We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene.
Following a less than perfect New Year’s Eve, the team behind Sandance are looking to a brighter future with the announcement of their latest venture. On Friday March 21, Live@Atlantis will see British dance music legend Carl Cox spinning on the sand. A firm favourite and idol for Dubai’s resident DJ talent, with the likes of Smokingroove showing deferential love, it will be Cox’s first gig in the Middle East for seven years. Also on the bill for the big beach event is former BBC Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson – another highly respected dance music icon, whose Latin-infused beats saw him achieve a cult following among dance music fans.
Further bookings for the event include one half of Deep Dish and Iranian Grammy-winner Sharam and British DJ Yousef, who counts Carl Cox as one of his mentors. Tickets for the event cost between Dhs200 and Dhs400 and can be purchased from www.timeouttickets.com.
In rather less celebrity-inspired news this week, we’ve heard rumours that there are plans to fill in the large lake in Dubai Media City, with the idea to create a new live music venue as a permanent solution for gigs typically held at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.
Finally, there’s an exciting new festival to mark on your calendar. Blended, a blues, roots, jazz funk and soul festival, has just been announced, with UK singer Joss Stone, renowned rocker Elvis Costello, Canadian pianist and singer Diana Krall and Australian musician Xavier Rudd on the bill for the event on Thursday May 1 and Friday 2 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Tickets start from Dhs350.