Tomorrowland, arguably the world’s biggest music festival is just around the corner.
As hundreds of thousands of people flock into Boom, Belgium to take part, we select our top 10 must-see acts for both attendees and stream viewers alike.
FRIDAY JULY 24th
Mainstage Master – AVICII (Main Stage 22:45-0:00)
Avicii has been quiet over late-2014 and the New Year period, reducing performances focusing heavily on studio production for his upcoming album ‘Stories’, which will have a particularly “song-oriented” focus. With some singles already released, including the likes of ‘The Days’, ‘The Nights’, and ‘Waiting For Love’, hype has been brewing around some massive collaborations. In his first set of 2015 at Future Music Festival in Australia, he previewed for the first time his upcoming track written with music mogul Chris Martin of Coldplay, called ‘Heaven’, among others. His standout Ultra Music Festival set provided dance music fans around the globe with first plays of some other intriguing tracks from this album.
We cannot wait to hear more from this songwriting genius, as he steps up his performance game in anticipation of a Fall 2015 release date.
Dark Horse – DYRO (Main Stage 16:30-17:30 & Sat Revealed Stage 21:00-22:00)
WOLV has been a great part of Dyro’s success story, ever since his ‘discovery’ by artists like Hardwell and the Revealed Recordings family. Acting as both a platform for releasing his own music and shining the spotlight on smaller artists, he has overseen its growth into a well-respected independent label. Expect to see sparks fly in both of his sets and plenty of new music from both experienced and newfound artists alike!
Off-Stage Off-Shoot – THE BLOODY BEETROOTS/SBCR (Dim Mak Stage 22:15-23:15)
Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo (or SBCR: Satan Bass City Rockers) of The Bloody Beetroots has returned to the spotlight this year with the release of an EP on Dim Mak Records, ‘SBCR & Friends, Vol. 1’. Deviating from previous releases, this marks a new chapter in his music-making career, collaborating with multi-genre heavyweight Razihel, while maintaining his signature electro synth-driven style. With more music undoubtedly on the way, expect excitement and intrigue in this set.
SATURDAY JULY 25TH
Mainstage Master – AXWELL Ʌ INGROSSO (Main Stage 23:45-1:00)
All three artists of Swedish House Mafia heritage are doing immensely successfully, albeit on quite differing paths. Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso have found themselves at the behest of a new project, and have been teasing numerous tracks throughout their sets ever since June of last year. We have now seen four new singles from them, in addition to ‘We Come We Rave We Love’, featuring a newer and more mature sound, even going so far as to dabble in rap and hip-hop.
One wonders whether they are indeed preparing some form of extended release, like a studio album, with the wealth of music in their catalog. No matter what, their Tomorrowland set is sure to feature new music, both from themselves and their respective labels.
Dark Horse – DILLON FRANCIS (Main Stage 18:30-19:30 & Sun Barong Stage 18:00-19:00)
Let’s go von deeper! Dillon’s remix game has been on fire over the past year, most recently with stellar remixes of commercial dance music hits ‘Runaway (U & I)’ and Major Lazer’s ‘Lean On’ with Jauz. It is, however, the upcoming EP ‘This Mixtape Is Fire’ (out August 14th) that most excites Dillon fans around the globe, with his return to moombahton (‘Bruk Bruk’) and collaborations with the likes of Skrillex (‘Bun Up The Dance’) and Calvin Harris (‘What’s Your Name’). Despite a great deal of time spent making hilarious Snapchat videos and other social media gems, his production skills seem to continually improve, and we can’t wait to hear what Dillon has to offer us!
Off-Stage Off-Shoot – TOM STAAR VS KRYDER (Super You & Me Stage 15:00-16:00)
The Groove Cartel makes its return to Tomorrowland, this time gracing the synonymous Super You & Me stage. With their distinctive percussion-driven style and energetic productions, these two artists have been extremely prolific both in partnership and by themselves on solo works. Together, they have most recently released a remix of Sam Feldt’s tropical rework of the classic ‘Show Me Love’, while also providing a stellar remix for Axwell Ʌ Ingrosso’s ‘Something New’. Individually though, Kryder has continued to support artists with free releases from his independent label Sosumi Records, while Tom Staar has released tracks on both SIZE and Axtone, while maintaining his Staar Traxx label.
SUNDAY JULY 26TH
Mainstage Master – STEVE ANGELLO (Main Stage 19:10-20:30)
Although Sunday’s 3 Are Legend (DV/LM & Steve Aoki) are arguably the custodians of the festival, our attention is drawn greatly to the music giant that is Steve Angello. The founder of the hugely successful SIZE Records, Steve has always been a great tastemaker, stretching even back far beyond his SHM days. Most notably, though, is the upcoming release of his long awaited debut solo album ‘Wild Youth’. Originally scheduled for a late-2014 release date, Steve ran into some well-publicised issues with the intended distributing label, leading to a setback in the release and the decision to release the album in 2015 on his own label. With tracks like ‘Wasted Love’ with The Temper Trap’s Dougy Mandagi and ‘Children Of The Wild’ with classical-EDM hybrid duo Mako, anticipation has run high through this entire saga, and we hope that Steve’s Tomorrowland set will introduce some new feature tracks from the album to the world.
Dark Horse – OLIVER HELDENS (Bakermat & Friends Stage 22:30-0:00 & Fri Main Stage 14:30-15:30)
Few other artists can claim to match the meteoric rise of Oliver Heldens, whose unique and matured sound has added a certain freshness to the dance music scene and driven innovation. Great excitement surrounds his new production alias as HI-LO, whose tracks have gained wide support from artists like Jack Ü (noticeably absent from TL 2015), and his new record label, Heldeep Records. With consistently strong original releases ever since his rediscovery by Tiesto and the success of ‘Gecko’, Oliver has straddled the fine line between commitment to a style and innovation, and come out on top. Expect to hear plenty of new IDs across his two sets, as well as see some of his famous shuffling!
Off-Stage Off-Shoot – BARONG FAMILY (Barong Family Stage All Day)
Yellow Claw’s Barong Family, a daughter label of Spinnin’ Records, has been at the forefront of trap music and ‘Jungle Terror’ since its inception in the middle of last year. Supporting artists like Wiwek has led to immense growth as another player on the scene. Featured on this stage is a diverse range of artists, from progressive house champions Vicetone to the high-energy Yellow Claw and Wiwek themselves. Even heavyweights GTA, Dillon Francis and the immortal Rotterdam Terror Corps will make special appearances on the lineup, rounding out what is sure to be a varied but energetic stage.
Special Mention – SYMPHONY OF UNITY (14:30-15:30)
“One musical world, where two genres merge”. Very unlikely headliners Symphony Of Unity bring a unique touch to this year’s festival. Featuring the National Orchestra of Belgium, under the baton of guest conductor Stefan Blunier, this act promises to combine the complexities of both classical and electronic music together in one unique and harmonious performance. With a special symphony commissioned for this event, this promises to be a fitting close to the event.