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Brian Coney
19 June 2024, 11:22

Tomorrowland invites young DJs between ages nine and 17 to play festival sets

The collaboration with the Tomorrowland Academy will see young performers showcasing their skills across several stages


Tomorrowland is set to celebrate its 20-year anniversary by giving young DJs the opportunity to perform at its flagship Belgium festival.

The iconic festival is set to return to Boom in Belgium across two weekends next month: 19th July-21st July and 26th July-28th July. In collaboration with the Tomorrowland Academy, seven young DJs, aged 9 to 17, will take the stage across multiple platforms, including Atmosphere, Rise, House of Fortune, and The Rose Garden during both editions.

The Tomorrowland Academy, known for its DJ and producer programs in Antwerp and Hasselt, aims to inspire and empower young talents globally. This year, young performers will have the opportunity to showcase their skills beyond the Rise stage, which was the sole platform for young DJs in 2023. Last year’s festival saw DJ Daan opening the Rise stage, joined by his idol Dimitri Vegas for a set.

Among the young DJs selected to before at this year's Tomorrowland include Archie, a 9-year-old DJ from the UK playing house, garage and drum 'n' bass, and DJ Dolores from Belgium, playing EDM and more.

Leading up to the festival, the Tomorrowland Academy will host a Start to DJ-Kids Camp from July 8 to 12, providing professional mentorship to aspiring DJs aged 8 to 16. The camp will culminate in performances at Tomorrowland’s Neighborhood Party on July 24.

This initiative is part of Tomorrowland’s broader effort to nurture the next generation of DJs and producers, both through in-person bootcamps and the recently launched Online Tomorrowland DJ & Producing Academy.

The 20th anniversary edition of Tomorrowland will see more than 800 artists performing across 16 stages, including Armin van Buuren, Amelie Lens, Bonobo B2B Dixon, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Four Tet, Swedish Hosue Mafia and more.

The 2024 festival will centre around this year’s theme of ‘LIFE’, which has been billed as the prequel to the 2016 ‘Elixir Of Life’ theme. The ‘LIFE’ concept will take attendees, “back to a vibrant era in Silvyra, a world of lush nature, when the conjunction of the two moons is about to happen”, organisers have said.

The festival will also feature several green initiatives for its 2024 edition, including an overnight European sleeper train — renamed the ‘Train of Amicorum’ — that will bring festival-goers from Prague and Berlin to Belgium.

DJ Mag readers voted Tomorrowland the World’s No. 1 Festival in 2023’s annual poll.