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A daily crowd of more than 100,000 people have descended on Banban

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022: a world-class music festival

To the point MDL Beast Soundstorm is an electronic music festival that wishes to play in the court of the big festivals of the world. Successful bet?

MDL Beast Soundstorm (read Middle Beast) is an electronic music festival launched in 2019, just before the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though an edition took place in 2021, the 2022 edition definitely showed a comeback of both artists and festival-goers.

Having been recognized by the organizers as an electronic music festival fan (this year alone, I had the opportunity to attend EDC Las Vegas (USA), Ultra Europe in Split (Croatia) and Tomorrowland in Boom (Belgium), they invited me to come experience the MDL Beast in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) to share it with our numerous readers.

For transparency: the invitation included 2 tickets for 3 days of the festival which offered access to the different “Premium” sections of the Festival, including the Premium parking. No other expenses were covered by MDL Beast (airfare, hotel, etc.). For information on how we put together our itinerary, check out my introduction to this trip!

Legendary DJ Steve Aoki rocks SOUNDSTORM-s Dance Tent
Dj Steve Aoki - Soundstorm

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - History

MDL Beast is a music entertainment company looking to grow the regional scene, created after the success of the first Soundstorm festival in 2019.

Soundstorm is organized in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It is the largest musical, artistic and cultural festival in the region, bringing together world stars and regional talents.

To give you an order of magnitude: more than 600,000 people attended the 3 days of the festival in 2022! These figures are similar to those of the biggest world festivals of the genre, such as EDC Las Vegas or Tomorrowland.

And world records have even been broken, giving you an idea of the gigantism of Soundstorm like :

  • The highest stage (temporary) with more than 41 meters high
  • The most LED lights displayed on a single stage: 60 million
  • The largest area of LED lights displayed on the Big Beast stage: 4,000 square meters (and this stage is over 200 meters wide)
A daily crowd of more than 100,000 people have descended on Banban

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - The scenes

During the three nights of the festival (4pm to 3am), 200 artists performed on 7 stages:

  • Big Beast
  • Down Beast
  • Dance Beast
  • 4 Underground scenes

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Big Beast

Big Beast is the main stage. The one that holds multiple world records.

More than 600,000 fans attended this year-s SOUNDSTORM festival

Considering the visual effects, the fireworks (and the loudness of the speakers), I advise you to take a step back. You will appreciate the show much better!

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Soudstorm 05

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Dance Beast

Dance Beast is a gigantic tent transformed into a nightclub.

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Soudstorm 40

The visual effects are also incredible and the sound quality is remarkable.

And we had no trouble being on the front lines!

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Soudstorm 42

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Down Beast

Down Beast is a scene where we didn’t spend much time: the music played was more Rap than Electronic Music.

Soundstorm – Down Beast
Soundstorm 2022 - Down Beast

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Underground

The Underground area is broken down into 4 stages where well known artists of the Electro House scene like Carl Cox and other artists worth to be known.

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Soudstorm 17

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Scenery

On the Soundstorm site, circus artists perform for the enjoyment of festival-goers.

A stilt performer wows the crowds on arrival at SOUNDSTORM
Soundstorm 2022
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Soudstorm 52
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Soudstorm 53
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Soudstorm 54

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Artists

Most of the best Electronic Music artists were present at this edition of Soundstorm 2022 such as :

  • Swedish House Mafia
  • Tiesto
  • David Guetta
  • DJ Snake
  • Marshmello
  • Timmy Trumpet
  • Lost Frequencies
  • And many more
Swedish House Mafia during their headline Friday night performance at SOUNDSTORM
Swedish House Mafia -Soundstorm

There were even stars outside of electronic music like Bruno Mars.

US star Bruno Mars wowed the corwd with his Saturday slot on the Big Beast stage
Soundstorm 2022 - Bruno Mars

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Media Room

Thanks to our media invitations, we had access to the Press Room.

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Soudstorm 43

We got to see in press conference David Guetta and Morten about Future Rave.

Guetta and MORTEN at their Future Rave press conference at SOUNDSTORM
David Guetta - Morten -Future Rave
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Soudstorm 41

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - The Organization

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Installations

Soundstorm is massive. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from one end to the other.

