TomorrowWorld sounds much more like a mythical land than a music festival. In truth, it was both.
The first annual TomorrowWorld was held just outside of Atlanta in Chattahoochee Hills from September 27-29. The 21 and up EDM music festival was the first-ever international version of the popular Tomorrow Land festival, which is has been held annually in Belgium since 2005. The festival brought more than 300 DJs to eight stages, and according to event organizers, 140,000 attendees from all over the world.
At first walk onto the festival grounds, you are immediately transported to another place, and perhaps another time. Music and lights are everywhere. People are wearing fun costumes, carrying their nation's flags, dancing, and mingling. Then there were the stages--all eight of them with a different look and theme and style of music.
The main stage was incredible; there is no better way to describe it. The giant Book of Wisdom backdrop surrounded the stage, as lasers and lights, fire and fireworks, and the animated face of the book looked around the crowd. The energy of thousands of people all gathered together, waving their country's flag, and moving along to the music was simply inspiring. This was the place to see the "big names" such as Tiesto, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, and the big productions, with the DJ set introductions being "read" from the book and fireworks shows going off during hit songs. However, the festival was happening all around--not just in this one, amazing place.
Each stage had a different crowd, energy, and music. Next to the main stage on Saturday night was the Belgian Stage. This relatively intimate setting featured tons of lights, great sound quality, and water features cut out of the dance floor, which created amazing effects. This was a great place to take photos and videos!
Saturday night's Anthem Stage featured Gareth Emery, who played for a large, trance-loving crowd. Nestled cozily into a section of the grounds, there was a tall hill stage right that served as bleachers for fans who wanted to sit, while others in the crowd danced, played with light toys, and sang along to the music.
The music ended for the night promptly at 1 a.m. The crowds dispersed, as many went to continue the party or to slumber away in Dreamville, the TomorrowWorld camping area. Others lingered for a while, chatting and taking photos of the lasers reflecting off the water features and trees. It was a beautiful night, and no one wanted it to end. But this was just day two. There was still one more amazing day and night to go.
On a personal note, I would like to share that I experienced a death in my family one day before the festival. While I was not able to attend the entire festival as planned, I chose to attend Saturday evening. Even in the short amount of time I was there, I was so impressed with the quality of the event, the energy of the crowd, the kindness of the individual attendees, and the helpfulness of the staff. I had a great time! I was uplifted, and my heart swelled with love and the beauty of everything around me.
And that is exactly what TomorrowWorld is all about. It isn't just about the music, or the people, or the design; it is a celebration of life. TomorrowWorld is a beautiful place, and I can't wait to go back!
TomorrowWorld will return to Chattahoochee Hills next year. You can keep up with the latest news from TomorrowWorld by visiting their website, liking on Facebook, following on Twitter, and subscribing on YouTube.