Superstar British DJ behind the decks at the XL Beach Club
Time Out Dubai staff
The lowdown What: Rehab with Paul Oakenfold When: Friday February 22 Where: XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa
He’s the DJ who’s done everything – worked on a Bond theme, toured with Madonna and headlined Glastonbury – but now in his 50th year, it’s easy to doubt old Oakey’s relevance. ‘I liked him back in the day,’ laughed one friend ahead of his umpteenth visit to Dubai, implying poor Paul is all but washed up for good. Thankfully, said friend was wrong: taking to the decks just before midnight at XL, Oakenfold gave an assured set that strafed genres and sounds ably – and drove the crowd lovably nuts.