Over the past 12 months, the Time Out Dubai team has been hard at work, visiting the city’s hundreds of bars and clubs, catching great gigs, DJ sets and all the hilarious comedians that have graced the city.
The culmination of this hard work comes on Wednesday March 30, when our seventh annual Music & Nightlife Awards hit the JW Marriott Marquis for a glittering soirée.
Even if you’re not a nominee, there’s still the opportunity to get involved on the big night, by heading down to a roof-raising after-party at Dubai’s spectacular Cavalli Club, headlined by an international hip-hop pioneer. We have two words for you: Grandmaster Flash. The Barbados-born, Bronx-bred DJ has been tearing the scene up since the ’70s and has been a true trailblazer for mix-masters and scratch sentinels ever since.
Along with the Furious Five, he bridged the gap between underground rap parties and the mainstream, with anthemic hit The Message at the fore. Now 58, the DJ, aka Joseph Saddler, is as much a force to be reckoned with as ever.
Despite his immense talent, Flash has always seemed a little uneasy with fame. He once said in an interview: “I can walk through any block, any city, any country and within ten minutes there’s someone stopping me to say, ‘Thank you’. Some people are speechless, some kiss my hand, some stutter and some stare. I have to say, ‘Touch me, feel my pulse’. I don’t want to be superhuman. I just want to be Grandmaster Flash and Joseph Saddler.”
And who are we to argue with that? We might stare, a little.
Free, first come, first served. Wed March 30, 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, for tables email firstname.lastname@example.org (050 991 0400050 991 0400).
Four more Memorable Music & Nightlife Awards headliners
The British hip-hop legend was billed as the top act, but Fatman Scoop almost stole his thunder when he handed out the Best Urban Night gong.
The singer-turned-DJ was in fantastic form last time the Awards were held at Cavalli Club, wowing the crowd with a set of modern house and rare classics.
If you re-rewind back three years, we had Southampton’s finest garage act pumping out hit after hit for the revellers at People by Crystal.
Like Grandmaster Flash, Will Smith’s old sparring partner has been on the scene for aeons. He went down a storm at Armani/Privé back in 2012.