The final day of Tomorrowland had finally arrived and with the strength of todays line-up, it looked to go out with a bang; literally! Having already blew our minds for two days in row, could our brains handle any more? Here is our run-down of Sunday’s highlights.
Sunday 27th July 2014
To kick off the days schedule, we headed over to the Cafe D’Anvers stage to check out Italian house DJ, bearing an ever present grin, Marco Faraone. It’s not often you see a DJ working with analogue these days, so when Marco was dropping vinyl, you could see him really working with the music, bringing it back into the art form it once was. Add in a charismatic personality and a few enthusiastic fans into the crowd and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time on the Cafe D’Anvers stage.Source: Promo
Opening up the ‘Legends Of Trance’ Stage, Cosmic Gate delivered to one of the wildest crowds we saw over the whole weekend. Their constant dropping of classic Trance, infused with modern EDM, delivered the perfect crowd pleasing balance. As the duo from Germany brought us classics such as ‘Fire Wire’ and ‘Exploration of Space’, the bar was set very high for the next to grace the stage, Markus Schulz, who went on to play a mammoth 8 hour set; 1 hour of which was back-to-back with Cosmic Gate. Strangely enough, we didn’t have time to stay for the whole set (we wouldn’t have seen anyone else otherwise!). 5/5 for effort though!Source: Official Facebook
Stopping over to see what was happening on the Daily Dubstep stage we arrived to the sad sight of 18 year old, Belgian Dubstep producer Thumez playing to what could only be 20 people; most of them sat down at the far end of the stage. The small crowd was in no way down to Thumez’ abilities though. Some well crafted, chilled dubstep made for a very therapeutic listen as we sat down with a cocktail and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. Luckily, around half way through his set, a few festival goers got involved and he upped the beat with some bouncy numbers to keep the interest. A talented guy who unfortunately was overlooked by the Tomorrowland crowds today.Source: Promo / Official Facebook
Nobody makes waves as huge as Seth Troxler in the Techno genre. Well known for his quirky and bizarre personality, this was something immediately brought into his set on the incredible arena that was the “Dave Clarke Presents” stage today as the large screen behind him flashed a photo of Seth sprouting a large unicorn horn from his forehead! This didn’t distract much from the sheer quality of music, however. We’ve seen Seth deliver a few questionable mixes in the past, but the choice of tracks is always consistently spot on. On this occasion, both the mixing and the track selection were great. Unfortunately, we had to cut the set short to head over to the main stage for Chicago’s Krewella.Source: Promo
With Krewella producer Rain Man no-where to be seen, it was up to the girls, Jahan and Yasmine, to bring the party today; and they really bought it. With their pop influenced EDM it was high energy from the start as tracks such as ‘Party Monster’ and ‘Live For The Night’ sent the afternoon crowd wild. With Krewella’s addition of live vocals from the girls, it was a nice change from the mainly DJ based line-up we had seen over the weekend, and the girls proved they can belt out the notes as much as they can deliver the tunes. Adding in remix’s of everything from Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ to Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, their set was an eclectic mix keeping it interesting at every twist and turn. Krewella played hard and made us feel alive!Source: Promo
After the insanity of Krewella’s set, we headed over to the Format Stage for some homegrown goodness from the one and only Skream. When we arrived, the British DJ was in full flow, playing a steady stream of great House tracks, as he demonstrated his incredible technical abilities behind the decks. Unfortunately, the tent wasn’t as packed out as we would have thought, perhaps due to his popularity in Europe not being the same as in the UK, but that didn’t stop him delivering a set that blew the roof off.Source: Official Facebook
From the man who brought us the massive hit ‘Bigger Than Prince’ last year, and under his alias Cajmere many more tracks, the Techno guru known as Green Velvet took to the Dave Clarke Presents stage with his incredibly charismatic personality. As one Belgian guy described it to us, the set “literally blew his mind”. The heavens opened and as the rain poured down, free ponchos came flying out from the bars, transforming the crowd into a blue sea of plastic. As Green Velvet dropped massive tracks such as &Me’s ‘Blitz’, plus some of his own tracks such as ‘Laser Beams’ and the classic, ‘La La Land’, he switched his headphones into the microphone socket and used this to deliver live vocals to a well-receiving crowd. Green Velvet easily delivered one of the best sets of the weekend.Source: Promo
On the way over to the Smash The House stage, we stopped a short while at the Cafe D’anvers stage for Josh Wink; the man who doesn’t appear to have aged much since one of the most popular Techno songs of all time, ‘Higher State of Consciousness’ was released back in the nineties. His musical choice however was not dated, as he brought both a modern and classic combination of Techno that brought in one of the busiest crowds the Cafe D’anvers stage had seen all day.Source: Promo
The Smash The House stage seemed aptly named for LMFAO‘s party rocker Redfoo to take the stage. Complete with his party-rock crew, and shuffle-bot, it was business as usual with a high energy set of big EDM drops and lots of drinking. Tracks such as latest single ‘Let’s Get Ridiculous’ created a great party atmosphere but after a while, the set seemed a bit repetitive and didn’t seem to vary enough to keep our interests. We had fun but once you heard the first five big drops you felt like you had heard them all. Keep up the partying though Redfoo, we always have time for anyone promoting a good time!
