Saudi Arabian music entertainment brand MDLBEAST‘s staple event Soundstorm makes its highly-anticipated return from December 16th – 19th for its sophomore 2021 edition.
The four-day electronic dance music festival serves as one of the first of its kind in the region and is slated to take place once again in Banban, Riyadh, welcoming over 150 international and regional artists to soundtrack festival-goers’ experiences, all sprawled across 8 stages in-total.
A major hub for culture and music in Saudi Arabia, the first edition in December of 2019 saw over 400,000 in attendance, with over 80 artists playing across 6 stages.
Upping the ante tenfold, the upcoming festival now features over 150 acts from across the globe, including key performances from EDM industry heavyweights the likes of Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Axwell, Benny Benassi, The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Major Lazer Soundsystem, R3hab, Steve Aoki, Tchami, and Tiësto, to name a few.
Techno and house are also covered throughout the festival’s entirety, with sets slated from Adam Beyer, Amelie Lens, Bedouin, Black Coffee, Camelphat, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones, Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson, Lee Burridge, Nina Kraviz, and Solomun, amongst others.
Additionally, regional DJ/production talent will also be on full display with artists such as Cosmicat, Biirdperson, DesertF!sh, Hats&Klaps, Jeme, and Malkin joining the lineup alongside many more.
Watch the official trailer below!
In the case of a potential cancellation, ticket holders will be granted a full refund or an option to roll over their ticket as valid for the next edition of Soundstorm. On-site, COVID-19 rules and regulations, aligning with local entertainment and health regulations, have been implemented across the board, with a required proof of vaccination needing to be shown upon entry by all via the Tawakkalna app. If one tests positive for COVID-19 before the event, MDLBEAST‘s customer service team will be on hand to help facilitate the next steps concerning the money that was paid.
Single-day and 4-day tickets are on sale via the official site now, with differing tiers starting at ‘Storm Chaser’ (SAR 399), ‘Storm Blazer’ (SAR 1,649), and ‘VIB / Very Important Beast’ (SAR 8,999), with ‘VIB Box’ and ‘VIB Table Service’ options and pricing available upon request. Tickets are also available to purchase in-person throughout Saudi Arabia at Virgin Megastores. Party bus shuttle services to Riyadh start at SAR 135 a day, and exclusive VIB shuttle service options are also available each day for SAR 2,999. Those looking to upgrade their ticket may do so at any time by directly contacting MDLBEAST‘s customer service call center. Further information regarding set times and venue location details will follow shortly.
“We are thrilled to announce the return of SOUNDSTORM and are proud to welcome some of the industry’s biggest and brightest artists and creators. Our inaugural festival in 2019 was pivotal for the music and entertainment scene in Saudi Arabia, as it put us on the world map and revealed just how rich music culture is in the Kingdom and the region. Saudi Arabia is transforming and, with it, the popularity and appetite for music and festival culture are growing exponentially. MDLBEAST is supercharging the creative industry, and we’re excited to continue showcasing it to the world. We’re ecstatic to be bringing over the biggest and best names of dance music while providing our regional audiences with regional talent to enjoy. For us, that’s the future, a clear balance which showcases the best global talent alongside stars from here in the Middle East, with a unique audience loving every minute of it.”
– Talal Albahiti, MDLBEAST’s COO
and Head of Talent Booking and Events
For those looking to attend the festival and the first edition of its accompanying 3-day XP Conference event, tickets are on sale now via the official MDLBEAST website.