Tomorrowland is one of the major events on the international festival scene. Spanning two weekends, the festival boasts some of the biggest names in electronic music. With over 20 stages there is bound to be something for everyone. It’s well known for its intense energy and fantastical decorations and atmosphere. Attracting people from across the globe, the festival has one of the most interesting mixes of people and styles.
[ When ]Late July each year (24-26th in 2015)
[ City ]De Schorre Boom, Belgium
[ Good For ]Party goers who love electronica and dance music, or festival heads in general!
[ Weather ]Mild Summer
[ Crowd ]150,000 - 200,000
[ Cost ]$$$
[ Sex Work ]
Legal, but pimping is not
[ Sexy Score ]
Getting to Belgium is the hardest part. The easiest way to get to Tomorrowland is to fly into Brussels and catch the train to Boom. Tomorrowland also offers ‘Global Journey’ packages which include all your flights from wherever you are to Boom, accommodation and tickets. There is easy access to public transport (buses and trains) as well as shuttles.
Camping is the most popular option for festival goers, with Tomorrowland having its own camp ground, ‘Dreamville’, located next to the festival ground. The areas has its own market place, showers, barbeque area and everything else you’ll need. Boutique camping is also offered for those who want a little bit of luxury. These options range from having your tent set up for you, to luxury camping pads with beds, espresso machines and private lounge terrace. Local private accommodation in the town is also available, but as with all festivals BOOK EARLY to ensure you’ve got a roof over your head!
Festivals are a great place to meet new people, and the combination of music, beats and dance are bound to lead somewhere! And the place is called Boom - hellooo!
- Dreamville can be dreamlike, if you follow the Sex in Other Cities Tip Sheet:
- Dress sensibly. This is a festival people! You will be dancing and on your feet all day. Wear something comfortable and weather appropriate.
- Pack a good quality torch. It’s really hard to see things in the dark especially if you’ve been drinking. Yes, we all know what that feels like!
- If you do go to sleep – put your valuables inside your sleeping bag with you.
- Don’t forget the sun protection. Hats are cool and sunscreen is your best friend. No one wants to hook up with a lobster
- Organise some meeting points with your friends. It’s inevitable your mobiles will run out of battery so you’re going to have to do it the old fashioned way. There’s an official meeting point, but this naturally gets crowded so agree on some others too.
- There are mobile recharging facilities around the site, but again, these will be busy. Turn your phone off as often as you can and plan for withdrawal symptoms!
Party drugs such as MDMA are common at the festival; however possession of these drugs is still illegal in Belgium, resulting in a fine or possible imprisonment. Pace yourself when drinking alcohol and don’t mix drugs to lower the risk of overdosing or injury.
Keep your enemies close and your valuables closer. If you leave your phone lying around, it will be stolen. Crowds are always going to attract the peeps who don’t have a problem with taking other peoples stuff.
There are medical tents located throughout the campsite and main festival area.
Australia and Belgium have a reciprocal healthcare agreement, so Australians who visit Belgium are covered for subsidised treatment (hospital, medical care and prescription drugs) in public hospitals. Travel insurance is still highly recommended.
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Sex on holiday happens. Whether planned or not, away from home we lose at least some of inhibitions and may take more risks than we would at home. This is ok, it’s what makes travelling so exciting – and just accepting it before we go is the first step to planning.
To help you get home with no more than a bruised bank account and awesome memories, here are some useful tips: