The best DJ nights and live music in Dubai this week
Diamond Wednesdays at XL launch party Glitzy urban night Diamond Wednesdays, hosted by well-known DJs Brooklyn and Shero, has been reborn in a new venue. To celebrate the move, they’ve recruited glamorous Arabian DJ Lady S to guest at this launch party. Free. 10pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).
Industry Night at Movida Exclusive nightspot Movida is traditionally busiest on Wednesdays. Find out what the fuss is about by checking out its popular Industry Night. Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
JamFest Wednesdays at XS A fresh hip-hop, R&B and reggae night, with plenty of tunes from DJ Mantell. Dhs50 for men; free for ladies. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. XS Club, Chelsea Plaza Hotel, Satwa (055 642 2872).
Michael Rütten at Calabar Acclaimed German producer, promoter, music journalist and DJ Rütten returns for a three-night stand at Calabar. Known for diverse sets and eclectic selections, you’re as likely to hear underground techno as rare jazz. He may be dubbed the ‘German Gilles Peterson’, but he’s not so fond of the name. Free. 7pm-3am. Until Friday 26. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
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).
Analog Room with Dana Ruh and Salar at The Q Underground Expect eclectic electronic sounds as Ostgut Ton’s Dana Ruh and Volt Music’s Salar guest for this emerging underground night. Dhs75; free for ladies before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha (050 883 3172).
Bliss on Beach Beats with Greg Stainer Top beach bar Bliss Lounge’s themed nights continue with some beach beats courtesy of long-standing Radio One DJ Greg Stainer – also now known as one half of chart- topping electro-house duo Hollaphonic. Expect commercial grooves mixed by a consummate pro. Free. 9pm-3am. Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (050 553 7917).
Brendan Grace at Almas Towers Irish comedian and singer Grace is best known for his role as Murphy in the 1995 movie Moondance, and his stint in TV sitcom Father Ted as Father Fintan Stack. Comedy single ‘Combine Harvester’ hit number one at home in 1975, and then achieved the same in the UK a year later when covered by The Wurzels. He’s getting on a bit, but is something of a national treasure. Dhs100. Doors open 7pm; show starts 9pm. Until April 26. Almas Towers, JLT, www.timeouttickets.com
Buraka Som Sistema at White X This pioneering Portuguese electronic dance group are credited with creating ‘progressive kuduro’, a fusion of techno with West African kuduro music. Expect a lively stage show and interesting sounds. Dhs150-200. 9pm-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 100 65 55).
Deep Crates at Casa Latina Recently named the winner of Time Out Dubai’s coveted award for Best Alternative Night, Dubai’s most reliable regular arty event serves up old-school hip-hop, funk, Afrobeat, world grooves and more, plus some serious scratching action from DJ Lobito. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
DJ Antonius at Club Mint This ‘old Dubai’ spot hosts two international guests, DJ Antonius and DJ Pascal Tokar. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Club Mint, Manhattan Hotel, Bur Dubai (056 641 5131).
DJ Ejaz at Trilogy Trilogy’s resident DJs keep things ticking over tonight. Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
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 Fourth Anniversary Full Moon Party at 360° Infusion celebrates four years of bringing Thai-inspired Full Moon Parties to Dubai with a bumper bill of DJs including Schooly, Kristian Valdini, Charl Chaka, Mark Pickup, Just Lance, Nthayi and Salah Sadeq, plus live entertainment. Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Jamrock at Sublime Weekly night of reggae, dancehall and R&B. Dhs50; ladies and couples free before midnight. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime Bar & Grill, Ibis World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).
Michael Rütten at Calabar For details, see Wednesday 24. Free. 7pm-3am. Until April 26. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
Nazarana Pyaar Ka at Indian High School A trio of Indian stars – Abhas Joshi, Jayprasad and Somdatta – performing hits by Hindi legends. Dhs25-100. 8pm. Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School, Oud Metha, www.timeouttickets.com
The Act See Simon Hammerstein’s extroverted Las Vegas export, complete with risqué stage performances. Reservations and guestlist only. 9.30pm-3am. Ongoing. The Act, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).
The Big Weekend at Boudoir Free drinks for ladies all weekend at this Dubai institution, plus commercial tunes from DJs Keza and Nick Waters. Free (reservations recommended). 9pm-3am. Until April 26. Boudoir, Dubai Marina Beach Resort, Jumeirah (056 170 7011).
Ravelations present Burn in Noise at Chi Expect strong, warm basslines and textured psychedelic leads from Burn in Noise, aka Brazilian DJ Gustavo Manfroni, who guests for Ravelations, which recently celebrated six years of psychy trance sounds in Dubai. Dhs75; ladies free before 11pm. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (050 645 1119).
VIP Room This St Tropez club just won Best New Club at our Music & Nightlife Awards. Free (guestlist only). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 1500).
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Miguel Puente at 360° Having lived in house birthplace Chicago, multicultural Montreal and boogied in Barcelona for five years, expect Mexican-born DJ Puente to bring a whole host of flavours to his ear-friendly set. Also spinning are Julian Jinx and Raxon. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Bangers and Mosh at Club XS This unpretentious Satwa club hosts a night of rock and metal, with DJ Storm and Sister Rock spinning. Free. 9.30pm-3am. Club XS, Chelsea Plaza Hotel, Satwa (055 642 2872).
Brazilian Spirit at Warehouse Brazilian decksmith Fernando Deeplick, who mixes house, electro and breaks with South American flavours, guests at this party, with DJ Anderson Lima warming up. Free for ladies, Dhs60 for men. 10.30pm-3am. Warehouse, Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 217 0000).
