> Waiting List Ticket Sale
This is the sale for tickets that had failed card payments or people wanted to trade them in to sell on the Tomorrowland website. People say this is one of the easiest way to secure tickets (however, I’m yet to try this route).
CHAPTER 3: TOMORROWLAND AND DREAMVILLE PACKAGES
3.1 What is Dreamville?
Dreamville is the name of the accommodation at Tomorrowland. This is recommended if you are thinking of coming to Tomorrowland for the whole weekend, as it will be really difficult to find alternatives otherwise and you’d have to travel to get to the festival site every time.
3.2 All the Different Dreamville Packages
> What Accommodation Is at Tomorrowland?
There are many different accommodation options at Tomorrowland. You can either get a ticket and Dreamville package. Dreamville packages are either Magnificent Greens (cheapest camping ticket), easy tents, cabanas, Friendship Garden, mansions, kokonos, relax rooms etc. You can make these comfort tickets, which means that you will get better services when there. Also, you can also get hotel packages with shuttle bus transfer included.
You can keep your tent and sleeping bag etc if you buy a tent package or easy-tents – so you have a tent to keep in memory of Tomorrowland!
3.3 What Is the Gathering?
As a first-timer, you may have noticed that when you buy a Dreamville package it starts the day before Tomorrowland opens. This is because the gathering happens and trust me, this is where the good party starts! They build a whole stage just for the gathering and only people staying in Dreamville can attend. They have big acts there every year (last year they had Lost Frequencies, Netsky and Armin – it was incredible). It’s well worth going and it really hypes you up for the next day.
3.4 Should I Travel Solo at Tomorrowland?
I see sooo many people ask this all the time and yes, you totally should. It’s not weird, it’s not risky and so many people do it every year. Reach out to other solo Tomorrowlanders via WhatsApp groups (Reddit usually has loads of these on there) and Facebook groups. If you can’t find any, then set up your own! Share it round and you will get people joining up in no time. I’ve personally never gone solo, but I know if that was my only option, I definitely wouldn’t hesitate. The atmosphere is so good, that it really doesn’t matter. I met many of my best friends at Tomorrowland.
Here’s why you should: > Going To Tomorrowland On Your Own: Why That Shouldn’t Put You Off Going To Tomorrowland <
3.5 Tomorrowland Party Planes
Tomorrowland puts special party planes on some plane packages. You will not be able to find out if it’s a party plane when you first buy it, but they will tell you once you’ve bought it if it is (how exciting)! Party planes include food, a DJ, glowsticks and a pretty sick party in the sky.
3.6 Discover Europe/Belgium Packages
If you want to explore Belgium alongside your time at the festival, Tomorrowland puts on an exclusive Europe trip for you. You can go on the trip before the festival and you visit 4 different Belgian cities: Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent and Brussels. Here is the link for all of them (too extensive and complicated to put here).
These packages include accommodation and transport on your holiday and your Tomorrowland ticket and accommodation. It’s not cheap, but it may be worth it if you’re not planning on going to Belgium any time soon and you can make friends!
If you want to explore Europe alongside your time at the festival, Tomorrowland puts on an exclusive Europe trip for you. You can go on the trip either before or before and after the festival. There are 4 different packages. Here is the link for all of them (too extensive and complicated to put here).
These packages include accomodation and transport on your holiday and your Tomorrowland ticket and accommodation. It’s not cheap, but it may be worth it if you’re not planning on going to Europe any time soon and you can make friends!
3.7 What Amenities Are at Tomorrowland and Dreamville?
If you’re staying at Dreamville then there is a supermarket on site. It used to be a Lidl, which was really cool as it looked like a jungle inside and they’d play house music in there. The prices were reasonable too. In 2018 it was a Carrefour supermarket. Note: This is one of the only places you won’t use your bracelet – the prices are in Euros and you have to pay using a credit/debit card.
Also in Dreamville is a MAC makeup shop (where you can pay to have your makeup done), a bakery, a Tomorrowland jewellery shop and normal merch shop, a shisha section, Brussels radio station and a camping shop. You can also get cold and hot showers in Tomorrowland. The cold showers are free and the hot ones you have to pay.
In Tomorrowland, you can find a variety of different restaurants, loads of food stalls, a tattoo parlour and plenty more services (my little brain is struggling to think of every little thing on the top of my head). Tastes of the World restaurant is by far the most popular, see all about it here: > 5 Reasons Why You Must Eat At The Tomorrowland Main Stage Restaurant (And How To Get Tickets) <
> Can I Get a Tattoo at Tomorrowland?
Yes! Tomorrowland has a tattoo parlour. Sometimes Tomorrowland informs you about bookings and sometimes they don’t. We were all under the impression that the tattoo parlour wasn’t there in 2018 because you weren’t able to make bookings, but sure enough, the tattoo parlour was there. If you want a tattoo, I recommend that you arrive there as soon as it opens on the first day in order to pick your slot and pick a design. If you leave it too late, you won’t get a spot. The tattoos are a lot more expensive than you may be used to, but it’s a tattoo AT Tomorrowland, treat yo’ self!
