24 top nights out this week

Carl Cox, Wu Tang man Cilvaringz and the first Gulf Music Festival

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Our picks of the week

1 Gulf Music Festival at The Archive, Safa Park
See Sat 22.

2 Cilvaringz and Wriggly Scott at Casa Latina
See Thu 20.

3 Sunny Vibe Up at Radisson Blu Hotel
See Fri 21.

4 ChoirFest at Dubai College
See Thu 20.

5 Carl Cox Live @ Atlantis at Atlantis Beach
See Fri 21.

Wednesday 19

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).

Afro Beats DXB: Azonto Nights
Co-sign Entertainment gives you something to dance to in the middle of the week as it hosts the opening of Azonto Nights, an afro urban party that’s being launched by African artist BRISB as well as L.O.S Boy Tomi Thomas and rapper 2Slick. Free for ladies and mixed groups.
Tickets Dhs100. 2LIV, Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. (050 880 5769).

AKS Fashion Nights at Armani/Prive
Popular Desi crew AKS brings DJ Zubair out to Armani/Prive with his Bollywood tracks alongside percussionist Jeremiah.
Free for ladies and couples. 10pm-3am. Armani/Prive, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (052 779 9914).

QPak with the Boys at Q43
The boys can get out on the town at this night that caters to men, with happy ‘hour’ from 5pm to 9pm, three tapas for Dhs99 and free games of pool all night. Ladies get one free drink on entry.
Free. From 5pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 443 5403).


Thursday 20

World Global DJ Series & Deep Nights: Timo Maas
The German electronic DJ has remixed Madonna, Fatboy Slim and Kelis in his time, with progressive house and progressive trance beats, though he’s also been known to toy with music from the likes of Placebo and Muse. His tunes range from experimental to mainstream, so he’s sure to have a few surprises up his sleeves.
From Dhs295. 10pm-3am. supperclub, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 451 1100).

ChoirFest Middle East
Schools across the Middle East will be working out those vocal chords at the Middle East’s Choir of the Year, where 40 choirs of all ages and nationalities compete to find the very best. The competition, which runs over three days at the Dubai College, includes workshops on vocal technique, beatboxing, choral conducting and masterclasses for singers and pianists.
Dhs185. Until March 22. Dubai College and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 347 7793).

Opera on the Beach
Spend an evening under the stars as The Prince Consort, an ensemble of singers with wide-ranging styles, combine operatic piano and voice as the opening event to the Middle East ChoirFest.
Dhs350-600. 7pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim. www.timeouttickets.com

Boombox & Dust: Wu Tang’s Cilvaringz with DJ Solo aka Wriggly Scott
Former Wu Tang producer and rapper Cilvaringz headlines this show alongside Wriggly Scott. Expect smooth disco funk, hip-hop and deep jazzy bass mixes that will get you grooving all through the night thanks to the British DJ formerly known as DJ Solo, a Dubai regular whose now infrequent visits promise solid turnouts.
Dhs70. From 10pm. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha (050 725 8277).

Unique Parties with Colin Francis, JFunk & Kenzie
Fashion and glamour are in the air at Movida and so are four DJs, each spinning their own blend of Marbella and London-infused deep house, R&B and hip-hop.
11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).


Friday 21

Chocolate Nights with Ashanti
Chocolate Nights at supperclub keeps the urban beats coming as usual, this time with a live performance from Ashanti, the R&B and hip-hop sensation you may remember for her hit ‘Foolish’. DJ Crown Prince will be there to support.
Reservations required, tables from Dhs3,000. 10pm-3am. supperclub, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 451 1100).

Audio Tonic presents Sunset Sessions at 360°
British producer and DJ John Monkman, who’s received extensive airplay on Pete Tong’s BBC1 Essential Mix, ushers in a desert sunset with supporting DJs Russ Cooper, Raxon, Tristan Bain and Sam Farsio.
Free (reservations recommended). Brunch, 1pm-4pm. Rest of venue, 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (055 500 8518).

Sunny Vibe Up by Deep Crates Cartel
Bask in the sunshine and dip into the cool vinyl vintage rhythms of West London’s Count Skylarkin and Natty Bo, bringing you swing and be-bop, jazz, jump-blues, reggae, dancehall and even jungle.
Free before 5pm, Dhs75 afterwards. 2pm-midnight. Dusk Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Media City (056 692 0196).

