Hardwell Is Not Playing At Tomorrowland This Year

Posted at April 3rd, 2016 | by Shivani Goel | in Dance Music, Entertainment, GVO Rumour, News

UPDATE: The full Tomorrowland lineup is out, and Hardwell and his Revealed stage are not a part of the roster.

So the grapevine is that Hardwell is not playing at Tomorrowland this year and the reason might be DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. All 3 were a part of the lineup last year at this massive festival but a lot seems to have gone down since then.


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Tomorrowland 2015 was a success as usual but some festival attendees had taken to social media to voice their disapproval at the methods that were being used by certain DJ’s and Producers to secure votes for the Top 100 DJ’s contest by DJ Mag. Skimpily dressed, pretty girls were observed walking around the festival site, campsite, and even in Brussels and were armed with iPads, convincing people to vote for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. The Belgian duo had probably hired the girls to gain extra votes and they were also the only DJ’s to request for votes during their live set. The DJ Mag Website states that votes are not to be manipulated but it’s a vague statement overall and the duo got away with it.


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This was beyond the spirit of fair competition but it worked in their favour as they rose from their #2 spot to #1, replacing Hardwell who had been at #1 for the past two years. While the poll has received some scrutiny for shady practices, it’s still one of the most popularly followed features in the EDM world. With their stunts, a lot of people feel that Dv & LM shouldn’t be on the list at all, and currently #2 DJ Hardwell seems to feel the same way. Upcoming producer 3LAU called the DJ duo out on their production knowledge and Hardwell took a dig at them in response.


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Now with Tomorrowland 2016 around the corner, everyone expected a stellar lineup and that is being delivered. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike were some of the first artists to be announced and everyone expected Hardwell to be on as well.


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A few hours ago, Revealed Recordings announced that Hardwell would not be joining the Tomorrowland lineup this year and fans seem to be heartbroken about it.



They’ve taken to commenting and speculating and everyone is blaming the “iPad brothers” and their management who practically own Tomorrowland to be the reason for Hardwell’s absence from the 2016 roster. Check out the tweets below, we’ll keep you updated with what happens next!

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