CHAPTER 4: HOW MUCH IT COSTS TO GO TO TOMORROWLAND
4.1 How Much Does It Cost to Go to Tomorrowland?
This entirely depends on how much money you have, but it’s certainly not cheap. You can make it as expensive or as cheap as you want to. Once I was so out of money, I managed to make it through the whole of Tomorrowland on 100 euros (sneaking vodka in my bra and living off Lidl bread and one meal a day). People spend as much as 1,000 euros though. I would plan for around 100 euros per day, but it’s completely possible to do it cheaper depending on what you’re buying. If you want merch and a tattoo, of course, you’re looking at much more. If you read further on, I give you the low-down on the prices.
4.2 How Much Is Food and Drink at Tomorrowland?
Food and drink is not cheap at Tomorrowland, prepare to save beforehand. In my opinion, it’s worth it though as the food is definitely so much better than regular festivals. There is so much choice (many different cuisines), the portions are big and you can even go to a few restaurants to eat. Here’s an article about dining at the main stage restaurant – check it out, the views are amazing (I dined there, it was lush). And no, I don’t mean the secret actual main stage restaurant – I wish!
My perfect view last year
Water is free at Tomorrowland if you go to a fill-up point – there are loads of taps and there are everywhere all over the Tomorrowland site and also a Dreamville. The water tastes okay too!
To give you an idea: In 2018 a small beer was 2 pearls (3,20 eur), as were fizzy drinks such as Pepsi. Cocktails are around 7.5 pearls (12 eur).
Belgian fries were 3.5 pearls (5,60 eur) and more substantial food such as pasta was 5.25 pearls (8,40 eur).
> How Do I Buy Food and Drinks at Tomorrowland?
Tomorrowland is a cashless festival. This means that you will not be using any card or cash at the festival and you will not have to purchase tokens like many other festivals. Once you recieve your Tomorrowland bracelet (in your treasure case), you will find a code on the back of the wristband. You use this to activate the bracelet in your name. Once this is completed you can ‘load’ money onto the bracelet. This is how you buy everything at Tomorrowland.
Tomorrowland has their own currency called ‘pearls’, so when you load your money onto your account, the money will appear in pearls. If you load over 100 euros, they usually give you a couple of pearls free. If you don’t get paid until the festival itself, don’t panic. You can top up your bracelet on site. If you don’t spend all of your peals, don’t try and waste them, you will get a refund at the end of the festival (they charge you a small fee for this). This is great because most festivals don’t do this.
Check out: > Is Tomorrowland Overrated? 20 Cool Things Tomorrowland Has That Most Festivals Don’t <
CHAPTER 5: ADDITIONAL TOMORROWLAND INFO
5.1 When Will I Receive My Tomorrowland Treasure Case/Box?
You receive an email when your Tomorrowland box is on its way and it is usually a few weeks before the festival. Don’t panic if your box is taking a while! Everybody recieves them at different times because they are literally travelling all over the world and they are not all sent out in the one go but in batches.
If you’ve never seen a Tomorrowland treasure case before, I’ll give you the lowdown: Every year they are a surprise (unless you see a leak from one of the first people to get them) and they are linked to the theme. They are always really well made, a literal ornamental piece you can keep forever (I’m not even exaggerating) and they usually contain some kind of cool feature, such as a lock and key box, a music box or like last years seahorse necklace. Also a leaflet about the festival and your Tomorrowland bracelet.
> Help! I Haven’t Received My Bracelet/I’ve Lost My Bracelet
Although rare, some boxes never arrive at their destination and again, don’t panic, just contact them and they will arrange for you to pick up your bracelet at will-call. You can also pick up treasure boxes here too if they have any spare. If you lose your bracelet at the festival or it stops working (happened to my partner last year), then go straight to will-call to get a new one (and your old one will be cancelled before someone finds it and spends it). This is why it’s important that it’s personalised to your name, so they can give you a new one. If it’s not in your name, you won’t be getting back in! So don’t forget to take your ID to Tomorrowland.
5.2 What’s the Difference Between Weekend 1 and Weekend 2?
Another common question that people ask is what the difference is. In short, there is no real difference between weekend 1 and weekend 2, there are only 2 weekends because Tomorrowland added another date to meet demand (and because Tomorrowworld etc has stopped).
