Nightlife news and rumours

Gigs, nights, new openings and more from our resident after hours hound

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It looks like a couple of fresh clubbing spaces are making nightlife waves after launching in an atypical lack of fanfare. First up, there’s the undergound joint King’s Club at Barsha’s Armada Hotel. Round the back of the Ramada, it’s a huge and slightly bizarre 800-capacity space, which is both grungy and twee – complete with a flashing dancefloor. Hip party starters Stereotype have moved in on Fridays, with Dust also guesting with a Voyeurhythm label party on Friday May 23. On the other side of town, there’s a fresh space at Al Nasr Leisureland, which promises ‘an all-new trendy venue with groundbreaking concepts’. It’s called Fabric Dubai, but we’re pretty sure it has nothing to do with London’s famous club of the same name.

Irish parody singer Paddyman has proved there’s more than bar room wit to his work after picking up a songwriting award. The singer won the UAE leg of the Holiday Inn Express Songwriting Competition with multilingual folk jig ‘Express Yourself’, an ode to individuality.

A top club night is branching out into comedy. At Media One Hotel on May 29 and 30, the HouseOfAfrika Comedy Jam will host a trio of South African comedians Chris Forest, Joey Rasdien and Loyiso Gola. They’ll have competition however, with one of country’s biggest draws returning after a sell-out run in February, Trevor Noah is back at Dubai on May 28-29.

As we went to press, the world was awaiting Michael Jackson’s album Xscape, assembled by Timbaland from discarded demos recorded across the late singer’s career. We’ve had an early listen – head to to see what we thought. That’s it for now, get out and party.

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