In an unexpected turn of events, Tomorrow may be forced to postpone again.
Despite plans to fully reopen the country this summer, including large-scale events, the Belgian government has denied the festival’s permission request. The organizers describe the decision as “a sledgehammer”.
The possibility of Tomorrowland taking place over two weekends, August 27-29 and September 3-5, looked promising just over a week ago. Festival organizers shared a positive outlook on the potential 2021 event and hoped to move forward with the restrictions being lifted.
However, local news sources reveal that the festival’s permit was refused due to “risks to public health and safety”. More specific reasons cited include the lack of police forces and the concerns of the GEMS Advisory Group.
In addition, “The ministerial decree relating to the maximum capacity of demonstrations from mid-August (75,000 people) has not yet been published. This is why mayors cannot legally authorize events of up to 400 people at the moment. “
Spokeswoman Debby Wilmsen spoke on the decision: “We haven’t had a festival for two years, which is very difficult both financially and emotionally for our entire team. We were so excited about it, and it all looked positive. “
Sources: HLN, VRT