For an entire year, EDM fans from Atlanta and across the globe have been counting down the days until the return of TomorrowWorld. As the largest 21 and up music festival in the United States, which brought 300 DJs and 120,000 attendees from 75 different countries in 2013, the excitement around the festival is easily justified, and luckily, the wait is almost over. TomorrowWorld returns this Friday, September 26 through Sunday, September 28.
TomorrowWorld 2014 marks the second international edition of the award-winning Tomorrowland festival, held annually in Belgium since 2005. For the second year in a row, TomorrowWorld will descend upon Chattahoochee Hills in the Atlanta metro area, where a whopping 500 acres of natural rolling hills will be transformed once again into mystical landscapes, massive stages, and the most beautiful “tent city” in the world: DreamVille. And a look ahead at the weekend weather forecast shows highs in the lower 80’s to lows in the lower 60’s, with a low chance of rain; in other words, perfect festival weather.
With seven different stages and non-stop music from around noon to 1 a.m. (midnight on Sunday), there are a ton of great shows ahead at the three-day festival. From big names such as Bassnectar, Tiesto and Skillex, to new artists like Cubicolor and several local acts spinning everything from dubstep and trap to trance and house, there will be plenty of music to suit every EDM fan. The only problem will be deciding which shows to see, because there are so many to choose from Friday through Sunday. [View the full lineup for TomorrowWorld 2014.]
Aside from the fact that TomorrowWorld is being held in our own backyard for the second year, there are plenty of other reasons local attendees have to be proud about being from the host city. This year, festival promoters teamed up with Liquified to introduce the first “ATL Stage” at TomorrowWorld. Known for bringing a wide variety of EDM acts to venues such as Opera, Liquified’s local stage will feature renowned electronic music acts from across the state of Georgia, including Mantis, Mayhem, Heroes x Villains and Le Castle Vania, from 2 p.m. until midnight on Sunday.
Another up-and-coming local Atlanta DJ will also be getting his time to shine at TomorrowWorld on Friday. Last month, Trance Addict hosted an online DJ contest to win the opening time slot for their trance stage. After a close race, Reliquary clinched the win and will spin at the Trance Addict stage from 2-3 p.m. A regular with the popular and ever-growing Unity Atlanta, Reliquary had this to say about the opportunity: “Playing at Unity…was already a dream come true for me, so I never could have imagined playing for an international stage in the same year! It’s all been truly unreal, and I can’t express enough gratitude towards everyone that’s been a part of it!”
Aside from all of the incredible acts, the beautiful landscapes, the stage production and festival decor, there’s another important ingredient that goes into making a festival come to life and become a truly memorable experience: the people. The unofficial, fan-created and moderated TomorrowWorld USA Facebook group is a good example of the excitement and community that has sprung up around the festival. Now with more than 30,000 members, the group has been a great source of information, inspiration and procrastination. It’s a beautiful thing to see EDM fans from all across the country sharing their love of the music and the culture, and with an expected attendance of over 100,000 at TomorrowWorld this year, this sampling is a good indicator of the positive vibe to come.
With just a few more days until the “madness” begins, the only thing to try to do now is to keep calm and wait for TomorrowWorld.
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