Duffy, Razorlight, Megadeth and much more on a huge weekend
Armani/Privé presents Bellissimo Hear deep, tech and vocal house from Roberto Mermand, Darko De Jan and VDJ barbu.tv. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Grand Oktoberfest at Grand Hyatt Dubai
Now in its sixth year, the Grand Hyatt’s Oktoberfest tent offers meat, litre jugs of hops and live music every night. Free; food and drink à la carte. Sat-Wed 7pm-1am; Thu-Fri 7pm-2am. Until October 27. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2271).
Movida Industry Night House, R&B and chart fare at this weekly night. Free (reservations only). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
Think Twice at Mansion A new house night at the Bur Dubai club from DJs Afroboogie and Hugh Santos. Free. 9pm-3am. Mansion, Meliá Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 144 0753).
Aks Thursday Velvet Underground residents DJs Manoj and Shadow play desi hits and more. Free for ladies and couples before midnight, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 571 5745).
Avicii at Atlantis Beach
A week after Sandance, Avicii – aka Tim Berling, the man behind this year’s super smash ‘Levels’, and currently rated number six in the world by DJ Mag – takes to Sandance Beach to play the same spot. Dhs175-295. 7pm-3am. Sandance Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
Club Anthems at Zinc Commercial house classics from DJ Greg Stainer. Dhs100, free for ladies and couples before midnight. 9pm-3am. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Deep Crates at Casa Latina Expect funk, soul, hip-hop, Afrobeat and more eclectic musical nuggets at this vinyl-centric night. Free. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Megadeth at Gulf Bike Week Heavy-metal monsters Megadeth headline the opening of two nights of gigs at Gulf Bike Week, with support from local progressive metallers Absolace and childish punks Sandwash. Dhs300-500. 7.30pm. Festival Park, Festival City, www.gulfbikeweek.com.
Movida Resident DJ Mitchell spins. Free (reservations only). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
MustHaveSoul Soundsystem with Charles Webster at 360° Brit deep-house pioneer Webster is a favourite of the MustHaveSoul team, which makes him the perfect choice for the first international guest of the season at thisnew Soundsystem night. The event features funk and disco down below, alongside trademark soulful house up above. Free (guestlist only). 6pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Oktoberfest at Sheraton JBR Say ‘Prost!’ with unlimited Bavarian meat and hops, live music and more. Sun-Wed Dhs165, Thu-Sat Dhs185. 7pm-late. Until October 20. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (04 399 5533).
Only at Armani/Privé Urban hits from Mass Ramli and the Only team. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Republique There’s a ‘no house music’ policy on Thursdays, with DJ DC playing old-school retro and alternatives tunes. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).
Thrust at Alegra DJ Enzo is behind the decks at this commercial night. Free (couples and mixed groups only; reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 246 4555).
Thursdays at Mahiki Expect a lively post-work crowd at this popular Polynesian club. Free. 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
WeLoveDubai at Trilogy Back-to-back sets from visiting guest DJs Nic Fanciulli and Robert Dietz. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Wild Nights at The Living Room R&B, commercial hits and more. Free (door policy applies). 9pm-3am. The Living Room, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (056 674 2981).
Aks Xclusive DJ Zubair hosts this new weekly desi night. Free for ladies and couples before midnight, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Mansion, Meliá Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 571 5745).
Atelier/Festival with 50 Cent, Duffy, Nelly and more
With a capacity of 25,000 guests, Atelier’s second Dubai festival promises to be one of the biggest events of the year, with a bill topped by rapper 50 Cent, fragile soulstress Duffy and R&B star Nelly. There are also sets to look forward to from LMFAO’s Skyblu, ‘Goodies’ singer Ciara, Craig ‘Re-Rewind’ David, perpetual chart guest vocalist Eva Simons and Swiss DJ Antoine – and now Erick Morillo. Dhs350-1,250. 2pm-3am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.timeouttickets.com
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions at 360° with Maxxi Soundsystem Audio Tonic brings out deep-house talent Sam Watts for his Dubai debut. Watts has a residency at Groove Armada’s Lovebox club night and is a favourite of influential radio DJ Pete Tong. He’ll play on the roof at 8pm, with JC tackling sundown and Vas Floyd spinning later upstairs, while residents Megadon Betamax and Russ Cooper take care of the party vibes downstairs. Free (guestlist only). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Bassworx Halloween Freaks Edition Expect dubstep and drum’n’bass, with free short drinks and a bottle for the best-dressed freak (despite the fact Halloween is more than a week away). Free. 7pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (04 341 7750).
