From The Stone Roses to Graeme Park to Paul Oakenfold and more
Jazz Garden at Dubai Jazz Festival The final night of the Dubai Jazz Festival’s intimate Jazz Garden events features the Boston Blues All-Stars, a round-up of musicians who have headlined the previous nights, including Barrence Whitfield and Toni Lynn Washington. There’s also an earlier smooth jazz and R&B set from keytar-rocking Brian Simpson. Free (registration required), Dhs100 on the door. 8pm, Festival Park, Festival City, www.dubaijazzfest.com.
Flash Dance Wednesdays at Cavalli Club A new weekly retro night featuring hits from the ’80s to the ’90s. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai (04 332 9260).
i2 karaoke night Quirky retro-themed club i2 hosts its weekly singalong extravaganza. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. i2, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (050 889 2578).
Michael Jackson HIStory Show featuring Kenny Wizz The final Dubai show by Kenny Wizz, who is billed as ‘the world’s greatest Michael Jackson impersonator’. Despite a striking resemblance to the King of Pop, Wizz claims he’s never been under the surgeon’s scalpel. Expect to hear all of MJ’s hits recreated on stage. Dhs185-250. 7pm. Until February 20. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
Nelson’s fourth birthday Victorian-tinged Brit pub Nelson’s celebrates four years in Dubai. To make sure the party goes off with a bang, ladies will get three free drinks between 8pm and midnight, with a DJ and house band to supply the tunes. There will also be Twister and Pacman competitions, and prize giveaways. Free. 8pm-3am. Nelson’s, Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0201).
No 5 Lounge ladies’ night At this new ladies’ night, members of the fairer gender get free sushi, as well as two glasses of bubbly. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Rock Bottom’s Wednesday party Everyone’s favourite gritty club gets busy with pre-weekend partiers on a Wednesday, fuelled by live music from house band Ovaload from 10pm. Expect a lively crowd up for a party. Free. 5pm-3am. Rock Bottom Café, Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (055 600 5654).
Barry Hilton South African comic Barry Hilton, known as something of a national treasure in his home country, returns to Dubai for a three-night run of his latest comedy show, Stand-Up Chameleon. Dhs185. 7.30pm. Until February 23. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
Cirque Sauvage The club’s resident fire-eaters, midgets, contortionists and sword-swallowers unleash their magic. Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).
Club 43 at Embassy Hit the retro-styled dancefloor at this glitzy lounge venue. Free (registration recommended). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Embassy, Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
Deep Crates at Casa Latina Expect funk, hip-hop, Afrobeat and more at this top alternative hangout, hosted by breaks DJ Lobito. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Deep Purple at Dubai Jazz Festival The legendary UK rockers – known for jaw-dropping musicianship and outlandish antics – headline the penultimate night of Dubai’s Jazz Fest. Head down early for sets from US soul-pop singer JLee and Canadian smooth sax player Darren Rahn. Dhs295-995. Doors open 6pm; show starts 7pm. Festival Park, Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com
Fashion Night Blue Festival at White X A fusion of music, fashion and art, with internationals Lido Paris and DJ Poet guesting. Dhs100; ladies free before midnight. 7pm-3am. Ongoing. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 100 6555).
Dirty South at Blue Marlin Grammy-nominated Serbian-Austrian DJ Dirty South – real name Dragan Roganovi, now based in Australia – guests at Blue Marlin, with residents Frederick Stone and Jean B. Free before 5pm, Dhs120 after. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Graeme Park at Trilogy To keep the post-Stone Roses ‘Madchester’ vibe alive, Graeme Park – once resident at Peter Hook’s renowned club The Haçienda, which did wonders to kick-start the UK’s acid house movement – returns to Trilogy. Expect vintage cuts spun with newer fare. Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
iLL Communications at N’Dulge This award-winning house and electro night continues on the terrace, plus urban tunes from Dany Neville and Crown Prince in the main room. Dhs120. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).
Laidback Luke at Domeland The Filipino-Dutch decksmith, currently rated in the top 30 in the world, is Chi’s first major international guest of 2013. Dhs125. 9pm-3am. Domeland, Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Jamrock at Sublime Weekly night with DJs Shero, Sir Taz and Brooklyn spinning reggae, roots, dancehall, dub, calypso and more, and MC Money Plus on the mic. Dhs50; ladies and couples free before midnight. 9pm-3am. Sublime Bar & Grill, Ibis World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).
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).
Movida Join the glammed-up crowd at one of Dubai’s most exclusive clubs. Bookings only. 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
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).
Step On ‘Before and After’ Stone Roses party Setting up shop in the neighbouring Media One Hotel, a ‘Stone’s throw’ from the Stone Roses concert (see what they did there), the Step On team will be spinning indie hits from early until late. Free. 5pm-2am. The Dek on Eight, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
The Stone Roses in Dubai Media City Notorious for more reasons than one, The Stone Roses changed the musical landscape of Britain before their acrimonious mid-’90s split, then they made up and reformed in 2011. The way the public has heartily re-embraced the band is staggering, and if the Dubai audience has a tenth of the spirit of their homecoming Manchester gigs, this could be a very special evening. Support comes from Starsailor frontman James Walsh, who’ll be playing songs new and old in a solo acoustic gig. Dhs295-495. Doors open 6pm; show starts 9pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.timeouttickets.com
Thursdays at Republique Retro ’80s and ’90s tunes from DJ Dean Curtis. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).
