Our picks of the week
1 Blended at Dubai Media City
See Thu 1-Fri 2.
2 Audio Tonic’s eighth birthday at 360°
See Fri 2.
3 Blue Marlin’s second birthday at Blue Marlin
See Fri 2.
4 Opera at The Ivy at The Ivy
See Wed 30.
5 The Blow Monkeys at Century Village
See Thu 1.
Wednesday April 30
Afro Beats DXB at 2Liv
Weekly night spinning the best Afrobeats, Afrohouse, Azontobeats and more floor-shaking grooves.
Dhs100 for men, free for ladies. 10pm-3am. 2Liv, Sofitel Dubai Palm Resort, Palm Jumeirah (055 278 7040).
Opera at The Ivy
The excellent Emirates Opera Project present an Italian-themed evening of famous arias at this renowned British restaurant. The fee buys you a three- course meal while you listen. Anyone who doubts the vibrancy of the local classical music scene is advised to book a table now.
Dhs300 (including three-course meal). 7pm. The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 564 7184).
Societe School Nights
Step back in time and don those old-school uniforms at this retro, cheese-focussed theme night.
Free. 9pm. Societe Dubai, Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina (050 357 1126).
Thursday May 1
Analog Room at Q Underground
This underground electro night is a hipsters’ haven spinning wilfully intelligent and eclectic nuggets from a revolving door of guest DJs.
Dhs75 (ladies free before midnight). 10pm-3am, The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha, www.analogroom.com.
Armani/Privé’s fourth anniversary
To celebrate four years in Dubai this high-end, Burj-based club is hosting a decadent, flamboyant Roman Empire themed party.
Reservations recommended. 10pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).
Bad House Party at Casa Latina
Leftfield indie and punk night which offers eclectic tunes, a delightfully unpretentious vibe, and blow-up animals.
Free (or Dhs60 with two drinks). 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).
Blended festival at Dubai Media City
Day one of this ‘grown-up’ musical festival, which features an emphasis on folk, soul, blues and roots, as well as promising gourmet dining options. Performing tonight is Aloe Blacc, the voice behind radio smashes ‘I Need a Dollar’, UK number one ‘The Man’ and Avicii’s omnipresent earworm ‘Wake Me Up’. Retro soul revivalist Joss Stone and Australian folkster Xavier Rudd.
Dhs350-1,000. Doors 6pm, show 7pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.timeouttickets.com
The Blow Monkeys at Century Village
Recently reformed Brit new wave quartet, who enjoyed a string of hits in the 1980s, perform live outdoors.
Free. 9pm. Century Village, Garhoud (04 282 4122).
Candy P at Movida
Themed evening at this exclusive London nightspot, led by DJ Tony P and his feelgood crew.
Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
District Live Thursdays
A funky Thursday night at this chic DIFC lounge, with live neo soul/funk from Layla & the Free Sound Project.
Free (door policy applies). 8pm-late. District Lounge, DIFC (050 880 2285).
DXB Deep House Festival
Eight hours of deep house from four DJs, including the UK’s MAKS, Egypt’s Mira G, TommGun and DJ Benyamin.
Dhs100. 7pm-3am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626). Shahram Shokouhi at Ductac The Iranian singer performs live. Dhs150-Dhs450. 7pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.timeouttickets.com.
Something Big with Matt-U and Akira at Catwalk
This underground bass night covers all bases with one dubstep (Matt-U) and one drum and bass guest (Akira, returning to the night). Expect much basshead-related revelry.
Free before 11pm, Dhs50 after. Catwalk, Golden Tulip, Al Barsha (050 917 5432).
Tom Jones tribute at Biggles
Tribute artist Tony Gold has been pretending to be Tom Jones for more than a decade, and was even once shortlisted to play the classic Welsh crooner on TV show Stars in Their Eyes.
Dhs250 (with buffet and beverages). 10pm. Biggles, Millennium Airport Hotel (04 702 8833).
Ardal O’Hanlon at Almas Tower
Better known as Father Dougal McGuire from TV comedy Father Ted, O’Hanlon hosts a single evening of stand-up in Dubai.
Dhs125. Doors 8pm, show 9pm. Almas Tower, JLT, www.timeouttickets.com.
