New DJs in Dubai

We check out the hottest new decksmiths in the city

And the judges have spoken. DJ Soulninja and DJ Keza have been named the best in the business – well, the best among those to enter the hyped Pioneer ME DJ Championships, anyway. N’Dulge resident Soulninja, a finalist in last year’s competition, won the ‘short mix’ category with a 10-minute showcase, at the finals on Thursday September 27 at N’Dulge, while Boudoir regular Keza took the ‘long mix’ win with a 15-minute house-heavy set.

Everyone has their favourite bartender, but one mix-man has been named Bartender of the Year at the 2012 Caterer Middle East Awards. Fairmont Dubai mixologist Joseph Mijares bagged the award after seeing off highly commended nominee Brett Bell at Okku. Bartenders at M-Dek, Cavalli Club and The Meat Co also made the shortlist.

With party season in full swing, there’s another wave of exciting gigs upon us. UK DJ legend Judge Jules has (now) been confirmed to help relaunch a new night, Rehab, at the new-look XL Beach Club on Friday October 19 – although he’ll have strong competition with Atelier/Live (starring 50 Cent, Duffy, Nelly et al), not to mention Megadeth playing Gulf Bike Week on the same night.

In coming weeks we’ve got Maceo Plex spinning at Trilogy on Thursday October 25 and The Black Eyed Peas’ apl.de.ap at Nasimi Beach on Thursday November 1, while further ahead we’ve got vintage US rapper Keith Murray coming to Sublime on Saturday December 8.

Speaking of gigs, we’re impressed and surprised with the rampage of enthusiasm for Swedish House Mafia’s show at Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday November 16. Within ten minutes of tickets going on sale, Peppermint Experience’s website crashed under the strain.

Finally, in the rock world, Fatiniza has just released new single ‘Life’s a Mess’, from her forthcoming new album Nothing is Impossible. It follows the Colombian-born, Dubai-based singer picking up Best International Female Act and Song of the Year at the BMM Global Independent Music Awards 2012 in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year.

That’s all for now, party people – it’s time to get out and play.

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