We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene.
First up – cash-strapped music fans need to get a-savin’, with US urban star Aloe ‘I Need a Dollar’ Blacc added to the bill for Blended festival, joining Joss Stone and Xavier Rudd at the new Media City event on Thursday May 1.
Fans of electronic beats will be happy to hear that Infusion’s weekly leftfield rooftop shindig House of Afrika has unveiled its upcoming bookings. Look out for the following DJ talent at The Dek on 8: Ryan Dent (March 14), Carl Roberts (March 21), Born To Funk (April 4), Craig De Sousa (April 11), Michael Lesar Aries (April 18) and Dino Moran (April 25).
If you prefer less posturing but more shameless cheese, then head over to ’90s haven Societe’s new high school disco-themed night: Societe School Nights, at the Marina Byblos every Wednesday from 10pm.
First birthday congratulations go out to Jazz@Pizza Express, which continues to offer a welcome showcase of Dubai musicians. Speaking of the local scene, top tune-mongers Dust have had a quiet spell of late, so it was great to see them team up with Analog Room for a recent double-header – let’s hope for more tie-ups across the fractured alternative scene soon.
While we’re on the subject, popular alternative collective the Deep Crates Cartel have been hinting at something massive for months – a new hip-hop night, we suspect, going head-to-head with Boombox – but meanwhile we eagerly wait for their next Sunny Vibe-Up pool party with Count Skylarkin and Ska Cubano’s Natty Bo at Tamanya Terrace on March 21.
Lastly, a quick shout out to UAE metallers EYE, aka Empty Yard Experiment, who celebrate the release of their new LP Kallisti this week with a gig at Club Sensation on Saturday March 15. That’s all for now music-heads, until next week.