Tomorrowland 2012: New acts & complete stage line-ups
While it’s not without its challengers, Belgium’s Tomorrowland might just be the king of all dance festivals. With each year, that hallowed reputation has only grown, and the 2012 edition is set to be the most spectacular yet. Taking over the Flemish town of Boom for three ridiculously huge days, the no-expense-spared production is as much of a draw as the bill of acts. It’s no surprise then that within an hour of going on-sale in early April, all tickets to Tomorrowland 2012 were gone. If you’re among the thousands who did get lucky, we’re sure you’re feeling mighty smug.
Over the last three months, inthemix has been keeping up-to-date with the steady line-up ‘drip feed’ from the festival, and it’s starting to look pretty monstrous. The mainstage is where the biggest names are stationed, and they’re all DJs comfortable with playing to vast crowds. On Friday, it’s Swede-of-the-moment Avicii and seasoned vet Fatboy Slim in the headline spots, while Saturday’s led by returning heroes Swedish House Mafia, a cast of their stadium-house friends and, somewhat incongruously, Skrillex. Sunday’s mainstage headliners are David Guetta and his protégé Afrojack. As you’ll see from the after-movies below, this isn’t the stage for subtlety.
What sets Tomorrowland apart, though, is the sheer number of stages and genres on show. Several of the biggest names in dance are curating their own arenas, among them Carl Cox & Friends, Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy, Richie Hawtin and his ENTER buddies, Sven Vath’s Cocoon Heroes and Dave Clarke Presents, with a techno dream team including Pierre, Derrick May and Chris Liebing. Hard dance, tech-house, dubstep, purist techno, drum & bass – you name it, there’s a stage catering for it.
Also worth noting is the Australian contingent on this year’s line-up. Naturally, big-room hero Dirty South is on there, and fellow export Tommy Trash has just been added. After making the anthem last year, Nervo’s back on the mainstage too, while Canberra export Jaytech is gracing the Group Therapy arena.
Given the intense interest around the festival on inthemix this year, we’ve typed out the stage line-ups as they currently stand. There will be more. Much more.
FRIDAY 27 JULY
Bloody Beetroots DJ set
Rebecca & Fiona
Carl Cox & Friends
Christian Verala vs Marco Bailey
Steve Aoki + many more TBA
Above & Beyond Group Therapy stage
Above & Beyond
Gabriel & Dresden
Super8 & Tab
Norin & Rad
Huma Noyd (live)
John ‘00’ Fleming
Mark With A K
Davoodi vs Bestien
GO TO PAGE 2 FOR SATURDAY’S BREAKDOWN.