J-Lo, Gotye and Giles Peterson in a massive weekend
Adam Beyer at Trilogy Swedish DJ Beyer, an acclaimed ’90s techno talent and founder of Drumcode Records, returns to spin at Trilogy. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Aslan live at McGettigan’s To help the popular JLT drinking hole celebrate its second birthday, Irish rockers Aslan – known for hits such as ‘Crazy World’, ‘This Is’ and ‘Shine a Light’ – play a free gig. The band are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year with a huge tour and commemorative film. Free. 9pm. McGettigan’s, The Bonnington, JLT (04 356 0560).
Black Coffee at 360° South African house DJ Black Coffee, known for a warm, earthy sound, guests for Infusion, alongside The Cuban Brothers’ tour DJ Mo’Funk, plus locals Charl Chaka, Smokingroove and Paz. Free (guestlist recommended). 6pm-3am. 360° Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405).
Black live at the Hyatt Regency The unique All Blind Troupe perform a mix of music. Dhs75-250. 9pm. Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira, www.timeouttickets.com
Bliss on Soul with Barbara Tucker Following a delayed launch because of Superstorm Sandy, Bliss Lounge’s new series of outdoor gigs, entitled Bliss on Soul, gets going with a set from US house and soul singer Barbara Tucker. Expect cool tunes and a beach vibe. Free (guestlist and bookings). 7pm-3am. Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach, The Walk at JBR (04 399 5533).
Cirque du Soir Complete with jugglers, fire-breathers and dwarfs, theatrical nightspot Cirque du Soir is one of Dubai’s most exclusive clubs. Free (reservations recommended, door policy applies). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
Club Anthems at Zinc Commercial house classics from Greg Stainer. Dhs100, free for ladies and couples before midnight. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Deep Crates at Casa Latina Funk, soul, hip-hop, Afrobeat and more at this eclectic vinyl-centric night, hosted by Break DJ Lobito and his Deep Crates Cartel. Expect a beguiling selection of diverse tunes, some series scratching and a clued-up crowd at this top alternative night. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Domeland@Chi Dubai stalwart Chi hosts big parties in its new Domeland garden area every Thursday. Expect a lively crowd and urban-centric tunes. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Oud Metha (050 957 7142).
J-Lo live in Dubai International star Jennifer Lopez, who’s had an impressive 11 US top ten hits, performs on her Dance Again World Tour. Dhs295-1,495. Doors open 6pm, show starts 9pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.timeouttickets.com
Movida Resident DJ Mitchell spins. Free (reservations only). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
Only at Armani/Privé Expect commercial urban tunes from Mass Ramli, Darko De Jan and Patrick Carrera. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
People by Crystal This award-winning club is one of the hottest places in town. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).
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).
Verdi’s Rigoletto at Ductac Italian great Verdi’s legendary opera will be performed in stripped-down Forma di Concerto form for ten vocalists and musicians. Set in a world of princes, courtiers, jesters and maidens, the 1851 opera tells the tale of a court jester who uses his gift for humour as a weapon, destroying those most dear to him. Dhs160-250. 8pm, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Wild Nights at The Living Room Expect to hear R&B, house and more from this fresh night. Free (door policy applies). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (056 674 2981).
Zinc’s ten-year anniversary Zinc, in conjunction with Kinky Malinki, celebrates a decade of high times. Free for ladies and Face Card holders. 10pm ’til late. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).
Aks Xclusive DJ Zubair hosts this new weekly desi night. Free for ladies and couples before midnight, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Mansion, Meliá Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 571 5745).
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Noir at 360° Label boss of the eponymous Noir Music, expect deep but chunky beats from international DJ Noir. Residents Raxon and Tristan Bain also spin upstairs, plus Russ Cooper and Megadon Betamax down below. Free (guestlist only). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Bass and Beats at Chi Chi’s urban-centric Bass & Beats night. Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (050 957 7140).
Blue Marlin Ibiza The trendy Ibiza-inspired members’ beach club is the place to see and be seen. Members and members’ guests only. 1pm-11pm. Ongoing. Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Dean Obeidallah at The Gramercy Palestinian-Italian-American comic Obeldallah performs two nights at The Gramercy’s second monthly comedy night. The last was packed, so book early. Dhs175 (with one drink); Dhs300 (with two-course meal and one drink). 9pm. Until November 24. The Gramercy, DIFC (04 437 7511).
