Hold on to the seat of your pants, party people, for the first ever Hype Awards are coming your way. Striking at the heart of the UAE’s music and nightlife scene, the Hype Awards will recognise the real movers and shakers in the region; those people who live and breathe quality music and who pour their heart and soul into developing the region’s exciting club scene.

The Hype Awards cut though the corporate bull, shining the spotlight on deserving nominees for the experiences they create and parties they throw regardless of budgets. Categories specifically for homegrown talent ensure the Hype Awards stand apart and we’re recognising Dubai’s DJ stars of tomorrow with our Best Breakthrough DJ category.

All the categories – and the nominees – will be revealed in next week’s Hype magazine, which is available to you FREE from Sunday March 30.

Of course, given our love for a good old knees-up, no Hype Awards would be complete without a raucous awards ceremony and off-the-scale after-party. Forget stuffy black tie affairs, this is what music award parties are all about. And because we firmly believe that music should be inclusive and never exclusive, the awards after-party will be open to all.

And what’s more it’s free! So pencil Wednesday April 23 in your diary and get your next day sick note ready.

Don’t miss the coming issues of Hype for more info on the music and club awards in the region that really matter.