TomorrowWorld 2013: Meet the faces in the crowd
If you’re amongst the millions that have tuned in to the fantasy land known as TomorrowWorld, you’ve seen the flags, smiling faces, and enthusiastic fist pumps of the fans within range of the live stream cameras. While scantily clad girls and festivalgoers from exotic locales seem to dominate, the crowd makeup has many more ingredients than bikini-clad blondes and Brazilians. We went out to find those ingredients, and introduce you to a few of the truly dedicated TWers (i.e, those there before 3 p.m. on day two).
We met Katie, Lauren and Matt heading away from the Pete Tong stage at the early hour of 1:30. Hailing from the Northeast (Boston, New York and some town in Connecticut that Matt enthusiastically spelled but we completely missed), the girls were most excited for Calvin Harris (Matt said Darude). Because they weren’t quite sure who they had seen on day one, they decided their favorite set was everyone’s and that the best part of the TomorrowWorld experience was dancing. When asked what track they would pick if they were in charge of the TW Anthem, they squealed out Pit Bull’s “Don’t Stop The Party” and burst into song.
Chant, Tam and Chu were the first to tell us they hadn’t made it to the fest on day one, but they certainly seemed to be making up for lost time, citing the music, scenery and stages amongst what they already loved about the fest. Found pogoing away from Q-Dance stage with a Thailand flag flapping in the wind, the giggly trio explained they were actually from Atlanta but representing their heritage. Most amped for David Guetta and Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, they thought that DV & LM’s “Chattahoochee” should have been TomorrowWorld’s anthem instead of Tomorrowland’s.
Though it was Sydney and Anna’s first festival, the girls dutifully drove in from Nashville on Saturday morning to catch Calvin Harris and Rusko. Caught strolling towards the lakes and the Anthem Stage, they described the extreme costumes and people watching as their favorite aspect of the fest – while no particular costumes stood out, an entire Americana-sporting clan and a transformer costumed reveler walked past the pair during the interview. Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” would be their anthem choice, his absence from the lineup withstanding.
Sound Remedy was the preferred poison for the Virginia Tech fivesome of Alex, Bob, Jordan, William and Eric. They were walking away from the Chicago bass musician’s set when we caught up with them and said he was the main reason for their trip, and of course their favorite set so far. Also excited for Afroki, Calvin Harris, and “everyone on the Main Stage after 6 p.m.,” the bright group said the crowd’s smiles were a highlight of the fest and that they had yet to meet an unfriendly person. Their choice for anthem? Sound Remedy’s “Walk On By.”
Exercising camping creative freedom, Nick and Alora found two trees on the edges of the Anthem stage and strung up a hammock. Hailing from Atlanta, the pair were excited about Heroes X Villains and the Main Stage offerings, but also for unfamiliar names. “I don’t know about a third of the acts, so this is a learning opportunity for me,” Nick said. With Tiesto winning their affection on Friday and the production value and detail (“even the plates have the logo!”) taking the overall prize, they gave the fest the hometown stamp of approval and felt just fine with the anthem as it was.
This group may have actually wound up on the live stream – at the very least they are all over Facebook. Driving all the way from Jersey with an entire “tribe.” Maciej, Ryan and Dan were without a doubt most excited for Diplo and without a doubt shed a tear during Porter, who along with Flosstradamus, was their favorite set. Though they brought their own crowd, they claimed “good vibes” as the fest’s crowning glory and were jazzed about the lack of pushing. “You know it’s a good festival when not everyone has their phone constantly up,” they said. “Everyone here puts the music first.” Opinion was split on the anthem, with Benny Benassi’s “House Music,” his “Dance The Pain Away” or Autoerotique’s “Asphyxiation”each vying for a spot.
We caught up with Stephanie, Samantha and Lauren after they were taking a picture with the headdressed. Hailing from Miami the trio were excited for Armin and Diplo, though no formal decision had been made over which they would choose to end their TW experience. Sebastian Ingrosso was the Friday favorite and DreamVille the highlight: “It’s a huge community of the nicest people you’ll ever meet,” they said. “We came in a group of ten but we didn’t know any of them.” Alesso’s “If I Lose Myself” would be their anthem.
At the Belgian Stage we spotted our first Belgians. Brothers Kris and Dimitri made friends with fellow countrymen on the flight over and were spotted getting down with them during Sem Thomasson’s set. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike were their most anticipated and favorite set, and though they claimed TomorrowWorld to be a different experience from Tomorrowland (“people keep coming up to us and thanking us for the festival!”), the Belgian Stage was so far their favorite part of the American version. Calling Martin Garrix’s “Animals” as the anthem, they were rewarded literally 15 seconds later when the track ripped across the speakers.
As we were chatting with Sharon she was asked if she was real by a passerby, but this Tallahasse native just politely smiled and kept chatting. She was most looking forward to the Q-Dance stage (“I’ve never been to a Q-Dance”), and her best moment of day one was absorbing the stages and chatting with fellow attendees. “People from all around the country – even people from Belgium when they have Tomorrowland – came together and are supporting each other,” she said of the experience overall. “Animals” was also her pick for anthem.