XP Music Futures 2023 returns to Riyadh

Brace yourself for Saudi Arabia’s epic music conference.

Get ready to feel the excitement in the air because XP Music Futures 2023 is making a comeback in Riyadh. Hosted by MDLBEAST, this epic event is dedicated to showcasing the region’s vibrant music and creative scene. Happening from Thursday, 7 December to Saturday, 9 December, it’s time to get ready for an unforgettable experience.

But what makes XP Music Futures so special? Not only does it celebrate the surging success of the region’s nightlife industry (which happens to be the fastest growing in the world), but it also creates a playground for collaboration and creativity for artists and professionals in the region.

XP Music Futures aims to inspire and nurture the new generation of music professionals in the wider MENA region while fostering collaborations with the global music community. And they’re pulling out all the stops this year by introducing new formats and experiences for their visitors.

Arabic sessions and workshops? Check. Mixers that bring together international and regional talent? Double check. XP Music Futures is going all out to ensure attendees have a fantastic time while expanding their knowledge and networking circles. They’re even showcasing the latest technologies in the music industry through networking forums and demo labs.

XP Music Futures 2023

To structure the program, XP Music Futures is building it around four pillars: talent, scene, impact, and innovation. It’s also committed to mentoring and building communities – and they’re making strides in that department with the introduction of a new initiative called HUNNA. This groundbreaking program provides a platform and safe space for women in the music industry to gain mentorship and develop their skills and careers.

And there’s more. XP Music Futures is bringing back XPERFORM, a competition for vocalists. This competition gives talented vocalists in the region the chance to shine on the stages of XP Music Futures and potentially kick-start their careers with MDLBEAST Records. Excitingly, YouTube is sponsoring the initiative, helping to discover and nurture emerging musical talent in the Middle East.

This year, XP Music Futures is introducing another innovative showcase called XP Presents. Each year, they’ll shine a spotlight on a specific region to celebrate its diversity and culture. And guess who’s in the spotlight this year? South Korea. Known for its thriving pop culture, including K-pop music, Korean dramas, and films, South Korea is a perfect fit for XP Presents.

The XP team has also been busy organising smaller-scale focus group workshops called XChange. These workshops are happening in Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Amman and Riyadh, leading up to the main conference in December.

Now, you might be wondering who will be gracing the stage as speakers at this year’s event. Well, the suspense is killing us too, but the conference organisers promise to announce them shortly. 

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Shaheera Anwar - Staff Writer
From a beautiful childhood in Riyadh to a calm and collected life in Dubai. When she's not busy penning her latest masterpiece, you can catch Shaheera lounging with her family or binging on the latest movies. And as a millennial, she's got her sights set on TikTok - hoping to go viral someday (fingers crossed).

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