2024-05-23

Your complete guide to Azimuth 2023

From the stellar line-up to accommodation options and where to find curated culinary experiences, here’s all you need to know about Azimuth 2023


It’s about to get loud in AlUla

Returning to Saudi’s breathtaking, ancient landscape for its second edition, Azimuth is set to unfold over the Saudi National Day weekend. The 2023 edition of this annual music festival will span two unforgettable days – from Thursday, September 21, to Friday, September 22.

Attendees will revel in performances by local and international artists, while surrounded by AlUla’s enchanting terrain.

From remarkable installations to captivating performances, Azimuth 2023 weaves together art, nature, and music, leaving you spellbound from sunset to sunrise. Beyond the music, you’ll have the chance to discover the region’s rich history and heritage.

Delve into different forms of artistic expression, from contemporary masterpieces to traditional crafts. There are also diverse dining options on the menu, as well as fireworks, desert nights, and a world where imagination (and music) knows no bounds. 

Save the date

Taking place over the Saudi National Day holiday, Azimuth 2023 is the perfect way to celebrate the weekend with friends.

This year’s festival is set to take place in Wadi Al Fann (the Valley of Art in English), situated within the ancient oasis city of AlUla, located in the northwest of Saudi. Mark your calendars for the two-day event, from September 21 to September 22.

Secure your spot

You can now purchase early bird general admission or premium tickets. General admission tickets grant access to the venue and stage area, while the premium tickets will offer a more exclusive experience, this ticket tier of course covers access access to the venue and stage areas, but also access to a premium lounge with complimentary food and drinks, premium toilets, and valet parking.

Early bird tickets are available on experiencealula.com, but there’s a catch: they will be released in limited numbers. To secure yours, make sure to book your slot early. Keep an eye out for the announcement of the release dates for these discounted tickets.

Prices start at SAR 665 for a single-day general admission pass and SAR 1,190 for a two-day general admission weekend pass. For the premium experience, a one-day pass costs SAR 1,400, and a full weekend premium pass costs SAR 2,450.

Discover the line-up 

With Peggy Gou and The Kooks just announced, this years line up is already hyping up festival-goers.

The upcoming music festival has revealed its initial line-up of artists, offering a fantastic mix of music styles for attendees to enjoy. The event will showcase 13 exciting regional acts: Cosmicat, Baloo, Vinyl Mode, BluePaper, Dish Dash, Kayan, Sokkary, Zone+, Dorar, NOMAD, Anmarz, Narkbeat, and DJB1. And that’s not all – stay tuned for the international line-up, which is yet to be unveiled, promising to bring even more dynamism to the festival.

Plan your travel

AlUla International Airport (ULH) now offers direct connectivity through Saudia, flynas, and flydubai, providing convenient travel options.

Azimuth 2023 ticket holders arriving at the airport can take advantage of an exclusive shuttle service that directly transports them to Winter Park in AlUla, making their journey seamless. To further enhance accessibility and convenience for festival-goers, additional flights have been scheduled in anticipation of the concert weekend.

For tourists’ convenience, the Azimuth bus service is available free of charge, transporting them from various venues to recommended accommodations in and around AlUla. There is also a hop-on, hop-off shuttle service, with Winter Park as its starting and termination point. The schedule timings for these services cater to the diverse needs and plans of tourists, ensuring a comfortable and flexible experience during their stay.

Where to stay

Banyan Tree AlUla

Located in Ashar Valley, Banyan Tree is an all-villa tented resort, with exteriors and interiors inspired by local Nabataean architecture. The resort offers three villa concepts – In Villa, In Valley, and En Voyage – with prices starting from SAR 2,250 per night. Visitors can unwind at the wellness spa, dive into the outdoor pool, and recharge with a yoga session.

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Habitas AlUla 

A sustainable and eco-conscious resort nestled in the desert canyons of Ashar Valley, Habitas AlUla boasts 96 guest rooms spread across three tiers: Celestial Villas, Alcove Villas, and Canyon Villas. Prices start from SAR 1,200 per night, and guests can enjoy its wellness and fitness centres, and the yoga deck. The resort also offers an inviting outdoor pool and an array of programs, including cultural walks, canyon trekking, yoga, meditation, and weekly outdoor cinema screenings.

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Shaden Resort 

This resort features 121 deluxe rooms and villas, private pool suites, and a royal suite with six bedrooms, catering to larger groups, with prices starting from SAR 800. Guests can delight in buggy tours, fruit picking, and thrilling zip lining adventures, all set amidst the extraordinary formations of AlUla.

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Sahary AlUla Resort 

This resort gives you 80 mudbrick-style rooms to choose from, including a superior suite, superior room, standard suite, standard room, and standard triple room. Each room comes with a private terrace and Wi-Fi for your convenience. Sahary also offers an indoor pool, as well as a Bedouin-inspired tent with desert-view fitness rooms, a pool table, and board games.

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Ashar Tented Resort

Inspired by Bedouin living and desert tones, Ashar comprises 44 luxury tents and villas. Guests can choose from one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom villa tents, all featuring ensuite bathrooms with walk-in showers, private terraces, and private pools.

What to eat

Entrecôte Café de Paris

With a venue located in AlUla’s Old Town, this celebrated restaurant – founded in 1930 in Geneva – provides a delightful dining experience, serving up the finest French cuisine. Treat yourself to its signature set menu, featuring the famous steak frites known for its secret sauce.

Somewhere

Embark on a culinary journey through an array of flavours at this Oasis Farm restaurant in AlUla. Indulge in delectable eats with a homey touch, such as the beetroot rice, wagyu bao, and kale tabouli salad.

Suhail

For an authentic local dining experience, visit this mudbrick Saudi restaurant located in the Old Town. Enjoy lunch and dinner in its inviting indoor or outdoor seating areas.

Azimuth 2023, September 21 & 22, AlUla
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