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Soudstorm 11

For members who have purchased premium tickets, fly over walkways over the crowd allows for faster travel. Here at the very beginning of the evening:

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Soudstorm 22
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Soudstorm 44

In the Premium section, on the side of the Big Beast stage, several levels are available (rice field type) where you can find sofas, poufs, tables. Confortably ensconced to see the light effects of this incredible scene:

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Soudstorm 04
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Bars – with non-alcoholic cocktails – are also available:

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Soudstorm 09

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Food and Beverages

In the alleys of the Soundstorm 2022 festival, more than 100 food and drink stands were available.

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Soudstorm 14
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Soudstorm 07
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Soudstorm 28
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Soudstorm 27

Being used to festivals, I have to say that Soundstorm has set the bar very high in terms of the quality of the food available, equaling (if not exceeding) what can be found at Tomorrowland (renowned in this field).

And what was especially nice at Soundstorm: almost no waiting for food and drink. Both in the General and Premium sections.

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Payment on site

It has become the norm for most electronic music festivals: only electronic payments by credit card are allowed at Soundstorm.

I had no trouble using my HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® Apple Pay registration to pay for my various drinks within the Soundstorm festival.

This credit card has no conversion fee into foreign currency, which avoids the 2.5% fee charged by most other credit cards in Canada.

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Soudstorm 38

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Sponsors

Porsche, Pepsi, Adidas: many sponsors had booths throughout the Soundstorm Festival. With prizes to be won and goodies offered.

Here, Soundstorm takes example on Tomorrowland (where a BMW stand was present).

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Soudstorm 25

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Fireworks

Those who have attended EDC Las Vegas know: the fireworks at the end of the evening are extraordinary.

Well, the Soundstorm ones are on the same level! At the end of the evening, fireworks set the sky on fire from the main stage Big Beast, but also from the other stages at the same time.

SOUNDSTORM 2022 bows out with a bang after three incredible days
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Soudstorm 32

Long minutes of explosion in the sky accompanying the main tracks of the artists present (respectively DJ Snake, Swedish House Mafia and David Guetta on the 3 nights).

Check out my story on Instagram to relive the event.

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Soudstorm 66

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Access and Parking

Contrary to other festivals that have set up Bus Shuttles (Tomorrowland, EDC Las Vegas), here Soundstorm made the bet of the all-car.

Parking lots are simply gigantic (and included with the festival ticket).

It takes about 45 minutes to reach the site (or to leave it) from downtown Riyadh.

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Soudstorm 01

MDL Beast Soundstorm 2022 - Security

Another strong point of the organization: security. Not having attended the previous editions, it is difficult for me to compare.

Soundstorm ran a campaign called“Respect & Reset“, dedicated to improving this aspect that could be lacking in the first few editions.

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Soudstorm 02

During Soundstorm 2022, I didn’t see any overflow: security guards sent by the organization were numerous and very visible on all the stages. Some even dancing with the festival-goers. And offering free bottled water to the front row!

The atmosphere was good-natured. And it must be mentionned that the absence of alcohol (or other substances…) helps to avoid some of the excesses that we see elsewhere.

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Soudstorm 29
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Soudstorm 20

Bottom line

Conjugating Saudi Arabia with an Electronic Music Festival may seem strange at first. But I was VERY pleasantly surprised by Soundstorm:

  • A world-class organization
  • Quality artists
  • Incredible scenes

It remains now to convince the female gender to attend the event. In the Premium section, a certain parity was visually achieved, but the General section was almost exclusively composed of young men.

But that’s part of the game, especially for a country that is opening up more and more to foreign tourists from the region (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon) and internationally.

Some of the first arrivals at the three-day festival
Soundstorm 2022 - Festivaliers
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Soudstorm 37

The next edition of Soundstorm will take place on December 7, 8 and 9, 2023. If you want to participate, you can already buy your tickets here.

  • General Admission: 149 SAR (approximately $55)
  • Premium admission: 1,129 AR (about $410)
  • VIB Admission: SAR 3,349 (approximately $1,220)

Personally, to fully enjoy the Soundstorm festival, I suggest getting the Premium version.

Come to discuss that topic in our Facebook Group!

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