Support live music and check out these places giving up and coming artists a platform to perform and grow.
Words by Ayush Narayanan
You might hear the next big thing or maybe you’re the one belting it out on stage. Whether you’re the entertainer or the entertained, here are Dubai’s best open mic nights.
Pizza Express Live
Nestled in the heart of Bay Square, this Italian jam-pad is always bustling with live music and cheerful social groups. The ‘Live’ branch of Pizza Express is a first in Dubai and has a reputation in the UK for providing a platform for unrecognised artists.
Bands Swing Revue, Abri and Funk Radius, and Vandalye all opened the Dubai Jazz Fest, and often play at Pizza Express. Coincidence? We think not. Good news, musicians – you enjoy happy hour rates every Wednesday, even after 8pm.
Every Wednesday. 8pm to 1am. Pre-registration open at 7pm. Happy hour from 4pm to 8pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Business Bay, Business Bay. 21 and above. