59 gigs and club nights in Dubai

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Wednesday 19

Armani/Privé presents Bellissimo
Hear deep, tech and vocal house from Roberto Mermand, Darko De Jan and VDJ barbu.tv.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

Diamond Wednesdays at Boudoir
Urban hits and club classics from DJs Brooklyn and Shero at this top ladies’ night.
Free (mixed groups or reservations only). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (050 652 0626).

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Cameron Cartio at N’Dulge
Iranian-born Swedish pop singer Cartio – a hit in the Arab world – makes his Dubai debut.
Dhs100 before 1.30am, Dhs200 after. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (056 175 1010).

G.I. Disco at Calabar
Retro revival team Kalle Kuts and Daniel W Best are said to have enticed the likes of Kelly Rowland and Talib Kweli to their monthly club night in Berlin. Here they play a three-night stand at trendy Calabar.
Free. 9pm-3am. Until September 21. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).

Havana Nights
Dance instructor Aloy Junco offers a free salsa lesson for all from 9pm to 10pm, before DJ Evo gives wannabes a chance to try their moves on the dancefloor. There are free Cuban drinks for ladies from 8pm to midnight.
Free. Ongoing. 8pm-3am. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).

Mingle ladies’ night at Left Bank
Ladies get five mixed drinks for Dhs5 between 8pm and 10pm. House, R&B and chart cheese is spun by DJ Keith Dobbs.
Free. 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Left Bank, Souk Al Bahar (04 368 4501).

Movida Industry
Night House, R&B and chart fare at this weekly night.
Free (reservations only). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

Pioneer DJ-ME Championship
Up to 50 decksmiths go head to head at the second round of Dubai’s biggest annual DJ comp. Expect sizzling mash-ups as the DJs showcase their skills in ten-minute slots.
Free. 6pm-3am. Until September 27. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

The Laughter Factory
It’s the penultimate night of this month’s Laughter Factory, featuring energetic, over-the-top Portuguese reality TV star Philberto in the headline slot. A safer bet is Nathan Caton, a UK TV regular who’s appeared on Mock the Week and hosted The Nathan Caton Show on Comedy Central. Meanwhile, trained clown (we’re not joking) Addy Van Der Borgh became the first Brit comic to appear at the 20th Century Fox Comedy Showcase, and recently made his first appearance in a Hollywood film, Little Things.
Dhs140. 9pm. Various locations until September 20. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com

Think Twice at Mansion
New house night from DJs Afroboogie and Hugh Santos.
Free. 9pm-3am. Mansion, Meliá Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 144 0753).

Zinc’s Ultimate Ladies’ Night
Ladies get free bubbly before 1am, and groups of five ladies or more get a free bottle.
Dhs75, free for ladies and Face Card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).


Thursday 20

Deep Crates at Casa Latina
Expect funk, soul, hip-hop, Afrobeat and more eclectic musical nuggets at this vinyl-centric night, hosted by Zulu Nation Middle East representative break DJ Lobito and the Deep Crates Cartell.
Free. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Aks Thursday
Velvet Underground residents DJs Manoj and Shadow play desi hits and more.
Free for ladies and couples before midnight, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 571 5745).

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Club Anthems at Zinc
Commercial house classics from top local talent DJ Greg Stainer.
Dhs100, free for ladies and couples before midnight. 9pm-3am. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).

G.I. Disco at Calabar
Retro revival team Kalle Kuts and Daniel W Best are said to have enticed the likes of Kelly Rowland and Talib Kweli to their monthly club night in Berlin. Here they play a three-night stand at trendy Calabar.
Free. 9pm-3am. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888)

Lee Foss at Trilogy
From the birthplace of house – aka Chicago – and one half of the Hot Natured team, Foss is considered one of the hottest upcoming talents.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

Jamrock at Sublime
Urban and Caribbean music from Taz, Brooklyn and MC Money, plus guests.
Dhs100; ladies free before midnight, couples free before 11pm. Sublime Lounge, Ibis Hotel World Trade Center (04 318 7130).

Mikael Weermets at Okku
Known for warming up for Tiësto, Weermets spins here at trendy restaurant/bar Okku.
Free (dinner bookings). 7pm-3am. Okku, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).

