What’s On previews Rob Da Bank at Zero Gravity Dubai Marina. Find about some of the best parties this festive time and Boxing Day in Dubai.

Boxing Day
Bob Sinclar

Rob Da Bank is a DJ who follows in the great tradition of fellow British BBC Radio 1 broadcasters John Peel and Gilles Peterson. He’s dedicated to finding new, leftfield music.

If it’s good, he’ll play it, regardless of genre. And like Peel and Peterson, during each show he’s guaranteed to play one song you’ll find almost completely unlistenable – which is no bad thing.

The co-founder of not one but two of the best British music festivals – Bestival on the Isle Of Wight and spin-off Camp Bestival In Dorset – brings his ear for the outré and sizeable box of records to Zero Gravity on Boxing Day. Well worth going a few rounds with.

Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai, 2pm to 3am, free before 9pm. Tel: (04) 3990009. Taxi: Sky Dive Dubai Drop Zone. o-gravity.ae

With his Yellow Productions record label marking its 20th anniversary with a recently released compilation album and new track I Want You about to drop, French house DJ Bob Sinclar has plenty to celebrate. And those celebrations will no doubt continue when he headlines at the recently opened Pacha Dubai on Boxing Day.

Sinclar first shot to fame with his 1998 Jane Fonda sampling Gym Tonic, co-produced with Thomas Bangalter. Along with then still up-and-coming French DJs Martin Solveig, David Guetta and DJ Gregory, he formed the celebrated Africanism movement in 2001 as a creative output for more soulful sounds. But it was really in 2005 when Sinclar became a household name with the smash hit Love Generation followed a year later by World Hold On. Both hit No.1 around the world and catapulted Sinclar into the stratosphere.

From creating pumping house to disco-tastic delights, the producer is also known for his love of reggae. So much so that in 2010 he flew to Kingston in Jamaica to work with the legendary Sly & Robbie. The result was his Made In Jamaica album, which offered reggae-flavoured reworkings of his biggest hits.

A regular on the party island of Ibiza, the summer saw Sinclar’s Paris By Night parties set up camp regularly in Pacha Ibiza, which had the dancefloor packed shoulder to shoulder. His Paris By Night party also recently touched down in Los Angeles and returns to Queen Club in Paris this weekend. His appearance at Pure Pacha here in Dubai is also more than likely to draw a full house.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Thursday, December 26, 11pm to 3am, Dhs150 (ladies), Dhs250 (gents). Taxi: Souk Madinat. Tel: (04) 5670000. pacha.ae