Riyadh’s MDL Beast broke global festival numbers with 400K visitors

Riyadh’s MDL Beast epic in size and ambition.
Riyadh’s MDL Beast epic in size and ambition.

The Riyadh's MDL Beast music festival held in Saudi Arabia's capital city broke global festival numbers with 400,000 visitors.

The Riyadh's MDL Beast outperformed other global festivals like Belgium's Tomorrowland and California's Coachella.

The three-day Riyadh's MDL Beast saw more than 150,000 concert-goers in its second day, while more than 130,000 visitors were said to have attended the first day.

In comparison, the Tomorrowland music festival sees an estimated 66,000 people attend annually.

While Coachella in California sees nearly 99,000 every year.

The Riyadh's MDL Beast features more than 70 international DJs, including Steve Aoki, David Guetta, and J Balvin.

Adding to 24 local performers, including the country's first female EDM DJ Cosmicat, and the Saudi DJ duo Dish Dash.


After his performance on Friday, popular DJ Steve Aoki shared a picture of himself on stage wearing the Saudi shemagh! (traditional head scarf worn by men) on his Instagram page with the caption "Riyadh!!!! 150,000 people! A night all of us will never forget! Shukran Saudi Arabia…this was magical!"

While this was Aoki's second performance in the Kingdom, this will be the first visit to Saudi Arabia for several of the artists taking the stage this weekend.

The Riyadh's MDL Beast comes in line with Vision 2030, set to liberalize the economy and boost entertainment in the country.

Saudi Arabia has seen an array of music events and concerts this year, including sold-out shows by K-pop band BTS and others.

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