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4 great parties in the UAE this week



The guys at the Plus-Minus Sessions have wasted no time getting their teeth sunk into the summer season. Having now decamped to a new home in the Bridgewater Tavern in JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, they understand that not every techno and house fan has grabbed their passport and headed to the Mediterranean for three months; they know full well there are plenty of parties needed for those staying in Dubai for the majority of the summer.
To underline the point, they have drafted in Premiesku, the Romanian duo of Livio and Roby, together with George G, to kick-start the post-Ramadan calendar. As live electronic musicians, the trio blends the raw elements of classic deep house, Detroit techno and tech house to create something entirely new: a groove-heavy template onto which their skills can overlay a range of sounds – including elements from their musical heritage in the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
The music they make live, moreover, comes from homemade consoles, each programmed to play a raft of electronic sounds, resulting in a more analogue, genuinely live experience. Premiesku formed in 2012 and later that same year, they released their debut album “Indirect”, which is a good starting point to understand their musical philosophy.
When: Friday, June 30
Where: Bridgewater DXB
Price: Food and drink packages from AED275. Tickets AED100 after 9pm
Contact: +971 56 921 8484, website

Move Launch Party
This party has been billed as “Taking house music back to its purer form”, which seems to mean a simple, single room, somewhere to dance and a great sound system – no bookings, bottles or bling. Which sounds fair enough to us. The music will be delivered by Russ Cooper and TODD.
When: Thursday, June 29, 9pm-3am
Where: Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel
Price: Free entry and decent deals on beverages all night.
Contact: +971 56 4776 246

DJ Stryker Live
For a genuinely unique clubbing experience, The Music Room is welcoming psy-trance exponent DJ Stryker to Dubai on Thursday. With a decade under his belt, the Frenchman mixes and melds trance, electronic and techno beats, with the soul aim of keeping you on the dancefloor longer than you thought capable.
When: Thursday, June 29, 9pm-3am
Where: The Music Room, Mankhool
Price: Tickets AED100 on the door
Contact: +9714 359 8888, website

SpectraDot Opening Party
This is, say the organisers, “techno for the capital”, which is probably all the explanation you need. The new night will seek to blend local and international DJs to try and help drive forward the electronic music scene in Abu Dhabi. TKNO is the lead-off act, with resident Andrew Gilpin in support. Sounds like something to get behind.
When: Thursday, June 29, 9pm-3am
Where: Up & Below, CourtYard by Marriott, Abu Dhabi
Contact: website

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