4 Kidum & The Boda Boda Band at The Music Room See Sat 5.
5. Bad House Party at Casa Latina See Thu 5.
ACES at Boutiq Ultra Decked out like a Vegas showpiece, new weekly Wednesday night party ACES features local DJ favourite Mr Shef Codes along with mash-ups from guest DJs behind the decks. Free. 11pm-3am. Boutiq Ultra Lounge, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (050 354 3131).
Afro Beats DXB: Azonto Nights This fresh Afro-urban party offers a new midweek option. Free for ladies and mixed groups, tickets Dhs100. 2LIV, Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (050 880 5769).
Mahiki Retro Wednesdays The days of cassette tapes, high tops and rollerskates make a comeback with this retro-themed 1980s and 1990s night with resident DJ Adam. Free. 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (055 216 0181).
Societe School Nights Who said you shouldn’t party on a school night? Societe Dubai hosts a new evening where you can step back in time and don those old-school uniforms. Free. 9pm. Societe Dubai, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (050 357 1126).
Bad House Party This fresh-faced guitar-friendly happening has shot up from a small seed to a mighty beanstalk very quickly. Expect to hear a mix of punk stormers, obscure indie and other diversions at this wilfully eccentric, eclectic and all-round charming underground happening. Free (or Dhs60 with two drinks). 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha, www.facebook.com/thebadhouseparty.
Cause We Love Music with Miguel Puente at Bliss Lounge
Spain-based deep house notable Puente headlines alongside Mexican Get Physical signing Robbie Akbal. Warm-up comes from the cream of Dubai talent, Raxon, plus Bliss residents A-Moralez and Mary G. Free. 9pm-3am. Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (04 315 3886).
District Live Thursdays
A fresh and funky Thursday night at this chic DIFC lounge, with live neo soul/funk from Layla & the Free Sound Project, plus beats from DJ Rich E. Free (door policy applies). 8pm-late. District Lounge, DIFC (050 880 2285).
The Laughter Factory
As they gear up to celebrate their 20th anniversary this summer, The Laughter Factory team present a strong bill of three stand-ups, Andrew Ryan, Danny McLoughlin and ‘comic’s comic’ Dave Fullton. Dhs140. 9pm. Until April 10. Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach, JBR www.timeouttickets.com
UB40 at The Irish Village
Just a few weeks after we had an entirely different line-up of ‘UB40’ performing at Emirates Golf Club, breakaway founding members Ali Campbell – the original lead singer – plus sax man Astro and keys player Mickey Virtue bring a new incarnation of everyone’s favourite Brummie reggae-pop band to Dubai. Wherever your loyalties lie, you can be sure to hear all the original band’s hits, such as ‘Falling In Love With You’ and ‘Kingston Town’, rolled out one after another. Dhs175. Doors 7pm; show 9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud www.timeouttickets.com
Audio Tonic with Leftwing & Kody at 360° Now in its eighth year, the recent winner of our Best House Night gong Audio Tonic rolls on with a guest slot from men of the moment Leftwing & Kody, who came from nowhere to smash the Beatport chart in 2012, picking up support from big hitters like Loco Dice, Groove Armarda, Jimmy Edgar, Huxley and Noir. Residents Mr Mr and Conan Liquid also spin on the roof, with Kasparov playing late into the night down below. Free (guestlist recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).
House of Afrika with Born 2 Funk
The Amsterdam based-DJ guests at this hip and alternative rooftop party, which attracts a regular crowd to hear a chilled blend of house from South Africa and further afield. Free. 4pm-3am. Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maher Daniel at Electric Days
Canadian decksmith Daniel has been tipped to go overground for some time now, racking up warm-up slots for the likes of Sasha, Ricardo Villalobos, Jamie Jones and Damian Lazarus, and signing up to boutique agency The Bullitt Agency. Here he guests for Dubai’s premier hipsters’ haven, Electric Days. Guestlist only. Dhs70 includes two drinks before 8pm. Dhs100 after 8pm. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, email@example.com.
Pah Chihera & Afro Love Band at The Music Room
Zimbabwean model, dancer, actor, choreographer – and singer – Chihera brings a mix of Western pop, African grooves and buckets of personality, backed here by the Afro Love Band. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Official Comic Con after-party at Cirque Le Soir
While the comic book world isn’t exactly renowned for after-dark chic, it’s perhaps fitting that Dubai’s annual celebration of superheroes should continue in the emirate’s most dramatic club. The question on everyone’s lips: Will visiting celebs Seth Green and co. be on the floor? Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).
Tania Vulcano at Blue Marlin Ibiza
Blue Marlin continues its peerless booking policy with Uruguay-born Vulcano (we’re promised that’s her real name), who has been a resident of Ibiza for more than a decade, bringing a taste of the underground to the party capital of the world. Expect a mix of deep, funky and tribal house. Members, reservations only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (056 133 3400).
The Laughter Factory
For details, see Thursday 3. Dhs140. 9pm. Until April 10. Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach, JBR. www.timeouttickets.com
Tounsi.com at Ductac
Tunisian stand-up Jaafar Al Guessmi presents a one-man show in Arabic describing the lifestyle of his homeland. A talented comedian, Al Guessmi has won a heap of awards across the Arab world and recently participated at the 6th Festival of Theatre in El Arab Sharjah 2014, where he received the first prize for best producer. Dhs200-250. 6.30pm, Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates. www.timeouttickets.com
Homegrown at 360° This fortnightly concept from the Infusion team offers a welcome platform to the city’s best decksmiths in the iconic surroundings of one of its best bar-clubs. Tonight look forward to grooves from Kristian Valdini and former Best Dubai DJ award winner Charl Chaka. Free, reservations recommended. 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (055 500 8518).
Kidum & The Boda Boda Band at The Music Room
Burundi-born, Kenya-based singer Kidum has enjoyed a lengthy career, leading his own Boda Boda band for a decade. Following recent collaborations with MTV Africa Music Awards artist of the year Nameless, as well as Juliana Kanyomozi and other stars, he remains at the forefront of the African music scene. Dhs125. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
The Laughter Factory
For details, see Thursday 3. Dhs140. 9pm. Until April 10. The Els Club, Dubai Sports City www.timeouttickets.com
Vin Sinners album launch party at Hard Rock Café
Fresh from signing a major label record deal, local hard rock band Vin Sinners celebrate the release of a new LP. Free. 7pm-late. Hard Rock Café, Festival City (04 399 2888).
Sundays at Rock Bottom Live music, a DJ on the deck and deals on this bar’s most infamous mixed drinks make Sundays at Rock Bottom a sure thing for those seeking a wallet-friendly, action-packed party on a school night. Just don’t blame us if your Monday gets off to a slow start. Free entrance for members and ladies, men Dhs100. 9pm. Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (04 450 0111).
Mahiki Mondays Sit back and have an early night out while relaxing in a tropical setting over a Tiki drink and a bite from the grill. 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (055 216 0181).
Jam Night at The Music Room A regular open mic and jam session for local players. Dhs50 (including one drink). 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Sparkle in the Sand Ladies’ Night at The Beach House
Head to The Beach House and you can perch yourself by the water and enjoy unlimited bubbles for just Dhs50 as part of the venue’s ‘Sparkle in the Sand’ offer. Dhs50. 8pm-late. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
This is... ladies’ night at Tabla Club
The Infusion and No.1 teams gang up to present a new ladies’ night concept. Expect old-school soul, R&B, hip-hop and funk tunes from DJs Nthayi & David Craig, and of course free drinks for the ladies all night. Free. 10.30pm-3am. Tabla Club, Grand Millennium Hotel, TECOM (055 147 6034).