Audio Tonic turns eight with Lee Curtiss at 360°
Recent winners of our Best House Music Night gong, Audio Tonic remain as consistent as ever as they roll into their ninth year in the UAE (which makes them, we reckon, the oldest ongoing weekly night in the region). To celebrate Visionquest big hitter Lee Curtiss guests upstairs, plus a top bill of regulars including Mr Mr, Raxon, Megadon Betamax, Rich Showell and Russ Cooper. A guaranteed top night out for lovers of house music and, well, just music full stop.
Free (guestlist recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).
Blended festival at Dubai Media City
Day two of this ‘grown-up’ musical festival hosts a more subdued, mature line-up. Topping the bill is iconoclastic new wave poet Elvis Costello, who appears alongside a set from his wife, Canadian jazz-pop pianist Diana Krall. A late announcement saw the balance flipped with edgy London rapper/singer-songwriter hybrid (yes, really) Maverick Sabre offering some younger blood to the bill.
Dhs350-1,000. Doors 6pm, show 7pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.timeouttickets.com.
Blue Marlin’s second anniversary with Martinez Brothers and Richy Ahmed
Two years already? One of the UAE’s premier clubbing spots celebrates a birthday with a double bill of international house talent. Expect it to be electric.
Members, reservations only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (056 133 3400).
Dubai’s premier hipster’s hangout.
Guestlist only. Dhs70 includes two drinks before 8pm. Dhs100 after 8pm. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City, email@example.com.
Friday Pool Party with The Shapeshifters at XL
The prolific UK dance duo bring the beats to this pool party.
Dhs100 (ladies free before 8pm). 6pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).
House of Afrika with Craig Massiv at The Dek on 8
Cool weekly pool party showcasing Afro-tinged house. Weekly international guests are supported by a revolving door of residents including Charl Chaka, Nthayi, Just Lance, Afroboogie, Simon B, Dr Chetty and DJ Riza.
Free. 11pm-3am. Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pindoll live at The Music Room
One of Lebanon’s most promising upcoming bands, Pindoll mix post-rock, jazz and Middle Eastern influences into an indie-ish approach. If you’re serious about sounds, this one is well worth checking out.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2534).
Plus Minus Sessions with Âme at Nasimi Beach
German duo Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann are renowned for their live shows and productions alike, which mix Detroit-influenced deep house with jazzy influences and driving rhythms.
Ladies free before 7pm, men Dhs100, Dhs150 for all after. 2pm-3am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm (050 359 9798).
Poshfunk yacht party UK clubbing brand
Poshfunk hosts a boat party on board what is apparently the Marina’s largest yacht. Expect four hours of deep house, R&B and UK garage from DJs James O’Hara, Nappa, Benni T and Masterstepz.
Reservations only. 1pm-5pm. Monalisa yacht, leaving from Dubai Marina (056 694 4538).
Warped tenth anniversary at Casa Latina
Techno, tech-house and minimal night Warped celebrates ten years with a set from German DJ Monoloc, plus locals Adam, Dan Price, Ihmsen, Zico and Pooja B. Expect lots of glitch, and a welcome refuge from glitz.
Dhs100 (with three beverages). 6pm-2.45am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (050 728 1184).
411 Saturdays at People by Crystal
The floor is generally packed at urban staple 411. Tonight it’s a trio of residents on the decks: Badir, Mr Shef Codes and host DJ Bliss.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Residents at 360°
Expect cool grooves and a great chill out vibe on Saturdays at this iconic Dubai nightspot.
Free (guestlist recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).
L.O.V.E. Sundays at Okku
Despite being the first day of the week, Okku is reliably packed with a glam crowd for this Sunday night party, which spins a mix of house and more commercial fare.
Free (reservations recommended). 8pm-3am. The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).
Hip-Hop Chic at Cirque Le Soir
A top weekly urban night with a decent crowd.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).
Kamal Musallam at O Cacti
Eccentric guitar and oud player Musallam hosts a weekly residency alongside violinist Pasha Cazan. Expect exotic explorations that touch on everything from jazz to electronica.
Free. 8pm. O Cacti, Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 452 6699).
This is... ladies’ night at Tabla Club
Expect old-school soul, R&B, hip-hop and funk tunes, plus free drinks for ladies.
Free. 10.30pm-3am. Tabla Club, Grand Millennium Hotel, TECOM (055 147 6034).