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To help you make the most of the weekend, we’re making it easier by compiling a roundup of the best events in Dubai.

Jamiroquai live

Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre

When: Thursday, 21st February    

About: It’s going to be ‘Virtual Insanity’ at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival this Thursday when retro-funk legends Jamiroquai take the stage. Most may remember Jay Kay and his band for their slew of acid jazz hits in the late ‘90s, like “Cosmic Girl,” “Space Cowboy,” “Virtual Insanity” and “Seven Days In Sunny June.” The band made a comeback on the scene with the release of album ‘Automaton’ in 2017, shifting their music style to more of EDM and trap music. Tickets are priced from Dhs 300.

Joris Voorn live

Where: Soho Garden

When: Thursday, 21st February  

About: Amsterdam has been a hotbed of deep house and techno for decades, and Joris Voorn emerged from the scene for his sparse beats and distinctive tunes. The 41-year-old DJ started off with gigs in Amsterdam’s clubbing scene and his popularity surged in the turn of this decade, with high profile gigs in Ibiza superclubs Pacha, Sensation and Space. His discography boasts an expansive series of mixes, with the 2014 album ‘Nobody Knows’ winning Billboard’s ‘Electronic Album Of The Year’. For reservations, contact 052 388 8849.

Black Coffee live

Where: Base Dubai

When: Thursday, 21st February

About: In a growing number of DJs and record producers from South Africa’s DJ circuit, Black Coffee is a legendary figure among the rising talents. The 42-year-old DJ burst on the scene as a participant in the Red Bull Music Academy. The opportunity paved the way to worldwide recognition, landing him with multi-city gigs across the party map of the world. For reservations, contact 055 313 4999

Alicia Keys live

Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre

When: Friday, 22nd February

About: After a stunning dual piano performance at the Grammy’s earlier this month, Alicia Keys is all set to bring her contemporary R&B and soul hits to the final night of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival. The 37-year-old artist is one of the world’s prominent figures in soul and a legend of the craft by any possible metric, with 15 Grammy awards to her name. Some of her best hit-singles include “Fallin’,” “No One,” “Girl On Fire” and “Like You’ll Never See Me Again.” Tickets are priced from Dhs 300.

Michael Calfan live

Where: Zero Gravity

When: Friday, 22nd February   

About: Few DJs wave the flag for new genres that make a breakthrough in music and Michael Calfan is among that innovative group. The French DJ started off as a heavy dance floor DJ until he made a transition to the rising soul house genre. Fusing his previous mixing styles with new rich sounds, partygoers can soak into a whole new emerging music genre.

Anjunadeep 10 release party

Where: The Penthouse at Five The Palm

When: Friday, 22nd February

About: True deep house connoisseurs will know how far Anjunadeep has come to establish itself as one of the dance music world’s most respected imprints. The London-based label produced some of the finest deep melodic house and emotive electronica tunes and to mark the release of Anjunadeep 10, they’re returning to Dubai for a takeover at The Penthouse, with live sets by label boss James Grant playing alongside Dutch label legend 16BL and Dom Donnelly. For reservations, contact 052 9004 868.

Dubai Food Festival

Where: City-wide

When: Till 9th March

About: Tickle your taste buds at the sixth edition of the Dubai Food Festival. The festival hosts city-wide events serving an array of cuisines that suits everyone budget. Some of the signature events happening are Dubai Restaurant Week, Taste of Dubai, swyp Beach Canteen and Hidden Gems, as well as new experiences like Foodie Experience and a new limited edition coffee option, including unique flavours from local and international brands.

Photograph credit: Dubai Food Festival

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