The REAL Highlights of the TomorrowWorld Set Times

There’s been plenty of media buzz surrounding the announcement of the set times for TomorrowWorld. OTB already took the opportunity to share the big news with you all, but the only picture that’s circulating through the major media outlets right now is this one with the main stage lineup on it.



This is a pretty decent collection of main stage acts that is sure to draw the kind of crowds that make a festival of this size possible, but I feel like the main stage lineup is really not a good characterization of this amazing collection of artists because it is totally missing the astonishing variety you can find among the 18 different themed side stages spread across all three days.

At first, I saw that main stage schedule and I was feeling sort of indifferent about the whole weekend. Today, I sat down and started to dig through the assortment of other acts I’ll be able to catch over this weekend and I’m ready to say this is literally the best festival lineup I’ve ever seen. In light of this, I wanted to take some time to share some of what I dug up with all of you.




Thanks to the explosion in popularity of the deeper sound, TomorrowWorld will be hosting the first ever AnjunaDeep stage in the Chattahoochee Hills on Friday. Aside from the bragging rights you get for attending this one-of-a-kind experience, the music won’t disappoint you either. This stage boasts two-hour sets from every single bombshell artist on the lineup. Cubicolor, Lane 8, Beckwith, Jody Wisternoff, and 16-Bit Lolitas will be pumping out that deep and melodic sound that’s become the signature of the AnjunaDeep label and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the chance to be a part of this.

All Gone Pete Tong

That’s right, the BBC Radio 1 legend, Pete Tong will be hosting a stage on Saturday featuring his selection of talented house DJs and you can rest assured, every name on this list is going to deliver. Some of the highlights from this lineup will be Pete Tong himself, Bob Moses, Claude VonStroke, Cut Snake, and John effing DIGWEED! The only thing I think I could wish for in addition to names like this is Sasha but let’s be honest, this stage would probably implode, having reached the critical mass of pure talent if they stacked it that hard.

Trance Addict

Got a trance deficiency? Doctors say 20 minutes of synths a day is enough to keep a healthy balance of vitamin D in your system. Wait… maybe that’s sunlight? Either way, synths you shall have at BPMs ranging from 130 to 140 from acts like Jordan Suckley, Bryan Kearney, M.I.K.E Push, Arnej, Simon Patterson, Myon & Shane 54, and, rounding it off with a 90 minute set: Aly & Fila.

French Express

If you want to know where to find me Sunday, this is where to look. Once again, 5 acts will be featured with 2-hour sets for every one of them. The sounds of this stage will range from deep house to indie dance and nu disco. If you’re looking for something sexy, groovy, and different, drop by this stage and catch a couple acts like Moon Boots, Isaac Tichauer, Ben Pearce, Perseus, or Jordan Rathman.


Skrillex’s OWSLA label will be hosting their own stage on Saturday but don’t expect any sort of cookie-cutter sound from this bunch. OWSLA is a very non-homogeneous group of extremely talented producers and sounds that will get your hips moving. It is very likely that you’ll catch me at this stage for a bit to at least catch one of my personal favorites: Alex Metric.

Full-On Ferry

Like the harder sounds of trance? Acts such as Orjan Nilsen, Andrew Rayel, and Ferry Corsten are widely known for their nuclear basslines that set the ground shaking at ASOT events all around the world. Audien is known for brighter, synth-y, productions but don’t let that fool you. If you’ve caught him in the festival circuit, he’ll be interspersing his originals with heavy bangers to keep your booty shaking. Let’s not gloss over a couple other names on the list, the legendary Cosmic Gate will be throwing down 90 minutes of trance and earlier-on in the day Adrian Lux will be bringing his signature sound to help kick off the stage for the final day of the festival.

So that’s only 7 of my favorites of the 18 total side stages available to TomorrowWorld attendees this year. Add in considerations of the innovative, one-of-a-kind experience that we’ve come to expect from ID&T and I am ready to say that this is going to be the best US Festival of the year hands-down. I couldn’t be more excited.

Tony Apfelbeck
I grew up listening to BT, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk and Tiësto. Trance and House music are my religion and I've got church every Friday and Saturday night.
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