Tomorrowland 2019: Ones To Watch
The run in to one of the biggest festivals in the world is well and truly heating up, as the faithful crowd of 2019’s edition of Tomorrowland see their anticipation and excitement propel to new heights each day. With stage designs and early images starting to circulate, bracelets arriving, and the line-up all but complete, We Rave You are on hand to keep you up to date with all the latest as the weeks turn into days, with Weekend 1 just two weeks away.
The delayed completion of this years line-up brought frustration and concern to the 400,000 attendees who are set to grace the town of Boom, Belgium over the final two weekends of July. With major gaps appearing, Tomorrowland recently decided to release the entire line-up, filling spaces amongst the previously-announced stage hosts and headliners. Now that this is complete, and you begin to plan who you will be seeing in just two or three weeks time, We Rave You are on hand to provide a bank of DJs that you just can’t miss, away from the main stage. Split across all stages each weekend – allowing you to visit as many corners of Tomorrowland as possible – and incorporating artists from a spectrum of musical influences and genres, this list is devised by our team and highlights the artists that might not be headlining but are still certainly worth seeing across the weekend. We Rave You presents ‘Tomorrowland 2019: Ones To Watch’, your guide to the hidden gems of the Tomorrowland line-up.
Weekend 1 – 19th-21st July 2019
Adriatique @ Garden of Madness – DIYNAMIC
Swiss duo Adrian Skala and Adrian Schweizer are one of electronic music’s hottest acts. With a strong position amongst the Ibiza faithful, their blend of house and techno has hit the music world with driving force, particularly in 2018 with the deep melodic journey that is ‘Voices From The Dawn’. The single saw widespread support beyond the techno domain, with David Guetta often dropping the track in his residencies, and took Adriatique to a new level. Their performance on the Garden Of Madness stage for DIYNAMIC is one that you mustn’t miss on Friday.
Grum @ Youphoria – ANJUNABEATS
Graeme Shepherd hit the progressive scene with a bang back in the late 00’s, swiftly earning the ‘Scottish Eric Prydz’ title by many. With his debut album ‘Heartbeats‘ released in 2009, the journey beyond then has led to Grum cementing a spot on Anjunabeats – Above & Beyond’s progressive and trance-based label – with the majority of his releases in recent years dropping via the trio’s imprint. With Anjuna’s takeover of the Youphoria stage on Friday, and the pending release of Grum’s ‘Deep State’ album, you can be sure that the Scotsman will bring the finest progressive to Belgium.
Pan-Pot @ Atmosphere – FUSE & DAVE CLARKE PRESENT
German. Techno. Playing on Dave Clarke’s stage. Need we say any more? Pan-Pot’s continuous rise over the past 15 years has established them as one of techno’s heavyweights, The Berlin-based duo of Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix have showcased impeccable live sets over the years, and look set to bring their infectious blend of underground and experimental sounds. An array of sets are available on YouTube from Pan-Pot, but you can be sure that immersing yourself in the Atmosphere Stage for Fuse & Dave Clarke Present will top the lot, as the mighty Pan-Pot take to the stage.
Paul Thomas @ Freedom Stage by Budweiser – SHINE
A mainstay on Aly & Fila’s Future Sound Of Egypt UV label – with whom he will play an 8-hour B2B set in London just a day later – Paul Thomas’ set on Saturday on the Freedom Stage by Budweiser in one to be witnessed. Releases such as ‘Vyote’ and the classic ‘Painted Faces’ with Sonny Wharton – which received a remix by Avicii many years back – have seen Paul Thomas’ name embedded deep within the progressive scene, and his inclusion on the Shine line-up is very much deserved.
Roger Sanchez @ Cage – GLITTERBOX
One of the legends of the house music scene, and the producer of a club classic in ‘Another Chance’, Roger Sanchez certainly doesn’t mess around. Many iconic DJ sets over the years have contributed to his ascension to the God-tier of disc jockeys, after showcasing his skills across numerous decks at the same time. Bridging the gap between old and new house tracks through clever manipulation, Sanchez guarantees to bring a 10/10 performance to the Glitterbox showcase, joining the likes of Simon Dunmore and The Shapeshifters on the Cage Stage on Saturday.
