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Walshy Fire DJ set
Major Lazer, the dancehall and trap-inspired dance act, are a big deal. The trio originally formed by Diplo and Switch in Los Angeles in 2008, have racked up some pretty killer numbers in the years they’ve been active – especially with the new line-up of Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Take their song “Lean On”. It is, according to Spotify, the most streamed song of all time. In total, the song now has more than a billion views on YouTube – more than 1.3 billion to be precise.
It’s a genre that one of their members, Miami-born Jamaican Walshy Fire – younger brother of Courtney Walsh, cricket fans – will be bringing to Pacha Ibiza Dubai this weekend with a DJ set.
When: Thursday, May 5
Where: Pacha Ibiza Dubai, +9714 567 0000

Martin Solveig 
Martin started his career as an underground house music DJ and producer but these days he’s regularly in the charts. Check him out with his latest piece of musical magic, “Plus One” featuring Sam White. This man never stands still, don’t miss out. Sonny Fodera plays 24 hours later as well.
When: Thursday, May 5
Where: Zero Gravity

Carl Cox and Art Department
Radio host, founder of Intec Digital and veteran of the house music scene, DJ Carl Cox is back in Dubai to demonstrate exactly how it is done on the decks – bringing his 25-plus years of experience to the Blue Marlin stage for one of the last big parties of the season. Joining him on the bill is Canada’s own Jonny White AKA Art Department, who’ll be mixing a set that will no doubt include his 2014 runaway hit “Catch You By Surprise” and 2013’s “Robot Heart”. The ideal segue into the summer.
When: May 6
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Al Ghantoot, www.bluemarlinibiza-uae.com

Groove on the Grass
Groove on the Grass has become one of the most popular and successful recurring dance events in the UAE. Closing things out for Season IV, their last party before the summer hiatus is as big as you would expect for the brand. DJ Tennis and Berlin’s The/Das will hit the decks on the arena stage before internationally renowned DJs Adam Beyer and Bart Skils take on Emirates Golf Club’s main stage. With over 10 hours of back-to-back music over the two stages, this event will prove just how much it will be missed until it restarts again some time in the autumn. Best make the most of the last weekend on the fairways, then. Tickets between AED180 and AED240.
When: Friday, May 6
Where: Emirates Golf Club, www.grooveonthegrass.com

Conan Liquid @ The Scene 
Enjoy dinner and drinks from chef Simon Rimmer’s award-winning menu while overlooking the beautiful view of the Marina. Veteran DJ and producer Conan Liquid will be playing classic and cool eclectic sounds from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
When: Thursday, May 5
Where: The Scene, Pier 7

Rita and The Rogues
A throwback to the 1920s speakeasy days. With a beautiful interior, amazing food and bar, R Trader offers live, post-modern jazz from Rita & The Rogues plus a DJ to give you an experience you won’t find anywhere else.
When: Thursday, May 5
Where: R Trader, Currency House, DIFC

Sunstroke’s 5th Birthday Party featuring Mad Mats
Sunstroke celebrates five years with DJ and Local Talk record label head honcho, Mad Mats. We’d urge anybody and everybody who loves quality music of any description not to miss this.
When: Thursday, May 5
Where: 360°

La Cala opening party
With a vibe and music policy straight out of the Balearics, La Cala will have daily sunset happy hours, sun-drenched beats and, as the sun goes down, local and international talent on the decks with a Funktion One sound system.
When: Thursday, May 5
Where: Ghantoot Marina

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