5 John Morales at Story Rooftop Lounge See Thu 29.
Aces at Boutiq Ultra Lounge Weekly urban night from The Real Flava crew spinning R&B and hip-hop. DJ Emir, Mr Shef Codes and DJ Kaboo on rotation. Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Boutiq Ultra Lounge, The Address Dubai Mall (050 354 3131).
Cavalli 54 A one-off night themed after the legendary New York nightspot Studio 54 (Chic wrote ‘Le Freak’ after being turned away from the club – fact). Kool and the Gang associate Mohamed Moretta is on the decks while Anne-Marie Martinez hosts. Reservations recommended. 10.30pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 228 2554).
Kings of Leon at Atlantis The Palm Last spotted on these soils when they performed at the inaugural Abu Dhabi F1 in 2009, the intervening five years have been far from quiet for the grandsons of Leon. Peaking in fame and exposure with 2008’s double whammy of radio-jammers ‘Sex on Fire’ and ‘Use Somebody’, and winning two UK Brit Awards, the Followill brothers found every mountain climbed must be tumbled back down. Amid infighting and disorder, the quartet pulled the plug midway through their 2011 US tour. But the band once hailed as rock’s saving sons by every indie critic with a pen in their duffel coat were far from down and out, striking back last year with album number six, Mechanical Bull, a stripped-down return to their roots, which picked up largely positive reviews. Now a decade in, and having learned how to straddle the borderline between radio-friendly unit shifters and credible, mature rock, the Kings of Leon legacy seems secure for years to come – and after a five-year wait, this outdoor gig promises to be something special. Dhs385 advance, Dhs450 on the door, Dhs600 VIP. 5pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).
Trevor Noah at Ductac Following from an impressive three-night, sell-out run at the same venue just two months earlier, top comic Noah is back by popular demand for two more nights. Expect raw and uproarious material that draws on the South African’s experience of growing up in apartheid-era Soweto. Check our interview with Noah at www.timeoutdubai.com. Dhs280. 8.30pm. Until Thursday 29. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha www.timeouttickets.com
Abri and The Funk Radius at Jazz@Pizza Express Practically a UAE supergroup, this funky outfit brings together the soulful voice of Hamdan Al Abri, the jazz-influenced grooves of brothers Rony and Elie Afif, Jay Wud’s bluesy guitar, a Stax-style horn section and plenty of head-nodding attitude. Expect to hear a mix of familiar songs reworked into a funk-soul context and the group’s own groovy concoctions. Free. 9.30pm. Jazz@PizzaExpress, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 324 7324).
Analog Room at Q Underground This underground electro night serves up wilfully intelligent and eclectic nuggets from a revolving door of guest DJs. Dhs75 (ladies free before midnight). 10pm-3am, The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha, www.analogroom.com.
Black Sabbath in Abu Dhabi Just over 35 years since Ozzy Osbourne was fired from the band, the reunited Black Sabbath of Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler (founding drummer Bill Ward is sadly absent) reach the Middle East for the first time, plugging last year’s 13 – the band’s first new LP with Ozzy since the aforementioned firing. These guys basically wrote the rule book for what heavy metal came to be – both musically and in their OTT attitudes – so expect lots of earnest tributes to one of music’s ugliest, but most-endearing genres. Check our interview with Butler at www.timeoutdubai.com. Dhs295-795. 7.30pm. Du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.thinkflash.ae.
Flip Thursday at Vanity Weekly R&B and hip-hop night with DJs Brooklyn, Emtee Pockets and Shero. Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 246 4555).
