Nightlife events in Dubai
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A Tribute to Glee and other Gleeful Tunes!
Dhs195. 4pm and 7.30pm. Until April 29. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
Audio Tonic presents Tom Budden
Brit house talent Budden boasts a driving sound.
Free (guestlist only). 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
Bass and Beats
Hear urban tunes in the club from DJ Mo Tiger, DJ Badir and Flow Master J, plus retro club hits in Chi Red from DJ Mylo and DJ DLB.
Free for ladies, couples and mixed groups, Dhs100 for men. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 354 3131).
The team behind AudiOasis launch a brand new night promising a ‘full 360° spectrum of bass music’ from DJs Mr Gremlin, Somalie and Kymera. To get the party started, groups of 10 arriving before 10pm get a free bottle of Russian liquid.
Free before 1am, Dhs50 after with one drink. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 341 7750).
The first Dubai incarnation of The Do-Over – a ‘backyard boogie’ established in LA in 2005 – arrives at XL with sets from ‘I Need a Dollar’ man Aloe Blacc, King Britt, Rich Media, Cosmo Baker and founders Jamie Strong and Chris Haycock. DJ Jazzy Jeff is a fan of these informal, culture-blending mashups, so get involved. Brunch is served 1pm-4pm.
Dhs125. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).
Recently named Time Out Dubai’s best house night, iLL Communications hosts top international and local talent on a weekly basis in club Trilogy.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6917).
Urban grooves all night from this club’s resident DJs. Expect a mixed crowd.
Dhs100, free for ladies and couples before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot, Bur Dubai (050 8573 802).
Do You Remember 2?
The big oldies Jamaican beach party Expect a day of reggae grooves alongside Caribbean food, drink and dance.
Dhs150. 5pm-midnight. Club Joumana, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, www.timeouttickets.com
A fusion of house and Arabic beats.
Free, guestlist and table reservations only. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika Lounge, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Hed Kandi presents World Series
Andy Daniels and Aimee Jay headline, alongside Marty Metcalf, Venus, Rohan Nunez, Tom Ferguson and Dave Soto, at the latest incarnation of this world-renowned club night.
Free. 11am-3am. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina (04 399 3333).
Russian hip-hop trio Krec perform for the first time in Dubai, with vinyl-scratchin’ warm-up from DJ Nik.
Dhs150. 10.30pm-3am. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 115 2544).
This award-winning, well-attended indie night welcomes veteran UK DJ and Trilogy resident Conan Manchester into the fold, promising an eclectic set veering from ’70s rock to ’90s hip-hop, plus a stint behind the decks from founder Andy Buchan. We’re promised fresh screen projections too, with Team America, Dangermouse, MASK and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure all mentioned.
Free. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Check out Dubai’s most exclusive club on a buzzing Friday night.
Free. Guestlist and reservations only. 11pm-3am. Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
Urban night playing the latest R&B hits.
Dhs100 (ladies free before midnight). 10.30pm-3am. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Funky Fridays Resident DJ Jack n’ Junior Rodriguez spins funk, soul, disco and old school house, with free drinks for ladies from 8pm to midnight.
Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Currently holidaying in Dubai, UK Radio 1 legend Scott Mills is playing a one-off set of beach rhythms, with warm-up from resident Phil Richardson.
Free. 5pm-late. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa (04 814 5555).
Sole DXB Sneaker Summit
The Middle East’s ‘only sneaker festival’ – ‘trainers’ to Brits – features 12 hours of live music from local heroes including Hamdan Al-Abri, Beat Antenna, Employees of the Month, Mr Shef Codes, Underground Procedures and Big Mo, as well as sneaker-themed films, live customisation and more.
Free. Noon-midnight. Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.soledxb.com (no number).
South Africa Freedom Day with Goldfish
Fresh from rocking Atlantis beach at Sandance last November, quirky jazz-infused dance duo Goldfish – who litter their catchy tunes with live horn improvs – return to celebrate the 18th anniversary of post-apartheid elections in their homeland. Support comes from Charl Chaka, Just Lance, Nthayi and Smokingroove, plus expect traditional South African food and drink.
Dhs100. 3pm-2am. Sandance Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).
UAE Metal Monsters
Expect some seriously heavy headliners at this local showcase, including Iron Maiden and Metallica tribute band Maidenica (see what they did there?), Fadi Al Shami, Michael Al Asmer, Alaa Abu Saada, Nadeem Bibby and Imad Dahleh. The gig takes place in the bar formally known as Aussie Legends, now named Champs.
Dhs50. 9pm-3am. Champs Bar, Chelsea Plaza Hotel (formerly Rydges Plaza Hotel), Satwa (04 398 2222).
R&B and hip-hop tunes spun by the house DJs.
Dhs100, free for men until midnight, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Deep, tech and progressive house from residents Darko De Jan, Patrik Carrera, Roberto Mermand and VDJ barbu.tv.
Free. 10pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
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