"A Tomorrowland on every continent": Australia on the map?

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For a while now, Belgium’s colossal Tomorrowland has ranked high on the radar of ITMers. With glittering line-ups, first-class production, an immense (and immensely up-for-it) crowd and all-round epic-ness, it’s built an army of acolytes around the world. Even its ‘after-movies’ are renowned, with 2012’s wrap-up notching up a casual 42 million YouTube views so far. In 2012, all the tickets disappeared in the blink of an eye – and you can bet 2013 will go the same way. For everyone who can’t be there in the humble Belgian town of Boom, here’s an unexpected piece of news: Tomorrowland is looking to go global.

As reported by Dancing Astronaut in the U.S., co-founders of ID&T Michiel and Manu Beers spoke to Belgian financial newspaper De Tijd about the festival’s future. “It’s our ambition to organise a Tomorrowland on every continent,” they told the paper. “We have received requests for versions of Tomorrowland from all over the world. From rich Russians and Indians to promoters in Australia, the U.S. and South America. We will do it, but on our conditions, and only in places where we feel comfortable.” The brothers also added why they have turned down huge offers to sell the business: “Why should we sell? It’s our passion.” You can read the quotes in this Dutch daily news aggregator.

“Most would struggle to even describe the dizzy journey that they went on over the three days,” ITM’s reviewer wrote of the 2012 event. “A week later, and you’re still dreaming about Tomorrowland.” Behold all 20 minutes of the aftermovie below, and for those extra keen among us to pencil in the dates for the next edition, promoters ID&T have announced that Tomorowland will return to Belgium on the 26th, 27th, 28th of July in 2013.



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m_xt said on the 16th Jan, 2013

Please, no more festivals.


Digitalgrub said on the 16th Jan, 2013

It would be a shadow of itself in Australia - we're just too far away. Belgium is right in the middle of Western Europe. Compare their population and travel time to Australia...


amesyd said on the 16th Jan, 2013

Once the festival becomes world wide, it will loose its appeal. There is so much hype surrounding Tomorrowland because of its exclusivity. The main reason everyone wants to go is because they can't. Lets spend time and money making our original festivals better. Bigger, better acts, better yet more club shows so we can avoid all the terrible festival goers.


lawlietskyy said on the 16th Jan, 2013

Work on the club culture in Australia, no need for more f*cking festivals where most girls deem it to be a f*cking fashion parade of skimpy outfits, boobjobs and fake tan.

If the bra comes OFF at festivals, that is a different story.

Nathan Explosion

Nathan Explosion said on the 16th Jan, 2013

This is just like Ultra. Ultra goes Worldwide and sure the festivals have good lineups, but still don't compare to the original (Miami, Miami Music Week).
Same thing will happen with this, each country will be good, but not as great as the original. #imo


hamo32 said on the 16th Jan, 2013

If they can do it properly, over a weekend, with camping then I would dig that. We don't need any more re-hashed European festivals a la Creamfields and Global Gathering.


thechunk said on the 16th Jan, 2013

although the tomorrowland festival set up helps it is other factors that make it so f'ing good
the people, the attitudes, the relaxed feel from security etc...
plus you wouldnt get the same line up or crowd size
just wouldnt be the same here at all.
i dont think half the people in aus even go for the music, sad really


brown820 said on the 16th Jan, 2013

Australia might find a suitable venue, but the stage production would never be matched for our market and would only dissapoint in comparison.


xilliun said on the 16th Jan, 2013

Club tours would be good. Festivals are losing their appeal with all the douchebags that attend. The market is saturated as it is anyway - longer sets with fewer acts is what needs to happen


w8_2008 said on the 16th Jan, 2013

"We will do it, but on our conditions"
Amen to that - because only ID&T have the creative & technical know-how to run a quality version of Tomorrowland if it were to happen here.
Having been to TL2012 though, I agree that the concept wouldn't work here because of the crowd's attitudes here. Probably best to keep Tomorrowland exclusive, at it's home in Boom, with the formula that's worked so well for years.
What they have there is not just another festival, it's a quality experience for all who visit, I don't see how they could replicate that here..


walkdogz said on the 16th Jan, 2013

Went in 2011. The overriding thought you leave with is it would never work here because of the difference in the crowd including the sheer numbers being in the middle of the European summer and also the dick heads around here including punters, security and police... and you couldn't pull anything close to the line up which again comes back to the timing and location. Tomorrowland isn't this whimsical dreamlike fantastical experience people like to make it out to be, it's a solid festival with excellent visual stimulation and good music. What Tomorrowland does best is make a killer movie.


cowabunga said on the 16th Jan, 2013

plus there wouldn't be awesomely cheap european drugs available


scottyk82 said on the 16th Jan, 2013

Comparing Ultra and tomorrowland....? tsk tsk. Furkin noob.


evrydaystrug said on the 18th Jan, 2013

Tommorowland is kind of a mecca of festivals...spreading it world wide would loose its appeal cause you wouldn't get so many different nationalities mixing they will just go their own countries versions which then makes it like every other festival and nothing that special at all.


coshea said on the 18th Jan, 2013

It won't be the same here in Australia. The reason why it was such an amazing festival was because of where it is, the people and the overall vibe. Nothing like a festival here.....


DangerDog said on the 19th Jan, 2013

Definitely agree with everyone saying its a bad idea to bring it to Australia. Didn't ID&T already try and learn from Sensation White !?!


Velociravetor said on the 20th Jan, 2013

Just bring the stages to Oz ;)

Claire Rogers

Claire Rogers said on the 20th Jan, 2013

nah it just wouldnt be the same if they brought it to oz


Underdog said on the 20th Jan, 2013

gotta agree with M_xt there, unless its something truly new and not watered down then why do we need it?


liberabit said on the 21st Jan, 2013

I think having one in Antartica would be very cool

boom tish


slackas said on the 24th Jan, 2013

Looks like the days of homegrown Aussie owned festivals are almost over...


morsey91 said on the 24th Jan, 2013

imagine it , 250000 or more people on red sand , at the biggest festival of their life . ofcourse people would come it would be insane, plus its an excuse for people to come to Australia


jacknife said on the 27th Feb, 2013

What about having tomorrowland in a different country each year, that way we keep the exclusivity and punters still come the world over to rave it up. Locations like China, Nepal, New Zealand, even Alaska could open up a whole new experience for the festival


mcrednut said on the 27th Feb, 2013

As a few punters here have already commented, my mate and I were very lucky enough to go in 2012 and I reckon we said to each other a dozen times each day "this could never happen in Australia"...too many dickheads (m & f), overbearing security, too many police, and council / government regulations here are way too restrictive to allow anywhere near the amazing production work needed to make Tomorrowland what is needs to be. Keep it in Belgium where it is...as 'amesyd' said, "...everyone wants to go because they can't.". BTW, anyone know where I can tickets for TL 2013?? ;)


babbibelle said on the 28th Feb, 2013

As much as I'd like it to be here, it's been rumoured to be in Atlanta .. & have put my whole USA trip on hold til I get me them tickets!