Vlocker Pty Ltd has been designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing locker systems worldwide since 1995. Vlocker specialises in providing locker solutions to suit client requirements in…read more
Rapper Nicki Minaj to headline Saudi Arabian music festival
In a sign of further relaxing of Saudi Arabia's strict regulations concerning entertainment events, the upcoming Jeddah Music Fest is to be headlined by US rapper Nicki Minaj.
Minaj, known for her profanity-laced lyrics and raunchy music videos, will headline the festival at the Red Sea city’s King Abdullah Sports Stadium on 18th July.
Taking place as part of the Jeddah Season of activities being organised by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), the Jeddah World Fest, in line with Saudi laws, will be alcohol and drug-free and open to people aged 16 and older.
Organisers are also seeking to attract visitors from outside of Saudi Arabia by stating that ticket-buyers from outside the country will be able to obtain a visa within three minutes by using an online e-visa system.
The festival, to be televised on MTV, will also feature British musician Liam Payne and American DJ Steve Aoki, according to local media.
Festival Organiser Robert Quirke, President of Roqu Media International, told the Arab News website “she (Minaj) is going to be actively on her social media, she'll be posting right from the stage in Jeddah and at her hotel in Jeddah.
"Everyone is going to know that Nicki Minaj has landed in Saudi Arabia."
Quirke added “what we are doing specifically, is creating a world-class live music international festival in the city of Jeddah. It’s an outdoor music festival, on a similar scale to iconic festivals in different countries around the world.
“What makes this project unique among every other project in Jeddah this year, is that this is produced specifically for global TV broadcast, and that’s really special.”
The performance in the Kingdom, which forbids alcohol and has a strict social code, comes as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pursues a liberalisation agend that has led to new cinemas, concerts and sporting events.
Raed Abuzinada, Sector Development Chief of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and Director General of Jeddah Season, also told the Arab News website “there is a stereotype of the Kingdom all over the world, and today it is disappearing. In its place is a new picture of the Kingdom, that accepts everyone.”
In January 2018, the ultra-conservative country reached a major landmark in its sporting history after the country allowed women to attend a football match unaccompanied for the first time. Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system had previously stated that the male family member - usually the father husband, or brother - had to give their permission for a woman to study, travel and take part in other activities.
In addition, the country has taken a number of steps to encourage greater gender equality as part of its ongoing ‘Vision 2030’ plan, which also included lifting a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia.
Jeddah is generally acknowledged as Saudi Arabia’s most liberal city.
Images: Nicky Minaj on stage (top) and the King Abdullah Sports Stadium (below).
30th October 2017 - Saudi Arabia to allow women to attend stadium-based sport
11th October 2017 - Saudi Arabia reveals US$2.7 billion plan to expand entertainment sector
7th July 2014 - Saudi Arabia announces plans to build 11 stadia
19th November 2013 - Majority of Saudis favour women’s right to sports
28th February 2013 - Saudi Arabia earns $16.5 billion from religious tourism
12th November 2012 - Perth Arena opens in spectacular style
25th February 2010 - Saudi Arabia to build $13 billion ‘tourist city’ on Gulf coast
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
HQH Fitness is an international company that specialises in improving the health, fitness and wellness of people everywhere. We are the South Pacific distributors for Total Gym/GRAVITY Education and…read more
TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide. Our…read more
Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/read more
Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…read more
BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…read more
Since 1989 Elite Pool Covers have designed and manufactured an extensive range of high quality affordable manual,semi-automatic and fully-automatic pool cover systems for the harsh Australian…read more
Recreation Management Software for managing all your program registrations, facility bookings, membership pass sales and Point of Sale; including detailed reporting, automated customer communication…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!