Thinking of Attending Tomorrowland for the First Time in 2019?
Great choice! Without further ado, here are 10 things to know before you think about attending Tomorrowland for the first time. Note: This is a quick summary of what going to Tomorrowland entails, there are links in this article for more in-depth information.
1. Tomorrowland Is One of the Biggest and Best Festivals in the World
In case you haven’t noticed – Tomorrowland is one of the most notable music festivals in the world. 😉 400,000 people attended Tomorrowland last year and the tickets sound out instantly. With the festival growing year on year, it’s no wonder that we all want a piece of the action.
When you finally go for the first time, you’ll realise why it’s so popular (if you haven’t already). 😉
2. Tomorrowland Is Not Cheap (But It’s Worth It)
Tomorrowland certainly isn’t a cheap festival, but when you’re there you can definitely see where your money went and it is totally worth it. If you start saving in advance and look at all of your options, then you’ll be more than prepared to go and it’s worth saving the money back to attend. I always prioritise saving for Tomorrowland over any other festival or holiday and planning for it is key.
3. It’s Hard to Get Tomorrowland Tickets
Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you. HOWEVER, saying that, there are ways of securing tickets much easier than the regular ways. Buying a ticket through the main sale is extremely difficult, it’s not impossible (I mean someone has to get them), but it is a case of luck. The rule of thumb: the higher your budget, the more likely you are of getting a ticket.
The most non-stressful way of getting tickets is through Tomorrowland Global Journey and also through official travel partners of Tomorrowland, who also sell Tomorrowland packages. They’re pretty pricey in some cases, but it seals the deal on a ticket easily. If you want to go and you have the money, you can go. Plan, plan and plan some more!
Here’s how to snap up those tickets: > how to get tickets to Tomorrowland <
It’s worth the stress when attending Tomorrowland for the first time… just look at that stage! 😉
4. You Have to Be 18+ to Go to Tomorrowland (Or Turn 18 During the Year of 2019)
If you’re looking at attending Tomorrowland for the first time, to be allowed to go this year, you must either be 18 or over OR turning 18 that year. So for example, you must turn 18 on or before the 31st December 2019 to be allowed to go. They check your ID apparently, so rethink risking it just in case.
5. Going to Tomorrowland on Your Own Is Common
Going to Tomorrowland alone is very common. So if you’re getting put off the idea because no one can go with you, then don’t fret. Many people are in the same situation every year and decide to go anyway. I would be more than happy to go myself if no one wanted to go with me. The vibe is amazing and everyone is your friend at Tomorrowland, plus there are lots of ways of joining up with other solo travellers through social media.
Here’s why you should go solo: > going to Tomorrowland on your own guide <
6. Taking a Flag Is Highly Encouraged
Tomorrowland is THE place to take a flag. Every year people either create their own Tomorrowland inspired flag, they buy a Tomorrowland flag or take the flag of their country. It’s actually more unusual NOT to take some sort of flag with you. It’s great because you can spot the fellow citizens of your country as they walk around with it tied around their waists. It really is an easy way to make friends and the crowd goes wild waving it around during acts. It really is a worldwide festival.
7. Tomorrowland Is Massive (Take Comfy Shoes!)
Tomorrowland is HUGE. Due to some areas being crowded and the festival can be a maze, it can take up to 40 minutes to walk to get from one side of the official Tomorrowland site to the other. If you are all the way on the other side camping at mag greens, it can take you another 40 minutes if you are at the further point, just to get to the Tomorrowland entrance. So around 1 hour and 20 minutes to get from the furthest point to the furthest point in moderate crowds.
Getting back once the festival ends every day also takes time. From the exit of the official site back to Friendship Garden (entrance to mag greens) took just under an hour. It pays to wait at Tomorrowland a bit longer, chill and then leave ones the crowds have started to disperse a bit.
Take comfy shoes!! They are needed!
8. The Food Is Incredible (Tomorrowland Has Proper Restaurants There)
The food at Tomorrowland is out of this world (by festival standards at least). There are plenty of stalls, some selling the regular fries and a burger and others with rice balls, noodles and other proper meals. There are lots of different cuisines there and something for everyone.
Tomorrowland also has a variety of different restaurants. One of these is called Tastes of the World and it overlooks the main stage. This is by far the most popular restaurant and you can buy vouchers for it as the festival date draws near.
Here’s what eating at the main stage restaurant is like: > why you should eat at the Tomorrowland main stage restaurant and how to get tickets <
If you’re thinking of attending Tomorrowland for the first time, then don’t forget to book your table!
9. The Fireworks Are Insane
Tomorrowland is a show. There’s an opening and ending of the whole festival and there is also a close every night. There’s a story behind it, the regular commentary, some kind of act and light show on the stage, with confetti and a ton of fireworks. It’s unlike any festival that you’ve been to before – make sure that you don’t miss it! The main show happens on the main stage, but other stages also shoot off fireworks. Last year we stayed at the front bar until the end, but we usually chill on top of the hill and watch the fireworks properly. They’re amazing!
10. You’ll Want to Go Back and Do It All over Again
Festival blues hit you hard after Tomorrowland is over. Tomorrowland is addictive and that’s the truth. It kind of ruined many festivals for me because I craved the organisation and vibe of Tomorrowland. Of course, I absolutely love my smaller festivals and still go often, but now I’m just a little more selective of where I go and because I need to save for those all-important Tomorrowland tickets again. 😉 After attending Tomorrowland for the first time, many people feel the same way and try to attend every year that they can.
Looking for dates of other similar EDM festivals? Check it out here: > When are festival tickets released in 2019? Plus saving tips! <
What do you love about Tomorrowland? Why do you want to go? Are you think of attending Tomorrowland for the first time? Drop your thoughts in the comments! Don’t forget to follow my social media and subscribe (all in the sidebar or scroll to the bottom if you’re on mobile). Have a great time at TML!