The best live music, club nights and comedy in town revealed
Time Out Dubai staff
Our picks of the week
1 #DXBNYE at Meydan Racecourse See Wed 31.
2 Masterjam at Media City Amphitheatre See Wed 31.
3 Groove Armada at Zero Gravity See Wed 31.
Twisted Winter in Wonderland Cirque Le Soir transforms into a Twisted Winter in Wonderland, playing on the theme of Alice returning to Wonderland with a vengeance. The theme also plays on troubled dreams and nightmares. Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 540).
White Christmas Celebrate Christmas Day in style with White Dubai’s festive Christmas party. Just walk in or reserve a table. Free. 10pm-3am. White Dubai, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
Miguel Campbell and Maher Daniel live Miguel Campbell has been a DJ galvanised by the house music scene since the early ’90s. He is joined by Maher Daniel Free. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
High Heels Night The 31 is celebrating the power of a woman’s might with two complimentary drinks. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Sofitel Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 448 4848).
S.O.S Sunday Old School Step back in time and lose yourself in a mix of ’70s, ’80s and ’90s mash-ups. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 5995).
R&B Anthems at Sensation This weekly night features a variety of genres including R&B and hip-hop. Free for ladies, Dhs100 for gents. 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Sensation Club, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).
Pink in the City Enjoy classic tunes at Barasti from all the female greats and unlimited pink bubbly until 10.30pm. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina (04 399 2313).
9000AD at Spin Dubai Begin 2015 to the tune of future house club and EDM. Look out for the sci-fi fashion ramp. Dhs750-1,600. 9pm-3am. Spin Dubai, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 370 7707).
New Year’s Eve with Alex Kenji DJ and producer Alex Kenji rocks his house tech music beats alongside DJ Jojo and Jam. Dhs450. 9pm-4am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).
Audio Tonic NYE Circus Bazaar It’s a carnival of light and sound this New Year’s Eve where you can see and hear one of the world’s most renowned firework displays while listening to the award-winning Audio Tonic resident DJs welcoming in 2015. Featuring Mr Mr, Rod Lee Winters and Tristan Bain. Dhs600-1,500. 8pm-4am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (055 500 8518).
Blackout NYE Partygoers will end the year on a luminous note at White Dubai, which will be decked out in highlighter hues and sleek neon colours. Single entries at the bar are priced at Dhs700 per person (including open sushi and unlimited house beverages). Other packages range from Dhs1,200 to Dhs3,000 per person for platinum tables. Dhs700-3,000. 10pm-3am. White Dubai, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).
Dekadance This poolside party offers a no-nonsense New Year’s Eve with unlimited house beverages until 11.45pm and music by DJ Tim Cheddar and DJ Soulninja. Dhs395. 9pm-3am. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (055 144 1549).
#DXBNYE Pharrell Williams, Tomorrowland, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike perform with Busta Rhymes, Paul Oakenfold, Charli XCX, Sky Blu and Seb Fontaine. Dhs395-1,695. 7pm-3am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba. www.timeouttickets.com
Frioul Presents Vintage NYE Package includes a six-course meal with canapés, complimentary bubbly on arrival and a special live performance from international jazz star Joe Stilgoe. Dhs800. 7pm-3am. Frioul, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 567 0011).
Glow in the dark party DJ Wire, MC Olly Wood, Kung Fu Panda and DJ Adam J will entertain the crowd. Dhs200. 8pm-4am. NDulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).
Groove Armada play Zero Gravity International electro giants, Groove Armada and anthem-inducing house DJ Hot Since 82 are live on stage. Dhs400-1,499. 8pm-4am. Zero Gravity, SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina (055 500 9111).
Masterjam The Jacksons, Chaka Khan, Gloria Gaynor, Grammy award-winning artist and producer Nile Rodgers and Chic, Jocelyn Brown and Incognito and Kathy Sledge all take to the stage over seven hours. Dhs495-13,500. 6pm-3am. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Media City, www.masterjam.ae (04 551 6708).
