Busta Rhymes, Carl Cox & Tale of Us to Headline Balad Beast in Jeddah’s Old Town

More than 40 local, regional, and international artists announced to be performing at Balad Beast.

International artists like Busta Rhymes, Carl Cox, and Tale of Us are on the list of headliners.

For more information visit:  Balad-beast


Saudi music & entertainment company MDLBEAST has today announced an iconic lineup of performers set to light up Jeddah’s Old Town as part of next month’s debut Balad Beast festival.

Taking place December 9-10th, Balad Beast will transform the UNESCO World Heritage site that is Jeddah’s exceptional Old Town into a myriad of light, sound, and music as part of what promises to be an unmissable two days.

It will be headlined by hip-hop royalty U.S rapper Busta Rhymes, with seminal, era-defining DJ Carl Cox also taking his spot atop a packed bill.building-colorful-balad

Italian duo Tale of Us will also be there, adding to what has already been a whirlwind year of global touring, with more names to be announced in due course, too.

Local artists including Moayad, Jeme, Dafencii, and Anmarz will just be some of the regional names performing, as Balad Beast spreads a showcase of genres including hip-hop, EDM, house, rap, and techno across five different stages, to be known as Mirkaz Square, Roshan Square, Bab Square, Souq Square, and Omda Square.

MDLBEAST’s Head of Talent Booking and Chief Operating Officer Talal Al Bahiti said: “Jeddah’s Old Town will be transformed into a stage for talents from near and far. This city is full of history, culture, and deeply rooted heritage, and through Balad Beast, we are striving to show the beauty of Jeddah to the world.”

“Given that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, MDLBEAST is coming in with a sustainable approach, eliminating any fireworks or pyrotechnics and replacing it with lightwork using 3D mapping and vibrant projections to bring life to the old buildings. We will also be leaving the Balad in a better condition than it was when we came in, leaving our footprint behind like custom-designed benches.”

“We are proud to share that we have been working closely with the residents of Old Town to ensure that their neighborhood is perfectly preserved and protected throughout the festival. With their consent, we will bring out the beauty of the Balad and express the significant sentimental value that it holds for us. History is being made on a site that is already so rich with it.”  

Aside from music, Balad Beast will also be taking over the historic district’s famous artisan market. The Souq will be redefined throughout the two-day event to feature all of Saudi’s best streetwear vendors, including MDLBEAST’s very own merchandise brand, Bani Beast.

To further emphasize the beauty of Saudi culture, art, and architecture, the iconic buildings of the Old Town will have colorful and vibrant visuals projected onto their walls throughout, immersing eventgoers in a storytelling experience through both sight and sound.

Tickets for Balad Beast are available now across two tiers: General Admission, which offers access to all five stages of the event, and VIB, which will give ticketholders the privilege of accessing the historic building lounges, entrance from a separate VIB gate, and complimentary gourmet food.

For tickets and more info, please visit: mdlbeast.com

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