House of Afrika Comedy Jam Night at Level 41 House of Afrika is doing what any successful club night often does by diversifying into comedy. The two-night run features South African comedians Joey Rasdien, Chris Forest and Loyiso Gola. There’s a free shawarma with every ticket bought, so head for your laughs hungry. Dhs140. Doors 8pm, show 9pm. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
John Bishop at Dubai World Trade Centre One of the biggest comedians in the UK right now, Bishop makes his Middle Eastern debut. A one-off show snuck in ahead of an autumn tour at home, we can expect to hear lots of fresh material being road-tested for the first time. Dhs300-800. Doors 7pm, show 9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre www.timeouttickets.com
John Morales at Story Rooftop Lounge NYC underground disco kingpin Morales – renowned for his M+M Mixes series, now in a third volume – returns to spin for party-starters Dust. Following a stellar set on his last visit to the emirate, we’re already looking forward to another evening of thick, floor-filling disco monsters, plus smatterings of funk and groovy house from this guy, who’s something of a legend with 1,000 tunes, remixes and edits to his name. Expect basslines. And boogie. Dhs100 (free before 10pm). 9pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Holiday Inn Knowledge Village, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trevor Noah at Ductac For details, see Wednesday 28. Dhs280. 8.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates www.timeouttickets.com
Audio Tonic Season VIII Rooftop Closing Party at 360° Recently celebrating eight years in Dubai, the emirate’s top house happening wraps up the outdoor season with final rooftop fling, showcasing an all-star resident lineup across of ten DJs over 14 joyous hours, including: Tristan Bain, Megadon Betamax, Rich Showell, Russ Cooper, JC Pinto, Rod Lee Winters, Markii, Sam Farsio, Mr Mr and Raxon. Free (guestlist recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).
Bassworx with Disaszt at Casa Latina Underground bassheads’ haven Bassworx rings out their final event before the summer lull with a guest slot from Australia’s Mainframe Recordings name Disaszt, joined by Fraviva, Espace and Woodle & Jab. Free before 11pm, Dhs60 after (with one drink). 9.15pm-2.45am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Desert Experiment Session I at The Music Room The Desert Experiment will bring together some of the Dubai scene’s most prominent performers for a night of cross-genre collaboration. Leading proceedings are the phenomenally talented Empty Yard Experiment (EYE), who recently celebrated the released of a fantastic LP Kallista, and have supported the likes of Metallica and Evanescence. Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2534).
Electric Days Dubai’s premier hipster’s hangout. Guestlist only. Dhs70 includes two drinks before 8pm. Dhs100 after 8pm. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, email@example.com.
Plus Minus Sessions closing party with James Zabiela Zabiela is the kind of DJ that evokes tones of hushed reverence from other DJs: he’s one of the few discmasters who inspires fellow tradesmen to stand silently at the back of the club in blissed-out awe. A renowned gadget freak, recent gigs have seen him manipulating sounds with iPads, so look forward to technical geekdom coupled with the dancefloor nous of an Ibiza regular. He returns here to close the season for this hip house happening. Dhs150 after 7pm. Dhs100 before for men, free for ladies before 7pm. 2pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm (050 359 9798).
House of Afrika with Craig De Sousa at The Dek on 8 A weekly showcase of Afro-tinged house which this week welcomes South African heavyweight De Sousa, known for deep and deep tech house sets. Expect top tunes strafing deep and tech house, and a clued-up party crowd. Free. 11pm-3am. Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 427 1000).
Radio Slave at Blue Marlin Renowned remixer Radio Slave pulls eclectic nuggets from electronic disco, abstract house and underground sounds. One of the last outdoor parties of the season. Members, reservations only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (056 133 3400).
Space Monkey at Story Rooftop DJ Unai Trotti spins at this arty hangout, supported by Sufyan Rishi. Call for price. 9pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Holiday Inn Knowledge Village (04 365 9911).
411 Saturdays at People by Crystal The floor is generally packed for DJ Bliss’ trademark urban staple. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Sunday June 1
L.O.V.E. Sundays at Okku This nightspot is reliably packed with a glam crowd who are up for a Sunday night party. Free (reservations recommended). 8pm-3am. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).
Monday June 2
Dale Nichols at The Fridge The 16th Fridge concert series kicks off with Canadian pianist Dale Nichols presenting a programme of original compositions. Dhs50. 8pm. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, www.thefridgedubai.com (04 347 7793).
Hip-Hop Chic at Cirque Le Soir A top weekly urban night with a decent crowd. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).
Tuesday June 3
Ladies’ night at Embassy This classy club has rolled out its ladies’ night from Tuesday to Saturday. Free. 8pm-1am. Ongoing. Embassy Dubai, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).