Bombay Bassment presented by Dream 6
Bombay Bassment, India’s award-winning troupe of hip-hop, rap and reggae artists who’ve previously opened for Snoop Dogg back home, put on a lively show for one night. Supporting acts include Where’s the Funk, Rooh and Hirabeat, with Kenyan rapper and DJ Bobkat emceeing.
Dhs70. 9pm. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (050 453 9727).

Carl Cox Live @ Atlantis
The man DJ Carl Cox returns to Dubai for his first visit in seven years to get the beach party started. Cox is renowned for his contributions to the mid-’80s rave scene and since with his underground techno. He’s guaranteed to make people move – and sweat – with a three-hour set, with support from the almost-as-legendary Gilles Peterson as well as DJ Sharam and Yousef.
Dhs200-250, VIP 400. 6pm-3am. Atlantis Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah. www.timeouttickets.com

Klose to My Soul with Sonu Nigam
Hindi and Kannada pop singer Sonu Nigam is back in Dubai after previously sold out shows, bringing his 50-member troupe along with him for a four-hour celebration of Bollywood hits.
Dhs175-Dhs2,000. 9pm. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud. www.timeouttickets.com

Cassland at Story Rooftop Lounge
Defining themselves by the sound of deep techno from foreign waters, Cassland promises a fresh take on electronica at this rooftop terrace, featuring Romanian DJ K!d Chris and East Londoners Rishi and Eric Francis.
Dhs70 after 10pm. 8pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Holiday Inn, Knowledge Village (056 789 3897).

Nostalgia World Tour with Googoosh and Ebi
International Iranian artists Googoosh, best known for her title as Iranian pop diva extraordinaire, teams up with similarly influential singer Ebi for a dramatic Nowrooz evening on stage.
From Dhs395. 11pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. (050 115 2544).

Ustaad Rashid Khan at Ductac
The master of classical Indian vocal music arrives at Ductac as part of the Emirates NBD Classics Series. Influenced by a rich history of artistic familial ties, Ustaad Rashid Khan has made his mark in the field, with a voice noted for its emotional expressiveness and its impressive tonal variations.
Dhs150-300. 8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).


Saturday 22

Brunch Collection at Blue Marlin Ibiza
Fashion and food go hand-in-hand amid a Mediterranean brunch with a side of sunset beats from resident DJs Jean B and DJ Frederick Stone, as models walk the catwalk wearing the works of five brands and designers.
Brunch Dhs249-550, 1pm-5.30pm. Restaurant from 1pm-11pm. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Audiotonic and Sole Agency: 360° Social with Fatiniza (live) and Philip Jo
Dubai-based Colombian rock and pop singer and songwriter Fatiniza returns to 360° to perform another live show in the sunset, with Philip Jo, Tristan Bain and Rod Lee Winters supporting her on the decks.
Free, reservations recommended. 5pm-3am. Show begins at 6pm. 360, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).

Brownbook and The Archive present Gulf Music Festival
Regional underground contemporary artists are coming to town for the first ever Gulf Music Festival, held at The Archive. Eclectic producer Zeid Hamdan, the brains behind Lebanese band Soap Kills, will be present along with other independent artists from the region with new, progressive Middle Eastern, North African and crossover music
Free. 11am-6pm. The Archive, Safa Park (04 349 4033).

Sunday 23

Sundays at Rock Bottom
Live music, a DJ on deck and deals on this bar’s most infamous mixed drinks make Sundays at Rock Bottom a sure thing for those seeking a wallet-friendly action-packed party on a school night. Just don’t blame us if your Monday gets off to a slow start.
Free entrance for members and ladies, men Dhs100. 9pm. Rock Bottom, Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (04 450 0111).

Monday 24

Nowruz pop special from Shadmehr & Arash
The Iranian New Year parties continue with Iranian pop singer Shadmehr and Iranian-Swedish singer Arash, both bringing the power of diasporic Persian pop to the stage for one night.
From Dhs295. 7.30pm. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living (055 556 9937)

Tuesday 25

Sparkle in the Sand Ladies’ Night at The Beach House
Head to The Beach House and you can perch yourself by the water and enjoy unlimited bubbles for just Dhs50 as part of the venue’s ‘Sparkle in the Sand’ offer.
Dhs50. 8pm-late. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).

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