After grabbing some food to get our energy levels up, the night sky was setting in and it was time to finish off Tomorrowland with the ‘big guns’ over on the main stage.Source: Promo
Arriving a bit late to the set, we managed to catch the last half of the the happiest frenchman in dance music, Mr David Guetta. Looking a bit like a sweaty tennis player at this point, you could tell how much energy he had put into his set already, and we were still in for a few surprises. As his huge hit ‘Without You’ dropped, our eyes widened as the entire crowds wristband illuminated with neon lights creating a beautiful sea of colour. Only at Tomorrowland would your wristbands become part of the lighting set-up. As happy vibes spread across the crowd, the sky was then illuminated with huge, colourful fireworks unlike anything we had ever seen before. As ‘Titanium’ blasted from the speakers, the entire production and visuals were breathtaking, complemented perfectly with it’s own multi-national choir singing to every word. With big tunes, and even bigger visuals, David showed tonight why he is one of the world’s top DJ’s.Source: Promo
With Steve Aoki not really exciting us during his Dim Mak Stage set on Friday, we were unsure what to expect from his headline performance tonight. Thankfully, Steve came to the Main Stage with a whole different set that really showed us why he is top of his game. Starting on a more euphoric note, the almost trance like vibes, in combination with the stunning visuals, really became overwhelming at times. With the crowd at their highest energy we have seen all weekend, it really started to hit home how incredible this festival really is as it all began to seem like a dream. With Steve welcoming us to his ‘Neon Future’, the EDM bangers then came in thick and fast with lasers firing from every angle you could think of like a crazy sheet of light scanning a giant crowd sized barcode. Cakes got thrown, chants were sung – every festival needs at least one Seven Nation Army sing-a-long – and the time had come to turn it up a notch once again as EDM heavy weights Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike joined Steve Aoki to form, 3 Are Legend to finish the show.Source: Official Facebook
With the three EDM powerhouses all now working together, it was now all just about having fun to bring Tomorrowland to an incredible end. Dropping a remix of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ the crowd went into a frenzy. Bringing out Martin Garrix to drop arguably the most played track of the entire weekend, the infamous ‘Tremor’, took things to a new level, and as Darude’s ‘Sandstorm’ dropped, Steve took to his trademark inflatable boat on top of the crowd. Blinding Strobes, brain melting lasers, Afrojack’s ‘No Beef’ and an explosive end to one hell of a weekend!
It will always be hard to put into words how amazing Tomorrowland really is. You will see the photos, you will see the aftermovie, but until you enter its sacred land you will never fully be able to comprehend its pure beauty. It truly is one of the worlds greatest events where, alongside the incredible musical talent, its sense of love and unity really does shine above anything else we have experienced. No matter what country you are from, what race you are, or what colour, Tomorrowland unites the world as one and that is one hell of an achievement. Tomorrowland blew our minds and it’s gonna take a while for us to come down from this high. Next year can’t come soon enough!Source: Tomorrowland Official
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