THE WIN­NERS ARE

LAST MONTH, WE CROWNED THE BEST CLUBS, DJS, NIGHTS OUT, BRUNCHES AND VENUES IN DUBAI. HERE’S YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THE VICTORS ON THE NIGHT

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The What’s On Nightlife Awards took place last month – here’s your guide to who walked away with the gongs

BEST DJ JIXO & DANZ

The award for Best DJ went to not one but two, as Jixo and Danz took home the first gong of the night. The duo played an in­stru­men­tal part in set­ting up Dis­conekt, one of the city’s top deep house nights, be­fore tak­ing up res­i­dency at Mey­dan su­per-venue Soho Gar­den. In sim­ple terms, they’re pi­o­neers on the lo­cal DJ scene.

BEST LO­CAL BAND/ACT HOLLAPHONIC

You’ll do well to re­mem­ber the name Hollaphonic. Born out of a record­ing stu­dio in Dubai in 2013, the duo, made up of Olly Wood and Greg Stainer, are mak­ing moves in the in­dus­try both on home soil and in­ter­na­tion­ally. As well as re­leas­ing mu­sic, you can find them per­form­ing at venues in­clud­ing Sid­dharta Lounge and Barasti, and work­ing with brands such as La Perle and Jumeirah.

BEST COM­EDY GIG DXB LAUGHS PRESENTS KEVIN BRIDGES AT DUBAI WORLD TRADE CEN­TRE

Scot­tish co­me­dian Kevin Bridges has pre­vi­ous when it comes to win­ning awards, and he can now add a What’s On gong to his tro­phy cabi­net. His stand-up rou­tine, brought to the UAE by Done Events last Oc­to­ber at the World Trade Cen­tre, was a great night out and a nat­u­ral win­ner for our Best Com­edy Gig award.

BEST UR­BAN NIGHT THE LIST AT BIL­LION­AIRE MAN­SION

It con­sis­tently draws in glam­orous party crowds each week de­spite be­ing held on a Sun­day, and should be on every Dubai club­ber’s bucket list. When it comes to the emi­rate’s top ur­ban night, there’s nowhere bet­ter than The List at Bil­lion­aire Man­sion, in part thanks to reg­u­lar DJs Brook­lyn, Mr Le­vier and Ti­mothy Night.

BEST IN­TER­NA­TIONAL DJ SET SOLOMUN AT BLUE MARLIN IBIZA UAE

Known for bring­ing some of the top house, EDM and techno names to the shores of the emi­rates, Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE’s New Year’s Eve gig fea­tured a stel­lar set from Euro­pean deep house DJ Solomun. He beat big names in­clud­ing Roger Sanchez, Martin Jensen and Hard­well to win the award.

BEST HOUSE/ TECHNO EVENT VIBE SERIES

Bring­ing some top un­der­ground artists to var­i­ous venues across the city such as Azure Beach and Ta­manya Ter­race, Vibe Series has been a pioneer on the Dubai un­der­ground and al­ter­na­tive mu­sic scene for the past five years.

BEST LIVE MU­SIC VENUE THE IR­ISH VIL­LAGE

From Texas to S Club 3, you can catch a di­verse range of acts at The Ir­ish Vil­lage. Walk­ing into this venue feels like home, which is why all the gigs there suc­cess­fully man­age to bring sell-out crowds to the wa­ter­side lo­ca­tion of Garhoud.

BEST BEACH CLUB ZERO GRAVITY

Loved in equal mea­sure for its lux­ury ladies’ day and leg­endary Satur­day brunch, plus its high-en­ergy par­ties and in­ter­na­tional DJ gigs at night, Zero Gravity con­sis­tently man­ages to of­fer some­thing new. You’ll have to go a long way to find a day­into-night ex­pe­ri­ence bet­ter than this in Dubai.

BEST CON­CERT/GIG 117 LIVE PRESENTS ED SHEERAN AT AUTISM ROCKS ARENA

Some top acts graced the stage at Autism Rocks over the past 12 months, but one gig stood out above them all. Ed Sheeran per­formed his ar­ray of acous­tic and up-tempo hits last Novem­ber, and nearly 25,000 fans bought tick­ets.

BEST PUB MCGETTIGAN’S JLT

It’s a Dubai stal­wart when it comes to post-work drinks or some­where to go for a proper pint. Loved for its al­fresco ter­race as much as its in­ti­mate in­door live mu­sic per­for­mances and de­cent grub, McGettigan’s was a nat­u­ral choice for our Best Pub.

BEST OUT­DOOR BAR TREEHOUSE

Burj views, live acous­tic sets, two ladies’ nights and a sell­out Fri­day brunch make it one of Busi­ness Bay’s best spots. Our Best Out­door Bar award could have gone to none other.

BEST KARAOKE VENUE LUCKY VOICE

Lucky Voice re­ally has it all when it comes to cheesy

“ZERO GRAVITY AL­WAYS MAN­AGES TO OF­FER SOME­THING NEW TO DUBAI’S PARTY CROWD”

nights out, in­clud­ing two lively ladies’ nights, two wickedly wild brunches, plus pri­vate karaoke pods. Whether you’re into crowd karaoke or a more pri­vate per­for­mance, there’s nowhere we’d rather sing our hearts out.

BEST FES­TI­VAL SOLE DXB

Dubai isn’t ex­actly renowned for its home­grown street cul­ture, but Sole DXB has changed all that. Run­ning for three days each De­cem­ber, it brings to­gether top street cul­ture names across art, food, mu­sic, sports and style.

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