Our picks of the week
1 Dixon at Blue Marlin
See Fri 16.
2 Groove on the Grass at Emirates Golf Club
See Fri 16.
3 Neil Finn at Dubai Tennis Stadium
See Thu 15.
4 LTJ Bukem at The Music Room
See Thu 15.
5 Nicole Moudaber at Nasimi Beach
See Thu 15.
Aces at Boutiq Ultra Lounge
Weekly urban night from The Real Flava crew spinning R&B and hip-hop. DJ Emir, Mr Shef Codes and DJ Kaboo on rotation.
Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Boutiq Ultra Lounge, The Address Dubai Mall (050 354 3131).
Flashdance at Cavalli
Glam weekly night specialising in ’90s-flavoured cheese.
Reservations recommended. 10.30pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 228 2554).
The Laughter Factory at Zinc
The comedy night lines up another top notch bill of comics, with Mark Nelson, Peter Johansson and Michael Fabbri all taking the mic. Expect to laugh. A lot. 9pm.
Dhs140. Until May 15. Zinc Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road www.timeouttickets.com
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.
GlobalFunk with LTJ Bukem at The Music Room
The third in a four-part series showcasing forefathers of the genre, promoters GlobalFunk bring out drum and bass don LTJ Bukem. With SP:MC once more hyping on the mic, expect an electric evening of bass woodle and boom.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2534).
Neil Finn at Dubai Tennis Stadium
Known as a songwriter’s songwriter, Finn’s career spans three decades, including time with early band Split Enz and a respected solo career. However he will always be best known for fronting Australia-based Kiwi pop-rock band Crowded House, spawning numerous hits including ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’, ‘Weather with You’ and ‘Fall at Your Feet’. The ‘Dizzy Heights’ tour, named after Finn’s latest solo album, comes to the Middle East having taken in Australia, Canada, USA and Europe before arriving to Dubai.
Dhs300. Doors 6pm, show 9pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud www.timeouttickets.com
Nicole Moudaber at Nasimi Beach
Ranked easily among the best-known female DJs in the world, Nigerian decksmith Moudaber got an early headstart after being described as ‘the most underrated DJ’ by Carl Cox. Expect an assured mix of techno, electronica and deep house.
Dhs100. 7pm-3am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm (055 612 5774).
The Laughter Factory at Grand Millennium
For details see Wednesday.
9pm. Dhs140. Grand Millenium, TECOM, www.timeouttickets.com
Unique Parties at Movida
A one-off party from this glam night, with Europe-hopping DJs Colin Francis and Kenzie spinning a mix of deep house, hip-hop and R&B, plus an undoubtedly decadent vibe from the brand known for parties from London’s Mayfair to Marbella.
Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
Unwired at Dubai World Trade Centre
A packed festival bill with performances from Benny Dayal, Papon, Siddharth Mahadevan, Shilpa Rao, Harshdeep Kaur, Aditi Singh Sharma, Shefali Alvares and Palak Muchhal.
Dhs150-600. 9pm-1am. Dubai World Trade Centre www.timeouttickets.com
#WeGotRhythm presents Dev at Zero Gravity
A fresh clubbing concept launches at SkyDive Dubai’s new outdoor venue with a guest appearance from Dev. Best known for 2012 hit ‘In the Dark’, the American vocalist also featured on Far East Movements smash ‘ Like a G6’.
Dhs120 (advance), Dhs150 (on the door). 7pm-3am. Zero Gravity, SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina www.timeouttickets.com
Audio Tonic with Jozif at 360°
Recently celebrating eight years in Dubai, the emirate’s top house night hosts its final international guest of the season. With releases on Culprit, Crosstown Rebels, Wolf + Lamb and Compost, Jozif’s visit has been a long time coming. Plus residents Russ Cooper, Raxon, and Dubai newbie Shaun Soomro guests.
Free (guestlist recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).
Deep Crates Cartel at The Q Underground
Weekly alternative night spinning hip-hop, funk, reggae and more.
Dhs75-100. 9pm-3am. The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha (04 323 4333).
Dixon at Blue Marlin
After a scheduled gig in January was called off, Dixon comes to spin at the top beach club. Ranked the number one on Resident Advisor’s Top DJs of 2013, the German decksmith is among the most in-demand on the planet. Expect smart, soulful house from a consummate pro.