Rebūke @ Core – DIRTYBIRD
A rising talent amongst the densely populated tech house scene, Irish artist Reuben Keeney saw his infectious blend of old school rave elements and the newer tech house sound propel his career to new heights. Heavy support from the likes of Pete Tong, CamelPhat, and many other big names on tracks like ‘The Pipe’ and ‘Along Came Polly’ sees Rebūke feature over both weekends of Tomorrowland. However, his set at the Dirtybird stage alongside head honcho Claude Vonstroke and the colourful shirts of Solardo is one that you can’t let slip.
Purple Disco Machine @ The Rose Garden – MASQUERADE
A name needing little introduction after an electric couple of years is Purple Disco Machine. Infectious remixes of Weiss’ ‘Feel My Needs‘, Calvin Harris‘ ‘Giant‘, and his own single ‘Dished‘ have brought the smooth sounds of PDM to the world on a wide scale. Years of hard work continue to pay off for the German producer, who unquestionably brought us the track of the summer in 2018, and is certain to bring that and so much more to Tomorrowland. Dropping a set on Claptone‘s Masquerade stage at The Rose Garden, Purple Disco Machine will bring those feel good vibes on Sunday that you just wont regret!
Tweekacore & Darren Styles @ Amicorum Spectaculum – Q-DANCE PRESENTS: SUNDAY FUNDAY
As far as the harder end of dance music goes, there aren’t too many that outdo Darren Styles. Teaming up with Da Tweekaz as Tweekacore, the three DJs will become one for a high speed, energetic performance that is sure to have the Amicorum Spectaculum bouncing from start to finish. After numerous sets together, featuring their own collaborations and a blend of solo works, Styles and Tweekacore are one of the hot acts at Tomorrowland this year, and their participation in Q-Dance‘s Sunday Funday will not be forgotten any time soon.
Nicky Romero @ Organ Of Harmony – SMASH THE HOUSE
Now, although Nicky Romero does have a main stage slot on Weekend 2, Weekend 1 goers will unfortunately not get to witness one of the finest producers in the scene. Featuring as part of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike‘s Smash The House showcase, Romero’s array of genres, speeds, sounds, and emotions will take attendees on a journey, with melodic bliss amongst many tracks balanced out by the heavy hitting collaborations with artists like Teamworx and David Guetta over recent months. If you’re a fan of progressive, groove, big room, or simply having a good time dancing around to some of your favourite tracks, you can be sure that Nicky Romero will provide the goods for all those who join him, and will set things up nicely for that missing mystery slot on the timetable for the main stage closing… miss this, miss out!
Weekend 2 – 26th-28th July 2019
Laidback Luke @ Garden of Madness – V SESSIONS VS FREAK SHOW
DJ and producer. Kung Fu athlete. Dedicated Dad. Laidback Luke must be a busy guy, right? Well he’s making the short trip over to Boom with his Denon set-up ready to rock the V Sessions vs. Freak Show arena over on the Garden of Madness stage. Luke’s fast paced mixing rivals some of the best in the industry, and will flawlessly blend some of the Dutchman’s own productions, with his Mixmash Records label releases. This is one that is sure to go off!
Hexagon All Stars (Raven & Kreyn, Sagan, Matt Nash, and more) @ Organ Of Harmony – HEXAGON
Now THIS is what Tomorrowland is all about! As Don Diablo rolls into town with his Hexagon label, up against some serious line-up competition on Friday of Weekend 2, he knew that his stage would have to go one bigger. Well, that’s exactly what is going on over at the Organ of Harmony as the Hexagon All Stars – featuring performances from the likes of Matt Nash, Sagan, Raven & Kreyn, and many more – take over the decks for what promises to be an amazing set. Though the full line up of the Hexagon All Stars is yet to be confirmed, this collection of artists is certain to bring some fire to the Hexagon Stage, and is one that might just set the stage apart from the rest.
Wildstylez @ Amicorum Spectacular – Q-DANCE INVITES: GET WACK!
