Tomorrowland day #1: Avicii, Above & Beyond, Carl Cox & more

The first day of Tomorrowland kicked off in the Belgium village of Boom on Friday, bringing with it all of the over-the-top spectacle that was expected, and even stepping it up a notch on the famous efforts from previous years. Not only in terms of the stunning production design seen across all 16 stages, but also in terms of all the little details seen at every step, creating the genuine illusion that you are floating around a fantasy world.

The sprawling array of fairytale books that make up the mainstage really came into their own after sundown, looking absolutely stunning whether you were up close to observe all the intricate details, or from afar to be able to soak it in from a wider scale. Upcoming Stereosonic headliner Avicii took control just after the sun went down for a suitably crowd-pleasing set, accompanied by regular explosions of fireworks overhead, with the massive hardcover book in the middle of the stage opening on its hinges to reveal a 3D projection of a mysterious face emanating out of the pages of the book. Truly a sight to behold.

Elsewhere, the likes of Carl Cox, John Digweed, Marco Carola and Umek played underneath a spectacular colourful castle, flanked from behind by a massive ferris wheel, the tough techno sounds pumping out from the stage almost incongruous with the overload of overload of bright blue, pink and gold in the stage design. Elsewhere, Jamie Jones, Joris Voorn, Guy Gerber and Maceo Plex entertained at the Café D’Anverse stage, the walk over the lake to reach the stage revealing the spectacular sight of the ferris wheel across the water in the distance, with lasers shooting off from every angle into the sky. The Group Therapy tent made sure the trance fans were kept happy for the entire day, hosting sets from Australia’s Jaytech, hot US newcomers Norin & Rad, Mat Zo and of course Above & Beyond themselves.

Check out an extensive array of photos from all of the mind-boggling spectacle that went down during the day, and stay tuned for more coverage from Saturday and Sunday.