The biggest bands, DJs and comedians in Dubai this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Aks Fashion Night at Armani/Privé Monthly desi-themed fashion night with tunes from DJ Zubair. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Ashkan Live at Cirque du Soir A one-off live performance to celebrate Iranian New Year. American-Iranian comics Maz Jobrani and Max Amini are billed to attend. Reservations only. 11pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 46 46 279).
Diamond Wednesdays One of the more popular urban nights in town, serving free mixed drinks for ladies before 1am. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (050 652 0626).
Iranian New Year Grand Party at Crowne Plaza Guests can hear live performances from Farshid Amin and Shahyad, plus a dinner buffet. Dhs395-875. 7pm-2am. Jumeirah Ballroom, Crown Plaza Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com
Maz Jobrani at Jumeirah Beach Hotel American-Iranian comedian Maz Jobrani – best known as one-quarter of the hit Axis of Evil show – performs two stand-up gigs in a single evening. Dhs295-450. 7pm-8.30pm; 9pm-10.30pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.timeouttickets.com
Salsita at N’Dulge N’Dulge’s new salsa night promises hot Latino grooves and authentic dance moves. Free. Ongoing. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Sikka Art Fair There’s live music from local musicians in the area formerly known as Bastakiya throughout the festival. Tonight: Eddie Misk and Layla Lacol. Free. 10.15pm-midnight. Until March 24. Courtyard, Al Fahidi, formerly Bastakiya (04 384 2008).
Time Out Dubai Music and Nightlife Awards 2013 after-party at People by Crystal Join the city’s best musicians, DJs, promoters and media types at the official after-party of this year’s Music and Nightlife Awards – headlined by Artful Dodger. The vintage UK garage act perform a live DJ and PA set – look out for hits including ‘Re-Rewind’ and ‘Movin’ Too Fast’. Free. 10.30pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Thrive industry night at Vista The launch of a new networking event for employees in Media City and the nearby free zones. Free. 6pm-2am. Ongoing. Vista Restaurant & Lounge, Holiday Inn Express, Knowledge Village (055 444 0891).
Aryana Night at White X Soheil Ray and DJ Mani spin beats on the beach. Free. 10pm-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (056 175 1010).
Bliss on Funk Trendy beach bar Bliss launches a new Bliss on Funk concept with special guest Charl Chaka – winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best DJ award last year – and Alex Amoralez. Expect top tunes, funky basslines and quality mixing. Free. 9pm-2.30am. Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort (04 315 3886).
Deep Crates at Casa Latina Dubai’s most consistent weekly alternative night serves up funk, old-school hip-hop, Afrobeat and more. Free. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
iLL Communications at N’Dulge House and electro on the terrace, plus urban in the main room. Dhs120. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).
Jamrock at Sublime Weekly night with DJs Shero, Sir Taz and Brooklyn spinning reggae, roots, dancehall, dub, calypso and more, and MC Money Plus. Dhs50; ladies and couples free before midnight. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime Bar & Grill, Ibis World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).
Julio Iglesias at Dubai World Trade Centre Now in his 70th year, antiquated Spanish crooner Iglesias (yep, Enrique’s estranged dad) chugs into Dubai to sing the ballads that have kept him on the road for four decades. Dhs320-1,300. Doors 7pm; show 10pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.timeouttickets.com
Okku’s Nowruz celebrations Pierre Ravan DJs at this Iranian New Year celebration. Reservations only. 9pm-3am. Okku, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).
Resident night at Trilogy DJ Ejaz leads a bill of local talent as Trilogy has a quiet week between hosting international guests. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Sikka Art Fair There’s live music from local musicians in the area formerly known as Bastakiya throughout the festival. On tonight’s bill are Fables of Cantt, Harrison Rice, As per Casper and BeatBox Ray. Free. 9pm-midnight. Until March 24. Courtyard, Al Fahidi (04 384 2008).
Step On at The Dek on Eight Indie night Step On has moved to a new home, and is launching at an early 6pm to grab the post-work crowd. There’s a happy hour until 8pm. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. The Dek on Eight, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Thursday Grooves at District Lounge Exclusive DIFC hangout District, inside the Capital Club – which only recently opened to the public – hosts an after-work beat session. Free. 5pm-3am. Ongoing. District Lounge, DIFC (050 880 2285).
Tommy Tiernan at Dubai Tennis Stadium Outspoken Irish comic Tiernan has many claims to fame, including setting the first world record for the longest stand-up show ever (his 36-hour stint has since been beaten), and proving reliable tabloid fodder in his native Ireland after a few ill-timed jokes. He told us he takes his shows at a quieter, slower pace these days, but we’re still expecting material that touches on the fiery subjects of men, women and religion. Dhs175. Doors open 7pm; show starts 9pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com
VIP Room This new branch of the exclusive St Tropez club is one of the most talked-about venues in town right now. Free (guestlist only). 9pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 1500).
Andrea Bocelli in Abu Dhabi The legendary Italian tenor performs in the capital at the first in a string of high-profile gigs as part of the du World Music Festival. The Dubai gigs kick off on Thursday June 28. Dhs295-1,595. 7pm. du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.thinkflash.ae.
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Detroit Swindle at 360° Expect melodic grooves, jazzy chords and bumping basslines from this Amsterdam duo, known for productions including ‘Saints & Sonnets’ and ‘Dirt Crew’. They’ll be on at 8pm, with Vas Floyd, Megadon Betamax and Tristan Bain also spinning. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Cavalli Live with Guitar House Project Live guitar work from Ruben de Lis at this weekly live showcase. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
Daydream at N’Dulge There’s no need to wait until the evening to hit the dancefloor: this party kicks off at 4pm. Aimed at the post-brunch crowd, expect it to be busy with folk who have ‘over-N’Dulged’ at Saffron. Free. 4pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
DJ Alexa Rich at Karma Kafé The DJ, model and host of a weekly show on RFX Radio Beirut guests tonight. Free (bookings recommended). 7pm-3am. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).
