The Tomorrowland main stage design remains a closely guarded secret until the gates open on day one at the De Schorre recreation area. In 2015, early arrivals at the site were greeted by an all-new design from the Tomorrowland team – a typically extravagant fairytale castle setup inspired by the 2015 ‘Kingdom of Melodia’ theme.
While the full spectacle will come alive after dark (you know about the live stream, right?), the main stage still looks suitably dramatic in the daylight. Set against the recreation area’s treeline, the castle showcases intricate attention to detail, with Gothic arches and spires, stained glass windows, hanging foliage and towering speaker stacks. At the center of it all, dwarfed by the structure around it, is the flower-lined DJ booth.
Friday’s main stage schedule opened with a special extended set from Nick van de Wall, otherwise known as Afrojack, who had 150 minutes to work with. As befitting the ‘Daybreak Session’ time-slot, van de Wall played a rare warmup set, favoring accessible tech-house over the buzzsaw anthems he delivers as Afrojack.
While Tomorrowland regular Steve Aoki is tasked with Friday’s main stage closing set, a capacity crowd is expected for Swedish hitmaker Avicii at 10:45pm. Other Meanwhile, techno don Carl Cox is back with his own stage, along with curated stages from Derrick Carter, Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak and more.
Check out Beatport’s exclusive photos of the 2015 main stage captured just as gates opened, and stay tuned for more coverage over the weekend.
Photo by Gabe Coffey / Beatport