The city's best gigs and club nights for November 17-23
Aks Music from DJ Zubair and DJ Manoj. Dhs100, free for couples until midnight, free all night for ladies. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Elegante, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 571 5745).Aperitivo Alla Moda Party The house DJs spin eclectic funk grooves. Free. 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. M-Dek, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (050 876 4335).Bar Rumba presents Nicola Conte Starting his musical career as a classically-trained jazz revivalist, Conte has gone on to DJ, working with Blue Note and Putumayo records, and building a reputation for incorporating bossa nova and film themes into break beats and acid jazz. Here he helps re-launch Latin, jazz and trip hop night Bar Rumba after a lengthy abscence. Dhs100. 10pm-2am. M-Dek, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (050 725 8277).
Chuckie, Madjam, Jade and Brute Force The ‘King of Mixing’ Dutch DJ Chuckie – currently ranked by DJ Mag as 32nd best in the world – heads a bill that includes two of Beirut’s best, Madjam and Jade, plus India’s Brute Force. Earlier in the evening the night will see Dubai’s best budding DJ crowned at the grand final of the Pioneer DJ-ME DJ Championship. Dhs100, free for ladies before 11pm. 8pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Club Anthems Commercial house and R&B from Greg Stainer, Andy Swift and Mr Hush. Dhs100, free for men until midnight, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Franck Amsallem Trio The touring French jazz pianist plays a show accompanied by Sylvain Romano and Karl Jannuska. Dhs90. 8pm. Michel Chalhoub Auditorium, Alliance Française Dubai, Street 18, Oud Methna, www.afdubai.com (04 335 8712).
Gyptian Roots reggae singer Gyptian will be flying straight from Jamaica to perform hits ‘Hold Yuh’, ‘Serious Time’, ‘Nah Let Go’ and ‘Beautiful Lady’. Support comes from Omani R&B singer Danzak, with DJ Teddy Jam and MC Money Plus. Dhs150 regular; Dhs250 VIP. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Jamrock Resident DJs Brooklyn and Taz play a selection of R&B, hip hop, soca, reggae, dance hall and funky house. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis World Trade Centre Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.sublimebar.com (04 318 7130).
MustHaveSoul with Boddhi Satva A man who’s been rocking dancefloors alongside the likes of Louie Vega makes his UAE debut with the MustHaveSoul team. Half-price selected drinks from 6pm-9pm. Free. 7pm-2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.musthavesoul.com (050 107 6405).
Nancy Ajram live Known as ‘the nightingale of the Arab world’, Lebanese star Ajram has sold more than 13 million albums worldwide. Dhs220-1,400. 7pm. Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah (055 418 1625), www.timeouttickets.com
No.1 Desi DJs Shadow and Hani Price play R&B and desi hits. Dhs100, free for ladies and couples all night. 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 604 0479).
One Sup drinks to the sounds of guest DJs. Free (reservation required). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Okku, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).
Pendulum DJ set Renowned techno-geek-pioneers Pendulum are known across the globe for their floor-shaking amalgamation of drum n’ bass and rock. Here core members El Hornet and MC Verse fly in to spin some undoubtedly heavy beats. Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs150 after. 9pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
People by Crystal DJ Anthony plays house and commercial tunes. Free, couples and reservations only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Raffles, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
The Laughter Factory with Mark Walker, Christian Reilly and Paul Zenon The regular night presents a trio of UK comics, headlined by prop-heavy Mark ‘The Man Who Fell to Mirth’ Walker. Dhs130. 9pm. Various locations until Friday 18. Al Thuruya Ballroom, Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM (04 355 1862), www.timeouttickets.com
Thursdays at Armani/Privé with DJ Bliss Dance to hip hop, R&B, house and electro-pop. Free, couples and guest list only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Thursday Night Live at Rare DJ Jean B is on the decks and Hush Bongos is on the drums at this stylish bar. Rare, Media Rotana Hotel, TECOM (055 505 7580).
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Nacho Marco Fresh from contributing a remix to Audio Tonic’s house label, Valencian DJ and producer Marco returns to 360° after a storming set last year. Free. 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.audiotonic.net (050 107 6405).
Resident DJs Shadow and Shobi play a desi night of Indian and fusion music. Free. 10pm-3am. Sublime,Ibis World Trade Centre Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.sublimebar.com (04 318 7130).
