Tomorrowland will once again invade Belgium this weekend, marking its ninth chapter with an expected attendance of over 180,00 fans hailing from over 214 nations around the globe. With a lineup vast enough to boast over 400 artists, the pool of headliners alone trump rival events, no single dance music genre is left unacknowledged, and the odds of discovering new talent are in favor of the attendees. Before TomorrowWorld touches down in Atlanta this September, Boom offers a heavenly opportunity for festival-goers — but with endless options come difficult decisions.
Want to visit all 15 stages, see your favorite DJ, experiment with new sounds, all while taking the time to witness sets in full? Navigating Tomorrowland will be no easy task, but one all fans should be excited to attempt — and that’s where DA has you covered. In the midst of an endless sea of talent, here are ten moments you won’t want to miss…
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When I met Paco Osuna at a CNTRL: Beyond EDM seminar this month, I was shocked to hear he was working with 10 different producers at once. His rationale was simply stated. “Every time I work with someone else,” he said softly. “I learn something new.”
After listening to Amigos Pt. 2, I’m a believer. As its title indicates, the EP is a follow-up to Osuna’s first Amigos installment two years ago, also on Richie Hawtin’s Plus 8 Records. Following the original’s formula, the sequel showcases four new techno collaborations with four different producer “amigos.” Read more about the EP after the jump.
Asked for observations at the dawn of the CNTRL: Beyond EDM Tour, Ean Golden does not hesitate.
“Roughly 70 percent of the people at the seminars say they want to be producers,” DJ Tech Tools‘ founder says, grinning broadly. “Fewer people want to be DJs. It’s a paradigm shift in terms of what people want to be.”
It’s the same sea change that made this tour a reality. Conceived by minimal techno legend Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman), his M-nus Records artists Loco Dice and Paco Osuna, and Golden, CNTRL is as much an educational roadshow as it is a concert tour. Each of the 17 North American shows is preceded by a college-campus seminar, featuring an artist panel discussing music technology and the past and future of dance music. The events are saturated in social media coverage, allowing dance music fans around the globe to tune in and learn.