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Monday 03rd, August 2009
Tomorrowland 2009

Tomorrowland 2009 was held on both Saturday and Sunday and this edition had a huge line up with DJ’s such as (on Saturday): Felix Da Housecat, Infected Mushroom, Push, John 00 Flemming, CJ Bolland, Joris Voorn, Laidback Luke, Kevin Saunderson, David Morales, Junior Jack, Yves DeRuyter and many others!

On the Sunday the visitors could see and hear names such as Paul van Dyk, John Dahlbäck, Moby (DJ Set), Armand van Helden, Axwell, Josh Wink, Timo Maas, Sasha & John Digweed (back 2 back), David Guetta, Mark Knight, Wally Lopez, Dirty South, Filo & Peri, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Above & Beyond, Jon O’Bir, The Thrillseekers, Leon Bolier, Sied van Riel, James Zabiela, Hernan Cattaneo etc. etc.

Trance.nu travelled to Belgium on the Sunday, to check out what was happening during this sold out 5th edition of Tomorrowland!

In the early afternoon of Sunday July 26 we arrived at the festival area and even though it was a little bit clouded still, it was pretty warm already. After a little walk we arrived at the main entrance of “De Schorre” where we had to go through security first. We got in without any problems and we got a little map with a plan and time table so we could see who was playing when and where we had to go.

The entrance of Tomorrowland 2009

We decided to check out the main stage first since Axwell was playing there. Shame we arrived a bit late at the festival, so we missed the sets from Leon Bolier and Sied van Riel and also the US based duo Filo & Peri (who met each other via Trance.nu!). After a 10 minute walk we arrived at the main stage, which looked incredible! It was a super huge fantasy figure face, with moving eyes and the DJ booth was located in the mouth of the figure! Super cool!

The incredible main stage

The stage was pretty filled already while Axwell was playing his last few tracks. The stage was located in a sort of a little valley and the crowd was dancing in the valley or just dancing, standing or sitting on the hills. There was also a huge deck build especially for people to dance on, right in front of the stage. And below there was a bar for the thirsty party people. After Axwell’s last track it was time for Armand van Helden to appear on stage, but it looked like he wasn’t there yet, so in the mean time Belgian DJ / producer Dave Lambert took over the decks and he played until Armand van Helden appeared in the DJ booth for some nasty beats! We listened to Mr. van Helden’s set for a while, but since Steve from The Thrillseekers was playing in the Vandit area, we decided to have a look there as well!

The crowd at the main stage

When we entered the Vandit area, The Thrillseekers just played the new Rafaël Frost track ‘Boomerang’, followed up by the great Ferry Corsten remix of the new Bobina ‘Invisible Touch’ (from his upcoming remix album!). More Ferry Corsten right after that, when Steve dropped his classic ‘Syneasthesia’ in the Ferry Corsten remix! Hands in the air! There were some cool lasers already and we also noticed some nice light and smoke effects during Steve’s set.

The Thrillseekers

We also didn’t wanted to miss Australian DJ / producer Dirty South, so we decided to walk to the Versuz tent, which was located pretty near the Vandit tent. When we arrived in the tent we noticed that Axwell was in the DJ booth as well to join Dirty South for a nice back 2 back set! One of the tracks that they played was the Wippenberg Remix of the Rank1 track ‘L.E.D. There Be Light’.

Dirty South and Axwell back 2 back

We stayed for a while, but we went back again to the Vandit stage to see Giuseppe Ottaviani live! He was already busy when we were back in the tent and the tent was pretty full now! The crowd really loved it as well, same as Giuseppe, who had a good time himself for sure too!

Giuseppe Ottaviani

After Giuseppe Ottaviani it was time for Above & Beyond! Tony and Paavo entered the DJ booth and they started with their set. They played stuff like their remix for the Dirty Vegas track ‘Tonight’ and during one of the tracks Paavo got his laptop and typed “New Oliver Smith” and showed this to the audience! A nice way to help the people who were thinking “What ID is this one?” Haha!

