Event organisers

Meet the team bringing <em>Time Out</em> to the dancefloor. We quiz the boys and girls behind the scenes to find out what's really going on.

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Even we need a little help to put on a night as big as Time Out Comes Home. Andy Buchan meets our secret helpers.

Greg Dufton
Manager of Chi

What have you been doing behind the scenes?
Not sleeping a lot! I had to coordinate everyone, and get Ca$h Money and Razorlight sorted. It was an ambitious idea to get everyone together in so little time, but it will be worth it.

This will be the best event the city has ever seen because...
...I don’t think any club has had this calibre of line-up – and we have kept the ticket prices as low as we can, so it’s seriously good value.

Who would you like to thank?
Everyone has pulled together on it – Time Out, Nokia and OHM. But I’ll save the thanks until the last track is over; there’s a lot more to do.

Tim Derry
Founder of Home

What have you been doing behind the scenes?
I’ve been panicking while trying to look as cool as the Fonz’s even cooler brother. Look at my leather jacket. You’d never guess it was from Karama would you?

Will you be enjoying the night, or working?
Probably a bit of both. I actually enjoy watching the crowd reaction more than the DJs. Does that make me a stalker?

Who would you like to thank?
The directors of Chi @ The Lodge and everybody who comes early and calms my nerves! And Tim Cheddar, who has always been there for me.

Faith Gove
Marketing manager for the lower Gulf at Nokia XpressMusic

What have you been doing behind the scenes?
We’ve been working with top organisers from the Dubai club scene to make experiences that people want to be part of.

Will you be enjoying the night, or working?
I’ll be enjoying it! I work hard and party hard!

This will be the best event the city has ever seen because...
This is a truly unique event that combines many elements that appeal to broad music tastes, and is headlined by terrific artists. Also, Nokia XpressMusic will be there!

Satyen Choski
Joint founder of OHM Records

What have you been doing behind the scenes?
As the manager and promoter for the night, OHM is responsible for helping Chi with logistics, sponsors and the like. OHM also hosts the main room with its formidable Shindig brand.

What, or who, are you especially looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to hearing Kenny Dope – he’s a true legend and house music pioneer.

This will be the best event the city has ever seen because...
...a great venue plus a smashing line-up, plus an effective marketing campaign, plus hard-working promoters equals a great party.

Who would you like to thank?
Nokia, for their incredible and continuous support for music in this region and around the world.

Mark Evans
Step On head honcho

What have you been doing behind the scenes?
Someone left a pillow and some blankets back there, so I had a little sleep. Other than that, I helped book the Razorlight DJ set with some hasty phone calls and texts after some other band – let’s just call them ‘Sock Marty’ – went south.

Will you be enjoying the night, or working?
I’ll be ensconced in the Step On room for most the evening, but I may try and catch Ca$h Money. I’ve seen him before, and he’s brilliant – a complete showman on the decks.

This will be the best event the city has ever seen because...
‘Because’? That’s your answer? ‘Because dot dot dot’? I expected more from you, Time Out. Seriously, raise the bar. There are other magazines available, you know...

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