The first weekend of Tomorrowland 2018 took place last weekend and, as you can see from these amazing restreams, it was a pretty special time.
One palpable absence from this year’s festival was late EDM star Avicii - real name Tim Bergling – whose tragic death aged 28 was announced in April, shocking the dance music community and the wider world.
Throughout the festival, multiple tributes were paid by both DJs and guests. For instance, a massive Swedish flag with Bergling’s image imprinted on it (pictured above) was spread out in the crowd during Nicky Romero’s set. Meanwhile, a heart shaped tribute to the ‘Wake Me Up’ producer was also displayed.
Below, you can see clips of Hardwell, Axwell ^ Ingrosso and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike playing tracks by Avicii during their sets.
Recently, Carl Cox said in an interview that upon hearing the news of Bergling’s death he was “very, very sad because I could see he was not in control of himself” and that the demands of the music industry “was too much, even for a young guy”.
Following the news of his death, DJ Mag’s digital editor Charlotte Lucy Cijffers reflected on the young DJs enormous influence on the global EDM community and on how his openness surrounding his struggles with fame, touring and alcoholism gave a troubling, if necessary, insight into a side of dance music the world often does not see.
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