17 best parties in Dubai this week

Blended, Todd Terry, Example, Blue Marlin birthday and more top nights

Wednesday 29

Frank’s House
Groove with Frank to deep house music courtesy of Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE’s DJ Frederick Stone, and maDJam, who has played alongside artists such as David Guetta and Armin Van Buuren.
Free. 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Toyroom, Al Murooj Rotana, Downtown Dubai (055 246 4555).

Thursday 30

Listen to live performances by Kasabian, Craig David and Jessie Ware at day one of the two-day outdoor musical event.
Dhs395-2,200. 6pm. Until May 1. Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, www.blended.ae.

Having come Highly Commended at the recent Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards, this house music night will see Dubai’s Best DJ, Smokingroove, Raxon and Mr Mr on the roster.
Free for ladies. Dhs100 for gents. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. The Basement, Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites, TECOM (04 434 5555).

This new weekly night invites the musically educated generation to go back in time and celebrate the music of the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s.
Free. 8.30pm-3am. Ongoing. The Act Dubai, Shangri La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 355 1116).

Todd Terry live
Renowned US house music DJ Todd Terry, along with Mark Pickup and resident spinner Guess Hu, will play a free gig at Q43.
Free. 10pm-3am. Q43, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 443 5403).

Friday May 1

African Rhumba Festival
Head to the first-ever May Day Rhumba Festival in the Gulf region featuring the African rhumba maestro Johnny Junior and BV band from Kenya. Dhs80-160. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2534).

Blue Marlin Ibiza
UAE’s third anniversary with Dixon and Áme DJ Dixon makes his highly anticipated return to Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, playing a mix of house and techno. Accompanying him is German duo Áme.
Free (reservations recommended). 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels & Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Check out this new underground house music night featuring German DJ Martin Landsky. Expect everything from house, techno and minimal.
Dhs100. 10pm-3pm. Ongoing. The Basement, Boutique 7 Hotel & Suites, TECOM (04 434 5555).

Example live British rapper
Example will be bringing his unique style, which spans various genres from electro house, dance, deep house, hip-hop and dubstep, to rock Nasimi Beach. Expect hits such as ‘Changed the Way You Kiss Me’ and ‘Stay Awake’.
Dhs150, free for ladies before 7pm. 5pm-3am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).

Oliver Giacomotto at Audio Tonic
To celebrate its ninth birthday, Audio Tonic is bringing in Olivier Giacomotto to play at the event tonight only. Giacomotto had to postpone due to the sandstorm earlier in April. The international DJ, charting producer and remixer is a proven integral player of the electronic music scene.
Free. 4pm-3am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (055 500 8518).

Saturday 2

Elephant Man live at Reggae Beachfest
Listen to the sounds of Elephant Man straight from Kingston, Jamaica.
Free for ladies before 5pm. Dhs100 before 7pm and Dhs150 after for all. 2pm-3am. XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).

URBN Saturdays
Enjoy a night dedicated to hip-hop and R&B. Ladies get free drinks all night.
Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. White Dubai, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).

Walshy Fire Live
Walshy Fire from the group Major Lazer will be performing an exclusive DJ Set at Armani/Privé’s fifth anniversary.
Free. 10pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (052 777 6953).

Sunday 3

Fight of the century
Watch the ‘Fight of the Century’ between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao screened live from Last Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Enjoy a special breakfast buffet for Dhs149 per person.
Free entry. 5am. Original Wings and Rings, Liberty House, Downtown Dubai (04 359 6900).

Monday 4

Acoustic night
Listen to live acoustic guitar music with Diarmuid.
Free. 10pm-1am. Ongoing. Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).

Tuesday 5

’90s Tuesdays
DJ Elie plays a mix of commercial hits tonight.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Sho Cho, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111).

Madame Butterfly
Unlimited drinks at ladies night.
Free. 6.30pm-midnight. Ongoing. China Grill, Restaurant and Lounge, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi (04 511 7333).

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