Movida
Resident DJ Mitchell is behind the decks spinning house, chart and more.
Free (reservations only). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

Only at Armani/Privé
Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and Darko De Jan oversee this urban night.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

Republique
There’s a ‘no house music’ policy at Republique on Thursdays, with DJ DC spinning a selection of old-school remixes and rock tunes early on, before moving on to R&B and chart fare.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).

Sasha Lopez at N’Dulge
Maldovian DJ Lopez is a hit in eastern Europe thanks to smash ‘All My People’.
Dhs100 before 1.30am, Dhs200 after. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (056 603 7961).

Sunstroke at Club Silk
Boat party regulars Sunstroke come back to shore at a new home in Club Silk, with Paz and Martin Hibbits behind the decks.
Free guestlist for men before 11pm, women before midnight and Face Card holders all night; Dhs100 for men after 11pm and women after midnight. Club Silk, Grand Excelsior Hotel, Al Barsha (055 750 7882).

The Laughter Factory
It’s the penultimate night of this month’s Laughter Factory, featuring energetic, over-the-top Portuguese reality TV star Philberto in the headline slot. A safer bet is Nathan Caton, a UK TV regular who’s appeared on Mock the Week and hosted The Nathan Caton Show on Comedy Central. Meanwhile, trained clown (we’re not joking) Addy Van Der Borgh became the first Brit comic to appear at the 20th Century Fox Comedy Showcase, and recently made his first appearance in a Hollywood film, Little Things.
Dhs140. 9pm. Until September 20. Grand Millennium, TECOM, www.timeouttickets.com

The Maplejacks at The Irish Village
Now the weather has cooled, the IV’s four-piece party band resume their outdoor residency.
Free. 9pm-late. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).

Thrust at Alegra
DJ Enzo is behind the decks at this new commercial night.
Free (couples and mixed groups only; reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Alegra, Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 246 4555).

Thursdays at Mahiki
Expect a lively post-work crowd at this popular Polynesian club.
Free. 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).


Friday 21

After Brunch Beat Session
Chilled beats from 4pm at this cool lounge bar, which offers two-for-one deals for post-brunchers who’ve dined at Mina A’Salam, with tasteful surroundings and good vibes.
4pm-8pm. Ongoing. Bahri Bar, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6130).

Aks Xclusive
DJ Zubair hosts this new weekly desi night.
Free for ladies and couples before midnight, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Mansion, Meliá Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 571 5745).

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Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions reopening party
This soft opening – ahead of the launch on Thursday October 11 – is your first chance to get a glimpse at the new two-tier 360°, with sets from Mr Mr, Vas Floyd, Raxon, JC, Andy Buchan and Tristan Bain.
Free (guestlist only). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Blue Marlin reopening party
The trendy Ibiza-inspired members’ beach club reopens with sets from Behrouz, Fred Stone and Kaytek.
Members and members’ guests only. 1pm-2am. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Bulbul Super Kid Jacket and the Laser Harp Show at Cavalli Club
The name is no joke. Bulbul is, apparently, both a primitive percussive expert and pioneer in performing with DJs. Not be confused with famous Azerbaijani opera singer Bulbul.
Free (reservations only). 8pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai (04 332 9260).

Dust’s first birthday bash
Jordan’s DJ Sotusura returns to Dubai, a year after playing Dust’s launch party at Trilogy, to ring in the first birthday celebrations at The Music Room. Also expect to hear regulars Wriggly Scott and Megadon Betamax rockin’ hip-hop, funk, disco, boogie, and more.
Dhs50. 9pm-3am, The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).

Friday Fever at Cavalli Club
DJ Kayaya spins at this weekly night.
Free (reservations recommended). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge, Fairmont Dubai (04 332 9260).

Hangover Fridays at Chi
Chi’s new night continues with a mixed bag of tunes.
Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (050 957 7140).

Jam Nights at The Maxx
A weekly jam session for local players at one of the newer end of town’s best music venues. Musicians must pre-register.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Maxx Music Bar and Grill, Citymax Al Barsha (04 409 8000).

G.I. Disco at Calabar
Retro revival team Kalle Kuts and Daniel W Best are said to have enticed the likes of Kelly Rowland and Talib Kweli to their monthly club night in Berlin. Here they play a three-night stand at trendy Calabar.
Free. 9pm-3am. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888)

Massive R&B at Club Silk
A new club night playing urban tunes in Al Barsha.
Free (ladies), Dhs100 (men). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Club Silk, Grand Excelsior Hotel, Al Barsha (04 444 9999).

