Latest nightlife news and rumours

The scoop on Pacha, Gulf Bike Week and more

We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene.

Yet more details are beginning to slip out about Madinat super club and Ibiza-brand Pacha. Like other additions to Dubai’s nightlife scene which have opened in the past year, like The Supperclub Dubai and Cirque Le Soir, the people behind the project are planning to blend cabaret, a restaurant and a large night club to attract the world’s best DJs. The initial pictures have shown a relaxed lounge seating around tables, yet with a whopping 27,000sq ft to fill, we’re expecting a number of different areas when it opens early next year.

More music news has come out about who’s playing Gulf Bike Week. The organisers have announced that there will be seven bands performing over three days at the Dubai Media City Ampitheatre from October 24-26. Local acts Juliana Down, Sandwash and Irish Village regulars the Maplejacks have all been announced. It marks a change of direction for the festival, which last year had British indie band Razorlight headlining.

Aspiring musicians can learn a few tips from some of the region’s most prominent musicians as the first Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Dubai kicks off on September 26 with a lecture from Detroit musician Derrick May, followed by insights from Jay Z collaborator Just Blaze along with Kenny Dope on the following day. For more information visit The event will also coincide with special night club performances from the participants at 360˚, 2LIV, Tamanya Terrace and The Music Room. Incidentally, 2LIV will be opening its doors for the first time this week. We’ve been told that the club is aimed at inclusive parties for all. Sounds refreshing...

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