Eva Simons live
Dutch pop prince Simons, who rose to fame in 2004 after winning reality TV show Popstars, will (hopefully) be performing hit solo single ‘Silly Boy’. Dhs150. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeriah (050 565 5427).
A fusion of house and Arabic beats. Free, guest list and table reservations only. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika Lounge, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
The US R&B star promises performances of all the hits, including ‘So Anxious’, ‘Pony’ and ‘Tell Me Do U Wanna’. For more details, see Previews, page 102. Dhs100 for ladies, Dhs120 for men. 9pm-late. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, (04 337 9470), www.timeouttickets.com
Live Local, Loud! with Kerrie Ann
A new series of gigs under the stars presenting the region’s best home-grown talent, between sets by DJ Chris Rayner. Expect an eclectic mix of genres and performers. Free. 7.30pm-11.30pm. Pyramid Rooftop Gardens, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 347 7793).
La Traviata (in Forma Di Concerto)
Widely regarded as one of the most popular operas ever, this is a chance to see and hear Verdi’s epic La Traviata in a stripped-down concerto form, the score interpreted for just two pianos and voice. It’s performed by tenor Marc Heller, soprano Monica De Rosa McKay – a former pupil of Luciano Pavarotti – and baritone Daniel Giulianini. Dhs130-200. 8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com
People by Crystal
DJ Anthony plays house and commercial tunes throughout the night. Free, couples and reservations only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).Sandance featuring The Script, Groove Armada and more The fourth Sandance festival returns to Nasimi Beach with headline sets from Irish rock/pop trio The Script and Groove Armada’s new ‘Red Light’ stadium DJ set, plus an acoustic sunset performance by Australia’s Pete Murray, funk grooves from legendary DJ Norman Jay, electro from Sneaky Sound System and hard house from Funkagenda. Dhs200 in advance, Dhs250 on the door. 2pm-2am, Nasimi Beach, Palm Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
Hear classic hits, old-school and nu-school hip hop, R&B and reggae at this new al-fresco spot. There’s also happy hour from 6pm until 9pm, and a pint and shisha for Dhs60. Free. 1pm-3am. Ongoing. Sky Garden, Metropolitan Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 552 3507).The First Annual Caribbean Beach Bacchanal Experience Caribbean-themed food, drink, music, carnival dancing, activities and boat rides at this all-dayer, organised by Caribbean Vybez. Dancehall and reggae tunes will be provided by a string of acts, including live band Red Rat. This is the rescheduled event, originally due to be held last month. Dhs150-500. Noon-1am. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Jebel Ali (050 436 0891).
The Laughter Factory with Mark Walker, Christian Reilly and Paul Zenon
411 Saturdays DJ Bliss and Mr Shef Codes present a night of urban sounds. Free, couples and guest list only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).Aslan Named after fictional Narnia’s lion, Aslan burst out of impoverished Dublin suburbs in the early ’80s, celebrating their 30th birthday next year. Here they play an up-close-and-personal free gig. Free. 8pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
Hear R&B and funky house, while all ladies get two free drinks. Dhs100. Free for ladies and half price for Face card holders all night. Open 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
It’s all about music, sun, swimming and dancing at this weekly ‘ladies’ day’, where the fairer sex get two complimentary drinks upon arrival. Free. Noon-6pm. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
DJ T-Rek plays commercial old-school, R&B, hip hop and reggae, and ladies get free drinks until midnight. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Time Café, Ramee Royal Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 845 3545).
MustHaveSoul presents Eclectic Circle
Expect choice cuts of funk, Northern soul, ska, reggae, lounge, Motown, Balearica and house, with half-price drinks from 4pm until 7pm. Free. 4pm-2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.musthavesoul.com (050 107 6405).Scene Enjoy Nobu sushi in the new Ultra Lounge as resident DJs provide beats to keep you moving. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).Unplugged Local acts and DJs including Noush Like Sploosh, Hamdan Al-Abri, Adam Shero, Rone Jaxx, Aaron and Ziriub play at this cherry-picked accoustic night. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis Hotel, Dubai World Trade Centre (050 436 0891).
