39 nightlife events this week

Drum 'n' Bass, hip hop, rock, comedy and more party highlights in the city

Wednesday 19

Aks Fashion Night season closing party
The exclusive monthly desi/fashion night closes with DJ Zubair back behind the decks.
Ladies free, couples Dhs100. 10.30pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (050 571 5745).

Bull Funk Zoo album launch party
The UAE funk-rock band celebrate the release of their debut LP, with support slots from Juliana Down’s Dia Hasan and Dust’s James Locksmith.
Free. 7pm. Jambase, Souk Madinat (04 366 6730).

Diamond Wednesdays at XL
Urban night Diamond Wednesdays, hosted by DJs Brooklyn and Shero, now reborn in a new venue.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).

Industry Night at Movida
Exclusive nightspot Movida is traditionally busiest on Wednesdays.
Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

Singer songwriters’ showcase at The Pavilion
A selection of upcoming UAE talents perform intimate acoustic sets. Get there early to bag a seat.
Free. 7.30pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

The Laughter Factory
This month’s triple bill stars Jim Tavare, best known as the host of the UK’s The Sketch Show, plus jazz musician-turned-comic Charlie Baker and acclaimed Canadian stand-up Tom Stade.
Dhs140. 9pm. Until Thu June 20. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, www.timeouttickets.com

Thrive Industry Night at Sublime
A networking night for fashion, media, art and hospitality types.
Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime Bar & Grill, Ibis World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).


Thursday 20

Analog Room at The Q Underground
Tonight is a Sleep is Commercial label party, with guests Daniele Papini and Salar Ansari.
Dhs75, free for ladies before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha (050 883 3172).

Deep Crates at Casa Latina
Dubai’s most reliable regular arty night serves up old-school hip-hop, funk, Afrobeat, world grooves and more, hosted by DJ Lobito.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

GlobalFunk with LTJ Bukem
Acclaimed drum ’n’ bass pioneer LTJ Bukem spins at GlobalFunk’s season closer. Expect it to get hot and sweaty.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower (056 799 6335).

High on Heels at Embassy
Embassy kicks off a new series of female-friendly Thursdays with the founder High on Heels (a collective of female DJs) Miss Kelly Marie guesting, alongside vocalist Kyra. There are two free drinks for ladies before midnight.
Free. 9pm-3am. Embassy Dubai, Grosvenor House (04 317 6000).

The Punchline Comedy Club
International stand-up brand Punchline presents a triple bill, with Eddy Brimson, Owen O’Neil and Tim Clark all taking the mic. Read an interview with the latter. Price include pub grub.
Dhs200. 9pm. Emirates Golf Club www.timeouttickets.com

Studio F
Take a look inside Dubai’s brand new Fashion TV-franchised nightclub.
Reservations recommended. 7pm-midnight. Jumeirah Emirates Towers (056 758 5016).

The Laughter Factory
For details, see Wed 19.
Dhs140. 9pm. Grand Millennium, Tecom www.timeouttickets.com

Trilogy Resident
DJs keep things ticking over at this top club.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

Ultimate Freestyle Night at Playnation
Anyone can show up and get on the mic at this night, which is judged by UAE hip-hop collective The Recipe.
Free. 7pm. Playnation, Mirdif City Center (800-386).

VIP Room
Check out the St Tropez club that won Best New Club at our Music & Nightlife Awards.
Free (guestlist only). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 1500).


Friday 21

Audio Tonic Summer Sessions with Claptone at 360°
Described by the promoters as ‘mysterious’, Claptone have only released tunes on Germany’s influential Exploited label. Here they make their Middle Eastern debut, with Mr Mr and Megadon Betamax also spinning. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Blue Marlin season closer with Hector Couto
Blue Marlin close the season with Spanish decksmith Hector Courto.
Members and reservations only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Busta Rhymes at VIP Room
The hip-hop star performs an intimate set at VIP Room, with limited entry available to the public. If you miss this one, he’s also at Movida tomorrow. Limited reservations available.
11pm-3am. VIP Room, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel (04 388 1500).

Electric Days closing party with Fur Coat
One final roof party from this arty night.
Email guestlist@thirdeyecrew.com to get on the list. Dhs75 (guestlist only). 6pm-1.30am. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).

Music Mayhem at The Music Room
A night of live local bands presented by Mainstage, with Core 304, Moonshine, IED, Rockwallah and Red House on the bill.
Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).

No.1 Fridays at N’Dulge
For the summer months this award-winning urban night has moved back indoors to N’Dulge. Residents Adam J, Shero and Brooklyn are still on the decks.
Dhs100 (ladies free before 11pm). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm (055 147 6034).

The Wayans Brothers at Dubai World Trade Centre
Best known as the cinema double act behind Scary Movie, White Chicks, Littleman and most recently A Haunted House, Shawn and Marlon Wayans take to the road with a stand-up tour. Despite appearing onstage separately, they promise there’s no sibling rivalry at play.
Dhs290-750. 8pm. Until Sat 22. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.timeouttickets.com

Ultimate Friday at XL
XL keep the party pumping throughout summer with a new indoor tent.
Dhs100 (free for ladies before 8pm). 6pm-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 540 6161).


Saturday 22

411 Saturdays at People by Crystal
Big tunes and massive crowds at this top urban night.
Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Blended Saturdays
A new club night promising house, world and club favourites.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (056 610 7419).

Busta Rhymes at Movida
The legend makes a second Dubai appearance at Suga Saturdays.
Free. 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel (055 174 4449).

Entra Mi Casa at 360°
This deep/Afro/soul house night returns, now indoors on the ground floor.
Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Speed Pong at SPiN
What could be more exciting than smashing a potential new friend at a game of table tennis? Well that’s the bizarre ritual that’s meant to go down at this inventive singles night, where potential buddies meet behind SPiN’s tables for a spot of Ping Pong.
Free. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. SPiN Dubai, Wafi (04 370 7707).

The Wayans Brothers at Dubai World Trade Centre

For details, see Friday 21.
Dhs290-750. 8pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.timeouttickets.com


Sunday 23

Cabaret Night at Rare
Arabic, R&B and house tunes.
Free (door policy applies). 10.30pm-3am. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0000).

L.O.V.E. Sundays at Okku
A popular house night.
Free. 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Okku, The H Hotel (04 501 8777).

Monday 24

Hip-hop Mondays at Cirque Le Soir
Dubai’s DJ Bliss hosts this weekly urban fest.
Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).

Juliana Down at The Fridge
The longstanding UAE rockers – who’ve supported some massive international acts including Guns N’ Roses and Maroon 5 – perform a more intimiate gig to close this season’s Fridge Concert Series. We’re hoping for some fresh material.
Dhs50. 7.30pm. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).

Sikka CD launch
Local acts who have contributed music to SIKKA Score Vol I, including As Per Casper, Beatbox Ray and Nada Dada, perform at a free gig to celebrate the compilation’s launch.
Free. Monday June 24, 6pm-10pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (050 738 3932).

Tuesday 25

Breakbeat Boutique with Krafty Kuts
The Brighton breakbeat bro you might remember from a stellar Sandance set last October plays a more intimate date at exclusive, recently-rebranded Cirque Le Soir.
Free. 10pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai (056 115 4507).

Pin-Up Tuesdays at Mahiki
There are free drinks for ladies from 9pm-11pm.
Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

The Tuesday Jam at Jazz@Pizza Express
The emirate’s resident jazzmen stop by for a jam session every Tuesday. Expect some informal musical workouts at this currently unlicensed restaurant.
Free. From 8pm. Ongoing. Jazz@Pizza Express, Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).

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