They were recognised in Time Out Dubai’s Music & Nightlife Awards 2018
1 13Daze There’s no way you won’t have your head banging and your fist pumping when this epic hard rock covers band get on the stage at Lock, Stock & Barrel in Barsha Heights. Big, anthemic rock, killer riffs and the odd curve-ball cover – all of which will keep you on your feet and sweating buckets at this wildly popular bar.
2 Big Mouth A little bit of everything, that’s what you’re going to get from this super-talented three-piece band. From Springsteen, to Sheeran and even a bit of Madness – there’s something for everyone. Touring across the UAE comes naturally, but Dubai is their home, and they’re about to embark on a new residency with Hard Rock Cafe in Dubai Festival City, starting this month, every Saturday. Live at Hard Rock Cafe. Sat, from 8.30pm. Dubai Festival City Mall (04 232 8900).
3 Carrie Gibson This silken-voiced singer is a real mixed bag of treats. Head to Hard Rock Cafe on a Wednesday to catch her four-piece funk-rock explosion, or head to classy New Orleans jazz bar Nola in JLT on Tuesdays and Friday to Sunday each week with her jazz band Nuvo Soul. A brilliant singer alongside some wonderful musicians, so don’t miss out. Live at Nola. Tue, Fri-Sat, from 8pm. Ongoing. Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, JLT (04 399 8155)
4 Ciaran Fox This guy brings back the golden age of The Rat Pack, with his crooning classics reminiscent of Frank, Dean and Sammy. Expect swaying old-school hits from Sinatra, and modern classics from the likes of Michael Bublé and more. Something different, and needed on the Dubai scene, and a real treat to see live.
5 Cubache One of the most in-demand covers bands in the city, Cubache are experts in pumping out dreamy Latin American and Cuban sounds, while taking on plenty of well-known tunes that’ll keep you clicking your fingers. It’s lazy lounge music, and the perfect accompaniment to a classy dinner, say, at Catch Dubai, every Wednesday. Muy bueno. Live at Catch Dubai. Wed, from 7pm. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 357 1755).
6 Game Over Ever been in Lucky Voice at gone midnight on a Friday? Firstly, if you’ve done that after this karaoke bar’s truly epic Friday brunch, then kudos. Secondly, you’ll no doubt have seen Game Over strutting their stuff. With a huge range of pop, rock and urban classics in the repertoire, and a proper lively energy, you’re going to love this band if you’re yet to see them. And if you’re really feeling inspired, go get a booth.
Live at Lucky Voice. Wed-Fri, performance times vary. Ongoing. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
7 Gorgeous George Get ready for some Lock, Stock and hard rock. Gorgeous George are a live-wire five-piece whose performances are full of energy, classic and modern rock (and some strong covers of modern pop, too). Live at Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR – The Walk. Fri, 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 398 7120).
8 Salha & the Million Dollar Band With some super-funky covers of everything from Roxanne by The Police to Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, Salha & the Million Dollar band are regulars at JLT’s Jazz@PizzaExpress, and they’re also more than happy filling big stages at the city’s festivals, most recently at Taste of Dubai at Media City Amphitheatre. Expect a feel-good performance.
9 The Mike Ross Band Seven Nation Army, Human, and other massive bar hits are the order of the day with this talented, pro three-piece taking up residency at McGettigan’s in DWTC on Fridays, as well as Jazz@ PizzaExpress every Sunday. A great accompaniment to your meal, drink or live sport. Live at McGettigan’s DWTC. Fri, from 9pm. Ongoing. Dubai World Trade Centre (04 378 0800).
10 The Swing Revue Ah, this is our favourite bar band in Dubai. The Swing Revue scooped the Best Bar Band award at our recent Music & Nightlife Awards, as they put pure joy into music, taking today’s hits, yesterday’s classics and fusing them all together with a jaunty, 1920s-style swing vibe. You won’t be able to help but move your feet, click your fingers, and smile from ear to ear. Live at Jazz@PizzaExpress. Thu, 7.30pm-10pm. Ongoing. Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).