There is the misconception that weekend 1 is better because the site will be in better condition, but this isn’t strictly true. It won’t be any more muddy, ruined or anything, Tomorrowland fixes anything that is broken and most of the festival, including Dreamville, has wooden planks down on the floor. You honestly wouldn’t notice the difference. I always go on weekend 2 because I like to watch the live streams, get hyped and then go. I couldn’t bear to go on weekend 1 and then feel jealous of people there the next weekend, but that’s just me being petty. 😉
5.3 How Much Alcohol Can I Bring with Me to Tomorrowland?
When you stay in Dreamville, you are allowed to bring alcohol with you (however, this can not be taken with you into the actual Tomorrowland event). On their website, Tomorrowland states that the limit is 6 50cl cans of alcohol, 6 50cl of fizzy drinks and unlimited water. However, this is rarely enforced. I have never ever come across a time when people have had alcohol taken off them unless it’s obvious it’s going to be sold or if it’s in a glass bottle. Let me know if I’m wrong though, but I’m yet to see/hear of it and I’ve always been okay taking a s**t load in. Just say it’s your friends. 😉
We usually take 20 cans each with water and a bottle of vodka. It’s hard to enforce because you can go in and out as much as you like, so in theory, you can take the amount through, go back out and then get the rest. So rest assured that you can take whatever you like, as long as it is in a can or plastic bottle.
I repeat: No glass is allowed inside Dreamville or Tomorrowland. So pour all of your alcohol into a plastic bottle before you enter.
> Taking Alcohol on the Eurostar
This is something that people ask every year. Again, there are restrictions for alcohol on the Eurostar, however, again, they are rarely enforced. They do this so then people don’t get loads of alcohol, get white girl wasted on the train and cause trouble. Just pack your stuff nicely, keep your head down, don’t get rowdy on the train and you’re fine. Worst case scenario, they take it off you and that’s it.
5.4 What Is the Security like at Tomorrowland?
Every year there are many questions about safety at Tomorrowland, especially with how horrible the world is getting recently. Do not let this put you off going to Tomorrowland! Tomorrowland’s security is top notch, they would never risk anything going down because their reputation is at stake and of course, they care about their customers.
If you are caught with drugs at Tomorrowland, you will be thrown out. Drugs are illegal in Belgium, including weed. If you are selling drugs, then you know what is going to happen. There are no testing facilities in Tomorrowland (I know some festivals do this) – so be sure to take a test with you and stay safe guys! Never feel pressured into something you don’t want to do either.
5.6 What’s the Weather like at Tomorrowland?
The weather at Tomorrowland is unpredictable at best. It’s summertime in Belgium, so it can be hot and it can be rainy. Weather in this part of Europe IS unpredictable everywhere – you can expect rain but also blistering heat too. Last year Tomorrowland reached almost 40 degrees Celcius and we all thought we were going to die. It is rare for it to be this hot, however, as in previous years you’ve had rain. In short: Check the weather just beforehand and plan for everything. Also, don’t forget a hoodie to wear in the evening, it can get a bit chilly!
There will be a packing list posted just before Tomorrowland, so you won’t even need to think about what to pack either. 😉
Note: For some strange reason they never sell ice in Dreamville and when it was a summer like 2018, you need to be aware of this as it was literally unbearable. Knowing our luck it may rain in 2019 now. 😉 Anyway, you can go to a supermarket outside of Tomorrowland but prepare for more queues. You can also buy food, drink and ice outside people’s houses on the way into Tomorrowland. They set up stalls on their front lawns and sell things. They are normally extremely overpriced of course, but my friend managed to persuade a guy to give us a bag of ice in exchange for cider as we didn’t have any cash on us (cashless festival and all)! Everyone is so lovely and in a good mood, so remember to say hi to the locals.
5.7 Is Tomorrowland Really Crowded?
With around 400,000 people attending Tomorrowland, you’d expect it to be crowded, but honestly, it’s not. Tomorrowland is so big that it will well spaced out. The queues for drinks and food is not too bad, the queue to get into Tomorrowland isn’t too bad either. The busiest times it at mainstage late at night, especially for the final act of Tomorrowland and the walk home you have to queue for ages. Make sure you wear comfy shoes!!
To get to the front of mainstage is surprisingly easy, especially in the day. Stick to the sides of the stage and worm your way in – other festival mainstages are usually much worse IMO.
5.8 How Can You Get to Tomorrowland?
There are many ways to get to Tomorrowland. If you get a global journey package this will be arranged for you (coach, train or plane). You can also arrange this for yourself through the same methods of transport. You can also drive and park your car at the Tomorrowland site – which is what I always do (20 euros advance-payment to park for the weekend btw).
5.9 Important to Know When You First Arrive at Tomorrowland:
- If you are arriving by car, follow the temporary signs and ignore the sat nav – expect traffic backing up nearer the site, but in general it’s really quick considering how many people go to Tomorrowland and how small Boom is
- You are allowed to go in and out of Dreamville (I was that dick who tried to carry ALL of my stuff from the car in one go)
- Don’t forget to take your ID to Tomorrowland – there are lockers on site to keep it in. If you lose your bracelet and you don’t have ID, you won’t be coming back in!
- You can take water bottles into Dreamville, yet in Tomorrowland you can only take it in without the cap on. It’s to stop you from filling it up and putting the cap on and chucking it into the crowd
Tomorrowland after movies usually come out about a month after weekend 2, but last year it was the Monday of weekend 2. Here was the most recent one to get you in the mood. 😉