French Montana, Boyzone and Busta Rhymes will all perform…
The Dubai clubbing scene is thriving right now, with big names coming to town every weekend, it’s hard to keep up. This weekend will see Space Ibiza throw a huge party at Blue Marlin, Zero Gravity will host Clean Bandit for their One Big Beach Festival and Burning Man’s DISTRIKT camp will take over Industrial Avenue.
Here are eight big nights out to check out this weekend.
Thursday: French Montana at Drai’s
American hip-hop star French Montana is set to perform at Meydan super club Drai’s this weekend. Doors for the gig will open at 10pm, with early bird tickets priced at Dhs200 for girls including two drinks and Dhs350 for guys including two drinks. General admission is Dhs300 for girls, with three drinks included, and Dhs500 for guys with four drinks included. French Montana will also perform at White Dubai on Saturday April 13.
Drai’s presents French Montana, Meydan, Dubai, 11pm to 4am, Thursday April 11, tickets from Dhs200 for ladies and Dhs350 for guys from Virgin Megastore. Tel: (052) 388 8857. draisdxb.com
Thursday: Boyzone at Irish Village
Legendary Irish boyband Boyzone will perform at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on Friday April 12. The four-piece boyband enjoyed more than 25 successful years in the music industry, racking up plenty of number ones. Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy parted ways back in 2000 after seven years together but reunited in 2009 and again 2013 to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a tour and new music. This is set to be your last chance to see the boyband, who announced last year that they are splitting up for good after their farewell tour in 2019.
Boyzone at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, 7pm to 11pm, Friday April 12. Dhs195. theirishvillage.com
Thursday: Ten Walls at The Hatch
House and Techno party organisers ‘Plus Minus’ are bringing Ten Walls to the UAE, who will be performing live at The Hatch on Thursday night. The DJ is notorious for dance floor hits such as Walking With Elephants, Requiem and Gotham. Tickets are Dhs100 and must be pre-booked online in advance, ladies are free before 11pm.
The Hatch, Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Mina Rashid, Dubai, 10pm to late, Thursday April 11, Dhs100. Tel: (050) 849 7332. thehatchdubai.com
Friday: Clean Bandit at Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity will host One Big Beach Festival with multi-platinum selling band Clean Bandit in concert, as well as the welcome return of Sigma (DJ Set), Ibiza’s favourite sax player Lovely Laura & DJ Ben Santiago, plus South African favourites Goldfish, live on stage. Regular tickets start at Dhs145 and doors open after 5pm. VIP day beds at the poolside, and VIP tables on a purpose-built VIP platform are also available, as well as a Dhs595 all-inclusive evening package including food and drinks from 8pm to 1am, plus exclusive access to the 1st floor terrace.
Zero Gravity, Dubai, Fri April 12, 10am to 3am, Dhs395 (Beach Festival Brunch 1pm to 5pm); Dhs145 (early bird; entry from 5pm); Dhs195 (regular online; entry from 5pm); Dhs245 (regular on the door; entry from 5pm); Dhs595 (VIP all inclusive; entry from 5pm, unlimited F&B 8pm to 1am). Tel: (04) 3990009. 0-gravity.ae
Friday: Distrikt at Industrial Avenue
Burning Man camp, DISTRIKT, is a non-profit community bringing its vision to the UAE on Friday, April 12th. Industrial Avenue will host the event with performances by Nathan Barato, Ben Seagren, Adam Cotier and Deian. From 5pm to 5am, expect a day of forward-thinking electronic music and alternative arts.
Distrikt, Industrial Avenue, Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, 5pm to 5am, Friday April 12, free. Tel: (052) 293 5907. facebook.com/events
Friday: Little Boots at Barasti
Barasti’s Sugar Beach party will host Remedy hit-maker ‘Little Boots’ for a party on the sand on Friday night. The British singer-songwriter, who also created catchy hit New in Town in 2009, will be performing on stage after resident DJs Scott Forshaw and Jack Harris.
Barasti, Dubai Marina, 10am to 3am, Friday April 12, free. Tel: (04) 399 3333. barastibeach.com
Friday: Space Ibiza at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
For the first time ever, Space Ibiza will be doing a takeover at the famed Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE on Friday April 12. The day-to-night party spot will see Kerri Chandler headline. Described as one of deep house music’s originators, Kerri Chandler has been spinning soul into his sets since the early 90s and is now widely regarded as one of the most respected house music producers around. The Space Ibiza takeover will also welcome sets from Frank Wiedemann, as well as local support from Marco Loco, Frederick Stone and Michka. Doors will open from 1pm for those wishing to top up their tans before the DJs spin.
Space Ibiza at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Resort, Ghantoot Marina, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 11pm, Friday April 12. Tel: (056) 113 3400. Facebook.com/BMIUAE
Friday: Busta Rhymes at Base
The man who, on a previous visit to Dubai, awarded a talented fan $5000 cash for successfully performing the above rap, is coming back to Dubai. It could be worth practicing your bars just in case he pulls the same stunt again. The rapper is no stranger to Dubai having already performed at Base, Drai’s and White. The American hip-hop star will be at Base again on Friday April 12.
Base presents Busta Rhymes, Dubai Design District, 10pm to 4am, Friday April 12. Tel: (055) 313 4999. basedubai.com