Thousands poured back onto the Atlantis beach for another instalment of the mammoth beach party last weekend, which saw a raft of big names and varying genres line up to entertain the masses (we'd guess it was as much as 90 percent full). Dreadlocked Brit singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner kicked off proceedings in the sunset slot, getting the crowds singing along to his ‘Dream Catch Me’ as well as an encore rendition of 'Bohemian Rhapsody', before sidling off stage to chat and pose for pictures with waiting fans. A big gear shift followed with Leftfield’s ‘Release the Pressure’, which provided the evening’s biggest dose of nostalgia, closely followed, of course, by Stereophonics’ sing-along-heavy set. With impressive energy, pint-sized frontman Kelly Jones showed off his powerful vocals ('Like Rod Stewart, but better!' we heard one crowd member swoon), belting out a stack of the band’s best-known hits, including ‘The Bartender and the Thief’, ‘Just Looking', ‘Have a Nice Day’ and ‘Dakota’. The Welshmen set the bar high for the next headliner: Benny Benassi. The 40-something Italian dance legend grinned his way through a long and generous set, even somehow managing to simultaneously shout into his mobile phone at one point. Thankfully, it seemed that security were quicker at frogmarching misbehaving revellers to the gates this time around - and taxi and bus services seemed to run pretty smoothly. All in all, another night the Sandance team can notch up as a success.

The Lowdown
Event: Sandance
When: Friday November 9
Where: Sandance Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah