30 best gigs and nights this week

Our critics' picks of the best DJs, bands and comedy in Dubai

Wednesday 15

The Punchline Comedy Club at Girders Garden
British comedian Alex Boardman will be joined by funny man and guitarist Jonny Awsum as well as UK stand-up Phil Butler for the latest instalment of Punchline’s comedy night.
Dhs150. 9pm. JA Ocean View Hotel, Dubai Marina (04 814 5599). www.timeouttickets.com

Flashdance Wednesday at Cavalli Club
This retro night will feature popular classics from the ’80s and ’90s.
Free (reservations required), Cavalli Club, The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 228 2554).

Thursday 16

Cause We Love Music at Bliss Lounge
This house and nu disco night features local celebrity DJs and international guest spinners. This week it’s A-Moralez and Simon Paul. There are also two-for-one on selected drinks between 9pm and 11pm.
Free. 8pm-3am. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai Marina (056 553 7917).

Bad House Party at Casa Latina
This eclectic indie funk night includes special drinks deals and features an informed selection of classic indie tunes.
Free or Dhs60 with two drinks. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel Al Barsha, Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Formative at Chameleon Club
Dubai Singaporean DJ Formative will be jetting in to drop a banging house set at Chameleon Club Dubai.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Byblos Hotel, TECOM (050 113 5858).

Georges Al Rassi at Fleurs Dubai
The Lebanese singer Georges Al Rassi will be making a special appearance for a live performance.
Free (reservations required). 11pm-3am. Fleurs Dubai, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 913 9148).

Omar Khairat at Emirates Golf Club
The renowned composer, pianist and conductor will be performing live at this classical music event.
Dhs200-500. 6pm-1.30am. Emirates Hills (04 457 0336).

Step On at The Dek on 8
This night promises a selection of classic indie tunes and a smattering of new tracks. There is also a happy hour between 5pm and 8pm.
Free. 6pm-3am. The Dek on 8. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

TikiTastic Thursdays at Mahiki
DJ Adam will be spinning the commercial and chart tunes for this popular night.
Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

The Laughter Factory at Melrose Ballroom
This long running comedy night returns with Brits Justin Moorhouse, Mike Gunn and Paul Sinha (star of TV quiz show The Chase) on the bill.
Dhs140. 9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina (04 355 1862). www.timeouttickets.com

We Are The Champions at Madinat Theatre
The ten-strong tribute act of musicians in this show will be covering classic pop from the likes of Tina Turner, Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury.
Dhs200-250. 8pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6546). www.timeouttickets.com

World Classical Music Series at the Royal Ballroom
Russian pianist Galina Petrova and her husband, internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Maxim Fedotov, will be performing live for the first of a series of classical music concerts in the city.
Dhs250-550. The One & Only Royal Mirage, Jumeirah (050 870 2674).

Friday 17

Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions at 360°
This house night will feature guest DJ sets from Vas Floyd, Mr Mr and Conan Manchester as well as a guest appearance from the Analog Room residents Nasrawi and Salar Ansari.
Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (055 500 8518).

Amr Diab at Dubai World Trade Centre
The Egyptian singer and biggest selling Middle Eastern pop artist of all time will be performing his hits, which are a fusion of Western and Arabic influences.
Dhs350-550. 9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 857 9838). www.timeouttickets.com

Betoko at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Brazilian-born Londoner and tech-house maestro Betoko will be spinning the tunes at this outdoor party.
Members and reservations only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Café Mambo Ibiza at Moi at Azure Bleu Meydan Beach
The Ibiza clubbing institution is taking over Azure Bleu with Café Mambo resident DJ Matthew Charles spinning the house with support from Stereo Punx and DJ Dan.
Dhs100 (free for ladies). 5pm-1am. Azure Bleu Meydan Beach, The Walk, JBR (050 429 5429).

Full Moon Party at SPiN Dubai
The ping pong club hosts its Thai-inspired Ko Pha Ngan psychedelic beach party, complete with buckets of mixed drinks and bass-heavy tunes.\
Free. 9pm-3am. Spin Dubai, Wafi (04 370 7707).

