55 gigs and club nights in Dubai

Black Lips, Mark Ronson, Coolio and Japanese Popstars

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Wednesday 26

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).

Claude Challe at Karma Kafé
The legendary Parisian DJ behind the ongoing Buddha Bar series of compilations guests at Dubai’s Buddha Bar spin-off, Karma Kafé.
Free. 7pm-3am. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0909).

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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
The final qualifying round of Dubai’s annual DJ comp.
Free. 6pm-3am. Until September 27. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

Think Twice at Mansion
A new house night at the Bur Dubai club 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 27

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).

Arthur’s Day at The Irish Village Party band
The Maplejacks and resident DJ Marky lead the celebrations.
Free. 6pm-late. Until September 28. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).

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Black Lips and Lazzy Lung at The Music Room
Rowdy retro-inspired rockers Black Lips are self-confessed ‘punk rock explorers’. Stopping off at Dubai on a Middle Eastern tour alongside Beirut indie quartet Lazzy Lung (see page 90), expect rock’n’roll thrills and spills. The show is also being filmed by Sundance-nominated filmmaker Bill Cody, known for his acclaimed documentary Athens, GA/Inside Out featuring R.E.M. and the B-52s.
Dhs80 in advance, Dhs100 on the door. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai, www.timeouttickets.com

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).

Coolio at Armani/Privé
Platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning rapper Coolio – best known for 1995 super-smash ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ – plays a live PA for the Only team. Warm up comes from Mass Ramli and VDJ Barbu.TV.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

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).

Infusion pre-opening party
The Infusion team host their first night in the new, refurbished 360°, with regulars Thai, Jack Woodcock and Charl Chaka spinning house tunes on the roof, plus a new trip-hop, nu-disco and funk policy down below. Free (guestlist only). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Birthday party at The Gramercy
There are two free drinks for everyone who passes through the Gramercy’s doors tonight to celebrate the birthday of the founder of a very iconic international drinks brand. Expect the venue to be done up as the White Rabbit Saloon, plus live music from Dahab and Lisa and the Makers.
Free. 8pm-2am. The Gramercy, DIFC (04 437 7511).

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).

Japanese Popstars host the Pioneer DJ-ME Championship finals at N’Dulge
After three weeks of heats, the city’s best remaining decksmiths go head to head at the final round of Dubai’s largest DJ comp, which will be judged by the Japanese Popstars. After the finals, the block-rocking trio from Ireland will get behind the decks for a more intimate set than the one you may have heard at Sandance in May. House brand Stereo Sushi host the lounge room.
Dhs100 (ladies free before midnight). N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

Mark Ronson at Trilogy
Nearly two years to the day since he helped relaunch Trilogy with an electric DJ set, the much-in-demand hitmaker makes a welcome return. Since his last appearance in 2010 – on the eve of releasing his third LP, the delightfully twee-retro homage Record Collection – Ronson has expanded his post-Winehouse production roster, working on LPs for Duran Duran, Rufus Wainwright, Lil Wayne and Black Lips, who also play in Dubai tonight.
Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

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

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).

Thrust at Alegra
DJ Enzo is behind the decks at this commercial night.
Free (couples and mixed groups only; reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. 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 28

A Tribute to Mehdi Hassan at Ductac
MC Anwar Maqsood leads this tribute concert to the ‘King of Ghazal’ Hassan, who passed away this June.
Dhs200-500. 7pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com

After Brunch Beat Session
Listen to 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).

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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).

Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions pre-opening soft launch
Ahead of the new-season launch on Thursday October 11, expect Audio Tonic’s subtle blend of danceable house upstairs from Mr Mr, Raxon, Vas Floyd and Julian Jinx, with nu-disco, funk and more down below.
Free (guestlist only). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Blue Marlin
The trendy Ibiza-inspired members’ beach club is the place to see and be seen.
Members and members’ guests only. 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Roque at Cavalli Club
Live saxophonist Roque, who’s laid down parts with Judge Jules, among others, plays over Latin beats.
Free (reservations only). 8pm-3am. The Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai (04 332 9260).

ComedyDubai at The Fridge
The local comedy troupe make their debut at The Fridge’s new home in Alserkal Avenue.
Dhs85. 8pm. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).

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).

Loaded Through the Decades at Casa Latina

DJs Andy Buchan and Just Lance will be working through the decades an hour at a time, starting with Motown and rock and roll in the ’60s, taking in ’70s rock, ska and reggae, the ’80s indie and electronica scene, ’90s hip-hop and indie and finishing with more recent fare.
Free. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Massive R&B at Club Silk

A new club night playing urban tunes in Barsha.
Free (ladies), Dhs100 (men). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Club Silk, Grand Excelsior Hotel, 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).

Reformed Absolutizm
Ten local rock and metal bands play a monster headbangers’ ball. Acts on the bill include Primo, Pullbox, Point of View, Brownfusion, Sandwash, Viscous Mishmash and more.
Dhs50. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).

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 6pm. Booking essential.
Dhs200. Noon-6pm. Royal Island Beach Club, The World; ferries leave from Jumeirah Beach (050 687 9959).

The Proclaimers at The Irish Village

Scottish brothers The Proclaimers – best known for party fave ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ – round off The Irish Village’s Arthur’s Day party. Expect lots of impassioned chanting.
Dhs40. Doors open 7pm, show starts 9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).

Vertigo U2 tribute at McGettigan’s
Expect to hear all your favourite U2 tracks, minus Bono, live at McGettigan’s Arthur’s Day celebrations.
Free. 8pm-3am. McGettigan’s, Bonnington, JLT (04 356 0560).

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


Saturday 29

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).

Infusion’s Entra Mi Casa
Infusion’s brand new Saturday night features deep Afro, Latin and soul house on the roof from residents Thai, Conan Liquid and Just Lance, with old school funk and soul grooves downstairs from the team behind MoFunk.
Free (guestlist only). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

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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).

Saturday Salsa Fever at Malecon
Guests will hear salsa and Latin from DJ Udia early on, with R&B, Reggaetron and house later from DJ Diego. Early birds can hone their 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).

Stand-up comedy night at The Gramercy
A two-night stand of ‘Funny Business’ with international comic Dean Edwards, a former cast member on Saturday Night Live who is known for impressions of Michael Jackson and Denzel Washington.
Dhs175 (with one drink). 9pm. Until September 30. The Gramercy, DIFC, (04 437 7511)

The Grill
Lively sports show on Dubai Eye broadcast every week live from Barasti, with panellists Brian Murgatroyd, Ben Jacobs, Zulf Hyatt-Khan, Clarke Davies, Marc Archer and Damian Brandy.
Free. 5pm-8pm. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).

XO Saturdays at Armani/Privé
A top urban club night with residents Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and more.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).


Sunday 30

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
This house band rock out on everything from AC/DC to Michael Jackson – and are tight enough to pull it off.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).

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Stand-up comedy night at The Gramercy
For details, see Saturday 29.
Dhs175 (with one drink). 9pm. Until September 30. The Gramercy, DIFC (04 437 7511)

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).


Monday 1

Biggles’ quiz night
A jackpot prize of Dhs1,500 worth of vouchers is on offer for the winning team.
Free. 7pm. Ongoing. Biggles, Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud (04 702 8844).

Manic Monday at Zinc

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

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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-inspired event in which Mövenpick hotel employees compete on stage – 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 2

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).

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