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Is MDL Beast in Saudi Arabia the future of festivals?

The line up is outrageous, the arts, culture and food precincts are on point, the whole event is totally tee-total. Would you be into it?

Team Buro | 19.12.2019

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If you were considering Coachella or were hoping to visit Worthy Farm for Glastonbury, think again. For those dance music lovers MDL Beast is the festival du jour. The EDM event hosting some of the world’s best DJs – including David Guetta, Martin Garrix, R3hab and Tiesto - there’s a total of 18 global headliners, 28 international dance acts and 24 local performers, all taking to the decks from today until Sunday.

So it this millenial-focused event a positive reflection on Saudis cultural progression? For starters, the line-up will also include Saudi’s first female DJ, Cosmicat, who says “the whole country is going through a huge change.”

Legendary global DJ David Guetta also talked to us about the cultural shift in an exclusive interview, saying “For young people it’s not just another night out, it’s like something they’ve never experienced before. It’s a complete change in the country – it’s freedom, it’s happiness, you know? I’m all about that, with music we try to make people happy, it’s an emotional experience.”

"it’s not just another night out, it’s like something they’ve never experienced before.”

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The three-day festival has 5 stages, including the Big Beast, which has a 45,000 capacity. Other more intimate techno tents and stages will feature local and regional artists and have a 2-5,000 capacity. There will also be an Arts Beast district, showcasing immersive experiences, visual spectaculars and light parades. You’ll also discover a series of culinary delights in the form of a street food market.

The epic event celebrates the rise in popularity of electronic dance music, the festival enters Saudi youth into a new era that can enjoy the music it loves. You knew you were in for a party at Christmas, you just didn’t know it was in the Middle East.

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