Yes, we’re all aware of the extremely infamous finish that TomorrowWorld had, just last weekend, but there’s no denying the musical start it had! The Sherp reviews.
While there’s enough information out there on why TomorrowWorld wasn’t as successful and enjoyable as it was during the first two installations of the festival, it doesn’t hurt to shed some light on aspects of the festival that doesn’t include muddy horror stories of people stranded in the middle of nowhere. There were some exciting new stages this year at TomorrowWorld, great food, and as always, some of the nicest people you’d end up running into.
The venue in Chattahoochee Hills in Georgia is a lush green spot with a serene lake and has enough room for even a massive festival like TomorrowWorld to expand. TomorrowWorld 2015 had one of the most stacked lineups in North America as it tried to cater to fans of a number of genres including Tropical House, Drum and Bass, Trap, Big Room, Techno, and Dubstep. We did enjoy the variety across the electronic spectrum.
The production at the Mainstage was top notch as expected, with flowing water and tons of lasers but the whole experience at the TomorrowWorld Mainstage is predictable at best in terms of the music. Hardstyle lovers had a reason to rejoice as their beloved Q-Dance Stage returned to TomorrowWorld in the exact same spot with the same stage design as last year.
With a rapidly growing number of fans in USA, the iconic Drumcode’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down and is probably the most sought after Techno label in the country right now in. After bringing the Drumcode stage to Mysteryland and Nocturnal Wonderland, TomorrowWorld finally hosted the Drumcode stage on the first day of the festival. Layton Giordani and Victor Calderone contributed to an explosive start at Drumcode’s TomorrowWorld experience. Ida Engberg’s set was more on the Tech House end of the spectrum. Alan Flitzpatrick and Joseph Capriati played stellar sets but it was label boss Adam Beyer’s intense, three hour closing set that stole the show.
Ferry Corsten brought back the Full-On experience to Georgia along with his mates, Cosmic Gate. Ferry’s set this year showed more signs of moving back to his original sound which came as a pleasant surprise to fans that followed him before his Big Room days.
The hallowed Drum and Bass label, Hospital Records took over the Boat Stage on day two of the festival. Artists like Danny Byrd, SPY, Fred V and Grafix and Reso who are signed exclusively to the label played this stage. Reso’s sundown set stood out as he threw in some mind warping – complex drum patterns. In an attempt to squeeze in everyone on the lineup all sets at this stage were limited to one hour. We’re sure no one would mind longer sets spread over two days of the festival.
Bassnectar’s closing set had the Mythical Frames stage overflowing with his legion of bassheads. The Mainstage lineup for day 2 also included TomorrowWorld’s most infamous residents, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike. While DJ Mag’s reigning champ Hardwell closed out the Mainstage his buddies from the label he founded kept the party going at the revealed stage which was headlined by Thomas Gold and Bassjackers. It was amazing to see the legendary DJ Pierre who is one of the pioneers of Acid House hanging out in the crowd supporting acts on the ATL stage that showcased top local talent.
Had the lowest attendance of all three days as the festival was only open to campers from Dreamville. Set times had been changed and stages had been merged to accommodate everyone safely. Interestingly, Jamie Jones’ Paradise stage had been merged with Thomas Jack’s which meant that you could see people with two distinct tastes in music assembled together at one stage. Fortunately, it worked out well and Thomas Jack wittily navigated away from his trademark Tropical House sound to cater to mixed demographic at the stage. The ability to read the crowd well and adapt accordingly is a mark of a good DJ. Jamie Jones is the coolest kid on the block and he always knows how to throw a party and he did just that.
The final day of TomorrowWorld had a stage dedicated to live acts and it included the likes of Rudimental, Porter Robinson, and Big Gigantic. On Day 3 the Grand Theater stage had a lot more traffic than it did on the first two because the Future Classics (Future Bass) Stage and some acts like Claptone from the Mythical Frames Stage. If you’re wondering where all the bass was then the All Your Bass are Belong to Us stage had a strong presence at the festival and hosted Excision, Andy C and many more. Meanwhile at the Mainstage, big acts like David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, and Laidback Luke ensured that the people of Tomorrow had a memorable last day at the festival.
While things didn’t play out exactly as planned at TomorrowWorld, most people that have experienced TomorrowWorld hope that the unfortunate incidents this year along with SFX’s recent financial issues don’t spell the demise of this young festival with immense potential.
It was wonderful to see how well people bonded to help each other out even during the nasty weather conditions. It is this sense of community combined with an undying love for music and self expression that will keep this industry going even in its darkest days.
(All Images From : TomorrowWorld)