At the time of writing, post-holiday blues have well and truly set in for Team ShortList and many of our readers. That’s why McGettigan’s annual Comedyfest, which is back for its eighth year, is a much-welcome January distraction. Four of Ireland’s top stand-ups will take to The Baggot stage (that includes the MC, Fair City star and twice Irish Standup of the Year, Eric Lalor, we’ll have you know). Meanwhile, we’ll all be feasting on free barbecue burgers and beverages, soaking in Fred Cooke’s skits, Karl Spain’s bants and Barry Murphy’s alter ego (see sidebar, right, for more details of the comedians). Tickets are AED50 for entry (before 10pm) and come with one free burger and a selected bevvie.
When: January 11-12
Where: McGettigan’s The Baggot, JLT
Price: From AED50
Space of Variations
Any metal-heads out there? If so, head(-bang) straight to Scarlet Cardinal where you’ll catch one of Ukraine’s top metalcore bands, Space of Variations, live for the first time in Dubai. There to warm up the crowds will be the Czech Republic band Exit Empire and one of the UAE’s very own nu metal bands, Alpha.Kenny.Buddy. Entry is priced at AED120.
When: Thursday, January 11
Where: Scarlet Cardinal, Sofitel Hotel JBR
Price: From AED120
Contact: +971 55 559 1105,
It’s finally happened, everyone. After five years of construction, Dubai Frame – that huge gold structure you’ve no doubt seen jutting out of the horizon – is now welcoming visitors through its doors. The 150-metre high structure offers unrestricted views of “old” and “new” Dubai and is connected via a 93-metre wide bridge. There’s also a museum on the ground floor where visitors can explore how the emirate transitioned from it’s humble fishing village beginnings to the modern metropolis it is today.
When: 10am-7pm, daily
Where: Zabeel Park, Dubai
Price: AED20 (kids) and AED50 (adults)
Salt’s Surf house
One of Dubai’s favourite burger joints has setup shop in a new location at La Mer. Salt’s Surf House is their boldest venue yet, with a huge industrial surf shop vibe where guests can relax in the chill-out or lounge areas while gorging on Salt’s signature sliders. Speaking of which, there are two new exclusive Wagyu sliders here. The Black Melt that’s served with a barbecue-sriracha sauce in a black bun, and the Big Salter, a double patty beast that will kill your hunger in no time. Oh, and they serve a great nitro coffee, too.
Where: La Mer North, Jumeirah
Wash x Hip Hop Chic
American R&B singer Wash is performing on Cirque Le Soir’s Hip Hop Chic Monday. The 24-year-old, whose debut single Can’t Trust Thots features rapper French Montana, is bringing his smooth vocals and upbeat playlist, all the way from Texas to one of Dubai’s freakiest nightspots. Local DJs Keza and Flipp’Side will be warming up the crowds.
When: 11pm-3am, Monday, January 8,
Where: Cirque Le Soir Dubai, Fairmont Hotel
Contact: +971 50 995 5400,
Nuno dos Santos and Love Over Entropy
Who said January had to be boring? Warm up with Balearic beats at Blue Marlin, take a dip and recharge before SoHaSo Showcase takes over the dance floor. Love Over Entropy then brings soulful, atmospheric tunes, before Nuno dos Santos presents an eclectic set, featuring everything from deep house to serene techno.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, January 12
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza, Golden Tulip Al Jazira
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
The American Idol runner-up takes up a six-week Dubai residency at one of the UAE’s few true jazz bars. Clark’s bluesy vocals saw him win fan favourite status in the 2015 season of the US singing contest, and his live performances were among the top 10 most viewed videos on the show’s YouTube channel. See www.palazzoversace.ae/en for timings.
When: 9pm-10pm, Tuesday, January 9
Where: Q’s Bar and Lounge, Palazzo Versace
Contact: +971 4 556 8865,
American rapper A$AP Ferg is heading from New York City’s Harlem neighbourhood to Dubai’s design district to entertain partygoers for one night only at Base. The award-winning 29-year-old hip hop artist and successful fashion designer has a new album out, Still Striving, which he’ll perform tracks from.
When: 10pm-4am, Friday, January 12
Where: Base Dubai, d3
Contact: +971 55 313 4999, website
Goodbye Christopher Robin
A touching drama that allows us a glimpse of the relatiaonship between children’s author A. A. Milne (who wrote Winnie the Pooh) and his son Christopher.
In cinemas from January 11