CRAZY, WILD, HAPPY & FREE . . .
My only response to the feelings I had during my time at Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland exceeds anyones expectations as to what a music festival is all about. Music is not just enjoyed by standing in front of a stage, but rather carried into the food, the camping, and overall social experience! You will understand what I mean in a minute.
Tomorrowland set the standard for all others to follow, earning them the rightful title of Best EDM Festival on the PLANET! I unfortunately have to limit it to just this planet for we don’t know what other insane festivals are going on in other galaxies. Am I right?
Now, I know what you are thinking. How do I get tickets to Tomorrowland, and how do I prepare for such a journey? Keep reading to find out.
How to get tickets
Before you buy tickets you have to decide if you will be camping in Dreamville, staying in a partner hotel or just passing by for a day. Tomorrowland sells out faster than any other music festival. Belgium residents get a special pre-sale, leaving the rest of us to battle it out.
Call your bank beforehand and let them know you will be making a large foreign purchase.
You don’t want your card to decline due to fraudulent suspicions. It happened to me. My advice is to call the number on your card and give them a heads up.
Turn off network access from all devices expect for the one you are using to purchase tickets.
This will help speed up your network therefore increasing your chances of getting into the ticket shop. Anything helps right? Once you click into the ticket portal you are 99.9% thrown into a waiting queue with specific instructions stating “do not refresh or lose your place in line”. Here is where the rebel in me acted out.
30 minutes goes by. Nothing. An hour. Nothing. Slowly losing hope I decided to refresh on my cell phone. I felt like I had nothing to lose at this point. But the rave gods were looking over me and I found myself in the ticket shop. Ahhhhhh!
Double check your Cart for correct quantity.
If you are purchasing a Dreamville pass, keep in mind that most packages are priced for two. You will only need to select one quantity. Pay close attention to your quantities. If you mess up you will have to start all over again and risk being tossed back into the waiting queue. Yes, I also made that mistake.
Remember, any ticket is better than no ticket.
If you cannot get a three day, shoot for single day passes. We had friends who could not get a three day pass so settled for single day passes on Friday and Saturday. Might not have been ideal, but at least they still got to enjoy some of the festival. Besides, there will be TONS of people (most likely Belgians) selling passes outside the festival. That darn pre-sale perk!
Looking to crank up your Tomorrowland experience? Add-ons obviously add to the cost, but are sooo worth it. These add-ons change year-over-year but can still expect to have similar options. Here are a few of my favorite add-ons.
Have you ever been to a silent disco dessert party? Imagine being sat at a table overlooking the Super You & Me stage. Once seated you are greeted by headphones that tune into the live set before you. Shortly after, a chocolate turntable is personally delivered to you by a world renowned pastry chef. The only thing left to do is kick back, eat, and enjoy the music. That my friends is called a Silent Disco Dessert Party. Just one of many restaurant add-ons available.
Tomorrowland runs on its own currency system. Festival attendees purchase coins to be used to make purchases within the festival. One add-on I recommend everyone purchasing is the Booze Bag. A discount on coins for purchasing in advance. I recommend buy at least two booze bags. You will not be able to purchase these at the festival.
Lockers: Dreamville & Tomorrowland
Purchasing lockers in both Dreamville and inside the festivals are a must. You do not want to hike back to your tent every time you need something, and sure as heck don’t want to hold a million things. That’s where purchasing a locker inside the festival comes in handy. Store your rain gear and essentials for easy access. Trust me it will rain.
How Expensive is Tomorrowland?
For the people in Europe who can drive to Tomorrowland, they have it made. Someone like me who flew there, I didn’t exactly have the equipment to haul a bunch of camping gear, food, coolers, etc. in. With that said, I probably spent way more than others. Here was my average daily spending over 4 days:
3 Meals/Day: $40 (Total $160)
Drinks/Day: $50 (Total $200)
Activities/Merchandise/Etc.: $30 (Total $120)
TOTAL COST: $480
Camping at Dreamville
Let me start by saying that I am a shower every night, hate bugs kind of girl and even I opted in for camping at Dreamville. I felt it was half the experience, and experience it sure was. There were many challenges to camping at Dreamville. So much it deserves it’s own post. Check it out here.
That’s not to say I wouldn’t do it again though. I ABSOfreakinLUTELY would!
Inside Tomorrowland Festival
Entering the festival is equivalent to entering a secret society. Excitements levels are too high to control for the reality of actually being at Tomorrowland hits you. There is so much going on around you making it hard to focus one which direction to go. Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of your time:
Don’t spend all your time at the main stage.
One thing that is great about EDM is every DJ plays other DJ’s music. You don’t have to be at a Tiesto set to hear Tiesto. So turn your focus away from the main stage. In fact, don’t even look at the lineup. Walk to all the stages and give every DJ’s a chance to blow you away. You will be surprised. Even the smallest of stage can turn into the best experience.
Participate in the activities.
Get a Tomorrowland tattoo, play a round of Poker, send a postcard, and more! That is part of what makes this festival so special and unique. Participating in these exclusive activities is what makes everyone else so jealous to hear about!
Accept that you will get dirty.
Between the rain and sweat, you will get dirty. Just accept it. Turn your focus towards the people you will meet, the music you will hear, and the fun you will have. No one cares about what you look like here. Just that you are having a great time!
Still have more questions about Tomorrowland? Ask me by leaving a comment below!