May: Closing party season

As a new month dawns, we get ready for some massive last-chance nights out

The Knowledge

We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene.

May might traditionally be seen as the season of rebirth and rejuvenation, but in Dubai’s nightlife calendar the month has come to mean something rather different – namely, closing parties. In coming weeks we can look forward to a flurry of outdoor activity as promoters and venues scramble to capitalise on the last-chance clubbing ethos.

First to reveal their mighty May rosters are two of the UAE’s best house nights. Fresh from celebrating birthday parties on the same night last Friday (May 2), 360°’s Audio Tonic (which marked eight stellar years in the emirate) and Ghantoot’s Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE (which just turned two) are both preparing to see the season out with a bang over the next few Fridays.

Blue Marlin has pulled out the big guns by booking none other than Dixon – a huge credible and commercial Berlin name who topped Resident Advisor’s Top DJs of 2013 poll – to spin on Friday May 16. Elsewhere the beach club hasn’t scrimped on the bookings either, with Marco Carola on May 9, Cassy on May 23 and Radio Slave on May 30.

Also on Friday May 30, Audio Tonic will wrap up the outdoor deck at 360° with a huge bill of nine residents for its Season VIII Closing Party. Earlier in the month the team hosted a bass and breaks showdown when guest nights Breakin Even and Future Funk go head-to-head on the lower deck on May 9. A week later, the night hosts its last big international of the season, Culprit’s records Jozif on May 16.

We’re sure there are loads more season closers to be announced, so keep an eye on www.timeoutdubai.com for the latest.

That’s all for now party people.

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