Above & Beyond

The crowd going wild!

Since Moby was playing (DJ set) at the main stage, we walked back again to the main stage. At that time it was John Dahlbäck who was playing some nice tracks! The main stage was absolutely packed already! MC Stretch thanked John Dahlbäck and then, after a short intro Moby appeared on stage! The first track in his set was the amazing Steve Angello remix of the Moby track ‘Raining Again’. Well, good that there was no rain at all, haha! There were super cool water and fire effects during this track, plus with the full stage it all looked great!

On our way to the main stage...

Moby had a great time himself as well and he was climbing on the DJ booth to wave at the crowd a few times and I think he took a picture as well, but I haven’t seen it yet on his Twitter, haha! I was really surprised by his set, since I’ve heard that his live performances are a lot better than his DJ sets, but what I’ve heard at Tomorrowland was super! He played some unknwown techy stuff, but also a (new?) remix of the Basement Jaxx track ’Where’s your Head At’ the famous ‘James Brown Is Dead’ by L.A. Style! We wanted to stay, but we also wanted to see the last part of the Above & Beyond set and then Sasha & Digweed back to back, so … time to go to the Vandit stage again!

Moby at Tomorrowland 2009

Moby at Tomorrowland 2009

Shame that we left already, since not too long after that Moby played ‘Go’, which we still could hear while walking back to the Vandit stage. On YouTube I noticed that right after ‘Go’, he played the Moby track ‘Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?’ in the Ferry Corsten remix! Make sure to check this out at YouTube, since the whole show effects with the fireworks, lasers etc. etc. is just awesome! Everything in sync, it looked amazing!

The main stage was packed!

Hands in the air during Moby's DJ set

When we came back at the Vandit stage Above & Beyond were rocking it! After their last track (Above & Beyond - Home) the crowd wanted some more, so time to drop ‘Satellite’ by OceanLab with the great vocals by Justine Suissa. You can’t go wrong with an encore like this! It looked that Tony had a really good time, since he came to the front of the stage and … he jumped into the audience for a quick crowdsurfing trip, haha!

Above & Beyond at Tomorrowland

Above & Beyond at Tomorrowland

Since this was the last performance at the Vandit stage, we walked outside to the ‘Café D’Anvers’ area to see Sasha and John Digweed who were playing back 2 back there. But not before we enjoyed some of the fireworks that we could see at the different stages!


More fireworks!

After watching the fireworks for a while, we arrived at the ‘Café D’Anvers’ area, which was half outside and half inside. It was very dark there and absolutely packed! Sasha and John Digweed were playing back 2 back and since this is not happening too much, we just had to see and hear this! Though I didn’t knew any of the songs they played, I really liked what they played! A lot different than what we’ve heard during the day at all other stages. You got to love festivals like this! The crowd really liked it as well. Everybody was dancing in the dark and in the sand!

Sasha & John Digweed back 2 back!

While Sasha & Digweed were still playing, we had to leave. On the way back to the car we noticed that it was still super busy at the Q-Dance stage (for the people who like some harder styles of music). Neophyte was closing the stage there, which was filled with people who were enjoying the banging beats with lots of green lasers and light effects!

For the fifth edition of Tomorrowland party organisation ID&T had 12 different areas were people could party on all kinds of music genres, from house to techno and from trance to hardstyle. The line up for the entire weekend was great, but for people who like trance, the Sunday was definitely the best day! The party was sold out, but it wasn’t too crowded in the various tents or at the different stages. Though around main stage it was pretty crowded during the whole day, but of course that was not a big surprise, since all top acts such as Axwell, Armand van Helden, Moby and Paul van Dyk were playing there.

The main stage looked absolutely mind blowing! Well done! Lots of firework, fire, water, smoke and light effects as well. We were lucky since there was no rain at all during the whole day. ID&T can look back on a great celebration weekend for sure! Check out some of the movies from this party on YouTube if you want to judge yourself!

Thanks to ID&T for the press passes.

Written by:
Twan van Loon

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