Happy New Year, readers! We’re pleased to report that with its token round of resolutions, revolutions and fresh starts, 2013 also brings a heap of exciting new bookings. We’re most excited that the legendary Paul Oakenfold – the first DJ to play Glastonbury Festival’s main stage, no less – is returning to spin at XL Beach Club on Friday February 22. We can’t wait.
Meanwhile, 2manydjs are making a welcome return to Dubai, spinning at Trilogy on Thursday February 28. The Belgian group’s appearance is one of a string of top talents lined up to play at the Madinat club, with Frank & Tony (aka Anthony Collins & Adultnapper) kicking off the season on Thursday January 17, Matthias Tanzmann a week later, Guy Williams and Thomas Gandey on Thursday February 7 and a Stone Roses after-party, featuring Haçienda residents Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, taking place on Thursday February 21.
The Audio Tonic team – resident at 360° every Friday – kick off the 2013 international roster this week with the UAE debut of Hot Creations’ PBR Streetgang, a UK house duo who are kicking it right down with regular plays on Pete Tong’s Essential Mix on the UK’s BBC Radio 1. Also from Leeds, Gruuv Records founders Audiojack keep up the pace a week later on Friday January 18. A week after that, German house veteran Sasse, know for a driving deep style on his Moodmusic label, rounds off the first month.
There’s a busy weekend in store over at The Irish Village, which is hosting a double header of free gigs on Friday January 25 and Saturday 26. Expect Atlantic soul classics on the first night with The Stars From The Commitments, which apparently features three members of the band from that fun-lovin’ film. Then there’s ‘down-and-dirty swamp-infested gypsy blues’ from top session players The Congo Faith Healers a day later.
Finally, we’ll raise a quick toast to Deyan Gjorgjiev, Cavalli Club’s head bartender, who was recently selected as the official representative of the UAE at the World Habanos Sommelier Competition, hosted in Cuba next month. That’s all for now, party people – it’s time to get out and play.