Beyond the Barricade at Madinat Theatre - This week only
One of the UK’s biggest musical theatre concerts is on all week. The talented cast have all held principal roles in the West End, as well as touring productions of Les Misérables, and the show features songs from some of the best-loved musicals of all time – including Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story and The Lion King – with full orchestrations and spine-tingling harmonies.
From Dhs200. Mar 14-15 and 18, 8pm; Mar 16-17, 6pm, 9pm. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, tickets.virginmegastore.me/ae (04 366 6546).
Ghariba at Ghariba Bar - This week only
The official Art Dubai after-party includes a line-up of local international DJs and musicians including experimental hip-hop and soul DJ Nightmares on Wax and UAE music including James Locksmith, Satwa 3000 and Shemroon & Siamak Amidi of Analog Room.
Free. Mar 15-16, 8pm-2am. Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, pre-register for tickets at www.artdubai.ae/vipevents/ghariba (04 563 1400).
Montreux Comedy Festival at DUCTAC
The huge French comedy event will be in town for two days, and this will be the first time ever that the show will be offered in English as well as French. The English-speaking line-up includes Swiss comic Noman Hosni and Canadian Mike Ward (who both also appear in the French edition) with Emirati Ali Al Sayed and Sebastian Marx from the US.
Dhs195. Mar 15-16, 8.30pm-10pm. DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates, www.800tickets.com (04 314 4777).
The Gipsy Kings at Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens - Today only
For those unfamiliar, The Gipsy Kings’ flamenco-inspired pop music is sung in Spanish with Andalusian accents, the group actually originates from the south of France. Relax on beanbags at the Pyramids’ rooftop gardens and enjoy.
Dhs150 (with two selected beverages). Advance payment required. 9pm. Wafi Pyramids Rooftop Gardens, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
The Laughter Factory - Today only
Nicknamed “The Funny Greek” Angelo Tsarouchas will be in town for this month’s Laughter Factory. You might recognise him from screen cameos in films including Cinderella Man, or hit TV show Mad Men. On the bill with him are grumpy Brit Mark Maier and young, up-and-coming comedian Matt Rees.
Dhs140. Thu Mar 16, 9pm. Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (050 878 6728).
Aurora presents Max Vangeli at Zero Gravity - Today only
House DJ Max Vangeli has collaborated with Steve Angello and Tiësto and has played at Pacha Ibiza alongside Swedish House Mafia.
Free for ladies before midnight, free for gents before 10pm, Dhs100 thereafter. Noon-3am. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Boogie Box Sixth Anniversary at The Q Underground - Today only
The pioneers of house and techno nights in the UAE are celebrating their sixth anniversary (in collaboration with The Flip Side record shop and Dubai-based music and arts collective 264 Cru). DJ Boddika – owner of Nonplus records and one of the biggest house and techno producers on the scene today – will be headlining. Expect all-out décor, giveaways and, of course, excellent music.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Holiday Inn Al Barsha (04 323 4333).
Horse Meat Disco at 360° - Today only
This funky disco crew know how to spin classic and Italo disco, house, afro and punk funk. Their reputation for epic parties is notorious across London, Europe and New York, and they’ll be in Dubai for the first time this week. Worth checking out whether you’re a fan of the genre or not.
Free. 11pm-2am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (055 500 8518).
St. Patrick’s Day bash at The Irish Village - This weekend only
For a truly Irish experience, you can’t get much better than this decades-old institution. The IV’s three-day event runs from Thursday March 16 to Saturday 18, with live music from Ruaile Buaile, The MapleJacks and DJ Marky Mark, plus traditional Irish music and dancers.
Free. Mar 16-18, 11am-1am. Garhoud (04 282 4750).
Paddy’s Day Weekend at Fibber Magee’s - This weekend only
Rounding off a weekend of Paddy’s Day celebrations, Fibber’s will have plenty of special offers on Irish beverages and music from Irish DJs at tonight’s closing party.
Free. Mar 16-18, 8pm-2am. Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4200).
Trivia Rocks at Cook Hall - New
Hosted by radio presenter Aylissa, this quiz night runs alongside an extended happy hour from 4pm to 10pm. Massive prizes are up for grabs, too, such as brunches and overnight stays, so it’s worth brushing up on your general knowledge.
Free. Mon 8pm-10pm. Ongoing. The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City (04 435 5577).
Aperitivo at 3in1 Pool Terrace - Weekly deal
Partake in the much-loved Italian tradition of Aperitivo. Nibble from an antipasti platter of fresh bruschetta, stuffed olives, cured meats, pizza and Parmigiano Reggiano along with two Italian mixed beverages for just Dhs99.
Dhs99. Tue 5pm-9pm. Vida Downtown Dubai (04 428 6888).
Live and local
Jad Abi Haidar at Simply Italian
Every Thursday, head to Simply Italian down at the chilled-out Club Vista Mare for three hours of unlimited beverages, with soulful tunes from Jad Abi Haidar, finalist on The Voice’s Middle East edition.
Dhs190 (unlimited house beverages). Thu 8pm-2am. Simply Italian, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 558 8354).