From house to hardstyle, Tomorrowland has it all, and any attendees should fully embrace the diverse cultures that the Belgian festival has to offer. Over on the Q-Dance stage is the perfect opportunity for this, as the mighty Wildstylez takes to Amicorum Spectaculum as part of the ‘Get Wack!’ take over with Frequencerz. With an arsenal of hardstyle bangers including a remix for Armin van Buuren’s collaboration with Vini Vici ‘Great Spirit’, and his energetic Brennan Heart collab ‘Lose My Mind’, this is a set that is guaranteed to have you jumping right from minute one. Don’t miss Wildstylez on Friday as he hits the Q-Dance stage with full force.
Tom Staar @ Freedom Stage by Budweiser – AXTONE
A favourite amongst the groove and progressive scene, Tom Staar is one hell of a producer. Collaborations over recent years with the biggest and the best, including his recent track ‘This Ain’t Techno’ with David Guetta, coupled with mighty solo tracks both on and off his own label Staar Traxx have taken the British producer to a new height. Regular releases on Axtone like ‘Otherside’ and ‘Come Together’ have been heavily supported by Axwell alongside many others, and Tom’s inclusion on the Freedom Stage by Budweiser for Axtone is certain to be met with a warm reception.
Joris Voorn @ Core – SPECTRUM
House? Techno? Progressive? Melodic? Joris Voorn doesn’t worry about genres… he just brings the biggest and best to every set. The legendary producer has captured the hearts – and ears – of many across his long career with monumental tracks like ‘Ringo’ and more recently ‘Ryo’, and is bringing his Spectrum label to the Core stage during Saturday of Weekend 2. If you’re a fan of eclectic journeys through sound, Joris Voorn is your guy, so don’t let this opportunity pass you by.
Astrix @ Arch – PSYGATHERING
Though Vini Vici are largely the face of the ever-growing psy trance scene that begins to spread into the main stream limelight, the hidden talents away from the main stage are the ones you really need to keep an eye on. Joining fellow psy heavyweights Ace Ventura and WH1TENO1SE, Astrix comes to the Arch stage on Saturday for what promises to be a ride through the finest in psy trance. Featuring as part of the aptly titled Psygathering, Astrix is an artist you need to see at Tomorrowland this year.
Chris Lake @ Tulip – POTION
A producer hot on the lips of any close watching music fan is Chris Lake. The British house head is known for bringing the big guns to top festivals like Tomorrowland, and you can guarantee he’ll do just that for 2019. Infectious tracks like ‘Deceiver‘ with Green Velvet, and his heavily support release ‘Pizza‘ have spread the name of Chris Lake far and wide, so this one is guaranteed to be action packed! With previous dominating performances at the likes of Coachella and his B2B shows with Fisher under his belt, the stamp of approval is firmly pressed on Chris Lake’s emphatic CV, and whilst he plays on the Tulip stage for Potion you will see exactly why that’s the case.
Moksi @ Youphoria – BARONG FAMILY
They don’t get much bigger and heavier than Moksi, do they? Bass house duo, bucket hat wearers, and all round heavy guys, Moksi are definitely a must see for Tomorrowland. Their energetic sets weave genres together almost perfectly, with a nice balance of their own releases and a few hot tracks that are getting airtime. Their infamous ‘Moksi Switch Up’ can be heard on numerous tracks, as they will often drop their own bootlegs of tracks both old and new, such as the legendary ‘Day ’N’ Night’ by Kid Cudi. Dropping in on the Youphoria stage with the Barong Family, Moksi are serious business!
Cirez D @ Atmosphere – DRUMCODE
Last but certainly not least is a legend amongst the electronic music scene. Playing under his Cirez D moniker, known for taking a heavier techno-based route during the set, Eric Prydz will join Adam Beyer and co. for an evening of underground sounds that aren’t to be played around with. Featuring on the Drumcode line-up, Prydz will undoubtably provide top notch tracks from the get go, and his performance as Cirez D will be one that is spoken about for weeks after the closing of Weekend 2. Don’t miss Cirez D on the Atmosphere for the final day of Tomorrowland 2019.
So there you go, an all inclusive journey around Boom during Tomorrowland, taking you to as many stages, genres, and world class DJs that you might not have considered. Is there anyone you think should have made the list but didn’t? Let us know in the comments!