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Olivia Stock
22 June 2023, 12:06

UNTOLD Festival announces Dubai edition for 2024

UNTOLD’s new chapter was launched with a record-breaking performance by van Buuren on the Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa lit up with the UNTOLD logo

UNTOLD Festival has announced that it will make its Middle East debut in February 2024 at Expo City Dubai, UAE.

To launch the inaugural chapter, UNTOLD teamed up with Dutch DJ Armin Van Buuren and the Burj Khalifa for a world-record performance on the tallest building on the planet and used the entire building as a LED backdrop for the show. The filmed world-record special will be available to watch later this summer.

The DJ line-up for the first-of-its-kind super festival is yet to be revealed, but van Buuren who has been a part of the festival since its inception in Romania in 2015, promises it will be “something special.” 

“There's an unbelievably strong connection between myself, UNTOLD festival and its fans,” said van Buuren. “I don't think I've ever felt as alive as I do on stage at UNTOLD, and that makes this upcoming show at UNTOLD Dubai incredibly exciting.”

Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), also commented, “Hosting events like UNTOLD at Expo City Dubai is the perfect way to demonstrate the city's capability to host  mega-events, further   reinforcing its position as an international events hub in line with the ambition of our visionary leadership to make Dubai the best city in the world to visit, live and work in.”

“I’m thrilled to be playing atop the Burj Khalifa and look forward to breaking two world records by doing what I love the most: playing music to all the fans that are so precious to me,” he said.

UNTOLD Festival is the largest electronic music festival held in Romania, held annually in Cluj-Napoca at the Cluj Arena. In Romania, the festival has attracted big names from the electronic music scene including David Guetta, Major Lazer, Tiesto, Don Diablo, and Oliver Heldens. UNTOLD organisers are currently gearing up for the festival’s return to the Romanian city in celebration of its 5th anniversary, with headliners including Alesso, Martin Garrix, and recent DJ Mag cover star, Amelie Lens.

Fans can register for tickets by visiting UNTOLD Dubai’s website here.