Hottest gigs and nights in Dubai this week

House, hip-hop, comedy... and The Rolling Stones

Our picks of the week

1 Plus Minus Sessions at Nasimi Beach.
See Thu 20.

2 True Justice at Casa Latina.
See Thu 20.

3 The Rolling Stones at du Arena.
See Fri 21.

4 Sebastian Gamboa at The Act.
See Thu 20.

5 Jam Night at Maxx Music Bar & Grill.
See Fri 21.

Wednesday 19

Cavalli 54 at Cavalli Club
This night at the glamorous venue is named after the iconic Studio 54 nightclub in New York City.
Free (reservations required). 10pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 228 2554).

Diamond Wednesdays at XL Beach Club
This popular weekly urban night sees tunes spun by DJs Brooklyn and Shero.
Dhs100 for men, free for ladies and couples. 5pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).

Living La Noche at El Sur
Head to the Spanish spot for deals including premium bubbly for just Dhs75 per glass.
6.45pm-11pm. Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 399 7700).

Thursday 20

Casa Caliente at Story Rooftop Lounge
This funky and underground house night will see Scott (da funk) Harris supplying the tunes.
Free. 10pm-3am. Entrance next to the Holiday Inn, Knowledge Village (04 365 9911).

BOOMBOX Presents: True Justice at Casa Latina
Californian DJ True Justice from Guerrilla Funk Records, also known as The Man of Steel, has been on the scene since 1989. This Boombox evening, which recently relocated from The Music Room, will also include special drinks deals and sets from DJs James Locksmith and Lucy Pink as well as an MC performance from Beatbox Ray. Dhs70. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel Al Barsha (050 725 8277).

Piper Presents Sebastian Gamboa at The Act Dubai
The Ibiza resident will be spinning the house tunes at this opulently decorated, theatrically-themed nightspot.
Free (reservations recommended). 9.30pm-3am. The Act Dubai, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).

Plus Minus Sessions featuring Ryan Crosson at Nasimi Beach
This Thursday edition of Plus Minus Sessions will see Detroit house and techno star Ryan Crosson on the wheels of steel.
Dhs130. 6pm-3am. Free for ladies before 10pm. Dhs100 for men before 10pm. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (056 789 3897).

Project 360 at 360˚
Londoner DJ Jesse James is the special guest DJ for tonight, with Tristan Bain on deck duty as well.
Free (reservations recommended). 8pm-11pm. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).

Westend at Studio F
Materstepz and DJ Badir will be on the decks for this urban night at the fashion-themed nightspot that’s related to the Fashion TV channel.
Free (reservations required). 11pm-3am. Studio F, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 226 8537).

Friday 21

Argy and Ernesto Ferreyra at Blue Marlin Ibiza
UAE Greek spinner Argy, aka Argyris Theofilis, will be on deck duty for this party which will also see Argentian Ernesto Ferreyra jetting in from Berlin for a set. The al fresco beach party will also feature sets from well-respected residents Frederick Stone and Jean B.
Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Audio Tonic at Sunset Sessions at 360°

Tristan Bain, Rich Showell, Mr Mr, Shadi Megallaa and Salar Ansari will be on deck duty for this well-informed house event.
Free (reservations recommended). 1pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).

Beat Session at Bahri Bar
This brunch after-party at the Madinat Jumeirah offers a great outdoor view of the Burj Al Arab as well as house beats from resident spinner Jeli Maniago. There’s also a happy hour.
Free. 4pm-8pm. Mina A’Salam Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6130).

Comedy Dubai at The Lime Tree Café
This open-mic comedy night provides the opportunity to see Dubai’s stand-up talent pit their wits against each other.
Free. 7pm, The Lime Tree Café, opposite Gold & Diamond Park, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 325 6325).

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).

Hush at Vanity Dubai
Expect R&B songs and hip-hop tunes from the ’90s as well as a smattering of new hits at this weekly night. Tonight Mr Shef Codes, Mo Muscles and Real Flava will be on deck duty.
Free. 10pm-3am. Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 916 6192).

