian residents were gone in a matter of minutes, before 100,000 general release tickets sold within an hour.
The festival officially partnered up with Brussels Airlines to provide 25 flights from 17 different cities. 75 different nationalities were represented at Tomorrowland 2012.
Headliners: Tiësto, Sebastian Ingrosso, Hardwell, Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Axwell, David Guetta, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Steve Angello
Duraton: 3 Days (26-28 July 2013)
Following on from the incredible success of the previous year, Tomorrowland sold out in a matter of seconds in 2013.
The festival’s 9th edition also witnessed perhaps the most unusual special guest appearance in its history, with legendary Guns ‘n’ Roses guitarist, Slash, joining Chuckie for his daytime set. Enjoy.
Headliners: Armin van Buuren, Dada Life, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack, Alesso, Dyro, Hardwell, Tiësto, An21 & Max Vangeli, David Guetta, Krewella, Avicii
Capacity: 180,000 x2
Duration: 3 Days x2 (18-20 & 25-27 July)
2014 saw Tomorrowland expand to cover the last two weekends of July for an epic double-header of events. The festival welcomed an incredible 360,000 visitors over the course of the six days.
Production levels were ramped up even further for the 10th anniversary celebrations, and the festival continued to diversify in terms of music, with virtually every sub-genre of electronic music being repped across the site’s many stages.
Headliners: David Guetta, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dave Clarke, Hardwell, Robin Schulz, Tiësto
Duration: 3 Days (24-26 July 2015)
The emergence of America’s TomorrowWorld (launched in 2013), and Tomorrowland Brasil (launched in 2014), meant that many of the brand’s global followers were able to get their festival fix a bit closer to home.
Back in its Belgian birthplace, the Boom leg of the festival was held across one weekend and delivered its most spectacular show to date.
Headliners: Alesso, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, DVBBS, Tiësto, Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Afrojack, Axwell, Ingrosso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Oliver Heldens, Steve Angello
Duration: 3 Days (22-24 July 2016)
Kickstarted by a surprise set from Tiësto at Dreamland’s Gathering Party, Tomorrowland delivered its usual dose of magic for the 180,000 in attendance.
Featuring Main Stage performances from Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix and Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Tomorrowland 2016 was bigger, brighter and more magical than ever.
Headliners: Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz, Marshmello, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta, Markus Schulz, Steve Angello
Capacity: 200,000 x2
Duration: 3 Days x2 (21-23 & 28-30 July 2017)
Pretty much the entire electronic music community came together for Tomorrowland 2017, as the festival expanded to once again take place across two weekends.
A total of 400,000 people were in attendance over the course of the two weekends, making it the biggest Tomorrowland Festival since its inception in 2005.
Headliners: Tiesto, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin Van Buuren, Carl Cox, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Dua Lipa
Capacity: 200,000 x2
Duration: 3 Days x2 (19-21 & 26-28 July 2018)
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2019 saw the festival take place across two weekends for the second time, with both selling out their 200,000 capacity. Along with festival mainstays such as Armin Van Buuren and David Guetta, the festival’s Main Stage also featured some of techno’s most prominent figures, with the likes of Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte and Paul Kalkbrenner all on the bill.
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Headliners: Tiesto, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Eric Prydz presents Holosphere
Capacity: 200,000 x2
Duration: 3 Days x2 (19-21 & 26-28 July 2019)