This week's biggest gigs and nightlife

RedFest, Jazz Fest, Sean Finn, anti-Valentine's nights and more

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Our picks of the week

1 RedFest DXBat Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
See Thu 13 & Fri 14.

2 Olly Murs at at Dubai Jazz Festival
See Fri 14.

3 Sean Finn at XL Beach Club
See Fri 14.

4 Sugaray Rayford at Dubai Jazz Festival
See Tue 18.

5 Nickie Cartel at XL Beach Club
See Thu 13.

Wednesday 12

Short+Sweet Dubai
Theatre Festival This short play competition, which culminates on February 22, sees ten performances each night, as well as a matinee performance at the weekend, and offers you the chance to cast your vote for your favourite show of the night.
Dhs100. 8pm-10pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (052 761 4055).

Thursday 13

Aryana Night Valentine’s Edition at SPiN Dubai
Parham Loco and Pedram will be supplying the tunes for this Valentine’s celebration at the ping pong-themed nightspot.
Dhs200 for men. Free for ladies and couples. 11pm-3am. SPiN Dubai, Wafi (056 175 1010).

City Groove at Alta Badia Bar
This evening of nu disco and house will see Megadon Betamax on deck duty.
Free. 9pm-3am. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8088).

Clique at 360˚
Hailing from the Italian town of Lucca, appropriately named Luca Bacchetti will be spinning the tunes with support from DJs Kay Tek, Deian and Sufyan.
Free (reservations recommended). 8pm-3am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (055 500 8518).

Dubai Jazz Festival Local rockers
Juliana Down are included on the line-up for the first day of this festival.
Free (registration required). 8pm-11pm. Emirates Stage, Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Festival City, www.dubaijazzfest.com

RedFest DXB
This first day of this new festival will feature performances from UK urban star Tinie Tempah, young singer songwriter Conor Maynard, Marvin Humes from JLS and pop sensation Jessie J.
Dhs299. 6pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre www.timeouttickets.com

Show Your Love at The Act Dubai
The theatrically themed nightspot is offering couples a special offer for Valentine’s Day as well as live entertainment.
Dhs495 per person (including selected drinks). 8.30pm-3am. The Act Dubai, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).

Step On at Dek on Eight
This night promises a selection of classic indie tunes and a smattering of new tracks. There is a happy hour between 5pm and 8pm.
Free. 7pm-2am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

The Laughter Factory at Grand Millennium TECOM
Risqué UK comedian Jojo Smith will share the bill with fellow UK comics John Lynn and Ola, who has appeared on MTV Base and has written comedy for BBC Radio 4.
Dhs140. 9pm. Grand Millennium TECOM, (04 355 1862). www.timeouttickets.com

XL Thursday Special with Nickie Cartel
The versatile London-based DJ will be spinning an eclectic range of tunes ranging from progressive house to hip-hop and R&B. The night will also see sets from DJs S3r-Han and Samo.
Dhs100. Free for ladies before 11pm. Free for men before 9pm. 8pm-3am. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).


Friday 14

Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions at 360°
Conan Manchester, Russ Cooper, Vas Floyd, Markii and Matthew Charles will be on the wheels of steel.
Free (reservations recommended). 1pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

All My Single Ladies – A Night with Michael Bublé – Valentine’s Special
This tribute act to the Grammy winning Italian Canadian crooner will include live performances of hits including ‘You Don’t Know Me’ and ‘Feeling Good.’
Dhs50 for men. Free for ladies. 9pm-3am. Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).

DJ Taya Kruzz at Meydan Beach
The Russian DJ will be dropping the house tunes at this al fresco JBR nightspot.
Dhs150 (couples), Dhs100 (door). 8pm-3am. Meydan Beach, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina (055 612 5774).

Dubai Jazz Festival Female favourites
Olly Murs and boy band The Wanted will be taking to the stage for the second day of The Dubai Jazz Festival.
Dhs350. 8pm-midnight. Emirates Stage, Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Festival City, www.dubaijazzfest.com

House of Afrika at The Dek on 8
A weekly night specialising in South African deep house and beats.
Free. 1pm-3am.Ongoing. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

No. 1 Fridays presents Amerie Live in Concert
The American singer behind the smash hit single will be performing ‘1 Thing’ for this Valentine’s No.1 Fridays urban night.
Dhs100, free for ladies before 11pm. 10pm-3pm. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 147 6034).

