Tomorrowland 2012 to stream live on YouTube

By now you’ve probably ogled the Tomorrowland 2012 line-up from afar, or you’re lucky enough to be making the pilgrimage to the Flemish town of Boom for three ridiculously huge days. Stretching from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 July, the festival covers dance music in all its shades, from the biggest names on the mainstage to specialist arenas catering for dubstep, trance, techno, house, drum & bass, hard dance and more. Now there’s some good news for those of us wanting to live vicariously: ID&T is partnering with YouTube to launch Tomorrowland TV, which will bring the festival “to the entire planet” over that weekend.

The live footage will be shot in HD and include sets, interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage. According to the media release, a crew of some 173 people will be running the stream from a custom-built studio on-site. The YouTube hook-up certainly makes sense, as Tomorrowland’s 2011 after-movie has amassed over 43 million views. The 2012 festival sold out in record time, so there’ll be many would-be punters tuning in and wishing they were there. Tomorrowland TV will stream from from 7PM to 2AM CEST each day of the festival, which means 3am till 10am EST on the following morning for us. So, for example, the Friday’s festivities will be streaming from 3am EST on Saturday 28 July here: prime-time for an all-night YouTube rave. Check out the promo video below, which sums up how some of us will be spending the weekend.

It’s unclear whether Tomorrowland TV will cover the entire 65-acre and site and its many stages, but there’s sure to be plenty to dazzle the eye. The line-up includes arenas curated by Carl Cox, Above & Beyond, Dave Clarke, Q-dance, Paul van Dyk, Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin and Riva Starr, while the mainstage brings together usual suspects like David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, Avicii, Fatboy Slim and the Bloody Beetroots.