We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai
We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene.
As the summer passes the halfway point, Dubai’s music and nightlife scene is beginning to re-emerge. News of fresh openings is trickling through, with a huge international nightclub brand launching soon on the ground floor of The Radisson Royal Hotel. We’re also hearing that Cavalli, which is opening its doors again on August 15, has had a decor makeover; we’re intrigued to see just how far they’ll take the glitz. Following his cancelled appearance at Madinat in May, the Monty Python and Fawlty Towers comic legend John Cleese has confirmed that he will be playing a five-night run from November 9, with Virgin Radio DJ Kris Fade scheduled to chair questions to the notoriously prickly stand-up – the mind boggles.
Madinat clubs Trilogy and JamBase are set to make way for Ibiza super club brand Pacha, which is opening before Christmas. We are also excited by rumours that mash-up mix master Jaguar Skills is potentially visiting from the UK – there’s talk of October. Rock institution The Music Room is hosting a Freedom Rocks Festival on August 16 – a tribute to Indian and Pakistani Independence Day, with live performances from local bands including Neil Cruz and Charlie from punk outfit Nikotin along with local rockers Core 304. The Music Room is also going to be the venue for a DJ set from member of rap-royalty Public Enemy – DJ Lord on September 20, when he’ll headline the Boom Box night. And looking even further forward to November 22, BBC 6 DJ and Red Dwarf actor Craig Charles will be spinning some funky soul classics at Dusk Terrace – now that’s a lot to look forward to...