Get ready for an outstanding weekend of pop, rap and R&B. Over two days, some seriously well-known international artists are taking to the Dubai Media City stage for the fifth edition of RedFest DXB. In the past, we’ve seen top-notch performances from the likes of Demi Lovato, Pitbull and Iggy Azalea. This year, we’ve got DJ duo The Chainsmokers (“Closer”, “Don’t Let Me Down”) headlining day one, followed by American singer and rapper Kesha (“Tik Tok”, “We R Who We R”) on day two. These superstars are joined by British R&B favourite Craig David, American rapper Russ, English singer-songwriter Kelli-Leigh, dance music producer Marshmello, and, bringing each evening to an end, Dubai’s own DJ Dany Neville. Ticket prices range from AED395 to AED1,195.
When: February 8-9
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
One of Ukraine’s most successful electronic acts is on hand to present an energetic night of unreleased tunes from their repertoire that’ll take in everything from house to techno. The duo have performed all over the globe, and especially in the world’s party capital, Ibiza. Their tunes have been played by superstar acts such as Solomun and Richie Hawtin, too.
When: 11pm-3am, Wednesday, February 7
Where: Vii Dubai, Conrad Hotel
Contact: +971 50 957 9471,
Skreemin Egulz live
Head to this cool, musically charged spot for an evening of blues-rock, as the Skreemin Egulz take to the stage to perform covers of iconic tunes by legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Metallica, The Doors, and many, many more. It’s just AED50 to get in, and you’ll get a free beverage with your entry fee.
When: 9pm-3am, Thursday, February 8
Where: Scarlet Cardinal, Sofitel Hotel JBR
Contact: +971 56 222 9914,
NO Sleeep by James Locksmith
Who needs any shuteye, huh? Not on a Thursday night, at least. And not when notable Dubai DJ James Locksmith is on the decks, alongside OldYungMayn, Salem Rashid and Karrouhat for a night of future boogie, trap, Arabic and club music. It’s an eclectic mix of tunes and free entry for all before midnight – AED50 on the door thereafter. Time to feed your insomnia, people.
When: 9pm-3am, February 8
Where: Bridgewater Tavern, JW Marriott Marquis
Contact: +971 4 414 0000,
Misfits Society: Dennis Ferrer and Detlef
The venue continues its non-stop line-up of great gigs this weekend with two star turns. This time, relax on the beach and enjoy the Mediterranean vibes before underground club favourite Detlef takes to the decks. Then house icon Dennis Ferrer will be doing his thing, giving us all an education in electronic music.
When: 1pm-11pm, February 9
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
NoDJ – We’re the Underground
If you’ve ever wondered where the cool kids hang out in Dubai, then head to Dusty’s where an intriguing NoDJ night is being held. The concept is based on allowing different folk to step up to the decks and have a crack at DJing. Alongside some underground electronic earworms, there will be a selection of drinks and bites on the bill.
When: 8pm-3am, February 10
Where: Dusty’s Dubai, Al Fattan Currency House,
Contact: +971 4 354 5435,