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RIYADH: More than 2,000 people attended the electronic music festival this weekend Freaks of Nature (Monsters of Nature), which lit up the night sky of Riyadh.

The two-day festival, organized by the Saudi creative agency disruptincluded two stages, an art exhibit, a camping experience, and an entertainment village with pop-up food and clothing stores.

The festival took place in Al-Ammariyah, west of Riyadh, and tickets were sold on the website for 700 Saudi riyals (187 US dollars) (1 US dollars = 0.95 euros) for a day or 1,200 Saudi Riyals (US$320) for the party weekend package which included access to the festival and entertainment areas. The camping experience allowed people to have access to a pre-pitched tent in the camping area Freakville.

Organizers said the festival’s goal was to “promote new artists, energize talented creators and evolve creative culture across the country.”

The festival featured an array of artists, including English DJ James Hype, Dutch-born ‘mashup king’ WeDamnz, and a solid line-up of performers, with standout imagery and flamboyant costumes. (Photo, AN/Basheer Saleh)

With an indoor main stage and a lively outdoor area, the festival featured an array of artists including English DJ James Hype, mashup king WeDamnz from the Netherlands, as well as a strong lineup of local artists, with remarkable images and flamboyant costumes.

“It was an epic festival. It was great to see so many creative people coming together to experience all the types of music, art exhibit, and pop-ups on offer. It shows what is possible for music and entertainment in Saudi Arabia, which continues to grow and evolve into a thriving industry where talent has the opportunity to shine,” said Yazid Al-Hachim, Head of innovation within the group disrupt.

Both nights featured sets from each group, spread across two stages. The main stage kicked off with a scene featuring Aziz.wav, Frozen, and Rash, before Frozen and Rash combined their talents for a sequel exclusive scene characterized by a creative mix of styles.

Cosmicat and Soul continued their momentum by joining forces to delight the crowd with a set filled with ambient builds leading to intense drop. Yaz and ARX’s sound was next, going wild with a euphoric set of festival anthems.

WeDamnz closed the show with an outstanding mix, switching between styles and genres to entertain the crowd, before a triumphant crescendo.

Yasir, ARX, Lesad, Mariam Arab, Dr. Shadow and Bigg3 performed on the lower stage throughout the night, before Igniter closed the festival triumphantly with their mix of Tech and Minimal House alternating on the mixing desks to achieve a fantastic ending.

“Everyone gave their best and put on an incredible show for the audience on both nights. I also want to thank James Hype and WeDamnz for coming along, and MDL Beast for their continued support. We are all looking forward to the next event,” Al-Hachim added.

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The festival featured an array of artists, including English DJ James Hype, Dutch-born ‘mashup king’ WeDamnz, and a solid line-up of performers, with standout imagery and flamboyant costumes. (Photo, AN/Basheer Saleh)

The first day of the festival was interrupted by a three-hour power outage.

“As we were about to start, a power outage reached the whole area and knocked out the electrical power in the site. But fortunately, we had preserved the sound and the images in an auxiliary generator which drew the crowd to the dance floor,” explained Al-Hachim.

The festival also brought together local artists for a live mural by Big50, who created a huge mural during the festival, as well as art installations by Euphoria. Riyadh String Art. Gaze by Leen, Miish Art and Aesthetic were also exhibited during these two days.

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The festival featured an array of artists, including English DJ James Hype, Dutch-born ‘mashup king’ WeDamnz, and a solid line-up of performers, with standout imagery and flamboyant costumes. (Photo, AN/Basheer Saleh)

In the pop-up concept store, local clothing brands Forty7, Foshostore and Gleamsby promoted the latest festival outfits.

This text is the translation of an article published on Arabnews.com

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