61 gigs and club nights in Dubai

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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).

ComedyDubai at The Pavilion
The local comedy troupe play a free gig.
Free. 8pm. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai (04 347 7793).

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Dirt Crew at Calabar
Expect a mix of old-school house, new-school deep house and minimal funky techno from Germany’s Dirt Crew team.
Free. 9pm-2.30am. Until October 5. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).

Kalubela
A theatrical production with an Arabic and Oriental theme, combining live music, dance and aerial acrobatics, performed by local artists and curated by The Fridge.
Dhs195. 7pm. Until Saturday 6. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com

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).

Point of View album launch featuring Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal
Dubai rock quintet Point of View celebrate the release of their debut LP, Revolutionize the Revolutionary, with a special performance alongside Guns N’ Roses guitarist Thal. Expect to hear the new record in full, plus some Bumblefoot material and some Guns N’ Roses classics. For rockers, this is not to be missed.
Dhs100. 8pm. Hard Rock Café, Dubai Festival City (04 399 2888).

The Laughter Factory
It may be 20 years since he founded The Dublin Comedy Improv in 1992, but Ian Coppinger still plays there every Monday night. Except, that is, when he’s gigging far-flung locations such as Dubai. The Irish comic is joined here by two Brits; Time Out’s 1998 Comedian of the Year Jack Dathel, and Carey Marx, who seems to be most appreciated in New Zealand, where’s he won two Best International Show Awards in 2009 and 2011.
Dhs140. 9pm. Various locations until October 11. Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai, www.timeouttickets.com

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).


Thursday 4

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).

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

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Dirt Crew at Calabar
For details, see Wednesday 3.
Free. 9pm-2.30am. Until Friday 5. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).

Only at Armani/Privé
Urban hits from Mass Ramli and the Only team.
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.
Free. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Kalubela
For details, see Wednesday 3.
Dhs195. 8pm. Until Saturday 6. The First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah www.timeouttickets.com

MustHaveSoul Soundsystem pre-season residents showcase at 360°
The MustHaveSoul team relaunch with a new Soundsystem night, hosting their trademark soulful house from Dan Chadwick, Johnny Thornhill and Simon Reid on the al-fresco deck, plus funk, soul, boogie and disco down below under the banner of former midweek night Eclectic Circle.
Free (guestlist only). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Movida Resident

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

Ralvero at Rare
Hear Dutch DJ Ralvero, known for hit ‘In My Bedroom’.
Dhs100 for ladies, Dhs200 for men before 1am, free with table reservations. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (055 505 7580).

Republique
There’s a ‘no house music’ policy at Republique on Thursdays, with DJ DC playing old-school retro and alternatives tunes.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).

Our Own with Steve Lawler at N’Dulge
From his legendary raves hosted under a motorway underpass in the UK to the nine-year residency at Space Ibiza, house king Lawler is a master behind the decks. Expect to hear house with elements of techno, tech house and electronica at the second monthly ‘Our Own’ night.
Dhs100; ladies free before midnight. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

The Laughter Factory
For details, see Wednesday 3.
Dhs140. 9pm. Various locations until October 11. Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina, www.timeouttickets.com

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).

Visionquest at Trilogy
Two members of the influential modern Detroit techno quartet, Lee Curtiss and Shawn Reeves, spin their brand of soul-infused techno.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).


Friday 5

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,with Raxon, JC, Rich Shovell and new resident Helen S (their first female) on this week’s bill, plus nu-disco, funk and more from Russ Cooper and Vas Floyd below.
Free (guestlist only). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

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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).

dXb Music Festival
Dutch DJ star (and Paris Hilton’s former partner) Afrojack, US hip-hop quartet and notable remix team Far East Movement, British ‘godfather of grime’ Wiley and American DJ hit Kaskade all play at the second annual
dXb Festival.
Dhs350-500. 5pm-2am. Festival Park, Dubai Festival City, www.dxbfestival.ae.

Dirt Crew at Calabar

For details, see Wednesday 3.
Free. 9pm-2.30am. Until Friday 5. Calabar, The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).

