Akon, French Montana, Nepal's biggest rock band and more
Our picks of the week
1 French Montana Live at VIP Room See Thu 25.
2 Akon Live at Cavalli See Wed 24.
3 Blue Marlin Opening at Blue Marlin Ibiza See Fri 26.
4 Day Vibes Pool Party at Puro Beach See Sat 27.
5 Groove on the Grass at Emirates Golf Club See Fri 26.
Akon Live at Cavalli With 40 Billboard Hot 100 songs and more than 10 million albums worldwide, Akon will take to the stage at Cavalli to perform his string of hits. Dhs300. 9.30pm-3am. Cavalli, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 991 0400).
DJ Carlos Campos Toro Toro will play host to the world-renowned Latino electro DJ Carlos Campos. He will be headlining the wild carnival-themed party that will kick off the new party season in true Toro Toro style. Free (reservations required). 8pm-3am. Toro Toro, Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
Diamond Wednesday This mid-week event has relocated to the indoor venue for six weeks. Expect hip-hop and urban music from DJs Shero and Brooklyn. Free. 10pm-3am. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (05 5147 6034).
Dubai International Dance Festival The first night of a four-day event celebrates all styles of dance. It promises to showcase young talent from Dubai and from around the world. Featuring salsa, zouk, belly dancing, hip-hop, African Dance, Brazilian Samba and Tango. From Dhs200 to Dhs599. 8pm-3am. JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Jebel Ali (050 277 7475).
J’Adore Start your weekend with after-work two-for-one deals on selected beverages at Atelier M from 6pm to 9pm. The resident DJ will play a mix of soulful classics and deep house. DJs Brooklyn and Shef Codes take over at 9pm, playing a mix of old skool, nu skool, R&B, hip-hop, rare grooves and funk. Free. 6pm-3am. Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai Marina (044 507 766).
Superheroes Presents The Dance Off Sound System It’s time to tap your trotters and stamp your hooves: Superheroes are back in action featuring the Red Bull breakdance squad and music by DJs Under the Moon, Kasparov and Somalie. Playing a mix of the freshest Garage, House and Bass Music. Free. 6pm-3am. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Tiki-tastic Thursday Kick off the weekend with Tiki-tastic Thursdays. Enjoy cheeky fun on the dance floor as DJ Adam plays all your favourite commercial chart hits. Free (reservations recommended). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 380 7731).
VIP Room On Air Presents French Montana The hip-hop star will perform a mix of his hits including, ‘Ain’t Worried About Nothin’ and ‘Don’t Panic.’ Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. VIP Room, JW Marriot Marquis, Business Bay (052 881 8888).
’80s Night DJ Gilbert spins the best of ’80s music from the top artists of the time. Enjoy one selected drink at 50 percent off. Free. 9pm-10pm. Bapas Restaurant & Lounge, The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 385 8881).
After Brunch at Societe For those who are looking to continue the party at the end of a Friday brunch, Societe has the answer with its newly launched event. Indulge in an unlimited drinks package that includes an assortment of 50 exotic mixed drinks, sparkling grape and hops. Dhs250. 4pm-8pm. Societe, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (050 357 1126).
Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions Another solid local resident lineup closes out the month which includes the first bi-monthly Breakin Even’ breaks, bass and house concept downstairs (after the dinner session) with Bristol’s Kasparov. Free. 4pm-3am. 360˚, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (055 500 8518).
Bang Bang Fans of classic house music and fancy sunset views of JBR and the Palm will love this lively party. Music by DJ Robeto Mermand. Free. 2pm-midnight. Pure Sky Lounge, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Residences, JBR (050 957 9471).
Blue Marlin Season Opening DJ’s Finnebassen and Los Suruba will take to the respected terrace for a set of house and electric vibes, setting the stage for the sensational season line-up. Free (reservations recommended) 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Electric Days This week’s line-up features Kate Simko live with Danielle Diaz. The venue can reach full capacity as early as 9pm, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Entry before 8pm is Dhs70 with two free mixed drinks and Dhs100 entry after 8pm. Doors open 6pm-3am. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Friday Fiesta Izel celebrates its first-year anniversary with a sultry Latin adventure. Party the night away with saxophone and trumpet players, gogo dancers, DJ Shef Codes Latino house beats, and energetic Colombian band Tono Barrio taking centre stage. Gents will receive complimentary cigars with a chance to purchase freshly rolled cigars on the night from a guest Cuban cigar roller. Dhs35 per drink for house grape, hops and selected drinks. 7.30pm-3am. IZEL, Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7111).
Groove on the Grass Season opening The new season line-up features Pan-Pot, a multi-dimensional Berlin duo currently twisting house and techno fans into rapturous fits, as well as Avatism. From Dhs200 to Dhs8,500. 7pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 380 1234).