House of Afrika at The Dek on 8
A weekly night specialising in South African house.
Free. Ongoing. 4pm-3am. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel (04 427 1000).

Jam Nights at Maxx Music Bar & Grill
The previous event saw 25 different musicians performing live on stage alongside the resident band Roxx Empire. The night is an open invitation to all musicians to attend with their instruments and participate.
Free, 9.30pm-3am. Citymax Al Barsha, Al Barsha (04 409 8000).

MiXTAPE Rewind at Emirates Golf Club
Boney M, Dr. Alban, Vengaboys, N-Trance and Snap! will all be performing live for this special night of retro pop hits. Expect to hear classics including ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘Rhythm Is A Dancer.’
Dhs295-350. 6pm-1.30am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 457 0336). www.timeouttickets.com

Plainwave live at Ratsky 3
The skater punk Dubai-based band will be performing live at this Bur Dubai nightspot.
Dhs50. 8pm-3am. Ratsky, Holiday Inn Express, Bur Dubai, (050 453 9727).

S.O.A.P featuring Bassjackers at People by Crystal
Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst, AKA Bassjackers, will be on the decks providing the house tunes for this special night.
Free, door policy applies. 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).

Sunny Vibe Up ft Rodney P & DJ Shepdog
UK hip- hop veteran Rodney P will be spinning his dub-heavy beats and will be joined by sound system heavyweight DJ Shepdog for an eclectic night of hip-hop, funk, soul, breaks, Cumbia, reggae, Brazilian and Afrobeat on the outdoor terrace.
Dhs90 (advance), Dhs120 (door). Dusk Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (055 418 6265).

Sweets live at Club Sensation
Dutch urban veterans DJ Franck and DJ Orlando, AKA Sweets, will be supplying the tunes for this hip-hop and R&B Massive Fridays night.
Dhs100 for men. (Free for ladies). 10.30pm-3am. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 911 0600).

The Laughter Factory at Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
This long running comedy night returns with Justin Moorhouse, Mike Gunn and Paul Sinha (star of TV quiz show The Chase) on the bill.
Dhs140. 9pm. Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina (04 355 1862). www.timeouttickets.com

We Are The Champions at Madinat Theatre
See Thursday 16.

Saturday 18

411 Nights at People by Crystal
DJ Badir, Masterstepz and Mr Shef Codes will be on deck duty for this popular urban night.
Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).

Original Vienna Strauss Capelle Orchestra at Emirates Golf Club
The Original Strauss Capelle Wien, one of Vienna’s most respected orchestras, will be performing classical music from the Strauss family and will feature vocals from the famous opera singer Marcela Cerno.
Dhs250-750. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (050 275 0000).

The Laughter Factory
UK comics Justin Moorhouse, Mike Gunn and Paul Sinha (star of TV quiz show The Chase) will be taking to the stage for a performance for the latest instalment of this popular comedy night.
Dhs140. 9pm. The Els Club, Dubai Sports City, (04 355 1862). www.timeouttickets.com

We Are The Champions at Madinat Theatre
See Thursday 16.

Sunday 19

The Act Dubai
This nightspot combines theatrical performances, dancers and dinning. It’s only open on Thursdays and Sundays and you’ll find a distinct sense of subversive fun.
Free (reservations required). 9.30pm-3am. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, (052 811 9900).

Monday 20

Hip-Hop Chic Mondays at Cirque Le Soir
Cirque Le Soir’s weekly hip-hop party features tunes from DJ Troopa who’s dropped sets at celebrity parties for the likes of Bruno Mars and Xzibit.
Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).

Re-tox at Vanity Club
Dubai Launched on January 6, this regular night at Vanity Club Dubai features commercial and house tunes from resident DJ Johnny Black.
Free. 11.30pm-3am. Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 246 4555).

Tuesday 21

I Wanna Be Loved By Q at Q43
This new venue on the 43rd floor has just launched a ladies’ night where women receive three complimentary drinks.
Free. 6pm-1am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (056 102 4298).

Pop Your Cherry Tuesdays at Cirque Le Soir
This unpretentious and fun night is taken from an American club brand, and aims to inject the spirit of a classic American frat party and a touch of hedonism into your evening.
Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).

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