Brendan Grace at Almas Towers For details, see Thursday 25. Dhs100. Doors open 7pm; show starts 9pm. Almas Towers, JLT, www.timeouttickets.com
Cavalli Live with Lorena de Tena The keytar-playing nightclub performer guests. Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
Dr Kucho at Karma Kafé Expect hints of Latin grooves from Spanish house DJ Daniel Manzano, aka DJ Kucho. With more than 20 years in the game and 250 releases to his name, you’re in safe hands. Free. 7pm-3am. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0909).
Happy Mondays at Dubai Tennis Stadium Back together for the first time in 19 years, the original Mondays line-up plays the Middle East for the first time – Shaun Ryder brought a ragtag bag of musicians over in 2009, but this is the real deal. There’s no new music on the way, and Ryder has more or less admitted the decision to bury the hatchet was financial, but that’s unlikely to dull the impact of hearing vintage hits ‘Step On’ and ‘Kinky Afro’. Dhs200-350. Doors open 7pm’ show starts 9pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com
Jay Wud at The Music Room Fresh from supporting Guns N’ Roses in Abu Dhabi last month, Lebanese rocker Wud – who has also warmed up for Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant in his time – headlines his own gig. Known for technical riffing and squealing solos à la Steve Vai, Wud seems to be courting a more commercial audience of late. He’ll be supported tonight by hard-rockers Point of View. Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).
Massive Fridays with DJ Irwan at Club Sensation ‘Amsterdam’s number one urban DJ’ Irwan and ‘number one vocalist in Holland for R&B and hip-hop’ Phatt are playing in Dubai tonight – at the same venue. Warm up comes from Stylez, Badir and MC Money Plus. Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 10.30pm-3am. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 911 0600).
Martin Solveig at Café del Mar The huge French electro talent DJ-producer, best known for 2010 worldwide mash ‘Hello’, featuring Dragonette, plays a beachside gig. Dhs190. 4pm-2am. Café del Mar, Meydan Beach Club, The Walk at JBR (052 931 1115).
Michael Rütten at Calabar For details, see Wednesday 24. Free. 7pm-3am. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
MusicHall Beirut club MusicHall serves up a gaggle of global performers in a single evening. There’s a minimum spend of Dhs300 per person per stool, or Dhs450 per seat at a table. Reservations recommended. Open Thu-Fri 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (056 270 8670).
NFTO at Blue Marlin The Romanian DJ duo guest at this high-end beach club. Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
No.1 Fridays at White X The recent winner of Time Out’s Best Urban Night award is a guaranteed good night out. Dhs100; ladies free before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm (055 100 6555).
Paparazzi Platinum with Prok & Fitch Armani/Privé The hot UK house duo guest at a one-off edition of this night. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
South Africa Freedom Day with Goldfish at The Dek on Eight House crew Infusion present this party celebrating 19 years since the first post-apartheid elections which saw Nelson Mandela elected. They’ll mark the date a day early with a party starring incredibly dexterous jazz-infused house duo Goldfish – who played the same party in Nasimi last year – and ESP founder Dino Moran, plus resident talent and traditional food and drink. Free (guestlist only). 4pm-3am. The Dek on Eight, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
The Big Weekend at Boudoir For details, see Thursday 25. Free (reservations recommended). 9pm-3am. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (056 170 7011).
411 Saturdays at People by Crystal A reliably rammed, award-winning urban night, hosted by residents DJ Bliss and Mr Shef Codes. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Sunset Saturdays launch party at White X A new chilled sunset-themed beach concept, which runs from midday to midnight, launches with a white-themed party. There will be beach volleyball competitions, racquetball and more. Free. Noon-midnight. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5555).
XO Saturdays at Armani/Privé Armani’s urban night features R&B and urban mash-ups from Brooklyn, Mass Ramli and more. Dhs100; ladies free before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (056 683 3943).
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).
L.O.V.E. Sundays @ Okku The recent recipient of Time Out’s award for Best House Night, the L.O.V.E. team brings Sunday flair with its retro party. Free. 8pm-3am. Okku, The H Hotel (04 501 8777).
Señorita Sundays at Maya A ladies’ night with a difference, with a genuinely compelling mix of Latino tunes and Latin-tinged house spun by the resident decksmith (and of course three drinks tokens for ladies). Free. 7pm-11pm. Maya Lounge, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort, Dubai Marina (04 399 5550).
Katya Apekisheva at Madinat Theatre The fifth concert of The Score Classical series brings notable international pianist Apekisheva, who is said to have a flair for Schubert, to Dubai. Dhs185-250. 7.45pm. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat www.timeouttickets.com
Hip-hop Mondays at Cirque du Soir Dubai’s DJ Bliss guests this week at Cirque’s weekly urban fest. Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).
Manic Mondays at Zinc Old- and new-school club anthems from Greg Stainer and Andy Swift. The first 100 ladies to arrive 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).
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 Berlin Cirque hosts a party themed on the arty German capital. Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).
Pin-Up Tuesdays at Mahiki This award-winning ladies’ night is one of the most popular in town. There are free drinks for ladies between 9pm and 11pm, and the party goes on until late. Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).
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).
Tuesdays at Caramel A weekly retro night with ’90s tunes from DJs Bliss, Shef Codes and Stylez, plus half-price mixed drinks for ladies. Free (guestlist only). 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Caramel, DIFC (04 425 6677).