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Ricardo Villalobos, Black Coffee, Dixon, DJ Tennis, Blond:ish & more added to SOUNDSTORM in Saudi Arabia

Following the phase 2 announcement, the event looks to be the biggest the Middle East has ever seen

  • Mixmag Asia
  • 24 November 2021
Ricardo Villalobos, Black Coffee, Dixon, DJ Tennis, Blond:ish & more added to SOUNDSTORM in Saudi Arabia

150 artists have now been confirmed for the landmark event taking place in Riyadh this December. The line-up for SOUNDSTORM by MDLbeast also looks to be dominated by house and techno over EDM, stacked to the brim with dance music royalty and scene favourites. To be frank about it, the line-up is...mental.

Artists like Amine K, Bedouin, Black Coffee, Dixon, DJ Tennis, Mind Against, Nic Fanciulli, RICARDO VILLALOBOS, Solomon and many more international acts have been added alongside heaps of regional talents. They join already confirmed names like Jeff Mills, Dubfire, Paul Kalkbrenner, Purple Disco Machine, Loco Dice, Eric Prydz, Hot Since 82, Jamie Jones and more.

Notably, several more female talents were announced including Anfisa Letyago and BLOND:ISH, who will join Nina Kraviz, Amelie Lens, Charlotte De Witte, Nicole Moudaber and more, playing alongside female Saudi talents like Kayan, Comiscat and Biirdperson.

See the full phase two line-up below:

Talal Albahiti, chief operating officer and head of talent booking and events at MDLBEAST, commented: “Adding to an already stellar lineup, we’re showing our commitment to the regional scene today. 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.”

Soundstorm is set to take place on December 16 - 19 in Saudi Arabia’s capital city. Tickets to SOUNDSTORM 2021 are now on sale and selling fast with four-day weekend prices starting from SAR 399 (US$106).

MDLBEAST is a dynamic and fast-growing company based in the Middle East that looks after festivals, a record label and now a music conference, all dedicated to creating change in an emerging market and allowing young artists an opportunity to explore an electronic music scene. The company further looks after three business lines: talent, content and events with the vision to inspire and connect with Neo-Arab youth.

Its flagship festival, SOUNDSTORM, first launched in 2019 and was put on pause during the pandemic. For the festival's sophomore edition, alongside XP Music Conference which precedes it, it looks to solidify its position as an emerging market serious about creating change and shaking up in the Middle Eastern music industry.

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