Electronic Music Magazine Belgium was present on Tomorrowland 2017, the best dance-festival of the world, on Sunday the 23rd July, a report.
Our day on the best dance festival of the world started with young talent, Dennis Cartier, who had a 1st performance on Tomorrowland. Both house music and mashups were a piece of the dj set, and we also heard a piece of Love At Breakfast. The Arch was the setting for the Dave Clarke stage, which was our next stop. Charlotte de Witte, the new Belgian queen of techno music played an excellent set. She literally brought the sun to this stage, which made the dance floor being filled pretty fast. Next up was Ken Ishii and we listened to just a small bit of his set as we had a very important appointment at the Main Stage. The Main Stage is wonderful again and is an experience itself presenting a complete circus spectacle. Solomun on the Main Stage, that’s an excellent idea of the Organization, creating a very good and innovative evolution in the music programming of the festival and in particular the Main Stage. Quietly building up towards the pumping beats of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike turned out to work very well. Solomun’s underground tech house sounds, who also processed blissful floating pieces in his set, was the ideal move on at that time. While returning to the Dave Clarke stage we stopped at the Cafeína stage, or the popular house concept. We were overwhelmed by the coziness, pleasant atmosphere there and good house music. So good, that we can say that musically this was one of the best stages of Tomorrowland on Sunday the 23rd July 2017. Sonny Fodera chose funky house and in between he reminded us to ’Daft Punk’ with ’One More Time’ and ’Around The World’. Franky Rizardo, who had many on the front row in the audience, started with ’Music Is The Answer’, and evolved towards breaks using ’The Bomb’. Unfortunately, we couldn’t hear the full set as Lost Frequencies was programmed on the Main Stage. It’s obviously that Felix De Laet has become a world star, but when he played ’What Is Love’, this was a sign for us to return to the Cafeína stage. While Franky Rizardo was greeting his fans on the front row, DJ Roma began his set bringing stronger beats, sometimes leaning towards tech house music. An ideal progression of Roma, to evolve to an excellent DJ Set. Tomorrowland ended with Dave Clarke who played an energetic techno set. Crossfading, scractching, wonderful climaxes, what a technique! It remains beautiful to watch the work of the baron of techno. When he played a break version of ’Sweet Dreams’ the complete dance floor exploded. An absolutely wonderful moment of Dave Clarke.
The rain at Tomorrowland was unfortunate, but you could admiration for the organization, the experience of the festival and bringing that specific wonderful atmosphere, everywhere. On our way back to home we enjoyed the live broadcasting of Studio Brussels with host, Jeroen Delodder.
Thanks Tomorrowland for a wonderful day in Boom. (JL)