Our picks of the week
1 Jazzy Jeff at Cirque Le Soir
See Mon 21.
2 Journeys of the Eastern Mind at The Music Room
See Fri 18.
3 Lionel Richie at Dubai Media City
See Thu 17.
4 Peter Hook at Media One
See Fri 18.
5 The Gypsy Swing Project at Century Village
See Fri 18.
Afrobeats DXB with DJ Aries at 2Liv
A special edition of this Afro-flavoured club night starring UK/Ghanian female DJ Aries, promises a mix of all things groovy from the world of Afrobeats, Afrohouse, Azontobeats, funky house, hip-hop, trap, and more. Dhs100 for men, free for ladies. 10pm-3am. 2Liv, Sofitel Dubai Palm Resort, Palm Jumeirah (055 278 7040).
Societe School Nights
Who said you shouldn’t party on a school night? Step back in time and don those old school uniforms.
Free. 9pm. Societe Dubai, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (050 357 1126).
Analog Room with San Soda at Q Underground
This underground electro night is a hipsters’ haven spinning wilfully intelligent and eclectic nuggets from a revolving door of guest DJs. Today San Soda and Joe Babylon are on the decks.
Dhs75 (ladies free before midnight). 10pm-3am, The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha, www.analogroom.com.
Baisakhi Hungama 2014 at Madinat Jumeirah
To celebrate the annual Baisakhi festival Hungama has assembled a big bill of stars, including Bollywood sensation Yo Yo Honey Singh, plus Jassi Sindhu and Jazzy B.
Dhs150. 7pm. Madinat Arena, Madinat Jumeirah. www.timeouttickets.com
District Live Thursdays
A funky Thursday night at this chic DIFC lounge, with live neo soul/funk from Layla & the Free Sound Project, plus beats from DJ Rich E.
Free (door policy applies). 8pm-late. District Lounge, DIFC (050 880 2285).
Lionel Richie at Dubai Media City
Promising ‘All The Hits, All Night Long’, Richie’s juggernaut tour is expected to leave no hit-shape stone unturned. So expect all the obvious hits – ‘Hello’, ‘Truly’, ‘Endless Love’ et al – from the smooth moustached soulman Nicole calls dad, plus some Commodores Motown jams for good measure. We’re expecting plenty of misty-eyed moments of mass memory.
Dhs350-1,500. Doors 7pm, show 9pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre www.timeouttickets.com
Theatrical Suspects at Alliance Française
A French language musical improv sketch, with no script aside from the starting scene of four suspects, one police officer and a crime to solve.
Dhs150. 8pm. Until April 19. Alliance Française, Oud Metha. www.timeouttickets.com
The Act’s first birthday with Kelis
Grammy Award-winning US R&B star Kelis – best known for 2003 hits ‘Milkshake’ and ‘Trick Me’ – makes an onstage appearance to ring in one year of The Act in Dubai. And what a year, too – it won our Best New Club award a few weeks back.
Free (reservations recommended). 8.30pm-3am. The Act Dubai, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).
XL Thursday Special featuring Lumidee
Harlem-born R&B singer Lumidee makes an appearance at this poolside spot. Expect to hear an extended workout on her (only US Top 40) hit ‘Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)’
Dhs100. 8pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina. www.timeouttickets.com
Audio Tonic with Mic Newman at 360°
Australian deep house and nu disco dude Mic Newman has released on the likes of Freerange Records, Tsuba, Recline Music and the Classic Music Company. Here he spins for the best house night in town, alongside locals Rich Showell, Megadon Betamax, James Locksmith and Mehdi Ansari.
Free (guestlist recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).
Darius Syrossian at Blue Marlin Ibiza
Nominated for DJ Mag’s Best of British new producer gong in 2012, Syrossian looks to be going places, with releases on labels including Get Physical and Hot Creations, and here spins at the top UAE beach club. Members, reservations only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (056 133 3400).
Groove on the Grass with Tale of Us
This popular leftfield electronic happening returns with Berlin-based DJ production duo Tale of Us, who are known for fusing house and techno with influences from pop and nu-disco.
Dhs160-200. 7.30pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Living (055 713 2924).
House of Afrika with DJ Aires & Michael Lesar
Cape Town’s Lesar – best known on home turf for founding and spinning at the DeepHeet Parteez for more than a decade – spins at this top night, alongside Aries, a UK/Ghanian Afrobeats DJ also in town to spin at Azontes DXB.
Free. 4pm-3am. Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, email@example.com.