Amika Intimo Stop by to hear fresh beats from the resident DJ. Free, guest list and reservations only. 8pm-3am. Amika, The Monarch Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).Bikers’ night at Long’s Whether you’re a biker or just an enthusiast, you can take advantage of drinks deals including selected mixed drinks for Dhs30. Club members and real bikers get 20 per cent off standard drinks, plus there’s one free drink for club members. Free. 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Long’s Bar, Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 312 2202).Crash Party A popular Persian night with DJ Divan, with free drinks for ladies before 1am. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Elegante, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).L.O.V.E. Sundays DJ Marshall plays electro-chic sounds until 3am. Free (reservation required). Open 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Okku, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).
Maxx Music Bar & Grill Karaoke Night
A karaoke night hosted by RJ Kirsty Meyer, with free short drinks for all singers. Free. 9pm ’til late. Ongoing. Citymax Hotel Al Barsha (04 409 8000).Sunday Sirens Ladies Night Retro ’80s, ’90s and current hits reverb around the beach at this high-end ladies night: ladies can enjoy three glasses of bubbly for free. Free. 6pm-3am, XL Beach Club, Harbour Grand Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
Expect a night of urban sounds at this aptly-named weekly club night. Free. Open 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Pulse, Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai (04 358 2090).
Biggles Quiz Night Rounds include photo quizzes and creative competitions with everything from sausage balloons to plasticine, plus Dhs1,000 cash for the winner. Free. From 8.30pm. Ongoing. Biggles, Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud (04 282 3464).Chris Michael The former New York session drummer debuts a new sextet in Dubai – expect jazz, funk, Latin and flamenco. Dhs50. 7.30pm. The Fridge, Al Quoz 4 (04 347 7793).
Step out onto the terrace or relax in the new lounge and enjoy Nobu sushi as resident DJs provide beats. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).Guantanmera Latino Night DJ Udia and DJ Margerita hit the decks every Monday, with salsa dance classes from Familia de la Salsa for Dhs40 from 8.30pm onwards. Ladies get two free drinks all night. Free. 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis Hotel Dubai World Trade Centre (050 277 7475).
Put on your best fancy dress, because there’s a prize for best dressed – the winner receives four bottles of hops, a bottle of grape or five shots. Also on Tuesdays. Free. 10pm-midnight. Ongoing. Harry Ghatto’s, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8088).Think Twice DJ Neil-T and MC Money plus spin R&B, funky house and more, plus there’s a buy one, get one free offer on selected drinks. Dhs100, free for ladies and couples. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Elegante, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).
Trivia night with Rob Kaye
Win prizes at this quiz. Ladies get drinks for Dhs10 all night, and there are special discounts for teachers and nurses. Free. From 8pm. Ongoing. Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza Hotel, Satwa (04 398 2222).
360° ladies’ night The fairer sex enjoy two-for-one deals all night, while gents can enjoy deals on hops. Free. 6pm-2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
A night of music and art collaboration
Local musicians including Hamdan Al-Abri and Noush Like Sploosh play this global creative showcase, which brings Dubai and Thai artists together to create a large-scale art display. RSVP essential. Free. 7pm-1am. Royal Majlis, Emirates Golf Club, www.tigertranslate-me.com (no number).Fly A night of R&B and urban sounds. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).Haute People by Crystal with DJ Bliss The Emirati DJ presents a night of top urban tracks. Free. 11pm-3am. Ongoing People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Expect hip hop, R&B and dance from local DJs DJ Kirk and Mr Shef Codes on rotation, plus monthly guests. Dhs60. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).Retrospect DJs Tristan Bain and Stickman play everything from retro-tastic music from the ’60s to Ibiza classics. It’s two-for-one on mixed drinks from 8pm-11pm for ladies, plus the first 11 groups of six or more ladies get a free bottle. Free. 7pm-2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405).Urban Mashup Old-school and new urban sounds with DJ Andy Swift and Rone Jaxx. Dhs50, free for men until midnight, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Chocolate Hip hop and R&B tracks, with free chocolate all night. Dhs75, ladies free. Open 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).Elegante Wednesdays DJ Neil-T, DJ Josh and MC Money Plus present R&B, funky house and commercial hits. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Elegante, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).GlitterBaby A day and night of R&B and house, with half-price drinks for ladies before noon. Free. Noon-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Harbour Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
All three rooms of the newly revamped club are open for this weekly Persian night. Dhs100, ladies free before 11pm. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).Über Wednesdays ÜberDubai hosts this night with music from DJ Eli Abi. Free. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika Lounge, The Monarch Dubai (04 354 4005).