Hed High

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…

Infusion Magazine - - LOOKING FORWARD -

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.

We have a pair of tick­ets to give away,

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