International superstars wow fans at Saudi Arabia’s biggest music festival

US superstar Janet Jackson. (AFP)

American superstar Janet Jackson and British pop artist Liam Payne were among the A-list musicians that wowed fans at Saudi Arabia’s biggest music festival on Thursday.

The music festival in Jeddah also featured household names such as American rapper 50 Cent, DJ Steve Aoki, R&B artist Chris Brown, rappers Tyga and Future, and DJs R3wire and Varski MC.

Tickets to the concert had sold out in just four hours after going on sale. A video posted on Jeddah Season’s Twitter page showed crowds rushing into one of Virgin Megastore’s branches in the city when tickets went on sale.

The performances marked the end of the Jeddah Season: Sea & Culture entertainment festival. The six-week event, taking place from June 8 to July 18, offered visitors an array of activities, performances, events, and culinary experiences with the aim of boosting the city’s tourism.

Fans shared footage of the lively performances on social media.

The international performers took the stage at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium. The concert began at 9 p.m. and ended at 3:30 a.m.

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