Akon, Tiesto, Felix Da Housecat and more top Dubai parties
Comedy by the Sea at Bidi Bondi The penultimate chance to catch ComedyDubai’s free monthly outdoor gigs before summer hits. Free. 8pm. Bidi Bondi, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 427 0515).
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).\
Eddy Ramich at Calabar Notable jazz and world-influenced decksmith Ramich hosts a three-night run at this classy bar. Hailing from Croatia, Ramich is known for novel remixes of diverse material such as Sun Ra and Ennio Morricone, and for his Zagreb club night Kontrapunkt which has hosted guests including Gilles Peterson, 4Hero and Carl Craig. Free. 7pm-3am. Until Friday March 29. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
Fashion Overdose with Alex Seda at Armani/Privé Nikki Beach Miami resident Seda guests at this regular fashion night. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Salsita at N’Dulge A new salsa night of Latino grooves. Free. Ongoing. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Thrive industry night at Vista A 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).
Venetian Notte at Savage Garden A Venetian carnival theme party with a live band, DJ, traditional food and drinks. Free. 9pm-3am. Savage Garden, Capitol Hotel, Satwa (04 346 0111).
The Act opening night The first chance to get inside Simon Hammerstein’s extroverted Las Vegas export, The Act. Reservations and guestlist only. 9pm-3am. The Act, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).
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).
Eddy Ramich at Calabar For details, see Wednesday 27. Free. 7pm-3am. Until Friday March 29. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
Guns N’ Roses in Abu Dhabi Less than two months after former lead guitarist Slash played Dubai, Axl Rose brings his incarnation of rock dons Guns N’ Roses to Abu Dhabi. Responsible for the best-selling debut album in America ever with 1987’s Appetite for Destruction, there’s no doubting the band’s legacy. How relevant is a band with just one remaining founder member? With ‘Paradise City’ cranked to 11, we’re not arguing. Dhs250-850. 7pm (doors). du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.thinkflash.ae, 800 35274.
iLL Communications at N’Dulge A choice of electro-house and urban grooves, on weekly rotation between the main room and terrace. Dhs120. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).
Infusion Full Moon Party featuring Damian D’Costa Middle East veteran D’Costa guests for Infusion, alongside residents Charl Chaka and Conan Manchester, and Sunstroke’s Jack Woodcock and John Spoor. Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Iris nightclub grand opening party A brand new nightspot opening at Ghantoot’s Golden Tulip, home of Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE. Free. 10pm-3am. Iris, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel, Ghantoot (056 771 2888).
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).
Kadim Al Sahir and Sherine at the du World Music Festival The opening night in a series of diverse gigs from across the globe, at Dubai Media City as part of the du World Music Festival, stars Iraqi singer, composer and poet Kadim Al Sahir, playing alongside Egyptian singer Sherine. Dhs195-495. Doors 6pm; show 9pm. Dubai Media City Ampitheatre www.timeouttickets.com
LMD at The Dek on 8 New night LMD presents a triple-bill with residents Thomas Melchior and Shaun Soomro, plus Blue Marlin duo Jixo & Danz. Free. 5pm-3am. The Dek on Eight, Media One, Media City (04 427 1000).
My Music X Live! with Akon, Sean Paul, Eve, Cher Lloyd and Baauer A packed bill of talent takes to the Atlantis stage in a single evening in for the first of two nights as part of My Music X. The opening night has a chart focus with US R&B stars Akon and Eve, ‘Harlem Shake’ hitmaker Baauer, Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul and UK X-Factor alumni Cher Lloyd. Dhs350-750. 8pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm www.timeouttickets.com
My Music X Official After-party featuring Eve at Cirque du Soir Following from her performance at the Atlantis festival, Eve stops by Cirque du Soir for a more intimate performance. Reservations only. 11pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 46 46 279).
Tiësto Arguably one of the biggest dance names on the planet, Dutch decksmith Tiësto was one of the first DJs to pioneer the stadium lightshow that is commonplace today, and has held a spot in the top three of DJ Mag’s influential rankings for 11 years. He’s brought to Dubai under the Indian clubbing Sunburn brand by promoters Peppermint Experience, who picked up a gong from us for the best DJ set of the past year for bringing our Swedish House Mafia. Expect epic production. Dhs250. 9pm-3am. Dubai World Trade Centre www.timeouttickets.com
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).
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. Ongoing. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 1500).
We Love presents Felix Da Housecat at Trilogy Another massive booking for Trilogy. Huge American DJ Felix Stallings has an impressive CV including two Grammy Award nominations, working with artists from P Diddy to James Murphy, and remixing Madonna to Marilyn Manson. While his most influential work may be a decade ago, the Housecat is still a mean feline behind the decks. Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Algorhythm II at Club XS The second night from this new brand features an eclectic selection of electronic genres, with minimal techno first up from Miss PM, bassy tribal sounds from J-Deep and underground minimal and tech tunes from Rob Love. Dhs50 (women free before midnight). 10.30pm-3am. Club XS, Chelsea Plaza Hotel, Satwa (04 398 2222).