DJ Tarkan at White X Billed as ‘Turkey’s number one DJ’, DJ Tarkan was actually born in Germany. Dhs100; ladies free before midnight. 10pm-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 100 6555).
DUST with Red Rack’em at The Music Room Also going under the monikers Danny Berman and Hot Coins, UK-based Red Rack’em is a favourite of Gilles Peterson, thanks to his memorable disco and house sets. He guests here for top alternative party-starters DUST. Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).
Essential Ibiza with DJ Jo Mills at Nasimi Beach Ibiza veteran Mills, who’s recently scored some production hits, hosts this beach party, with warm-up from Conan Manchester, David Craig, Tom Chubb and Smokingroove. Dhs100 (free before 7pm). 3pm-3am, Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).
House of Afrika with Craig De Sousa at The Dek on Eight De Sousa is this week’s guest at Infusion’s fresh showcase of South African house, with local support from the team of Charl Chaka, Afroboogie, Just Lance, Simon B and Nthayi. Free. 4pm-3am. The Dek on Eight, Media One, Media City (04 427 1000).
Industry Night at Kiza Party with Nollywood actors and African musicians including Dr Sid, Eldee, Durella, Sojay, K9, Aramide, Kelmah, Rukus and Sarz. Dhs125. 10pm-3am. Kiza, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
Karmon at Blue Marlin Upcoming Dutch decksmith Karmon guests at this beach-party venue. Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Massive Fridays with Bow Wow at Club Sensation American rapper Bow Wow plays a club set at emerging urban night Massive Fridays. Dhs150. 10.30pm-3am. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com
Max Amini at Jumeirah Beach Hotel A regular attraction at Los Angeles’s Comedy Store and Laugh Factory, American-Iranian comic Amini performs a double header. Dhs280-395. 7pm-8.30pm; 9pm-10.30pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.timeouttickets.com
MusicHall Beirut club MusicHall serves up an array of musical performers from across the globe in a single evening. There is a minimum spend of Dhs300 per person per stool, or Dhs450 per seat at a table. Reservations recommended. Open Thu-Fri 9pm-3am. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
Sikka Art Fair There’s live music from local musicians in the area formerly known as Bastakiya. Tonight: Paul D, Norman Bataille and Fables of Cantt. Free. 7pm-10.30pm. Until March 24. Courtyard, Al Fahidi Heritage Neighbourhood (04 384 2008).
Sunstroke Pool party with CN Williams at Dusk Terrace Best known for its lively boat parties, Sunstroke continues its series of land-locked events with a guest from the UK’s Reel House Records, CN Williams, plus residents Jack Woodcock, Tom Chubb, Martin Hibbit and Rob Love. Free before 4.30pm; Dhs100 after. 12.30pm-10.30pm. Dusk Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City (050 600 9928).
XVA Gallery Pop-up at Movida Top gallery XVA hosts pieces from its latest exhibitions, plus tunes from DJ Dirty Law. Bookings only. 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
411 Saturdays ‘All White UV Edition’ at People by Crystal DJ Bliss and Stylez guest at a UV-edition of this award-winning urban night. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
D Chill with Nana at White X The German vocalist guests at this popular desi beach party. Dhs150. 5pm-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
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. Ongoing. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
Sikka Art Fair Live music from local musicians in the area formerly known as Bastakiya. Tonight: Paul D, Swerte, Nada Dada, Layla Lacol and Liminal Roots. Free. 7pm-midnight. Until March 24. Courtyard, Al Fahidi (04 384 2008).
Sound of Strings at Ductac Moldovian violinist Ilian Garnet and UAE-based pianist Vitali Mihailiuc perform well-known chamber pieces. Dhs160-180. 8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com
Suga Saturdays at Movida Exclusive lounge club Movida hosts a new Saturday night. Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 885 1577).
Zebbazzi at Cavalli Club The influential Persian hip-hop group, who are credited with helping to bring rap to the region, perform a live PA as part of the Iranian new year celebrations. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
Amika Status Sundays Expect fresh beats at this top urban night. Free (guest list and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Googoosh at Dubai World Trade Centre The ageing Iranian pop star – now 62 years old – performs her vintage material. Dhs295-1,095. 7pm Dubai World Trade Centre (056 198 2020)
Sikka Art Fair There’s live music from local musicians in the area formerly known as Bastakiya throughout the festival. Tonight closes with a headline performance from curator Kamal Musallam, plus earlier sets from Lisa Theunissen and Stoyan Stoyanov, Shay, Vanentin Spasov and Regal Beats. Free. 7pm-midnight. Courtyard, Al Fahidi (04 384 2008).
Swagger Sundays at Kiza Hear a selection of 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).
Bidi Bondi quiz night There’s Dhs700 worth of vouchers up for grabs at this new weekly quiz, hosted by James Phillips. Free. 7.30pm. Ongoing. Bidi Bondi, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
Manic Mondays at Zinc Old- and new-school club anthems from Greg Stainer and Andy Swift. The first 100 ladies in after 11pm get a free mixed drink. Free for ladies all night and men before midnight; Dhs100 for men after midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).
The Score with Catrin Finch at Madinat Theatre Welsh harpist Finch is best known for holding the ceremonial UK post of the Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales for four years until 2004. Since then she’s collaborated with legendary Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté, and is expected to use electronic effects alongside more typical readings of Bach and the like. Dhs185-250. 7.45pm. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com
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).
Cirque Loves... Jolly Jumper A party themed around the Dubai World Cup. Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
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).