Last year MDLBeast brought the huge production values of the world’s biggest dance music festivals to Saudi Arabia.
Over three nights, in the desert outside Riyadh, hundreds of thousands of people descended on a custom-built village to watch the world’s biggest DJs spin house and techno for a crowd of delirious kids.
Tiesto, Steve Aioki, Black Coffee and Martin Garrix, headlined while Saudi Arabia’s local talent, including Baloo, Varoo and Vinyl Mode, spun at side stages.
This year, due to the Coronavirus, the physical festival looks unlikely, but like so many others, the organisers of MDLBeast have looked to find a solution.
The result is a 12-hour marathon set or ‘digital concert’ called MDLBeast Freqways. Acts from all over the world will spin pre-recorded sets alongside local talent. That means music from Maceo Plex, Cosmicat and Jade x Tala.
Running from 7pm on Saturday June 20 and coming to a close on World Music Day, viewers will be able to tune into sets resocrded in Ibiza, Riyadh and Las Vegas at MDLBeast's site.
Live streaming has, for the meantime at least, become the go-to method for both party organisers and DJs to stay connected with their fans. Many events now offer free live streams, allowing people to party in the comfort of their front rooms, connected, digitally at least, to the DJs they love. The queues for the bathroom are much shorter, too.
Ahmad Alammary, MDLBeast's Chief Creative Officer, says, "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. MDLBEAST is here to celebrate that. Music and art are universal. A language that can bring people together, inspiring new thriving, creative communities."