Tomorrowland Belgium 2021

Tomorrowland Belgium 2021

Important Festival Update

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Dear People of Tomorrow,

It is with heavy heart that our organization must announce that the 16th edition of Tomorrowland Belgium cannot take place in 2021. The entire team fought till the end and did everything in its powers to write a new chapter in the history of Tomorrowland. 

Our dream was to welcome the People of Tomorrow, who we’ve been missing for too long, to celebrate life to the fullest. But unfortunately, the local government has not given the permit to organize Tomorrowland.

We keep looking positively towards the future and strongly believe that music will unite us again soon.

Ticket holders for Tomorrowland Belgium will be contacted personally.

Live Today, Love Tomorrow, Unite Forever.


In recent months, hopes for a great summer grew steadily. As the coronavirus numbers went down, relaxations of the restrictions were gradually announced, the vaccination strategy reached cruising speed, the Digital Covid Certificate and the Covid Safety Ticket were introduced, with the summer holidays just around the corner.

Given the Federal and Flemish governments’ positive framework in April & May, creating the possibility to organise festivals from the 2nd half of August onwards, we were in the starting blocks to hold the 16th edition of Tomorrowland at De Schorre. Finally, after three cancelled festivals - Tomorrowland Winter 2020, Tomorrowland Belgium 2020, Tomorrowland Winter 2021 – we would be able to welcome the People of Tomorrow to Belgium again after two years, albeit under strict conditions and with a limited number of nationalities.

Until Thursday, June 17: the local authorities declined to issue a permit to hold the festival in 2021. The decision made by the mayors of Boom and Rumst came as a complete surprise. The Federal and Flemish governments had already given the green light and many crucial services, including the fire department, medical and emergency planning services, had also given a positive recommendation. The reasons cited were not insurmountable and could be solved in practice. The missing Ministerial Decree, officially allowing events with up to 75,000 visitors per day, has now been published in the meantime. A cooperation agreement has been reached, allowing private security to unburden the police concerning ID checks for the Covid Safety Ticket.

We did not take things lightly when applying for our permit and substantiating our case. In the past months, we have contacted and talked extensively to authorities, experts in various disciplines, our own Covid team and all possible official bodies.

  • We wanted to use the Covid Safety Ticket, allowing only visitors who have been fully vaccinated (+2 weeks). Only Belgians visiting for one day would have the possibility to enter with a negative PCR test.
  • In 2021 we would only allow visitors from Europe, not from the entire world.
  • This year, Tomorrowland would be less international and the freed-up international tickets would mostly be available to the many Belgians on the waiting list; as such, about 75% Belgians and 25% Europeans would be present and most of the Europeans would come from neighbouring countries.
  • Tickets for visitors from countries where the numbers would worsen in the next two months would still be cancelled.
  • At the second weekend (September 3, 4, 5) we wanted to change the closing time on certain days, because of the start of the school year, and we also wanted to take some additional mobility measures.
  • We were willing to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our festival-goers, artists, staff and neighbours.
  • We have repeatedly indicated that we would always assess and anticipate the epidemiological situation because a festival under safe conditions is our priority.

In spite of the detailed plans we have presented, the studies conducted by us and the massive support and recommendations we have received, we have no other option but to postpone the 16th edition of Tomorrowland until next year. 

In the past week, we again focused on a constructive dialogue, because we remain convinced that we can organise a safe Tomorrowland. All technical and organisational matters had been given the green light, in order to file a new application with the municipalities. However, particularly the absence of balanced virological advice in keeping with our tight organisational framework is the reason why a new application is pointless at this stage.

Considering our longstanding cooperation with the municipalities, we do not want to engage in a legal battle and we do not want to appeal the mayors’ decision with the Council of State. We respect the mayors’ good governance, as well as our neighbours in the municipalities of Boom and Rumst.

It is gut-wrenching to cancel a festival for the fourth time and again disappoint all the passionate people who work on the festival day and night. 

It is a huge financial blow for us as an organisation to lose our annual turnover almost entirely for the second year in a row, but also for the suppliers, freelancers, artists and associations involved who always contribute passionately to Tomorrowland. 

Today, with a heavy heart, more than 50 million euros worth of orders with dozens of loyal Belgian suppliers were cancelled. In addition, this is another setback for the travel and hotel industries in Belgium; over a period of 2 weeks during the festival, more than 80% of the Brussels and Antwerp hotel capacities are used by visitors, artists and crews. 

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us with advice and support in the past months. 

We wish all organisers of festivals in Belgium & our neighbouring countries an awesome late summer season! 

The Provincial Recreation Park De Schorre is a magical place. It is a park we want to continue investing in for the coming years and we want to show the world how beautiful Tomorrowland can be. We look to the future with a positive and open mindset and will bring The Reflection of Love to De Schorre in 2022.

Live Today, Love Tomorrow, Unite Forever

About Tomorrowland Belgium

Celebrating 20 years of Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland Belgium 2024 will take place across two weekends from July 19-21 and July 26-28. Set to open up a new world in the beautiful scenery of De Schorre in Boom in the summer of 2024, the festival’s new theme ‘LIFE’ is the prequel of the 2016 ‘Elixir of Life’ theme.

Tomorrowland is one of the largest and most iconic music festivals in the world held in recreation area De Schorre in Boom, Belgium, organized and owned by the original founders, the brothers Beers. Tomorrowland was first held in 2005 and has since become one of the world’s most notable global music festivals. It takes place every year in summer and stretches over 2 weekends, welcoming 400,000 People of Tomorrow from over 200 countries, and selling out in minutes year after year. Offering a unique camping experience with a wide range of accommodations, DreamVille is Tomorrowland’s official camping site located right next to the festival grounds, while people from every corner of the world can travel to Tomorrowland thanks to Global Journey, Tomorrowland's official travel program. Tomorrowland is located in a beautiful natural place: recreation area De Schorre in the town of Boom in Belgium. It is a true fairy tale world situated in beautiful natural surroundings with a strong eye for detail such as enchanting décor, magical stages, fascinating acts and peripheral animations, tasty and healthy food & drinks from around the world and spectacular fireworks – an unforgettable and incomparable show. Every year, the festival features a special theme that inspires the famed Mainstage design and stage production.

Tomorrowland caters to all genres in electronic dance music with hundreds of renowned artists performing across more than 16 different stages. Being a home to hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life, one of the most unique things about Tomorrowland remains the whole world coming together in one magical place with everyone being equal and uniting as one – symbolizing the values of freedom, respect, diversity, and solidarity. 

Tomorrowland Belgium 2024
Weekend 1: Friday July 19 – Sunday July 21
Weekend 2: Friday July 26 – Sunday July 28
Boom, Belgium

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