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It’s a weekend for music-lovers as “Don’t You Forget About Me” singers Simple Minds perform at Irish Village, and the following night 90s clubland legend Judge Jules takes on XL Beach Club. We’ve also got Duke Dumont at Zero Gravity who has kept his promise to return to Dubai and make up for missing the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Simple Minds
Scottish legends Simple Minds come to Dubai this week, bringing their brand of art-tinged stadium rock. Although most readily associated with their 1980s, floppy-haired, arm-waving, sing-along power pop, Simple Minds were actually one of the most innovative and interesting bands to emerge from Britain in the post-punk era. While “Don’t You Forget About Me”, the song from teen emo-a-thon The Breakfast Club is their most famous single, their extensive back catalogue has enjoyed an enduring appeal – including members of Manic Street preachers and Moby.
When: Thursday, January 28, 9pm
Where: The Irish Village, tickets

Anfield Legends
A must for Liverpool fans pining for the good times… is there any other kind? Former Kop stars Robbie Fowler, Jason McAteer and Didi Hamann are here for a special dinner with questions, quizzes and all manner of Scouse-flavoured giveaways. Packages from AED295.
When: Thursday, January 28
Where: Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, +9714 427 1000

Judge Jules at XL
What is it with legendary DJs right now? The new Back2Basics nights at Media One Hotel has brought the likes of Nick Warren and Dave Seaman to town. Now Judge Jules, who dominated clubland in the 1990s, will be unleashing his brand of happy house at the X-Loco Mega Brunch After-Party at XL Beach Club. Raise those hands.
When: Friday, January 29, 4pm to 3am
Where: XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand, www.platinumlist.net

One Big Friday
Duke Dumont is the headline stealer this week. Shortly after taking off from Los Angeles to DJ in Dubai on New Year’s Eve, his plane had to turn back because of a technical fault, and so he missed the fireworks. But, true to his word, The Duke of Dumont has returned and he will be spinning at Zero Gravity for their new monthly “One Big Friday” series.
When: Friday, January 29
Where: Zero Gravity, www.0-gravity.ae

ANTS at Provocateur
If you’ve never been to an ANTS party, you’re missing out. Arriving on our shores this month, Andrea Oliver headlines the proceedings at the über-cool Provocateur nightclub.
When: Friday, January 29
Where: Provocateur, Four Seasons Resort, www.provocateurdubai.com

Ironman 70.3 Dubai
The world-class sport just keeps on coming. One of the most challenging triathlons in the world arrives in Dubai this weekend, featuring a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike ride and a 21.1km run. The victors will be awarded the title of Ironman while the first 30 to finish will qualify for the World Championship in Australia. Get stretching.
When: Friday, January 29
Where: Burj Al Arab, www.ironman.com

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