Nightlife news and rumours

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

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

One of our favourite events of the year is on the horizon: Fête de la Musique. A century-old French national holiday which at home sees pavements jammed with musicians and busking positively encouraged, the annual tradition has now spread to more than 100 countries – including Dubai. On Saturday June 21 expect Madinat Jumeirah’s waterways to be jammed with dozens of local acts letting rip on makeshift stages, between 7pm and 10pm. You can expect to hear everything from growling guitars to electronic beats and snaky oud melodies: We’ve compiled a playlist of all the acts performing – check it out on It’s the last time the date will be celebrated in the region for at least three years, so be sure to get down there.

Underground bass happening GlobalFunk this week debuts in a new home, taking over the Media One Hotel’s Level 41 venue to host DJ Marky on Thursday June 11 – full details on the next page.

The Music Room has already confirmed a couple of cool gigs after the summer break. On August 8 the Bur Dubai stalwarts are hosting a UK-based Led Zeppelin tribute band Hats off to Zeppelin, while a week later culture-clashing reggae man Apache Indian will be on the mic. Before that however the venue will host a gig from upcoming UK band Slydigs, who pedal an uproarious back-to-basic style of classic rock/punk guaranteed to go down a treat. Check the single ‘Electric Love’ on YouTube.

Lastly, we’re hearing rumours that Virgin Radio DJ (and Time Out columnist) Kris Fade is following up last year’s compilation CD with a deal for his funny prank calls.

That’s all for now people.

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