Dubai party news

New residents, new musical visitors and the return of an old favourite

R&B superstar Akon is on the hunt for a home in Dubai, we can exclusively reveal. Recently in town to perform at the My Music X festival on Thursday April 28, he confided in us he was spending a whole week here hunting for a new home. ‘I’m going to look for a penthouse while I’m out here,’ he told us, ‘I love it here man.’ Check our full interview with the star online at

A major grunge band are being lined up to play Dubai. A source on the inside has told us there are plans to host a huge music festival – ‘the biggest Dubai has ever seen’ – in October at Dubai Sports City. It’s said the two-day event will star established rock acts, with a ‘classic Seattle grunge band’ being lined up to headline. Fans of the genre will know there’s just a few bands that meet that bill, with Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and a newly reformed Soundgarden all touring in 2013.

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We’re pleased to see the city’s non-mainstream music scene getting a healthy boost from two fresh clubs. First up, in Satwa, the Chelsea Plaza’s XS Club and Lounge is serving up weekly urban/reggae night JamFest Wednesday, hosting regular zouk lessons and more. Meanwhile, the until-now under-utlised basement club at Al Barsha’s Holiday Inn, The Q Underground, is heating up with house night Analog Room on Thursdays and psytrance on Fridays from Hyptonique.

From major rock bands to local legends, fans of Shine – a fixture of the local music scene from the mid-noughties, known for their lovably ADHD sets – have returned to their loyal home at Hard Rock Café. Great to have you back guys. That’s all for now, party people – it’s time to get out and play!

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