Club diary: 10 unmissable nights out in Dubai this March
Mega brunches, celeb gigs, international DJs and the return of Bongo’s Bingo with two special guests…
With the season in full swing, there’s so much happening in Dubai’s nightlife scene. With a collection of brand new super clubs, a host of international acts and the return of some of our favourite events, we thought we’d better get them all together for you.
So, mark your diaries, here are 10 unmissable nights out happening across the city this March.
March 9: Ants at Soho Beach
This Friday, super venue Soho Beach is set to welcome worldwide party brand ANTS to the shores of Dubai, bringing a stellar bill of DJs with it. The event features a line-up led by ANTS regular Andrea Oliva, joined behind the decks by Art Department, Lawler, Matthias Tanzmann, and Sasha.
March 10: Rita Ora at Base
British singer and actress Rita Ora is set to take to the stage at open-air super club Base Dubai this Saturday. Throughout her six years in the spotlight, she’s also worked with stars including Tinie Tempah, Chris Brown and most recently with One Direction alumni Liam Payne on her single, Anywhere. It will be the pop songstress’ first performance at the d3 club, and entry is priced at Dhs200 for guys, while girls can enjoy free entry to the venue all night.
Base, Dubai Design District, 10pm to 4am, Saturday Mar 10, free for ladies, Dhs200 for guys. Tel: (055) 313 4999. basedubai.com
March 15: Hot Since 82 at Soho Garden
Soho Garden has brought an impressive line up of house DJs to Dubai since opening in December, and on Thursday March 15, the venue is set to see Hot Since 82 headline. The British house DJ and producer has been releasing music since 2012 and has been rapidly gaining in popularity in recent years, performing sell out tours including gigs at Coachella and around Ibiza.
Soho Garden, Meydan, 8pm to 3am, Thursday Mar 15, free entry. Tel: (052) 388 8849. Facebook.com/SohoGardenDXB
March 16: Candypants Mega Brunch at Andreeas
Designed for the hardcore party people, expect commercial hits, inflatable air guitars, and water guns spiked with drinks at this St Patricks Day-themed mega brunch. It’s got capacity for more than 800 brunchers, and afterwards, there’s free entry next door to XL for the after-party, where brunchers pile onto the dance floor with resident DJs spinning pop hits till late. You’ll also be able to catch DJ Sammy Porter taking over deck duty at the after party for a special set.
Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, 1pm to 4pm, Friday March 16, afterparty from 4pm, house Dhs350, sparkling Dhs395. Tel:050 220 4638. Candypants-events.co.uk
March 16: One Big Friday at Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity is set to see the return of One Big Friday, their one-day beach festival on Friday March 16, and this time around they’re bringing French DJ and Producer Kungs as the headline act. 21-year-old Kungs, real name Valentin Brunel, is most famed for his 2016 track ‘This Girl’, a collaboration with Cookin’ on 3 Burners. To date, the release has had almost 300 million views on YouTube.
One Big Friday, Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, 8am to 3am, Friday March 16, free entry for girls all night, Dhs150 after 8pm for guys. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae
March 16: Koadaline at McGettigans Paddys Day Party
McGettigans are throwing the Middle East’s biggest St Patrick’s Day party on March 16 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. The one-day event will feature a lineup of international musical acts, food and drinks from McGettigan’s bars and a range of live entertainment. Irish rockers Koadaline will headline.
The Ultimate Paddy’s Party, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre 1pm to 12am, Friday March 16, from Dhs195. Platinumlist.net
March 22: Boyzlife at Bongos Bingo
Yes, we did say bingo, but this round may not be quite as you know it. When Bongos Bingo burst onto the Media City party scene in 2016 it brought thumping sing alongs, novelty prizes and improptu raves with it. The next installment is March 22, complete with a performance from Boyzlife, and we’ve already got our eyes down, and on that Henry the Hoover prize…
ON42, Media One Hotel Dubai Media City, 8pm onwards, Thursday March 22, Dhs150. Tel:056 895 7532. Facebook.com/BongosBingoDubai
March 29: DJ Four5 at XL
XL Dubai is celebrating its birthday this month, and the Marina super club is set to welcome DJ Four5, the official tour DJ of Lil Wayne to celebrate with a guest set on Friday March 29.
XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, 4pm to 3am, Friday March 29. Tel: (050) 738 1388. XLdubai.com
March 30: Sven Vath at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
The father of techno, legendary DJ Sven Väth is returning to Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE on Friday March 30. Cocoon creator Papa Sven is set to share an electronic spectacle, joined by DC10 resident Gerd Janson firing up the UAE crowd for the very first time.
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 11pm, Friday March 30, free entry. (056) 113 3400. Bluemarlinibiza-uae.com
March date TBC: Gotha Dubai Grand Opening
Gotha Dubai, the 14,000 square foot super club which originates from Cannes, has been one of the most hotly anticipated venue’s that Dubai has ever seen, and it’s set to open this month. Although APJ Management, the hospitality company behind Gotha, are remaining tight-lipped about the line up, we’ve got high expectations. The original Cannes venue has hosted A-Listers including French Montana, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa. Stay tuned, as we’ll be revealing the opening date very soon…
Gotha Dubai, Radisson Blu Dubai Waterfront, Business Bay, coming soon, Weds to Fri, 11pm to 3am. Tel: (055) 1 934 934. Gothaclubdubai.com