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Kolombo at 360° Hot Belgium DJ Kolombo is one of the most exciting names of Audio Tonic’s season so far. Expect a closing set from Raxon – the recent recipient of Time Out’s Best Dubai DJ award – plus sunset sounds from JC and floor-fillers from Russ Cooper on the lower deck. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Bassworx at Casa Latina The Bassworx team launch their brand of drum‘n’bass, dubstep, electro and more at a new home. JAB, Woodle and Rude Larry DJ, with JD Odyssey on the mic, and DJ East on visuals. Free. 10.30m-2.30am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Bubbly night at Movida Exclusive nightspot Movida hosts the annual party of a renowned bubbly brand, with a focus on pink grape. Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
Cavalli Live with Roque Former jazz saxophonist Roque, who has played in a number of Cuban groups including the Latin Ensemble, now earns his bread jamming with DJs like Judge Jules and Jose Padilla, and showing his stuff live at nightclubs like Cavalli. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
Eddy Ramich at Calabar For details, see Wednesday 27. Free. 7pm-3am. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
Festival of Colours An all-day Holi celebration with music, dance, decorations, food and drink. Dhs75 per couple. 2pm-11pm. Domeland@Chi, Al Nasr Leisureland. Oud Metha www.timeouttickets.com
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).
Massive Fridays at Club Sensation R&B, hip-hop, UK garage, funky and more. Dhs100 (ladies free). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 911 0600).
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).
My Music X – EDMX with Example, ATB and Kevin Saunderson A huge bill of electro-centric talent plays over 12 hours for the second and last day of My Music X. Brit musical chameleon Example – last seen at Creamfields Abu Dhabi in December 2012 – headlines, plus a diverse gang of DJs including German trancemaster ATB, Detroit techno pioneer Kevin Saunderson, Dutch decksmith Sander Kleinenberg, UK radio legend Judge Jules, plus DJ Rudee, Marco V, Miss Nine and more. Dhs250-450. 3pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm www.timeouttickets.com
Natalie Cole and Frank Gamble at du World Music Festival An evening of jazz, soul and more with veteran R&B singer Cole – daughter of the late, great Nat King – playing on a bill alongside Aussie fusion guitar whizz Gamble, plus diverse opening acts Ranjit Barot and Soulmate. Not to be missed. Dhs295-595. Doors 6pm; show 9pm. Dubai Media City Ampitheatre www.timeouttickets.com
No.1 Fridays with Benny Demus at White X With his boss in town to play My Music X, Akon’s official tour DJ Demus headlines a night of his own at the recent winner of Time Out’s Best Urban Night award. Dhs100; ladies free before midnight. 10pm-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 100 6555).
The Originals Festival at The Music Room A diverse bill of top local acts hosted at the recent winner of our Best Live Music Bar award. Headlining is Jay Wud, who will be appearing fresh off the stage from warming up for Guns N’ Roses the night before, and Fatiniza, who recently celebrated the release of her impressive second LP, Nothing is Impossible. Also appearing is Emirati rapper Bunny J (who is a cop in his day job), Swedish female singer-songwriter Chana and Dubai-based rock band Moonshine. Dhs60. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower (056 799 6335).
Rang De 2013 A family friendly Holi celebration headlined by Bollywood star Yo Yo Honey Singh, fresh from a Live at Atlantis gig two weeks ago, plus tunes from DJ Shadow, DJ Kamya, DJ Buddha, live entertainment and more. Dhs75 (single); Dhs195 (family ticket of two adults and two children). 10am-6pm. Wonderland www.timeouttickets.com
Solomun at Blue Marlin Croatian DJ/producer Solomun, based in Hamburg, is one of the founders of Dynamic Music, and is known for his inventive remix style. Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
XL Beach Club’s 2nd Anniversary with Alex Gaudino Italian DJ Gaudino – AKA Alessandro Alfonso Fortunato – is best known as the founder of Rise Records. Join him here to ring in the second birthday celebrations at XL. Doors open early for a chilled pool party, but expect Gaudino on late in the evening. Dhs150-200. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa www.timeouttickets.com
411 Saturdays with DJ Young Guru at People by Crystal Jay-Z’s official tour DJ Guru plays for this reliably rammed, award winning, urban night, plus warm-up from residents DJ Bliss and Mr Shef Codes. Expect it to be big. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Dubai World Cup after-party at Movida The glammed up crowd who’ve spent the day at one of Dubai’s most high-profile events are invited to party in their race day finery at Movida. Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
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).
Seal at the Dubai World Cup The ’90s soul-pop singer behind ‘Kiss from a Rose’, among other hits, closes the Dubai World Cup. The performance is only open to package ticket holders. Ticket packages from Dhs350. Performance 10pm; doors open noon. Meydan Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba, www.dubaiworldcup.com (04 327 2110).
Amika Status Sundays Expect fresh beats at this top urban night. Free (guestlist and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).
Cantus Vocal Ensemble This respected nine-piece American vocal ensemble perform for the Dubai Concert Committee. Free tickets are distributed to non-members ten minutes before the concert begins. Free. 8pm. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Dubomedy fifth birthday In the first of two concerts to mark their fifth birthday influential comedy promoters Dubomedy host an evening of Arabic language comedy starring Egypt’s Mohamed Salem. Watch out for an upcoming English language celebratory gig. Dhs60. 8pm. Reem Al Bawadi, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina (050 440 0994).
Monday April 1
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).
Tuesday April 2
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 resident DJs Darko De Jan, Skinny Loop and VDJ barbu.tv. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).