A touch of Woodstock comes to Belgium


The 9th edition of the ‘Tomorrowland’ music festival in Boom (Antwerp) welcomed a total of 180,000 dance enthusiasts over 3 days. This year was particularly international due to the Global Journey scheme for long-distance travellers.

13,000 visitors were part of a Global Journey Flight or Train package which included transport, lodgings and tickets.

This year, Brussels Airlines even had special “party flights” to Belgium for passengers departing from foreign countries. In all, there were almost 200 different nationalities at the festival.

Despite big efforts to ban drugs, some 100 people were arrested in drug-related cases. 25 visitors were caught red-handed on Sunday, 4 of them turned out to be dealers. A Canadian ended up in hospital with an overdose.

Despite one stabbing incident the general picture was peaceful and enthusiastic. Even two heavy thunderstorms didn’t create too many problems, although some 100 festival-goers staying in tents had to be evacuated.

Next year, Tomorrowland will celebrate its 10th edition. Those who want to be there should already start saving. Many visitors spent as much as 500 euros for 3 days on food, drinks and overnight stays. A 3-day ticket for this edition cost 182 euros, a 1-day ticket 79.