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.
Full Moon Party with Andy Moor at XL
As opposed to their weekly Friday Pool Parties, XL up the ante with a fuller Full Moon theme. But forget that – the real draw is Grammy-nominated trance and electro DJ/producer Moor on the decks. Expect dark but danceable sounds from a top draw talent.
Dhs100 (advance), Dhs150 (on the door). 7pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina www.timeouttickets.com
Groove on the Grass season closer at Emirates Golf Club
After hosting an impressive roster of international talent over the months – including a recent set from Tale of Us – intelligent leftfield house happening Groove of the Grass celebrate a successful season with a double-header of internationals – Berlin’s Ellen Allen and New York’s Bob Moses.
Dhs160. 7pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club (04 380 1234).
History of House at Story Rooftop
The third edition of this retro-focused house night moves on to a new home, but still packs a meaty bill with Space Ibiza’s Brandon Block, Bora Bora Beach’s Oliver Lang and a live PA from Abigail ‘I Just Can’t Get Enough’ Bailey.
Dhs100, ladies free before 11pm. 9pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Knowledge Village (050 566 3453).
House of Afrika with Black Coffee at The Dek on 8
This weekly showcase of Afro-tinged house pulls in a big hitter with South Africa’s much in-demand Black Coffee. Expect top tunes strafing deep and tech house, and a clued up party crowd.
Free. 11pm-3am. Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Black at Almas Tower
You’d be forgiven for thinking we’ve seen rather a lot of Mary Black of late – the classic Irish artist was last seen in these parts singing for McGettigan’s third birthday last November. But this will be her last stop-off we’re told, as Black is retiring from international touring. Support comes from Roisin O.
Dhs120. Doors 7pm, show 8pm. Almas Tower, JLT www.timeouttickets.com
Musicians United at The Music Room
The first edition of this new concept featuring rock bands Vin Sinners, EYE, Nikotin, Ascendant and True Fiction. A great snapshot of the UAE scene today.
Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2534)
Sugar Beach with Stephane Pompougnac at Barasti
All-day beach party starring French house veteran Pompougnac, who’s best known for his long running Hôtel Costes mix series, now in it’s 15th volume. He’ll be on at 6pm – also spinning will be DJ Venus, Marty Metcalfe, Marky T, Dave Armstrong and Tom Ferguson.
Free. 11am-2am. Barasti Beach, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina (04 318 1313).
Summer Rock Festival at Domeland
There’s a mixed bag at this last-chance outdoors rock fest, featuring Sri Lanka’s Chitral Somapala, Dubai’s The Boxtones plus DJ Jeff and DJ Tushar, live dance, MCs and more.
9pm.-3am Dhs80-140. Domeland at The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland www.timeouttickets.com
Warehouse Dubai at Media One
This (really not so) ‘secret’ warehouse party concept moves to a new (not to secret) venue, Media One’s 1,000-capacity Level 41 space. They’ve also lined up a killer guest in the shape of Jaguar Skillz, plus DJ Ez and more.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
411 Saturdays at People by Crystal
The floor is generally packed at urban staple 411.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).
Maz Jobrani at MusicHall
Best known as one-quarter of the notorious Axis of Evil comedy group, who toured from 2005-2011, Iranian-American stand-up Jobrani is a Dubai fave who routinely thrills crowds in the emirates. This time he brings a new show to a swanky venue. He once performed in front of the King of Jordan.
Dhs295-495. 7pm. MusicHall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah www.timeouttickets.com
L.O.V.E. Sundays at Okku
This top nightspot 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).
Mark Fanciulli at Boutiq
Forward thinking Brit DJ Fanciulli is known for top productions. Here he spins for upcoming new club-night-on-a-school-night, Therapy.
Dhs100. 11pm-3am. Boutiq Ultra Lounge, The Address Dubai Mall (050 207 1349).
Ladies night at Embassy
Embassy has rolled out it’s ladies’ night to five nights, from Tuesday to Saturday. Enjoy three free tokens tonight.
Free. 8pm-1am. Ongoing. Embassy Dubai, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).