New Year’s Eve at Barasti Find a spot on the sand and watch the New Year’s Eve firework display over Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. Entertainment by ATB, Marty Metcalf, Tom Ferguson, Killer Queen (the world’s number one Queen tribute act), Paddyman and Emanuel. Dhs300. 6pm-3am. Barasti Beach Bar, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road. www.timeouttickets.com
NYE at Buddha Bar Party all-night long with a Buddha Bar dance performance and resident DJ Dimi El. From Dhs1,600 per person (including unlimited selected premium beverages and Buddha Bar bites). 8pm-3am. Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).
NYE at Cavalli Club The club presents ‘Imagine’ with music by Nick Tohme and Soheil Ray. Dhs950 for ladies, Dhs1,250 for gents. Prices include unlimited beverages. 9pm-4am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).
NYE at Pacha Music by DJ Ejaz playing a mix of hip-hop and R&B with Stu Laurie in the main room and commercial house with Pierre Ravan on the roof. From Dhs1,300 for ladies, Dhs1,500 for gents. 7pm-3am. Pacha Ibiza Dubai, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 567 0000).
NYE at People by Crystal Ring in the new year with DJ Bliss and DJ Tony H. Dhs500 for ladies, Dhs700 for gents. Prices include unlimited house drinks. 9pm-4am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (055 360 2990).
NYE at Q with a view Dance the night away with exclusive guest DJ Carita La Nina from the Netherlands. Dhs950 per person (including unlimited drinks and sushi from 9pm-2am). 9pm-3am. Q43, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 443 5403).
NYE at Societe Party like it’s 1999. Ring in 2015 with good vibes, throwback music from the resident DJ and a lot of pre-millennium nostalgia. Dhs200. 10pm-3am. Societe Dubai, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (050 357 1126).
NYE at Story Rooftop Lounge Enjoy a firework display and music by international grands Kiko Navarro and Nader Razdar. Dhs400. 9pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Dubai Knowledge Village (043 659 911).
NYE at The Act Dubai Indulge in a five-course festive dinner menu and watch a host of international performers take to the stage throughout the night with ’70s, disco, funk and rock’n’roll music. Dhs1,000 per person. 8.30pm-2am. The Act, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 355 1116).
Party Under the Stars French superstar DJs Faul and Wad Ad, who have had enormous global success with their deep house worldwide hit ‘Changes’ reaching number one throughout Europe, will take to the stage. Dhs550 per person including unlimited drinks. 10pm-4am. Cielo Sky Lounge, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 4161 800).
Superheroes NYE Spectacular Enjoy a night of house, garage and bass music with 360-degree panoramic views of the fireworks from the 41st floor overlooking Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. Dhs150. 9pm-3am. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (055 829 6348).
Year of Light Jamie Jones, Richy Ahmed and Ibellini take to the decks this New Year’s Eve. Dhs450 for ladies, Dhs600 for gents. Prices inlcude unlimited drinks. 8pm-3am. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Thursday January 1
Davido live in Concert Start the New Year with Africa’s number one artist of the year, Davido. Free. 9pm-3am. Domeland by Chi, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 337 9470).
The Big Rock ’n’ Roll Festival Dubai’s hottest bands paying tribute to CCR, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, The Ramones, The Beatles, Jerry Lee Lewis and many more. Featuring, Behold The Locus, Xalbaje, Fat Randall, Aldo Rock and The Footprints. Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
Live music at The Underground Pub Catch a live acoustic session from Darren Constable from 8.00pm onwards at the British pub. Free. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. The Underground Pub, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5000).
Cuban night Soak up the ultimate Cuban experience listening to the sounds of 2D Cuba: Pherson Romero and Belinda Guerra Diaz. Free. 4.30pm-1.30am. Salamar, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5000).
Ba Ladies Night Ladies can indulge in three mixed drinks and dance to music by DJ Ilona Maras. Free. 9pm-midnight. Ongoing. Ba Restaurant & Lounge. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3338).
Jazz nights Enjoy the sounds of Paul Moutarde and Tamas Antal (Desert Jazz Band) playing instrumental tunes on saxophone and piano. Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. The Farm, Al Barari, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (04 392 5660).