The return of Sandance, glow-in-the-dark party and more
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 8 Glow at Media One The whole of Media One’s Level 41 venue will be flooded with UV lights for this one-off party, with glow-in-the-dark drinks at the bar, plus free glowsticks and face paint. Expect commercial house and more from DJs Benyamin and Kel on the decks. Dhs100 (ladies free before 10pm). 9pm-3am. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (050 654 4920).
Thursday 8-Friday 9 The Christians at Century Village Liverpudlian brother act The Christians – known for a flurry of soul-rock singles in the late ’80s, such as ‘Forgotten Town’ and ‘Ideal World’ – play two free outdoor gigs. Free. 9pm. Century Village, Garhoud (04 282 4122).
Thursday 8 The Revenge at Story Rooftop The scene-stealing heavyweight at the forefront of the modern nu-disco revival, The Revenge guests for Reade St, plus Matthew Charles and Conan Liquid. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Knowledge Village (050 566 3453).
Friday 9 Sandance at Atlantis After a notable hiatus Dubai’s biggest beach festival returns for the first time in 2014 with a typically huge and markedly retro-focused, line-up. Top billing goes to iconic dance-pop duo Pet Shop Boys and Brit big beat DJ Fatboy Slim, returning to the sands almost exactly two years since playing 2012’s season closer. At sunset you can expect the grooves of classic, soulful hip-hop troupe Arrested Development – always fantastic live – with painfully chirpy indie boys Scouting for Girls after dark. Also performing are top South African jazz-influenced dance duo Goldfish, Saudi DJ Omar Basaad and the UAE’s Hollaphonic. Dhs300-450. 3pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah www.timeouttickets.com.
Friday 9 Pinoy Rock Festival This celebration of international Filipino heaviness stars Slapshock, Siakol, Barbie Almalbis (Barbie’s Cradle), The Youth and local heroes Tsinelaz. Dhs125-200. 5pm. Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha.
Friday 9 Cinco de Mayo party at IZEL The Latin venue will be serving a set menu and à la carte dinner options with live music in celebration of this Mexican festival. Dhs380 per person (three courses and two beverages). 6.30pm-3am. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7444).
Saturday 10 Shop at Prime Dubai market Held on the second Saturday of every month, this market offers a platform for young designers to showcase their latest designs. Free. 3pm-9pm. Until May 10. Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (no number).
Saturday 10 Mashallah News book launch The Middle East- focussed media platform Mashallah News is launching its new book, Beirut Re-collected, featuring stories from the Lebanese capital. Free. 5pm-8pm. The Archive, Safa Park, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).
Saturday 10 Padel tennis free trials Why not think about signing up for a free trial of padel tennis. Padel is a mix of tennis and squash, played in doubles format. Call or register your details online. Free trial. Sat 10.30am. Ongoing. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.realracquetacademy.com (04 380 5424).
Saturday 10 (Ongoing) UAEs Night Creatures Check out the newest addition to the Underwater Zoo, ‘UAE’s Night Creatures’, where you can learn about the creatures that thrive in the desert including Arabian toads, camel spiders and even hedgehogs. Dhs70 per adult, Dhs55 for kids aged three-12 for a combo Aquarium tunnel and underwater zoo ticket. Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Ongoing. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).