As we went to press we were eagerly anticipating a first look inside the new Chinawhite Dubai, an offshoot of the infamous London members’ club said to be a favourite of Tom Cruise, which opens to the public on Friday April 4 at the Grand Hyatt. Check www.timeoutdubai.com for exclusive pictures.
Air guitars at the ready – we’re pleased to announce the return of Dubai Rock Fest, albeit it in a seemingly slimmed-down form, with five metal bands lined up to play Al Nasr Leisureland on Friday May 23. Topping the bill is a return visit from French traditionalists Nightmare, veterans of the scene from 1979 who thrilled fans at the 2013 event. Also from France are innovators Loudblast, playing alongside India’s Demonic Resurrection and UAE heavyweights Nervcecell and Ascendant.
There’s a showdown brewing on the alternative scene, with Deep Crates’ relaunch party at Q Underground clashing with rivals’ Dust hosting a new Turntables on the Gulf concept at Dusk Terrace on Friday April 11.
Meanwhile, a day earlier, bass stalwarts GlobalFunk are hosting Andy C at The Music Room while drum and base upstarts Something Big host a yacht party with Croatia’s Outlook Festival – check back next week for a full report.
Fans of interesting world sounds should check out Qawwali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – nephew of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – who performs on Abu Dhabi Corniche on Thursday April 10.
Lastly, a quick shout out to Dubai’s kooky Django-inspired The Gypsy Swing Project, who celebrate the launch of their debut LP Paris-Dubai at Alliance Francaise on Tuesday April 15. Voilà!