Music lovers unite at fest

The 12th edition of one of the world's largest and most notable music festivals resounded through the De Schorre recreation area in Boom, about 32km north of Brussels, over the weekend.

To spread the magic of the Tomorrowland festival, the second night of the event under the Unite concept was simultaneously broadcast to seven other countries - Mexico, India, Japan, Colombia, Germany, South Africa and Israel - mirroring performances from the main stage in Belgium.

The event, which kicked off last Friday and ended yesterday, attracted about 180,000 music lovers.

But this year, there was a sour note to the festival because of recent terror attacks in the country and other parts of Europe.

The organisers of the electronic music festival modified its security approach, installing metal detectors at entrances and doing additional bag checks.

On March 22, terrorists launched a spate of coordinated suicide bombings in Brussels. Thirty-two people and three terrorists were killed, and more than 300 people were injured.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2016, with the headline 'Music lovers unite at fest'. Print Edition | Subscribe