Disco Station at the Music Room
Vintage ’70s disco, funk and soul from live bands and DJs.
Dhs60. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower (050 453 9727).

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).

Il Divo
Simon Cowell’s 25-million-selling ‘operatic boy band’ cruise into Dubai.
Dhs330-1,450. 7pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com

i2
Dance to ’80s tunes – accompanied by walls of hilarious retro music videos – at this quirky boutique club.
Free (guestlist recommended). 7pm-2am. The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, (050 889 2578).

Kalubela
For details, see Wednesday 3.
Dhs195. 8pm. Until Saturday 6. The First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah www.timeouttickets.com

Masquerade Friday at The Living Room
A masked ball theme, with music from 104.8 Channel 4 FM’s DJ Vanilla. Don’t worry if you don’t have a mask – they’re available on entry.
Dhs100; free for guest list, ladies and cabin crew before 11pm. 9pm-3am. The Living Room, Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (055 103 4543).

Massive R&B at Club Silk
A new club night playing urban tunes in Barsha.
Free for ladies, Dhs100 for 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).

People by Crystal

Award-winning, glitzy superclub which is well worth a weekend visit. Expect a mix of house and R&B tunes.
Free (couples and reservations only). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai (050 297 2097).

Onda! at Casa Latina
A new monthly Latin-themed night spinning everything from Brazilian funk to Colombian cumbias, led by Dubai producer Adriano K, TheMightyRouge and break DJ Lobito.
Free. Ongoing. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

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

Stranded

Daytime party on the World Islands from the MustHaveSoul team.
Dhs200 (booking essential). Noon-6pm. Ongoing. Royal Island Beach Club, The World; ferries leave from Jumeirah Beach (050 687 9959).

Sunstroke Catamaran Party
The Sunstroke team cast off for the first boat party of the season, with reliable residents Jack Woodcock, John Spoor and Martin Hibbit along for the ride.
Dhs350 including food and beverages; booking essential. 5pm-9pm. Leaving from Dubai Marina (050 600 9928).

The Laughter Factory
For details, see Wednesday 3.
Dhs140. 9pm. Various locations until October 11. Almas Tower, JLT, www.timeouttickets.com

Viva
Deep, tech and progressive house.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé (04 888 3308).

XL Season Launch party
A ‘Local Legends’ bill of ten top Dubai DJs will relaunch the new-look XL Beach Club. Expect sets from S3RHAN, Mark Pickup, Rich Round, Kristian Valdini, Moe Tiger and others from 7pm, with a pool party during the day.
Free for ladies all night, free for men before 6pm, Dhs100 after. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).


Saturday 6

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, 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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Kalubela
For details, see Wednesday 3.
Dhs195. 7pm. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah www.timeouttickets.com

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

Saturday Salsa Fever at Malecon

Salsa and Latin from DJ Udia early on, with R&B, Reggaetron and house later from DJ Diego. Hone your 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).

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
Urban night with Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and more.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).


Sunday 7

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

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

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Monday 8

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).

Monday Night Funnies Improv Revolution
Improv games, sketches and more from the UAE’s first pro improv gang, hosted by Mina Liccione.
Dhs75. 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).

Sain & Friends at The Fridge
Emirati hip-hop artist Sain kicks off a six-week series of gigs to launch The Fridge’s new home. Expect to hear singles ‘Who’s Sain’ and ‘1990’.
Dhs50. 7.30pm. The Fridge, Al Serkhal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).

Schubert Ensemble of London
Hear works by Schubert, Schumann and modern British composer Martin Butler from this acclaimed chamber group.
Free. 8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777)

Tuesday 9

The Listening Party at The Market of Everything
Dubai DJs, record collectors and music fans open up their record collections and talk about the music they love at this ‘listening party’, part of ‘The Market of Everything’.
Free. 7.30pm. Traffic, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (0 4 347 0209).

Movida
Open House An evening of networking, mixed drinks, canapes and entertainment for high-profile people in Dubai’s events industry.
Free (guestlist only, email list@movida-dubai.com). 5pm-9pm. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

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