Donae’o at No.1 Fridays Credible and cool British-Nigerian rapper Donae’o – best known for hit ‘Party Hard’ – guests at this club night. Elsewhere, expect UK garage and funky house in the main room and smooth R&B and hip-hop on the terrace from regulars DJ Masterstepz, Brooklyn, Adam J and Schooly. Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 10.30pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Gilles Peterson at Nasimi Beach Acclaimed musical dot-joiner and BBC radio DJ Peterson – whose jazz, Latin and funk compilations are the stuff of legend – makes a more-than-welcome return to Dubai. Expect eclectic but danceable tunes of the highest order. Local support comes from David Craig, Smokingroove, Schooly and Charl Chaka, plus live bongos from a guy called Sam. Dhs100; free for ladies and Dhs50 for men before 7pm. 5pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).
Gotye live at Dubai World Trade Centre The man behind ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ makes his Dubai debut. There’s still time to thumb up on his other three albums of material. Dhs250-750. Doors open 7pm, show starts 9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.timeouttickets.com
i2 Dance to a gaggle of ’80s tunes at this quirky boutique club. Free (guestlist recommended). 7pm-2am. Ongoing. The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (050 889 2578).
Mahiki Mahiki attracts a diverse party crowd in Dubai. Expect cheesy tunes and potent mixed drinks. Free (reservations recommended). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
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. Ongoing. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
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).
Twang at the Music Room with Beat Antenna and Kicksound Live music night Twang returns with electric sets from Brit-rockers Beat Antenna (named Time Out Dubai’s Best Band 2011/12), emo-grunge trio Kicksound and fresh Dubai band Core 304. Earlier in the evening, hear acoustic tunes from Rodney Paris, Nikhilesh Singh and Stanley Joseph. Dhs60; free before 9pm. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (050 453 9727).
Upstairs at Republique Hear 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).
411 Saturdays at People by Crystal Winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Urban Night accolade, expect a pumping dancefloor thanks to DJ Bliss and the 411 team. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai (050 354 3131).
Audio Tonic Saturday Showcase at 360° Hear DJs Bruce Hill, Ant Field, Rod Lee Winters and Tristan Bain at the new bi-weekly local showcase. Free (guestlist only). 4pm-3am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Dean Obeidallah For details, see Friday 23. Dhs175 (with one drink); Dhs300 (with two-course meal and one drink). 9pm. Until November 24. The Gramercy, DIFC (04 437 7511).
Saturday Salsa Fever at Malecon Salsa and Latin from DJ Udia early on, with R&B 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. Ongoing. 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, with panellists Brian Murgatroyd, Ben Jacobs, Zulf Hyatt-Khan, Clarke Davies, Marc Archer and Damian Brandy. Free. 5pm-8pm. Ongoing. 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. Dhs60. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (050 453 9727).
XO Saturdays with at Armani/Privé Top urban night XO battles with 411 weekly, with commercial R&B and hip-hop tunes served up by residents Mass Ramli and VDJ Barbu.TV. Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Amika Intimo A selection of fresh beats. Free (guest list and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Swagger Sundays at Kiza African beats, hip-hop and R&B from DJs Tribe and Kulcha. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Kiza, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).
Mahiki Mondays Beach Luau A new weekly indoor tiki beach party theme, which offers a more relaxed night at Mahiki, with a ‘beach chic’ dress code. Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
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 at Blends with special guest Dean Edwards Fresh from a top-notch show at The Gramercy in DIFC last month, former Saturday Night Live impressions guru Dean Edwards guests for Dubomedy. Look forward to plenty of observational marriage humour, plus some of Edwards’ trademark rip-roaring impersonations. Dhs100-150. 8pm. 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).
1Up Karaoke Night Thee are more than 70,000 tracks to chose from, and five free drinks for every lady through the door. Free. 8pm-late. Ongoing. 1Up, Boutique 7 Hotel, TECOM (04 448 7928).
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 Ivy hosts live jazz Expect a soothing saxophonist and backing track at this fresh mid-week jazz night, hosted in an upscale restaurant. Free. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8767).
The Social at Ruth’s Chris Lounge A new post-work night, with house tunes from DJs Buff Wise and Yazz, and early drinks deals. Free. 7pm-3am. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Marina (04 454 9538).