Top 10 live music destinations in Dubai
The redeveloped arena, located in City Walk, opened at the beginning of June with American pop-rock band Maroon 5 the first musical artists to perform there. Over the course of the summer both The 1975 and Westlife will also be playing live at the venue, with many more big-name acts expected to follow looking further ahead. With the venue boasting a capacity of 17,000, it’s an obvious destination for the biggest music acts to perform at when they come to Dubai, ensuring as many people as possible are able to attend events.
Where: City Walk
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Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Prior to the opening of the Coca-Cola Arena, the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre played host to the bulk of the big musical events in Dubai, attracting acts such as Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini. Surrounded by smooth green lawns, a lake and a cityscape of modern architecture, the venue represents a wonderful place to watch live music, particularly when the temperatures are slightly cooler. For outdoor events, it’s perfect. Great weather, hops in hand while listening to (or even strutting your stuff to) quality music. There are certainly worse ways to spend your time here.
Where: King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street
Hard Rock Café
If you’re into live music, and you haven’t yet visited Dubai’s Hard Rock Café, you should definitely head down to the Festival City venue, where musical acts perform on stage every day of the week. It’s probably one of the city’s most well-known live music venues, playing host to both local and international talent. Let’s face it, there are certainly worse ways to spend a night than chewing on a juicy burger while swigging on a hops and relaxing to top-notch live music. Biffy Clyro played at the venue, which has been open for 21 years, in 2018, which
says it all.
Where: Dubai Festival City Mall
Contact: +971 4 232 8900
During the week at this Business Bay rooftop venue you can relax to the sounds of some of Dubai’s emerging talents on the music scene. It’s a chilled vibe at Iris, which is no bad thing, especially if you fancy heading down after a tough day in the office. It’s chill-out sessions on a Monday, where regular performer Danny Aridi will be on stage between 6pm and 9pm, while on a Tuesday the pace is picked up slightly with non-stop live entertainment and shows from some of Dubai’s best musicians.
Where: The Oberoi Hotel, 27th Floor, Business Bay
Contact: +971 56 951 1442
The Irish Village
Not much beats sitting outside in the sunshine while sipping on an ice-cold beverage and enjoying some decent live music, and if that sounds like your idea of a good time, then you should do yourself a favour and check out The Irish Village, which is located in Garhoud. A Dubai institution, the venue boasts a big garden area and possesses a surprise village-like feel with a friendly, feel-good atmosphere that’s difficult to replicate. In recent times, drinkers at the Irish Village have been able to watch the likes of Dodgy and Toploader, while lesser-known acts such as MJ’z, who perform tracks by the likes of The Zutons and AC/DC, play regularly.
Where: Al Garhoud
Contact: +971 4 282 4750
The clue is in the name. Seven nights a week, you can enjoy a smooth and silky soundtrack, with high-quality jazz beats supplied by some of the industry’s most talented musicians, at the Pizza Express branch in Jumeirah Lake Towers. The setting is slick and cool, just like the vocals of the performers, and it’s a fine way to spend an evening, regardless of whether it’s during the week or while you stuffing your face on “cheat day” at the weekend. The food, it must be said, is also top class, making for the perfect combination as you tuck in.
Where: Cluster A, Jumeirah Lake Towers
Contact: +971 4 441 6342
Lock Stock & Barrel
Head down to either of the two Lock Stock and Barrel venues (Barsha Heights or JBR) in Dubai to enjoy live music on three separate nights of the week. The action takes place on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, meaning whatever part of the week you fancy a night out in, your musical needs will be catered for. About Last Night are a five-piece band, made up of three Brits, one Canadian and one Australian, who regularly thrill audiences at both venues as they perform a string of well-known and popular rock and pop hits.
Where: Grand Millennium, Barsha Heights and Rixos Premium, JBR
Contact: +971 4 514 9195 (Barsha Heights), +971 58 836 2891 (JBR)
A unique venue with a vintage feel thanks to its décor, with red velvet curtains, red seating and gold trim running through the seating and bar areas, MusicHall is where you should go if you want sophisticated evening in an upmarket setting. The lay-out of the venue alone is worth checking it out for, with tables set out on different tiers. It’s the perfect place to visit in a large group, and one in which you will want to look your best, so leave the trainers at home for one night. You can watch live musical performances here every weekend which cover a whole host of genres.
Where: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, Palm Jumeirah
Contact: +971 56 270 8670
Pizza Express Live
Unlimited pizza, pasta and drinks, all while listening to some live acoustic music, might sound too good to be true, but down at both the Business Bay and JLT branches of Pizza Express on a Thursday night that’s exactly what’s on offer. You can enjoy a selection of brilliant Italian food while taking in the sounds of the acoustic musicians. Music and food. Two fantastic companions. The performers are genuinely of an extremely high standard, so head down and check it out.
Where: Business Bay
Contact: +971 4 566 5722
Q’s Bar & Lounge
A plush and upmarket venue in which the emerging artists who perform are hand-picked by Quincy Jones, the American musical legend and designer of Q’s Bar and Lounge, himself. Located in the Palazzo Versace Hotel, it’s a brilliant place to watch music, which generally follows a jazz/funk/soul theme. Jones won 28 Grammy Awards and collaborated with some of music’s biggest names during his glittering career, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing a two about what constitutes a good night music-wise. In the early part of this year, David Davis, a soulful and vocal powerhouse, was the resident performer.
Where: Palazzo Versace Hotel
Contact: +971 4 556 8865