Benny Benassi, Armind van Buuren, Ferry Corsten in the running...
Time Out Dubai staff
2manydjs at Trilogy Born as a side project from influential Belgium electro group Soulwax, today it’s the deck-side 2manjydjs who are in demand – which made this September 30 return to Trilogy one to remember.
Above & Beyond at Sandance NYE, Atlantis In a climate where house is said to be taking over, 2011 was a very good year for trance in Dubai – and it ended in the best possible way, with a challenging set of mainly new material from super duo Above & Beyond at Sandance NYE.
Armin van Buuren at Peppermint Experience, Dubai World Trade Centre Trance legend van Buuren – a triple-winner of DJ Mag’s coveted number one in the world accolade – returned from a memorable Dubai NYE bash in 2009-10 to better himself when seeing in 2012.
Ferry Corsten at Dubai World Trade Centre Another Dutch trance legend to make the cut was Corsten, who helped see in the post-summer blues with a downtown set on September 9.
Gramophonedzie at Nasimi Beach Full Moon Party Upcoming Serbian DJ, best known for 2010 hit single ‘Why Don’t You’, headlined a memorable Full Moon Party back in March last year.
Groove Armada at Sandance, Atlantis With four fantastic Sandance festival hosted at Nasimi last year, there are almost too many highlights to choose – but credit (and a second annual nomination) goes to GA for bringing in their ambitious retro rave-themed Red Light project on November 18.
Seb Fontaine at Meydan World Cup Former Cream and Radio 1 resident Fontaine was a surprise announcement at Meydan in March last year.
Steve Bug at Trilogy Despite attracting leading international names on a weekly basis, people are still talking about the buzz when Bug visited Ill Communications at Trilogy – on a Monday night – back in October 25.
Ultra Raisani ft. Danny Rampling at Sanctuary Celebrating their eighth birthday last year, homegrown Raisani Records, founded by Emirati Haneef Raisani, have plenty to brag about – but bringing over Brit rave founding father Rampling to Sanctuary (now n’Dulge) in March last year ranks among their greatest recent achievements.
We Are 7 Peppermint Experience with Benny Benassi at Dubai World Trade Centre As well as enticing over Ibiza folklore legend Luciano and a certain Dutch DJ (see elsewhere on this list), the prop-heavy Peppermint team celebrated their seventh birthday in style with a set from Italian ‘Satisfaction’ star Benassi.