One of the longest running house music labels in the business, house party starters Hed Kandi are back in DXB after a long break, taking up residence at Nasimi starting on Friday February 20. We take a look back at the label’s 16 year history…
Hed Kandi might conjure up images of Instagram- ready beach parties, funky house and a cast of clubbers so good looking they make the Friends lot look like Goblins.
But Hed Kandi actually first started life in 1999 as a compilation record label at Jazz FM, even broadcasting their mix of funky house, chill out and guest interviews on the station’s FM channel for 3 years. Hed Kandi and Jazz FM: nice.
The musical marriage worked though as the label quickly picked up traction, with label head Mark Doyle, no stranger to Dubai himself, quickly establishing the brand’s unique look and feel, thanks in part to the distinctive artwork of Jason Brooks.
Their events got ever more popular, with a residency at el Divino in Ibiza leading to regular events at Pacha in London at the start of the millennium. Hed Kandi now stage more than 500 events annually, making it one of the busiest global nightlife companies, with residencies in key cities and areas like Amsterdam, Ibiza, Nikki Beach Miami, Koh Samui and more. I n 2006, Ministry of Sound swooped in to buy Hed Kandi, and with sales of over 5 million CDs, plus their super- popular radio show syndicated around the world, it’s not hard to see why.
And now the brand are back in Dubai for their bi- monthly party, dropping quality house goodness on Nasimi beach on Friday February 20. Starting off with Balearic beats at sunset, the fun really starts at sunset as the Masquerade theme kicks off and the Hed Kandi entertainers come out to play. There will
be dancers, stilt walkers and fire eaters on entertainment duty throughout the night, while Nasimi will get an all singing and dancing light and sound boost for the event, meaning the night will go off with a bang.
To celebrate their return, the party kicks off from 4pm on Friday February 20, and entry is free for the first 200 clubbers, and all drinks are half price for the first two hours.
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