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Tomorrowland sells out within an hour despite legal challenges to second weekend


Even with the threat of Tomorrowland's second weekend being cancelled, the European EDM festival moved more than 360,000 tickets for both weekends, selling out in less than an hour. Granted, that's more than twice as long as it took to sell out last year's festival, but yeah. Less than an hour, 360,000 tickets. 

Organizers suggested that electronic fans from 220 countries would be represented at this year's event, which takes place in Boom, Belgium. The festival is renowned not only for its healthy collection of headliners, but perhaps ever more so for its elaborate and epic stage designs. Last year's main stage was a "functional" volcano. There's no word on what to expect from this year's stages, but at least a few big names have been announced as performers. Hardwell, Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren and Afrojack are just a few of the DJ's that will be manning the tables this year, and more acts are yet to be announced. 

Another element that brings more attention to Tomorrowland is its live streaming of the shows via YouTube. More than 16.8 million viewers tuned in online during 2013's event. 

This will be the festival's first year with multiple weekends, but locals in Boom aren't happy about it. Residents listed noise complaints and drug use among a myriad of complaints, and claimed promoter SFX didn't have the proper permits to operate a second weekend. Lawyers representing the residents claimed that by the time such a permit could be approved, it would be too late for the second weekend, however analysts have deemed it unlikely that the event's second weekend will be stymied. 

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