By Sam Bridge
Organised by the General Entertainment Authority, the three-day festival is a highlight of the Riyadh Season and features more than 100 international DJs and Arab stars
The MDL Beast Festival, the largest music and cultural festival in the Middle East, will take place in Saudi Arabia from December 19-21.
Organised by the General Entertainment Authority, the three-day festival is a highlight of the Riyadh Season and features more than 100 international DJs and Arab stars and is expected to attract 200,000 people.
The MDL Beast Festival boasts five stages, each offering a unique vibe and experience for fans of electronic dance music, performing arts and culinary crafts.
Organisers said there are still tickets available for those who are keen to attend the music, art and culture extravaganza taking place opposite the Durrat Al Riyadh Resort & Spa, just north of the capital city.
One of the main highlights of the festival is the Big Beast stage, which will shine a spotlight on top performers. As the festival’s largest stage, it can accommodate more than 45,000 people.
The MDL Beast Festival also includes the Underground Beast 1 and 2 stage that will host famous international and local art icons, while the Down Beast stage provides a relaxed, chilled-out space with DJs, musicians and a number of Arab creatives.
A special stage called Middle Town has also been created to empower and promote rising Saudi stars. Described by organisers as the pride of the festival, the stage enjoys a central location and acts as an artery that connects other stages, in addition to several restaurants and shops, street shows, and an open art museum.
Ahmed Al-Ammari, Saudi DJ and member of the MDL Beast Festival team, said: “The MDL Beast Festival gives the public an opportunity to engage with all their senses through music, food and interactive experiences. Based on our aim to organise the best festivals to cater to all musical tastes, five major stages have been built to meet expectations, with each stage designed to match the standards of the largest international festivals. The festival will feature innovative technologies, advanced productions and top performers from all over the world."
The festival will also showcase a range of dining options in the MDL Feast banquet hall and Latin American MNKY HSE restaurants hosting fine-dining experiences, and the Global Street Food Market featuring over 60 food concessions.For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.