Saudi Arabia-based DJs set to hit the decks at the MDL Beast Festival

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Updated 17 December 2019

Saudi Arabia-based DJs set to hit the decks at the MDL Beast Festival

DUBAI: MDL Beast announced it will host the inaugural edition of MDL Beast Festival in Riyadh, from Dec. 19-21 — and EDM fans are in for a surprise as a host of Saudi Arabia-based DJs are set to take to the decks.

The festival will feature a line-up with 18 global superstar headliners, 28 international dance acts and 24 local and regional performers, including global EDM and DJ stars, David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and R3hab, alongside the biggest homegrown Saudi artists, including these names…

Baloo

He describes himself as a “house head” and this Saudi DJ, also known as Ahmad Alammary, has established a unique sound tinged with jazz, disco, tech, and funk notes. He has performed in Riyadh, Jeddah, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Beirut, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Mykonos, Amsterdam and London.

Cosmicat

A former dentist, this cat-loving DJ is based in Jeddah.

Dish Dash

The Jeddah-based duo is “honored and blessed to be part of (the) @mdlbeast festival. Where we will be performing three days in three different stages with amazing artists from around the world,” according to a post on their Instagram account.

Don Edwardo

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, this DJs childhood was spent in the neighborhoods of a small town in a mountainous area called Ballouneh. His job took him to Saudi Arabia and, to date, he has performed in Beirut, Dubai and Tunisia.


Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $200,000 amid US protests

Updated 01 June 2020

Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donate $200,000 amid US protests

DUBAI: Protests were held across the US this week demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the other black Americans who have been victims of police brutality. Many celebrities joined in on these protests in major cities such as Los Angeles or New York, including French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella, pop star Ariana Grande, model Emily Ratajkowski and rapper J. Cole. 

Meanwhile, other stars have taken to their social media platforms to demand justice and draw attention to various organizations which help low-income protesters pay bail or donation pages that directly benefit the family members of the victims. 

Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively  shared a joint statement on Instagram on Sunday night, revealing that they donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund, a civil and human rights legal organization that provides legal assistance to low-income African Americans.

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The couple, who share two children together, wrote “We've never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we're pulled over in the car. We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out. We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger. We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is."

The couple’s statement continued, “We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it… especially our own complicity.” 

Lively and Reynolds aren’t the only celebrities to donate a hefty sum amid the George Floyd protests sweeping the US. Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen pledged to donate $200,000 towards the bail-outs of protesters across the nation.