Jam Night at Maxx Music Bar & Grill
The Music Room’s talent platform returns with aspiring musicians taking the opportunity to showcase their skills at the open mic event.
Free. 10pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower (056 799 6335).

Live on 51 at Alta Badia Bar
Head here for a dose of live jazz from Alice Grace, Assaad Lakkis, Benjamin Kuhn and special drinks offers where for Dhs199 you can enjoy a bottle of Italian bubbly or five mixers.
Free. 6pm-2am. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 330 0000).

Never Get Out The Boat!
Season Six Opening Party featuring Sam Farsio This Jebel Ali-based pool party kicks off with a special guest appearance from deep and techy Audio Tonic regular Sam Farsio as well as sets from DJs Matthew Charles and Sammi Adami.
Guest list only. 1pm-6pm. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Jebel Ali, info@wearedumm.com (no number).

Rock Your Sanity at Boutiq Ultra Lounge
This new night is offering an eclectic range of music from smooth electronic grooves to world beats as well as two different areas for enjoying the tunes.
Free. 10pm-3am. Boutiq Ultra Lounge, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (052 680 1855).

Secret Warehouse Dubai featuring Amine Edge & Dance and Mistajam at Media One Hotel
This progressive house, electro, bass and beats night takes place on the 41st floor of the Media One Hotel and will feature sets from Amine Edge & Dance and BBC Radio 1’s Mistajam, as well as Phill Horrocks – Warehouse’s UK resident.
Dhs100 (early bird), Dhs150 (advance), Dhs200 (door). 9pm-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

The Big Apple Circus at Cirque Le Soir
Inspired by New York Coney Island circus theatrics, this evening promises to be dark and dangerous, appealing to lovers of film, art and fashion.
Free. 10.30pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir Dubai, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).

The Rolling Stones 14 On Fire tour at du Arena
If you’ve been out of the country, you may not have heard but Mick, Keith and the rest of the iconic British rock group The Rolling Stones will be doing their thing at the du Arena as part of the 14 On Fire world tour.
Dhs495-395. 7.30pm. Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.thinkflash.ae.

The Fantastic Four – The un-Stoning Concert at The Music Room
Rock Nation returns to The Music Room with four live bands performing. Quintet outfit Ascendant, (who recently supported Europe’s gig) rockers Point Of View, nu-metal group Alpha Kenny Buddy and ’90s cover band Spitfire will be appearing for this event – the name of which is a nod to the slightly massive Rolling Stones gig on the same night in Abu Dhabi.
Dhs70. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).

Saturday 22

411 Nights at People by Crystal
Masterstepz, DJ Badir and Mr Shef Codes will be spinning the tracks at this consistently busy urban night at the swanky Raffles nightspot.
Free, door policy applies. 11pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).

Aftaglow at Sublime Bar & Lounge
Russian-born DJ Anya will be supplying the house tunes in a night that will also see DJ Impaulce dropping a set.
Free. 10pm-2am. Ibis World Trade Centre Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 328 9853).

Play at Boutiq Ultra Lounge
Head to Boutiq Ultra Lounge’s Play night on a Saturday and enjoy a showcase of up-and-coming music talent from across the UAE.
Free. 6pm-2am. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (052 680 1855).

Sunday 23

Arian Houshmand at The Fridge
Born in Switzerland to Iranian parents, guitarist Arian Houshmand has travelled the world honing his craft. Expect an eclectic array of music ranging from Persian folklore and Brazilian tunes to Stevie Wonder and The Beatles.
Dhs50. 7.30pm. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).

Mo Amer at The Gramercy
The Kuwaiti-born American comedian will be performing his personal stand-up today and tomorrow, which covers topics including his family and his Palestinian background.
Dhs175 (including a drink). Dhs350 including dinner and a drink). 9pm. The Gramercy, DIFC (04 437 7511).

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 24

Dreams by The Act at The Act
For several 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 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).

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).

Tuesday 25

San Tro Ladies’ Night
There are complimentary drinks for girls as well as live entertainment at the opulent Villa Romana St Tropez-Dubai lounge bar.
Free. 8pm-11pm. The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (050 502 8666).

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