Tomorrowland secures license to hold two-weekend festivals until 2033
Belgium’s crown jewel of festivals, Tomorrowland, has further embedded itself into the country’s arts culture. Government officials from the province of Antwerp, where it takes place annually each summer in the city of Boom, have just signed a contract stating that the gathering would be allowed to take place across two weekends per year until 2033.
Though there is a contract in place, it’s not necessarily set in stone. Boom Mayor Jeroen Baert noted, “The contract is conditional and can be canceled. It will be evaluated every year and checked if the conditions are respected regarding its nuisance, mobility and security. If that not the case, the contract can be terminated with a year’s notice.” In addition, the mayor advised that the festival might not necessarily be around come 2033.
Some pushback has already ensued from opposing parties concerned about upsetting the local residents, but ultimately, there’s not much further action that can be taken unless Tomorrowland violates its contractual limitations.
Rumors of Tomorrowland expanding into two weekends began during Summer of 2016, and were quickly shot down by organizers. 2017 will be the second time the festival has unfolded across two weekends since its 10th anniversary edition in 2014.
UPDATED: Tomorrowland considering expanding to two weekends in 2017