A woman, ladies and gentlemen. A woman had the great honor of performing the final set of the day on Tomorrowland’s Main Stage on Saturday night. That’s it, it’s done, and it was widely relayed by the organization. In sixteen editions, it was a first. Sign that the world of love, butterflies and biscoteaux still has a little way to go in terms of fairness. Over three weekends, the female presence on the turntables was extremely rare, on the big and small stages.
Note in particular the arrival of Amelie Lens, Monika Kruse and Indira Paganotto, three techno superstars, to whom we should therefore add the inevitable Charlotte De Witte. Belgian, brutal, ultra solicited all over the world “Lotte” has just been officially consecrated queen of the evening by the big party of EDM (Electronic Dance Music). This is not nothing, and Charlotte also had the immense merit of giving a little spanking to the thousands of onlookers present in front of the impressive structure, called “The Reflection Of Love”.
Delphine Boël, techno fan
Unlike most of her colleagues programmed on the Main Stage, Charlotte De Witte does not spend most of her time screaming “Three, two, one… Everybody raise your arms“. His techno is hard, intense, can possibly give the impression of being meticulously beaten with a hammer, but manages without any problem to move the tens of thousands of people present on the spot.
Coincidence or not, Saturday was also the day chosen by Delphine Boël to come and dance in Boom (province of Antwerp). “i love tech” she would have declared at the microphone of VTM. The report does not say if the Princess went through the Bonzaï Records and The Rave Cave stages, to see if she also likes hardcore, but we did it for her.
A cave for the savages
In the middle of the afternoon, while the Italians of Fideles inflict a cutesy and insipid house music on a tolerant audience, here we are in the famous “cellar”. Very small, located along the alley that crosses the site, the most uncompromising stage of Tomorrowland is installed in a small underground passage. The poster is unknown to us, but with musicians responding to the sweet names of “Kozlov”, “Ayahuasca” or “Chaos X”, it is hard to go wrong.
Our guests do not disappoint. The thirty or so people present on the spot stamp their feet and sweat profusely on musical missiles sent at 165 bpm (beats per minute). It’s fun, assumed and extremely good-natured, like the general atmosphere of the festival, which we find rather charming and benevolent (a fashionable term).
shorts and a flag
We would have liked to talk to you more in depth about our experience in the “Core” scene, beautifully housed in a grove, with a setting evoking the temples of Angkor Wat (Cambodia), but the young woman seated in front of us offered herself a typical experience. Or the fact of climbing on the shoulders of his companion, a flag at arm’s length. Our field of vision was therefore essentially limited to jeans shorts and the left corner of an Argentine flag.
Nothing serious, watching the DJ is of limited interest. The immense success of Tomorrowland is, above all, to have created an atmosphere, a kind of “The Great Gatsby” Basic Fit version, incredibly engaging and entertaining. In three weekends, 600,000 people came to celebrate at Boom. No one knows if Tomorrowland will manage to maintain the myth around a gigantic, inaccessible and extremely well publicized event for much longer. But each time, we get caught up in the game of this large amusement park for consenting adults.