FestPop’s Travel Guide to Tomorrowland-Belgium
WHAT TO EXPECTWhatever part of the globe you may be traveling from for this festival, you can expect to meet people from the opposite side of the world. This festival is for anyone who loves electronic music, but also who loves to travel. I say the latter because this festival contains people from 120 different countries. You will see flags from every part of the globe represented, hear all kinds of different accents, and witness how music can unify us all. ATM lines will be rather long, so I suggest arriving with cash. You exchange your euro for Tomorrowland tokens to purchase food and drinks. Merchandise can paid with any standard forms of payment, however, tokens are not an option for payment at the merchandise booths. Booze bags are also a great option, however, this year they had those available for pre-order only. The booze bag includes tokens, earplugs, a mini-journal, and a festival guide. Some of the best food in Belgium can also be found inside the festival. From frites (Belgian French fries) to sushi to kebabs, all the food were fresh and the variety was endless for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Drink stands far and wide sprinkled the festival grounds. For those looking for something different than Maes Pils, which is the main beer sponsor on site, there is a Belgium beer cafe and a cava and champagne bar. If you are one of many who love to collect festival tickets and wristbands, then you are in for a treat with Tomorrowland. Their bracelet is equipped with a sensor that beeps you in and out of the festival at an incredible rate, but also has two micro-lights that flash in massive groups while at the main stage. From all colors of the rainbow, it was truly magical to see a sea of wrists lighting up at the same time. The bracelet also has a standard belt buckle, so it safe on the wrist, but also removable if one wishes to do so. One aspect of the wristband that was advertised, yet did not work for anyone I asked, was the Facebook feature. Two individuals could send a Facebook friend request each other while pressing a small heart button on the bracelet while touching the wristbands together. I tried this with a few friends, but had no success. This is definitely a cool concept if they can pull it off in the future.
THE VENUEDe Schorre is a recreational area in the town of Boom, Belgium and is a truly beautiful venue to host such a party. Boom is located just between Antwerp and Brussels, and is easy to get to if you choose to stay in either one of the two cities. The festival grounds are rather large, so prepare for lots of walking between stages and wear comfortable shoes. Also, prepare for rain, as this festival falls in the middle of the rainy season. When it rains, it pours. However, do not look at this as a downfall. The energy of the crowd goes up ten fold and the rain usually lasts for at most 20 minutes at a time. Some areas of the festival also distribute free ponchos as well.
DREAMVILLEDreamville is a temporary city created by 35,000 festival attendees wishing to engage in the festival camping experience. Dreamville includes shops, showers, and an opening party on Thurday called “The Gathering.” The standard camping package requires that you bring your own camping materials. There are also packages that include tents, separate sanitary facilities, and more. For those who love to camp, this is an ideal option. The rain only occurs during the evening, so the mornings include sunshine, early partying, and positive vibes all around.
MY EXPERIENCETraveling from California with the inkling to see other parts of Europe, I decided to go with the hotel Global Journey package. When we arrived to the Hotel Sofetil Europe, they gave us our shuttle bracelet (which we didn’t use) and our festival bracelet, as well as the daily Tomorrowland newspaper. I opted out of camping because I did not want to either bring a tent or have to buy one once I got to Belgium. I also opted out of the flight packages because I wanted to create my own schedule for arrivals and departures.
By Tiffany Wood, FestPop Sr. Staff Writer
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