Nina van Zelst
By Nina van Zelst

Since the festival season is about to kick off, the countdown to the world’s biggest hardcore festival has started again as well. To make sure you’re prepared for this true spectacle we assembled the ultimate Dominator Festival survival guide, which contains 12 essential tips for visiting this grand hardcore festival. 

Tip 1: Don’t forget to bring your earplugs

When you decide to visit Dominator, there’s no doubt about it you’ll have someone yelling “DOMINATOOOOOOR!” in your face (or the cameraman’s face) about 30 times a day. Therefore it might be time to dive into your closet and locate your earplugs, since your vulnerable ears definitely have a lot coming their way.


Tip 2: Brush up on your language skills

If you want to make some new friends at Dominator, you will definitely have to work on your knack for languages. Every single year, countless of foreigners visit the hardcore festival: from the Italian to Spaniards and from Americans to the Australian. Of course you’ll have to be able to ask them politely if they want to take down all of those flags, so you can actually see the mainstage. ¿Por qué?

Tip 3: Leave the expensive clothing at home

Besides a good amount of hardcore music, you’ll also get to enjoy a great amount of sand at Dominator. Therefore it’s wise to leave your most expensive outfit at home, if you don’t want to throw it away right after… Of course you can also just do exactly the opposite, since Dominator is the hardcore gathering of the year and you want to go there in style no matter the costs.

Dominator Festival 2019

Tip 4: Prepare yourself for raw haters

As a raw hardstyle soldier you can definitely expect some “why would you go to the raw at Dominator” and “this doesn’t belong here” coming out of the die-hard gabbers. In general they aren’t exactly satisfied with the raw hardstyle stage, but even they can’t deny the fact this stage looks extremely beautiful each and every year. According to many hardstyle lovers, all of those people going wild on a slope, truly is one of the highlights of summer.

Tip 5: Grab your swimsuits…

One of the greatest tips is to put on your swimsuit underneath your party outfit. Dominator is always blessed with (extreme) tropical temperatures, which means taking a swim every once in a while will make you one very happy raver.


Tip 6: Enjoy the view of motocross riders

Even though you have to pay a huge amount of money for a Dominator Festival ticket, you get loads of entertainment in return. Each year Dominator has a different theme, but the motocross riders are always there to provide you with a sick show. ‘A quick rest’ when you have to catch your breath has never had such a great view, since you get to enjoy the motocross riders jump ramps with backflips everywhere.

Tip 7: Make sure you stock up on sunscreen

Even though it will look like you’re getting 50 shades of tanned, don’t fall for it: this is the E3-Beach and you will definitely lose this golden tint in the shower. Since Dominator takes place in the midst of summer and you want your body to last all day long, it is extremely important to stock up on sunscreen. Especially when tons of flames are flying around in front of the mainstage!

Dominator Festival 2019

Tip 8: Eat some fries every once in a while and drink enough water

Or eat a pizza, or order a coke: just make sure you eat enough salty food and you stay nice and hydrated. You will please absolutely no one when you feel sick and have to sit down, since you could also use this precious time to enjoy a set. Take care of yourself and your friends, so they won’t bite the dust like this one…

Dominator Festival 2019

Tip 9: Put on your trusted Air Max

Besides Dominator being the world’s biggest hardcore gathering, there is probably no other place on this globe where you’ll find so many Air Max per square meter. This is for a good reason: Dominator offers no less than 7 stages, so you’ll definitely want to make this day a personal record of doing laps. In order to achieve this, of course you reach out for help from your good old Air Max.

Tip 10: Take Monday off

Dominator is the world’s greatest hardcore festival. Countless of your favorite DJs, beautiful weather and grand stages will make this one of the best (if not the absolute very best) days of the year. So, take Monday off and make sure you find yourself in front of the gates of Dominator at 11:00 on the 20th of July!


Tip 11: Treat yourself and your legs with one of the Hotel Packages

When you have been partying for 12 hours straight, and you’re leaving the festival with heavy legs and especially a heavy heart, it’s time for the tiring journey home. To make this as short and comfortable as possible, Dominator offers Hotel Packages to all ravers: within minutes, you’ll be able to reminisce about this beautiful day in a made up hotel bed.

Tip 12: Are you ready yet?

Because ticket sales for Dominator Festival 2019 will already start this Saturday at 13:00. The event is sold out each and every year, so we can definitely recommend getting ready for the ticket sales. For this edition of Dominator – Rally of Retribution you can even buy VIP-tickets for the very first time!

Dominator Festival 2019 will place on the 20th of July at the E3-Beach in Eersel. Ticket sales will start this Saturday the 6th of April at 13:00 via the official website of the event. For more information about the event and the available Hotel Packages you can also have a look at the website. 

Footage via Facebook-page Dominator 

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