Revealed: The shortlist for the 2014 Music and Nightlife Awards
Time Out Dubai staff
Ladies and gentlemen, here it is – the emirate’s best nightlife revealed.
Every year we head out to hundreds of bars, clubs, gigs and events – and once a year, after countless debates, disagreements and headaches, our panel of informed judges assesses the competition and round-ups the best from the rest, with the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards.
We don’t bandy these titles around freely. In a city known for superlatives, this is one time of the year a venue can earn the legitimate Time Out stamp of being the best in the business.
Ahead of the annual awards ceremony, to take place on February 26 at Conrad Dubai, we today unveil the official shortlist of nominees. A bit like the Oscars, this is a definitive list of the best venues, events and talents to have blossomed in Dubai over the past 12 months.
Best Theatrical Performance Betrayal, Dubai Drama Group @ DUCTAC (September 26-28 2013) Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour show by Cirque du Soleil, Duvent @ Dubai World Trade Centre (December 30, 2013 – January 14 2014) Cirque Eloize iD, Dubai Festival and Retail @ Dubai World Trade Centre (August 15-24 2013) Chicago, Yak Events @ DWTC (December 19 2013 – January 3 2014) Don Quixote, Sofia Ballet @ Madinat Jumeirah (April 17-26 2013) The Illusionists, Alchemy Project @ Dubai World Trade Centre (August 28-Sepembter 7 2013) Swan Lake, The Royal Moscow Ballet staged by Alchemy Project @ Dubai World Trade Centre (May 9-13 2013) Sweeney Todd, Spotlight Academy @ DUCTAC (April 9-13 2013) Under African Skies, Barnyard Theatre @ Madinat Theatre (June 26-29 2013)
Best Comedy Gig Al Murray, Done Events @ Dubai World Trade Centre (October 4 2013) Jason Byrne, McGettigan’s @ Almas Towers (October 10-11 2013) McGettigan’s Comedy Fest, McGettigan’s @ Almas Tower (January 9-10 2014) Michael McIntyre, Done Events @ Dubai World Trade Centre (June 7-8 2013) Omid Djalili, Yak Events @ Dubai World Trade Centre (11/10/13) Punchline Comedy Club with John Lenahan, Simon Bligh and Matt Klein @ Emirates Golf Club (September 12 2013) and Jumeirah Creekside Hotel (September 19 2013) The Wayans Brothers, Yak Events @ Dubai World Trade Centre (June 21-22 2013) Tommy Tiernan, The Irish Village @ Dubai Tennis Stadium (March 21 2013) The Laughter Factory with Justin Moorhouse, Mike Gunn, Paul Sinha @ various venues (January 15-23 2014) The Laughter Factory with Phil Nichol, Gordon Southern and Josh Howe @ various venues (December 4-12 2013)
Best International DJ Set Copyright, Bliss on Copyright @ Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort (December 5 2013) David Guetta, Live@Atlantis @ Atlantis The Palm (May 3 2013) DJ Yoda, Younique, Think @ Media One Hotel (April 19 2013) Plus Minus Sessions (Blitz Productions & Loud In Promotions) @ Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm. Jazzy Jeff, Barasti New Year's Eve Sugar Beach Party @ Barasti (December 31 2013) Kenny Dope, Dust and Red Bull @ Tamanya Terrace (September 27 2013) Roni Size, Global Funk @ The Music Room (September 19 2013) Tiësto, Peppermint Experience’s Sunburn Dubai @ DWTC (March 28 2013) Will.i.am, Dubai Music Week @ Dubai Music Week (September 26 2013)
Best Gig (Up to 3,000 capacity) Europe, M Premiere @ Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium (November 22 2013) Happy Mondays, Talent Brokers @ Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium (April 26 2013) Horace Andy, Drop Dread, Deep Crates Cartel @ Casa Latina (September 6 2013) Kamal Musallam @ The Fridge (November 4, 2013) Katya Apekisheva, The Score @ Madinat Theatre (April 29 2013) Reverend and the Makers, Ohm Events @ The Music Room (October 4 2013) Rick Ross, Defbeat Middle East @ Al Badia Golf Club (October 4 2013) Sarah Brightman In Concert Dreamchaser World Tour @ DWTC (February 6 & 7) Shaggy, Atelier Events @ Cavalli Club (July 7 2013) Tarek Yamani ft. Elie Afif @ The Fridge (September 30 2013) Texas @ The Irish Village (January 23 2014)
Best Gig (3,000+ capacity) Alicia Keys, Done Events @ Media City Amphitheatre (November 15 2013) Amr Diab, Du World Music Festival @ Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (April 6 2013) Bruno Mars, Done Events @ Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (April 12 2013) Eraserheads, Sundance Events @ Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (April 4 2013) Justin Bieber, Done Events @ The Sevens Stadium (May 4-5 2013) Noel Gallagher, Live @ Atlantis @ Atlantis The Palm (March 15 2013) Selena Gomez, Dubai Music Week @ Dubai World Trade Centre (September 27 2013) Train, Sundance Events @ Du World Music Festival @ Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (April 5 2013)
Best Festival Dubai Jazz Festival @ Dubai Festival City (February 13-20) Dubai Music Week @ Dubai World Trade Centre (September 24-29 2013) Dubai Rock Fest 2013, M Premiere @ Dubai World Trade Centre (June 7 2013) Du World Music Festival, Sundance Events @ Media City (March 28-April 6 2013) Gulf Bike Week, Clarion Events @ Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (October 24-26 2013) Mixtape Rewind, Sundance Events @ Emirates Golf Club (January 17 2014) Sandance with Florence & The Machine, Keane and Groove Armada @ Atlantis The Palm (May 10 2013) RedFest DXB (February 13-14) Sandance with The Killers, Of Monsters and Men and The Wailers @ Atlantis The Palm (October 11 2013) Sandance with Jamiroquai, Chic ft. Nile Rodgers and Rudimental @ Atlantis The Palm (November 15 2013) SIKKA Art Fair Music Stage, SIKKA @ Al Fahidi Historical (March 14-24 2013)
Mega Dhs10 billion community being built on the Dubai border
14,408 homes are being constructed at Alghadeer
Dubai transit rule change means connecting tourists can leave airport
Get out and explore Dubai instead of waiting in the lounge
New waterpark opening at Dubai’s La Mer
The waterpark will feature waterslides, a wave machine and a lazy river
Pay with your Nol card in 5,000 locations across Dubai
It can be used in a range of restaurants, cafés and to buy petrol
Sam Feb 01, 2014 09:01 am
I'm surprised that Electric Days is in this shortlist....
Yes Maybe the play Deep house which is now the new hipster thing and yes they have a peace sign hanging somewhere, however this event is far from alternative.
It's the most exclusive thing I've gone to in Dubai and that alone defies the idea of alternative. I say that because the one time I sent a bunch of names to add to the guest list I was ask for the facebook links for each and everyone of the names that I sent 'for verification reasons'. Little did I know that it was to check if those people were 'hot enough' to attend the event...
Mary Ann Jan 29, 2014 05:31 am
Spin Dubai, have awesome ambiance, friendly staff, and definitely a perfect place to hangout,,