Blue Marlin The trendy Ibiza-inspired members’ beach club is the place to see and be seen. Members and members’ guests only. 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Daughtry and Razorlight at Gulf Bike Week Former American Idol contestant turned pop/rock hitmaker Chris Daughtry brings his eponymous band to town, while Johnny Borrell presents a newly formed version of his Brit-indie quartet – best known for anthemic super-hit ‘America’. Support comes from reliable rockers Juliana Down. Dhs300-500. 7.30pm. Festival Park, Festival City, www.gulfbikeweek.com.
DUST presents Bull Funk Zoo at The Music Room DUST keeps things local, hosting a live band for the first time in Bull Funk Zoo, a funk-rock sextet originally assembled to be Jambase’s house band (although they’ve since parted company), who are said to now be working on original material. Regulars Wriggly Scott, James Locksmith and Megadon Betamax supply the beats. Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (050 248 4054).
Entourage with DJ GQ at Club Sensation A versatile decksmith and MC, DJ GQ (real name Kristopher Cottrell) has shared a stage with the likes of Pitbull, Busta Rhymes and G Unit. Here he plays fresh night Entourage, with warm-up from Dev Master, Tribe and MC Money. Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 9pm-3am. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 675 0816).
Hangover Fridays at Chi Chi’s new night continues with a mixed bag of music. Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (050 957 7140).
i2 Dance to a gaggle of ’80s tunes – and giggle at dated music videos – at this quirky boutique club. Free (guestlist recommended). 7pm-2am. The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, (050 889 2578).
Jose Padilla at Karma Kafé Café del Mar’s DJ Padilla, from Spain, serves up easy-going ambient grooves to drinkers and diners. Free (reservations recommended). 7pm-3am. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0909).
Massive R&B at Club Silk A fresh club night playing urban tunes. Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Club Silk, Grand Excelsior Hotel, Barsha (04 444 9999).
No.1 Fridays N’Dulge regulars DJ Masterstepz and Schooly spin R&B hits. Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
People by Crystal An award-winning, glitzy superclub that’s well worth a weekend visit. Expect a mix of house and R&B tunes. Free (couples and reservations only). 10pm-3am. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Rehab launch with Judge Jules at XL Beach Club Legendary Brit DJ Jules flies in to launch XL’s new weeklyclub night. Expect Jules to take to the stage late in the evening to spin his trademark timeless trance, while doors open early in the day for a poolside party hangout. Dhs150; free before 6pm. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
Rony Afif Quartet at Blue Bar Bop standards and more from the best regular jazz night in the city. Free. 10pm-1.30am Ongoing. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre (04 332 0000).
Sunstroke at Club Silk Resident DJ Jack Woodcock and a special guest spin at this house night, organised by boat party specialist Sunstroke. Dhs100 (free for ladies before midnight and men before 11pm). 10pm-3am. Club Silk, Grand Excelsior Hotel, Al Barsha (055 750 7882).
Upstairs at Republique Expect live music or comedy upstairs, while DJ Shef Codes and DC spin urban, old-school and chart hits down below. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).
DJ Whoo Kid plays 411 Saturdays at People by Crystal With his boss in Dubai to play at Atelier on Friday, 50 Cent’s official DJ – the charmingly named Whoo Kid – earns an extra buck on the side joining DJ Bliss and the 411 team at this award-winning urban night. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).
