Flash Dance, Slash, Digweed, DJ Antoine and more top Dubai parties
Wednesday January 30
Flash Dance Wednesdays at Cavalli Club A new weekly retro night spinning hits from the ’70s to the ’90s. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
Get Up Stand Up at Bidi Bondi A bill of five local comics perform at this monthly night. Free. 8pm. Bidi Bondi, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
i2 karaoke night Quirky retro-themed club i2 hosts a new weekly karaoke night. Free. 10pm-3am. i2, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (050 889 2578).
Kill the Radio at Sublime A fresh night of breaks, beats and funk. Dhs50 (ladies free). 7pm-2am. Sublime Bar & Lounge, Ibis World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).
Bull Funk Zoo at Blue Bar A funk-rock covers band led by guitarist Asaad Lakkis and starring vocalist Hamdan Al Abri, known for lively reinterpretations of hits. Free. 9pm-late. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre (04 310 8127).
Cirque du Soir Check out the jugglers and clowns at this high-end circus-themed club. Free (reservations recommended, door policy applies). 10.30pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
Deep Crates at Casa Latina Expect funk, hip-hop, Afrobeat and more at this top alternative hangout. Free. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
DJ Antoine at White X Arriving in the UAE less than a week after launching his latest album, Sky is the Limit, million-selling Swiss DJ Antoine spins at a more low-key experience than his last visit to Dubai (a performance at Atelier/Festival last October). Dhs150. 9pm-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, www.timeouttickets.com
iLL Communications with Karotte at N’Dulge Long-standing electro name Karotte, aka German DJ Peter Cornely, guests on the terrace with warm-up from Adam and Paddy, plus urban from Dany Neville and Crown Prince in the main room. Dhs120. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).
John Digweed at Nasimi Having been on the house scene for two decades, toured with David Bowie and topped DJ Mag’s influential poll (in 2001), British Digweed is one of a handful of DJs deserving of the label ‘legend’. Hear him spin at a beach gig here. Dhs100. 7pm-3am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm (055 200 4321).
Kanye West in Abu Dhabi One of the most influential rappers of modern times returns to the Middle East – where he recently filmed a movie in Doha – to showcase his slick rhymes and manic ego. Dhs295-696. Doors open 7pm. du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.thinkflash.ae, (800 35274).
Mahiki The club 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).
MustHaveSoul Soundsystem with Ian Blevins at 360° Renowned We Love Space Ibiza DJ Blevins spins, plus residents Jonny Thornhill, Simon Reid, and Eclectic Circle down below. Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Only at Armani/Privé Commercial urban tunes from Mass Ramli, Darko De Jan and Patrick Carrera. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Ravelations featuring Mengo at Chi Portuguese DJ Menog guests at this welcome new night at Chi. Dhs100; free before 11pm. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (050 4575 123).
Shonky and Djebali Trilogy French DJs Shonky and Djebali both spin tonight, plus R&B on the terrace. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751). Slash live in Dubai One of the most iconic rock musicians to walk the earth, former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver axeman Slash rolls into town alongside collaborators Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. Dhs300-500. Doors open 8pm, show starts 10pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com
Thursdays at Republique A mix of retro ’80s and ’90s tunes from DJ Dean Curtis. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).
Friday February 1
Audio Tonic sunset sessions with Kruse and Nuernberg at 360° Hamburg house duo Florian Kruse and Nils Nuernberg guest. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Drop Dread with DJ Shepdog at Casa Latina Reggae and dub night Drop Dread’s first party of 2013 welcomes renowned DJ and Nice Up! founder DJ Shepdog, plus MC Hamokane and a crew of local residents. Dhs50. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699)
Help! and Rebel Yell at The Music Room Beatles tribute act Help! and Billy Idol impersonator Richard Hagan, AKA Rebel Yell, form a double bill. Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).
The Good Life at Shimmers Chilled sunset session with beanbags, a mobile bar and DJ. Free. 4pm-midnight. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Uner at Blue Marlin Spanish electro DJ Uner is the first of two international guests at Blue Marlin today, alongside German talent Larse. Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
UK Flava boat party Sail the seas on the Gugu party boat with UK Flava’s strict 40 guys, 40 girls policy and pirate-themed dress code, plus urban tunes from Shero, Benny T and more. Dhs300. Boarding 12.30pm. Dubai Marina (050 600 9928).
XL Beach Club Expect a glamorous crew at this part beach club, part nightclub venue. Ladies free, men Dhs100 after 11pm. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort (056 640 6161).
411 Saturdays at People by Crystal DJ Bliss and crew host this award-winning urban night. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am, People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
D Chill at White X This week, Pakistani band Jal guest at White X’s weekly desi-themed beach party. Dhs125 (ladies free before 8pm). 5pm-late. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 100 6555).
Amika Status Sundays Fresh urban 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 tunes from DJs Tribe and Kulcha. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Kiza, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).
Emily Good Perkins and the AUS Singers at The Fridge Expect opera arias, musical theatre and jazz standards from singer Perkins, who will be backed by the American University of Sharjah’s choir. The gig is part of The Fridge’s ongoing concert series. Dhs50. 7.30pm. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).
Mahiki Mondays Beach Luau A weekly indoor event with a tiki beach party theme, which offers a more relaxed Mahiki night 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).
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. 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).