Journeys of the Eastern Mind at The Music Room
An ambitious conceptual bill which pits two of Dubai’s best known rock bands alongside German ‘freak-folk’ act Two Wooden Stones, who promise quirky ‘blues-inspired rock with Eastern overtones’. Elsewhere, Empty Yard Experiment perform their first-ever unplugged set, with Jay Wud also on the bill. At the close of the evening, all three acts will take to the stage for a jam.
Dhs80. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).
La Moustache at Cirque le Soir
A brand new bi-weekly night at this circus-themed London export, the (bizarre) theme is a celebration of all things hairy. In keeping with said theme, anyone wearing a moustache will receive a free short drink. Meanwhile those without moustaches will be given props. #kooky.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Cirque le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).
Peter Hook at Media One
A real rarity – a musician actually deserving of the term ‘legend’ – Peter Hook lands back in Dubai to spin for Step On. If you don’t know who he is, Google Joy Division and New Order now. Hooky remains a somewhat controversial figure, what with falling out with Bernard Sumner and revisiting Ian Curtis tunes with his band The Light (heartfelt tribute or careerist exploitation? The fans are split). Here, however, we can expect a bagload of indie classics and perhaps some vintage house fare as the man behind The Hacienda, and much else, brings the party to town.
Free before 11pm, Dhs100 after. 6pm-3am. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Pukka Up Ibiza Beach Party at Nasimi
Ibiza flavoured party from the notorious brand, with beats from Ibiza resident Chris Wright and DJ Billie Clements. Table reservations and guestlist only.
2pm-3am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (052 612 3426).
Rekkord at Story
Deep and tech house from Afroboogie and Philip Jo at this free rooftop party at arty hangout Story.
Free. 9pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Holiday Inn Express, Knowledge Village (04 365 9911).
Smash TV at Electric Days
German electro duo Holger Zilske and Kai Preussne guest for Dubai’s premier hipsters’ haven. Guestlist only.
Dhs70 includes two drinks before 8pm. Dhs100 after 8pm. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gypsy Swing Project at Century Village
This kooky Django-aping quartet – who just last week celebrated the release of debut LP Paris-Dubai – recall and re-imagine the heady, swinging 1930s Paris of jazz Manouche, with Django-ified takes on French classics by Edith Piaf, Georges Brassens and Mr Reinhardt himself.
Free. 9pm. Century Village, Garhoud (04 282 4122).
Arijit Singh at Hard Rock Cafe
Indian playback singer Singh, best known for appearing in reality singing series Fame Gurukul in 2005, appears alongside Hari and Sukhmani.
Dhs250-475. 7pm. Hard Rock Cafe, Festival City. www.timeouttickets.com
Homegrown at 360°
Infusion’s fortnightly celebration of local DJ talent trundles on with stalwarts Charl Chaka and Shy Aynetchi.
Free (guestlist recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).
Shaggy at People by Crystal
One for nostalgia heads, ‘Mr Bombastic’ himself guests on the mic at DJ Bliss’ trademark urban night 411 Saturdays.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Theatrical Suspects at Alliance Française
For details, see Thursday 17.
Dhs150. 8pm. Alliance Française, Oud Metha. www.timeouttickets.com
John Martin at Cavalli
The singer, best known for his work with Swedish House Mafia and Tinie Tempah, will perform the hits ‘Save the World’ and ‘Don’t You Worry Child’.
Free (reservations recommended). 9.30pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 228 2554).
Hip-Hop Chic with DJ Jazzy Jeff at Cirque Le Soir
Little more than three months after his scene-stealing party set at Barasti for NYE – which saw a thousand cameraphones whipped out when former sparring partner Will Smith made a surprise turn on the mic – top club DJ Jazzy returns for what will no doubt be both a far more intimate, and far more purist-pleasing night. Last time he played Cirque in April 2013 he tore the floor up, so this is not to be missed.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).
Kamal Musallam at O Cacti
Eccentric (and ferociously talented) guitar and oud player Musallam – known for Arabic-tinged jazz fusion workouts – begins a new weekly residency at this Marina Mexican, performing in a new duo alongside violinist Pasha Cazan. Expect exotic explorations that touch on everything from jazz to electronica.
Free. 8pm. O Cacti, Pier 7, Dubai Marina Mall (04 452 6699).
This is... ladies’ night at Tabla Club
Infusion and No.1 team up. Expect old-school soul, R&B, hip-hop and funk tunes from DJs Nthayi and David Craig, and of course free drinks for the ladies all night.
Free. 10.30pm-3am. Tabla Club, Grand Millennium Hotel, TECOM (055 147 6034).