DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s MDLBeast music festival is back, but this time it’s digital.
Organizers announced Monday that the electronic dance event, that was held for the first time in Riyadh in December 2019, will return with a 12-hour virtual edition– MDLBeast Freqways – on June 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 7 a.m. (Saudi time) to end on the World Music Day.
The event will feature a stellar lineup of international DJs and musical groups including Steve Aoki, Maceo Plex, Afrojack, Claptone, Danny Tenaglia, Deep Dish, Sasha, Butch, Art Department, Laidback Luke, Delano Smith, Gui Boratto, Phil Weeks, Benny Benassi, and Dirty South, as well as regional talents including K.Led & Majid, Vinyl Mode and SPCEBOI.
“The music industry in the region is raw and the merging of neo-culture and technology creates a new buzz, inspiring young musicians to create fresh, unexpected music,” said Ahmad Alammary, chief creative officer, in a released statement.
“MLDBEAST is here to celebrate that. Music and art are universal. A language that can bring people together, inspiring new thriving, creative communities.”
Following the successful launch of MDLBeast’s inaugural annual event, where 400,000 people came together in Saudi Arabia over the span of three days, the festival has quickly established itself as a global creative platform setting the tone for music, art and culture in the Middle East.
With the world’s largest ever festival stage, the event is believed to have forever changed the Saudi entertainment landscape by inspiring the next generation and awakening the EDM community within the Kingdom.