New Clubbing Season in Dubai Gets Underway

Big names already lined up for outdoor parties

With the temperature in Dubai beginning to drop from absolutely roasting to something a bit more bearable, outdoor clubs and venues are cranking up their soundsystems once again.


Our favourite Dubai festival, Groove on the Grass kicks off its eighth season on Friday, 4 October. Returning to its home at Emirates Golf Club, Acid Pauli (above) is called upon to headline the main Grass Stage. The Berlin-based artist and Ouïe label boss recently turned in a remix for Noema’s Twilight EP and is scheduled to embark on a tour of Australia in November.

He’s joined on the main stage by LA musician, vocalist, producer and DJ Egyptian Lover, with French producer and Denature label head honcho Viken Arman also playing live. Palms Trax and Éclair Fifi take care of the tunes in the Evolve Arena.


A wholly independent festival, we love Groove’s mix of music, art, fun and creativity. It certainly attracts some of Dubai’s most colourful characters and is a far cry from the emirate’s “champagne and sparklers” venues.

Also on Friday, 4 October, Steve Bug headlines at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE. Celebrating 20 years of his revered Poker Flat Recordings label, Bug recently launched new label Sublease Music, while his collaboration with G-Tech, the How We Live EP, is out now.


Located at the Golden Tulip Al Jazira, on the outskirts of Dubai, Blue Marlin brings techno genius Richie Hawtin to town on Friday, 18 October. In a bid to “bring greater transparency to the underlying art of DJing in the press-play era”, the Plus 8 Records boss has just launched Close Combined – an audiovisual mix album. The multi-platform release gets closer to Hawtin as he plays via a mix of equipment close-ups, on stage set-up scenes and crowd views.

Meanwhile, across town, techno legend Carl Cox returns to Dubai on Friday, 11 October, this time to play the season opening party at Soho Beach, Meydan.

Having just closed out another Resistance season at Privilege, Ibiza, Coxy was named Best International DJ at the island’s recent DJ Awards. “Thank you Ibiza party people for continuing to come to the island to dance with me,” said Carl. “At the end of the day, it’s the vibe that brings us together and I’m just gonna keep grooving, moving and moving to the grooving! And I’m gonna keep it going for as long as I can.”

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