XL Beach Club Hit this classy beach club for urban and house tunes. Free for couples and mixed groups; Dhs50 for single men. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161)
Audio Tonic sunset sessions with Mario Basanov at 360° Lithuanian house talent Basanov makes a more than welcome return for the Audio Tonic team. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Barry Hilton South African comic Barry Hilton, known as something of a national treasure in his home country, returns to Dubai for a three-night run of his latest comedy show, Stand-Up Chameleon. Dhs185. 7.30pm Until February 23. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah www.timeouttickets.com
Freaks and Beats at Cirque du Soir Freaky entertainers and more, plus hype on the mic from Virgin Radio DJ Kris Fade. Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
Icicle and MC DRS at The Music Room Hear three hours of drum’n’bass and dubstep from UK DJ Icicle, assisted by MC DRS, once ranked top of the game by Drum & Bass Arena. Dhs50 before 10.30pm, Dhs100 after. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).
No.1 Fridays at White X An award-winning urban night with a lively crowd and big tunes from residents Shero, Brooklyn, Masterstepz and Adam J. Dhs100 (ladies free before 11pm). Noon-3am. Ongoing. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 100 6555).
Paparazzi at Armani/Privé A regular house night at this swanky club. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Rehab with Paul Oakenfold at XL Beach Club The British DJ is renowned as the man who signed Salt-N-Pepa, produced the Happy Mondays, managed the Beastie Boys, became the first DJ to play the main stage at Glastonbury Festival in the UK and penned the theme to the UK’s Big Brother. He also recruited Hunter S Thompson as a guest vocalist, remixed the Bond theme for the 21st century, gigged with a 75-piece orchestra and reinvented Madonna. Paul Oakenfold is a DJ truly deserving of the title ‘legend’. See him spin here. Dhs150-200. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa www.timeouttickets.com
Sunset at Café del Mar Stop by for one of the best views of sunset in town, with a fresh set each week from DJ Pierre Ravan. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-late. Ongoing. Café del Mar, Meydan Beach Club, JBR (055 220 7506).
The Good Life at Shimmers Chilled sunset session featuring beanbags, a mobile bar and DJ. Free. 4pm-midnight. Ongoing. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
The Script at Dubai Jazz Festival The chart-topping Irish pop-rock trio return to Dubai following album number three. Also playing will be US smooth-fusion quartet Yellowjackets, who have clocked more than 20 albums over a three-decade career, and a round-up of smooth jazz stars of previous nights in the All-Star Smooth Jazz show. Dhs295-995. Doors open 6pm, show starts 7pm. Festival Park, Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com
411 Saturdays at People by Crystal DJ Bliss and crew host this award-winning urban night – expect to hear new hits and classic tunes. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Barry Hilton The comic’s last Dubai show. Dhs185. 7.30pm. Until February 23. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah www.timeouttickets.com
Beat the Gong comedy night at Rock Bottom Up to 20 comedians fight it out on stage, with the audience able to vote them off if they’re annoying, rude, or simply not funny by beating the gong. Whoever stays on stage the longest is declared the winner. Free. 8.30pm. Rock Bottom, Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 396 3888).
Entra Mi Casa at 360° A wind-down night from Infusion spinning deep, Afro, and soulful house grooves. Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Mahiki Retro Rewind A night of ’80s and ’90s Desert Island Discs and guilty pleasures. Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731)
Amika Status Sundays Dishing up a selection of fresh urban beats. Free (guest list and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Just Sundays at Cavalli Club Keep an eye out for the club’s photographer at this glitzy new night. If you’re papped, tag the photo on Facebook, and whoever clocks the most ‘likes’ wins Dhs5,000 to spend at the club. Worth dressing up, then. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Cavalli Club, The Fairmont Dubai (04 332 9260).
Swagger Sundays at Kiza Hear African beats, hip-hop and R&B from DJs Tribe and Kulcha. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).
Urbanite at Zinc DJs Emtee Pockets and Taz team up with MC Money Plus at this urban night. Free for ladies all night, free for men before midnight, Dhs50 after 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).
Hip-hop Chic Mondays at Cirque du Soir Theatrical club Cirque du Soir now opens on Mondays, hosting this weekly hip-hop party. Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
Mahiki Mondays Beach Luau A weekly indoor event with a tiki beach party theme, which offers a more relaxed night with a ‘beach chic’ dress code. Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
The Dubai Chamber Orchestra at The Fridge Closing the 12th season of The Fridge’s Concert Series, the Dubai Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Boyce, Holst, Jeffes, Bach and Haydn. Lead by Barnaby Priest, the orchestra will also feature a vibraphone and keyboards. 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. Ongoing. 1Up, Boutique 7 Hotel, TECOM (04 448 7928).
Beauty and the Beats at Rare DJ Stylez spins urban hits at this new club night, which offers ladies free bubbly before 1am. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (055 147 6034).
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).
Salsa Secrets at White X The venue’s new ladies’ night offers two free mixed drinks for ladies, plus a free one-hour salsa lesson at 9pm. Free. 9pm-2am. Ongoing. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm (055 100 6555).