RedFest DXB
This second day of this new festival will feature performances from The Lumineers, Naughty Boy, John Newman and a closing party DJ set from A-YO (Mark Ronson).
Dhs299. 2pm-2am. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.timeouttickets.com

Valentine’s Party with Sean Finn at XL Beach Club
The German EDM man will be sharing his progressive house musical tastes for this special Valentine’s celebration.
Dhs100. 1pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai (04 454 2927). www.timeouttickets.com

wAAF and Robert James at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
British DJ Robert James will be sharing the bill with deep house and techno spinner wAAF. The party will also see sets from accomplished residents Frederick Stone, Jean B, Jixo & Danz and Kay Tek.
Members and reservations only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Wild Rose at Cavalli Club
This Valentine’s party will see a special menu unveiled as well as commercial tunes.
Free (reservations required). 9.30pm-3am. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 228 2554).


Saturday 15

411 Nights at People by Crystal
This popular weekly 411 Saturdays urban night will see hip-hop and R&B tunes from the likes of DJ Bliss and his team.
Free, door policy applies. People by Crystal, Raffles, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).

Dubai Jazz Festival
Toronto-band Four80East will be sharing the bill with American musician Alex Schultz, who will be joined on stage by Sax Gordon and Raphael Wressnig.
Free (registration required). 8pm-11pm. Emirates Stage, Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Festival City, www.dubaijazzfest.com

Play Saturdays at Boutiq Ultra Lounge
This night is a platform for local up-and-coming music talent to perform live on stage.
Free. 6pm-2am. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (052 680 1855).

Sunday 16

Dubai Jazz Festival
Swedish jazz star Jonathan Fritzén is performing before a set from Blues man Tad Robinson.
Free (registration required). 9pm-11pm. Emirates Stage, Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Festival City, www.dubaijazzfest.com

Sylvain Armand at Okku
The French DJ and producer will be spinning the tunes for this special L.O.V.E Paris night.
Reservations only. 10pm-3am. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 142 8363).

Senorita Sundays at Maya Lounge
There are three free drinks and canapés at Maya’s popular ladies’ night.
Free. 8pm-10pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5555).


Monday 17

Dreams by The Act at The Act
For five weeks on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, theatre-themed nightspot The Act will be hosting a new night called ‘Dreams By The Act’ which will include a dinner and a new show based on your surreal, sleepy thoughts.
Free (reservations required), 8.30pm-1am. The Act Dubai, Shangri-la Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).

Dubai Jazz Festival Groovy jazz
Londoner Shilts will be performing ahead of Chicago singer Deitra Farr.
Free (registration required). 8pm-11pm. Emirates Stage, Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Festival City, www.dubaijazzfest.com

Hip-Hop Chic Mondays at Cirque Le Soir
Cirque Le Soir’s weekly hip-hop party features tunes from the likes of DJ Bliss.
Free. 10.30pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).

Vanity Dubai Ladies’ night
Head to Vanity Dubai and take advantage of its ladies’ night where there are free drinks between 11pm and 1am on offer.
Free. Vanity Dubai, Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 916 6192).

Tuesday 18

Dubai Jazz Festival
Up-and-coming jazz guitarist Matt Marshak will be hitting the stage before 6’5” musical giant Sugaray Rayford performs.
Free (registration required). 8pm-11pm. Emirates Stage, Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Festival City, www.dubaijazzfest.com.

Grape Story at Story Rooftop Lounge
Head to Story Lounge and you’ll get to enjoy the cool venue’s Peruvian menu with a 20 percent discount, in an evening where bottles of grape are discounted to Dhs100.
Free. 5pm-8pm. Story Rooftop Lounge, behind Zayed University. Dubai Media City (050 151 4308).

Hunter’s Gentlemen’s Agreement at Hunter’s Room & Grill
Hunters Room & Grill is offering a 50 percent discount on meat cuts and a bottle of grape to chaps who turn up in groups of at least two. There’s also a chance to win your dinner for free if you hit the bullseye on the bow and arrow target game.
6pm-10.45pm. Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Jumeirah (04 511 7136).

I AM Fashion at Boutiq Ultra Lounge
Experience the I AM Fashion night – an evening of art, music and top local fashion.
Free. 6pm-2am. Boutiq Ultra Lounge, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (052 680 1855).

Pop Your Cherry Tuesdays at Cirque Le Soir
This night is taken from an American club brand, which 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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