Is Livestream the Future of Music Festivals?

Tomorrowland festival in Boom, Belgium, in 2019.
In 2019, thousands packed Tomorrowland in Boom. In 2020, the event went fully virtual. (Photo: Tomorrowland.)

ince 2005, Belgium has played host to the most popular music dance festival in the world: Tomorrowland. Attendance in recent years has neared half a million people, attracting some of the world’s biggest artists — Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Bebe Rexha, among many others. The show, normally split over two weekends, sells out months in advance (and in minutes), bringing together people to the appropriately-named…