Tomorrowland can stay in the city of Boom for another 66 years
The Flemish province of Antwerp and Provinciaal Recreatiedomein De Schorre in Boom have signed a new agreement with WEAREONE.world BV, the company behind Tomorrowland. The festival will be able to use the venue for another 66 years. "The successful cooperation of the past 20 years will continue", says the press release.
Tomorrowland will have the opportunity to invest further in the site's development, allowing the province to take its leisure activities to the next level. Commitments made by the site's partners include sustainable water use and planting native vegetation. "Roads and plazas have been built, and an extensive power, data, and fibre optic network has been installed".
Throughout the year, it is a fantastic place for visitors
"Thanks to the joint vision and management plan with the Province of Antwerp and the annual investments, De Schorre has become a beautiful park," says Michel Beers of the festival. "Throughout the year, it is a fantastic place for visitors who walk or cycle."
The festival is also a magnet for the public. In 2023, 400,000 people visited the festival over two weekends in July.
The use of the venue comes at a price, of course. "Tomorrowland will pay a sum of 965,000 euros for 2024," says Mireille Colson (N-VA), the provincial deputy who negotiated the contract. "This amount will then increase every year until it reaches 1,200,000 euros in 2034. From 2035, the amount will be indexed annually".
Tomorrowland must also invest an average annual fee of 500,000 euros in the site. The yearly fee for 2023 was 770,000 euros. So that amount is going up. Over ten years, the festival must put two million euros more on the table.
The province and De Schorre are securing income
"The province and De Schorre are securing income that will be used further to develop the site into an accessible public recreation area," says Colson.
De Schorre is the birthplace of Tomorrowland. The festival was first held there in 2005, following an idea by brothers Manu and Michiel Beers. In the years that followed, the festival grew to become one of the most famous in the world. It has won numerous accolades and awards, including 'Best Music Event of the Year' at the International Dance Music Awards five years in a row.
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