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Tomorrowland 2024: What do you need to know?

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Tomorrowland, one of music’s biggest festivals of the year, is fast approaching! Tomorrowland 2024 promises to be just as huge, loud, colourful, and earth-shattering as previous iterations, and with dates and lineups announced, all that’s left to do is mentally prepare for a week of pure bliss and oblivion.

Seeing as 489 of you voted Tomorrowland as the live event you’d spend ALL your money on in our Voice of a Generation survey, we thought we’d give you a guide. Whether you’re a Tomorrowland veteran or this is your first time stomping the festival grounds, this guide to Tomorrowland is sure to arm you to the teeth so you’re ready to take it all on! And this is the festival’s 20-year anniversary, so you know it’s going to be epic af.

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The dates

Tomorrowland 2024 will be held between the Friday 19th of July to Sunday the 28th of July. The festival is split into two weekends for double the party, so you can either attend on Weekend 1 between the 19th and 21st, or on Weekend 2 between the 26th and 28th. Or, you can do both, and explore Belgium on your time off – Belgian fries and waffles are the perfect cure for festival blues.

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The venue

As always, Tomorrowland 2024 will be held in Belgium at the Provinciaal Recreatiedomein de Schorre. Year round it’s just a regular green park that you can enjoy strolls and picnics in. But over Tomorrowland’s two weekends it completely transforms with the extravagant drippings of that year’s theme.

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The theme

Speaking of… Tomorrowland 2024’s theme is LIFE. Celebrating 20 years of music, dance, party, and friendship, the festival is going all out with their neon decorations and impressive light installations (as per). 

“Tomorrowland Belgium 2024 will revolve around the theme ‘LIFE’, taking the People of Tomorrow back to a vibrant era in Silvyra, a world of lush nature, when the conjunction of the two moons is about to happen.” If this sounds confusing to you, don’t worry, each Tomorrowland theme is accompanied by fantasy lore, and you can learn more about it on their official website here

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The lineup

Tomorrowland’s line-up (and whole vibe) is all about EDM (electronic dance music). Heavy beats and unique mash-ups are what you can expect when you take to the field, and you’ll be swaying your hips, jumping up and down, and bobbing (or banging) your head all night long.

The headliners for Weekend 1 and Weekend 2 differ slightly, though are mostly the same, so choose your tickets accordingly, and they include EDM heavy-hitters like Friction, John Newmand, Agents of Time, and Swedish House Mafia.

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What should I expect?

Tomorrowland is more than a music festival, it’s honestly an other-worldly experience, so you should expect just that. It’s huge, both literally and figuratively, so prepare to do a lot of walking between stages and even to food and drink stalls. It also gets crowded, so if you’re going with a friend make sure you stick together or have a way of finding each other if you do need to separate!

Tomorrowland has its own form of currency called ‘pearls’ which you can buy and load to your bracelet over the weekend. These pearls will buy you food and drink, as well as other unique extras, so it’s important you keep your bracelet at all times and understand how it all works.

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Other than that, expect heaps and heaps of excitement and fun at Tomorrowland, and just let loose and embrace the madness.

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What should I pack?

The key to festival packing is to pack as light as you can. Bring a change of clothes (undies and socks included!), a few toiletries so you can freshen up, though you’ll most likely be foregoing hot showers, or showers at all, for a few days, and some kind of rain poncho in case the weather takes a turn.

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Need more tips on sustainable festival packing? We’ve got a handy dandy guide for you, and Tomorrowland have their own check-list as well.

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Accommodation

When it comes to Tomorrowland accommodation you have a few options. You can stay in DreamVille, Tomorrowland’s dedicated grounds for the thousands of people joining the festival to eat and sleep.

Various DreamVille packages exist with accommodation ranging from a plot of land on which you can pitch your own tent, to pre-pitched tents with different levels of luxury, and the ‘mansion’ which is akin to a hotel or AirBnb. DreamVille is an on-location accommodation spot and these packages can be purchased on top of or alongside entrance tickets.

Festival-goers can also choose to stay outside of the Tomorrowland venue and opt for hotels or hostels in the neighbouring town of Boom or in the city of Antwerp a little further out. Belgium’s public transport system is very well arranged, with trains that can take you all over the country, and local bus services as well. If you choose to stay in Boom, there is a dedicated Tomorrowland bus shuttle which will take you straight to the festival, though if you choose this option you’ll have to do a little more planning, especially in the evenings.

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Camping essentials

If you choose to go for the camping option and opt for a DreamVille plot of land for your own tent, you’ll need a few things (aside from the obvious tent and pegs).

If this all sounds as amazing and dazzling as it promises to be, then get ready for Tomorrowland 2024 by travelling in and around Belgium a few days before – that way you get the best of Northern Europe and some relaxation, before a totally mind-shattering experience.

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