You can’t help but warm to John Bishop. He sort of looks like a cross between Howard Donald from Take That and Bez, the maracas-playing dancer with (another) Manchester band The Happy Mondays, with tousled hair, piercing blue eyes and a face that looks like it’s about to erupt into a smile at any point. He’s also got that Liverpool accent, a sing-song delivery that seems to turn even the most mundane of moments into a potentially comic event. Indeed, his family comprises a fair chunk of his material, in which he never fails to engage in highly public ribbing of his three sons. “Do they mind?” he said when asked by ShortList. “I tell them it’s a small price to pay for a roof over their heads and three square meals a day…”
When: Thursday, December 14
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Price: From AED295
Letters to Andy Warhol exhibition
If there’s one thing Andy Warhol fans can look forward to this month it’s the ‘Letters to Andy Warhol’ exhibition at Dubai Design District. Pop in to the design community anytime between December 8 and 16 to check out a collection of the legend’s work brought to the city courtesy Cadillac and The Andy Warhol Museum.
Where: Dubai Design District (d3)
When: 12pm- 9pm; 8 to 16 December
Price: Free entry
The Dubai Fitness Championship
Now in its sixth year, the Dubai Fitness Challenge attracts elite athletes from all over the world who compete for cash prizes over a series of challenges that look like they’re designed to extricate limbs from sockets. It’s where the phrase “survival of the fittest” has rather too close a proximity to the truth. Mat Fraser and Sara Sigmundsdóttir won the men’s and women’s contests last year.
When: December 14-16
Where: Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud
Beach Polo Cup Dubai
This is one of the most spectacular events on the social calendar in Dubai, blending upscale equestrianism with a beachside vibe. Held under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the Beach Polo Cup will be contested by four teams, comprised of 12 of the best polo players in the world.
When: December 14-15
Where: Skydive Dubai
Sepultura Live in Dubai
Legendary Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura return to Dubai for the first time since 2005. The quartet have been making eardrums bleed for the best part of 35 years now and have released 14 albums of speaker-bursting noise in that time. Expect to hear tracks like “Arise”, “Attitude” and “Phantom Self”. Support comes from local band Svengali.
When: Wednesday, December 13
Where: Hard Rock Café, Festival City
Price: From AED200
Contact: +971 4 232 8900,
Überhaus X Blue Marlin Ibiza
There’s a huge night of electro wizardry being lined up at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE as Seth Troxler and Chicago house music legend Lil Louis drop by. Troxler has been producing the goods in Ibiza this summer, so will be in perfect form. Lil Louis – the man attributed with organising the world’s first “rave” in 1977 – will bring his wealth of crowd-pleasing experience, too.
When: 8pm-3am, Thursday, December 14
Where: Golden Tulip, Al Jazira Hotel
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Midnight Brunch at Cavalli Club
DJ Mad Beats will be taking to the decks at Cavalli Club’s special work night brunch. With a selection of music leaping from commercial, radio and old school providing the soundtrack, you can indulge in food and beverages until the early morning. It’s AED299 before midnight and AED300 for an open bar afterwards.
When: 8.30pm-3am, Sunday, December 10
Where: The Fairmont, Sheikh Zayed Road
Price: From AED299
Contact: +971 50 991 0400, website
NOMAD x Damian Lazarus and KMLN
We’re still deep into the NOMAD theme at the party venue as El Chiringuito plays host to contemporary house producer/DJ Damian Lazarus and electronic dance duo KMLN. As always, resident DJs Diamond Setter, Joséphine De Retour and Wael Hoolz Hijazi will get the crowd in the mood before the headliners arrive.
When: 6pm-12am, Friday, December 15
Where: El Chiringuito, Rixos The Palm
Contact: +971 54 449 6464,