Three open mic nights to try in Dubai

Lock, Stock & Barrel and one of the city’s best live music venues open up their stages

Three open mic nights to try in Dubai
Lock Stock & Barrel – Barsha Heights

You either love them or hate them, but if you’re a musician there’s almost nothing better than spending a night jamming on stage and hanging out with your fellow musos.

If you want to get your creative juices flowing and reckon you’re a star just waiting to be born, head along to these three open mic nights taking place across Dubai this week.

The only catch? They’re all on a Wednesday, so you’ll have to choose wisely, or ambitiously try and take on all three.

Bridgewater Tavern
This top antipodean sports bar in Business Bay is holding two open-mic nights through the summer. On Wednesday August 7 and again on Wednesday 28, artists can head along to hit the stage and belt out a few numbers. Sign up for your slot (which will run between 15 and 20 minutes), and for every “performance”, as the bar calls it, you’ll get a free bottle of hops. Sign up at
Wed Aug 7 & 28. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay,

Lock Stock & Barrel – Barsha Heights
This monthly open mic night is open to soloists and full bands alike, so if you want to get up on stage at one of the coolest live music bars in Dubai, this is a must. You’ll get between 15 and 20 minutes on stage (depending on how busy it is), and you can use that how you see fit. So if you want to rattle through a few original songs, half a dozen rapid-fire covers or the full, unabridged version of Shine On You Crazy Diamond (which, for the audience’s sake, we wouldn’t recommend), you can.
Sign up by emailing, with the night kicking off at 9pm.
Monthly, dates vary. Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 514 9195).

PizzaExpress Live with Dubai Music
One of the longest running nights around, this night at the Business Bay branch of the music-inspired pizza chain has three songs in it for you every Wednesday, with sign-up on the night from 7pm. It’s incredibly popular and rammed full of musos so get down early to guarantee playing before midnight. It’s a chance to get onto the stage described by Newton Faulkner as being “one of the most professional setups I’ve ever seen”. Oh, and acts get happy hour on drinks all night. Oh, and you can win a live performance slot on Dubai radio if you’re the best act that month.
Wed, from 7pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai - Business Bay (04 566 5722).

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