Karma Kafé Presents DJ Ravin Ravin is famous for being the master behind the world renowned sounds of Buddha-Bar, introducing his eclectic music mixes which he has gathered on his many journeys around the globe. Free. 9pm-3am. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).
No. 1 Fridays DJ Shero and DJ Brooklyn play continuous non-stop party anthems from R&B, hip-hop, old skool, nu skool, deep house and reggae. Free bubbly for ladies until 1am. Free. 10pm-3am. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 5995).
Ragga Factory Live The retro, the fusion, the new-age, the rock, the acoustic, the piano, the guitar, the Bass and the drums are back in this mix of music at Ragga Factory live. Free. 8.30pm-3am. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 440 9300).
Robin and the New Revolution Mainstage presents Robin and The New Revolution, the biggest rock band in Nepal. Their music is a blend of funk, blues, slow rock and folk tunes mixed with down-to-earth words elevating patriotism. They will be supported by local band, Moonshine. Dhs70. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Sunny Vibe Up Pirate Radio Rinseout The event will feature Charlie P, a Reggae, Roots and Dub singer from Essex, England. Expect killer bootlegs, dodgy mashups, ’90s Jungle and a whole heap of original pirate material. Free. 3pm-1am. Buddha Bar, Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina (04 366 9111).
Urban Fever Amika DJ Skinnyloop brings a mix of hip-hop and urban tracks to Amika every Friday night. Free. 9pm-3am. Dusk Terrace, Radisson Blu Dubai Media City (052 777 6953).
Day Vibes Pool Party This daytime soiree features music by Trix, Tim Kay, Adam G and Monica S. Special guest appearance by Jared McHuloch. Includes free pool access until 8pm. Free. Noon-11pm. Purobeach, Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 287 8703).
Suga Hip-hop Party Head to Movida and finish the weekend off in style with a trendy crowd dancing to hip-hop and R&B tunes. Free. 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
XO Saturdays A fusion of electro beats and hip-hop mixes greet you at Armani. Think beautiful people, fashionable attire and chic surroundings. Free for ladies (reservations recommended). 9pm-3am. Armani/Prive, Burj Khalifa, Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3308).
Milk On Sundays DJ Brooklyn and DJ Shef Codes play a mix of old skool, nu skool, R&B, hip-hop, rare grooves and funk. Complimentary drinks for ladies until 1am. Free. 10pm-3am. Chinawhite, Grand Hyatt, Oud Metha (05 5147 6034).
S.O.S Sunday Old School Step back in time and lose yourself in a mixture of classic ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s mash-ups and remixes. Complimentary mixed drinks for ladies all night. Free. 9pm-3am. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 5995).
Status Sundays Expect a night of urban music at Amika, hosted by resident DJ Junior J. The dancefloor can get pretty packed and it has a young, lively crowd. Free, guestlist and reservations only. 11pm-3am. Amika, The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 782 5374).
The Big Nick and Dave Quiz Night Join Radio 1’s Nick Robinson and Radio 2’s Dave Cleary every Sunday night for what some people call a pub quiz, others call a quiz show and even more people call it two idiots on stage dancing and asking trivia questions. Great prizes up for grabs, with a variety of different rounds and games. Free. 8pm-10pm. The Stables, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 342 5571).
Turn up Sundays The popular event is back every Sunday with Radio One DJ Saif and Sound as well as DJ Shoni. Free drinks all night for ladies. Free. 9pm-3am. Boutiq, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (050 173 7066).
Quiz night at The Huddle Lars Hansen, experienced quiz master, plays host each week. Featuring five rounds of ten questions in the categories of current affairs, entertainment, sports and a general knowledge ‘Boffins’ round with a bit of music and mystery thrown in. Great prizes. Free. 8pm-10pm.The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill, Citymax Hotels Al Barsha (04 409 8000).
Be a Gentleman Night Every guy bringing a lady will receive three complimentary selected house beverages. Live music from Roxx Empire. Free. 7pm-midnight. Maxx Music Bar & Grill, Citymax Hotel Al Barsha (04 409 8000).
Censored Censored brings clubbing back to the old school with open format club classics featuring CJ iDJ on the decks tonight. Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).
Sparkle in the Sand Ladies Night Get together for a night to remember with sparkling beverages. The first 50 ladies will be given a gem bag on entry, one of which will contain a genuine precious stone, which Dhamani Jewellers, in Anantara’s lobby, will verify on the night. With fabulous beats, a beautiful location and a gorgeous gemstone, this is one for the girls.Dhs50 including sparkling drinks. 8pm-11pm. The Beach House, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).