Infusion’s Entra Mi Casa
Infusion’s new Saturday night features deep Afro, Latin and soul house on the roof, with old-school funk and soul grooves downstairs from the team behind MoFunk. Free (guestlist only). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Money $wagg Power Saturdays at Velvet Underground DJ Crown Prince spins at this obnoxious night of urban mash-ups. Reservations only. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 508 5260).
Saturday Salsa Fever at Malecon Salsa and Latin from DJ Udia early on, with R&B, Reggaetron and house later from DJ Diego. Hone your skills with salsa lessons at 8.30pm (beginners) and 9.30pm (intermediate). Free entry; lessons Dhs40 or free to diners. 8.30pm-3am. Malecon, Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (04 34 61111).
The Grill This lively sports radio show on Dubai Eye is broadcast every week live from Barasti, hosted by Time Out columnist Tom Bushell, with panellists including Brian Murgatroyd, Ben Jacobs, Marc Archer and Damian Brandy. Free. 5pm-8pm. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).
The Music Room hosts Shine Hear the rockin’ house band play everything from Guns N’ Roses to Michael Jackson. Free. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (050 453 9727).
XO Saturdays at Armani/Privé Urban night with Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and more. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Amika Intimo A selection of fresh beats at this popular lounge bar. Free (guest list and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Gli Incogniti with Amandine Beyer
This chamber ensemble, founded by violinist Beyer in 2006, is known for programming baroque works for violins, viola da gamba, harpsichord and theorbo – a stringed instrument similar to a lute. Expect to hear pieces by Nicola Matteis and Henry Purcell. Free (limited tickets from 7.50pm). 8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Swagger Sundays at Kiza
African beats, hip-hop and R&B from DJs Tribe and Kulcha. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Kiza Restaurant & Lounge, The Lodge, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).
Bidi Bondi quiz night Prize vouchers worth up to Dhs700 are up for grabs at this weekly battle of wits. Free (reservations recommended). 7.30pm. Bidi Bondi, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
Biggles’ quiz night
A jackpot prizeof Dhs1,500 worth of vouchers is on offer for the winning team. Free. 7pm. Ongoing. Biggles, Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud (04 702 8844).
Manic Monday at Zinc Chart hits. Dhs75, free for ladies 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).
Monday Night Funnies desi comedy night A one-off celebration of desi comedy with guests including Rohit Jayakaran of City 101.6 FM; Pawan Manghnani, a former Showdown competition winner; and international headlining act Sorabh Pant from India’s Comedy Store. Dhs75. 9pm. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
R&B Mondays at Velvet Underground DJs Shero and Stylez man the decks. Dhs100 for men, free for ladies and Face Card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).
Lisa & Stoyan at The Fridge Expect dramatic, rousing piano-pop from this duo. Dhs50. 7.30pm. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).
1Up Karaoke Night There are more than 70,000 tracks to chose from, and five free drinks for every lady through the door. Free. 8pm-late. 1Up, Boutique 7 Hotel, TECOM (04 448 7928).
Clinton Sparks at People by Crystal
Grammy Award-winning producer and DJ Sparks is known for working with A-list hip-hop talent including Akon, Pitbull, Ludacris, Rick Ross and The Notorious B.I.G. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).
Devine Night at Oeno
Sample some high-end grape – if you buy two glasses, you get the bottle free. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. The Westin Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh (04 511 7136).
The Ivy hosts live jazz
Expect a soothing saxophonist accompanied by backing tracks. Free. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8767).
Pure at Armani/Privé
A night of urban/house fusion from top resident DJs Darko De Jan, Skinny Loop and VDJ barbu.tv. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
The Social at Ruth’s Chris Lounge
A new night at this stylish lounge, attached to the renowned steak restaurant, aimed at the post-work crowd, with house tunes from DJs Buff Wise and Yazz, and drinks deals from 7pm until 9pm. Free. 7pm-3am. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Marina (04 454 9538).