No.1 Fridays
N’Dulge regulars DJ Masterstepz and Schooly spin a selection of R&B hits at this busy night.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

Rony Afif Quartet at Blue Bar
Bop standards and more from the best regular jazz night in the city.
Free. 10pm-1.30am. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre (04 332 0000).

Stranded
The party on The World islands continues for a new season, but now things wrap up at an early 6pm.
Dhs200. Noon-6pm. Royal Island Beach Club, The World (ferries leave from Jumeirah Beach) (050 687 9959).

Viva
Deep, tech and progressive house at this consistent Burj-based night.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé (04 888 3308).  

No 1 Fridays Big Birthday Bash for Masterstepz
No 1's resident talent celebrates the passing of another year with a set in the main room alongside MC Kie, while Shreo and Brooklyn spin in the Velvet Room.
Dhs100 (ladies free before midnight). 10.30pm-3am. N'Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).

Rick Ross afterparty
The 'Miami Mogul' drops by Movida for his official pre-gig bash.
Free (reservations only). 10pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4499).


Saturday 22

411 Saturdays at People by Crystal
DJ Bliss and the 411 team spin urban hits at this award-winning club night.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).

Money $wagg Power Saturdays at Velvet Underground
DJ Crown Prince spins at this obnoxious-sounding new night of urban mash-ups.
Guestlist and reservations only. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 508 5260).

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Saturday Salsa Fever at Malecon
Salsa and Latin from DJ Udia early on, with R&B, Reggaetron and house later from DJ Diego. Early birds can hone their dance skills with salsa lessons at 8.30pm (beginners) and 9.30pm (intermediate).
Free entry; lessons Dhs40 or free to diners. 8.30pm-3am. Malecon, Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (04 34 61111).

XO Saturdays Gold Edition with DJ Dummy at Armani/Privé
Hip-hop stalwart DJ Dummy – J Cole’s official tour DJ, and a former collaborator with Kanye West, De La Soul and Mos Def – guests at this top urban club night. Plus residents Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and more.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

Sunday 23

Amika Intimo
A selection of fresh beats from the in-house DJs. Free, guest list and reservations only.
8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).

Shine at The Music Room
Check out The Music Room’s new house band, Shine, who hail from Australia, Canada, USA, the UK and South Africa and rock out on hits by the likes of AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, LMFAO, J-Lo, Cee Lo Green and Rihanna.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).

Swagger Sundays at Kiza
Expect African beats, hip-hop and R&B from DJs Tribe and Kulcha at this new weekly night.
Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Kiza Restaurant & Lounge, The Lodge, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).

Urbanite at Zinc
Urban hits at this new night.
Dhs75, free for ladies and Face Card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).


Monday 24

Biggles’ quiz night
A jackpot prize of Dhs1,500 worth of vouchers is on offer at this weekly battle of wits.
Free. 7pm. Ongoing. Biggles, Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud (04 702 8844).

Joker’s Wild Comedy Night at 1Up
London compère Demis Kyriacou presents a new free show of laughs.
Free. 7pm-9pm. 1UP Bar, Boutique 7 Hotel, TECOM (055 142 1181).

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Manic Monday at Zinc
Chart hits.
Dhs75, free for ladies 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).

Monday Night Funnies
A new weekly comedy night led by the enduring partnership of American stand-up Mina Liccione and Emirati comedian Ali Al Sayed.
Free. Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 9pm. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).

R&B Mondays at Velvet Underground
DJs Shero and Stylez man the decks.
Dhs100 for men, free for ladies and Face Card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).

The West Factor at West 14th
A new weekly X-Factor spin-off in which Mövenpick hotel employees compete onstage – and diners get to vote on who goes through to the next round.
Free. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. West 14th Steakhouse, Oceana Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah (04 447 7601).

Tuesday 25

Devine night at Oeno
A new grape-friendly night where anyone ordering two glasses gets the whole bottle free.
Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. The Westin Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh (04 511 7136).

Karaoke at Spirals
Unleash your inner diva in exchange for free short drinks.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Grandeur Hotel, Al Barsha (04 341 8777).

Listening party at ‘The Market of Everything’
A crew of local DJs and musicologists open up their record collections, giving short talks on the tunes they’ve chosen and why. Expect Wriggly Scott to share rare cuts of vinyl, a lesson in edits from Megadon Betamax, a talk on jazz and more.
Free. 7.30pm. Traffic, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).

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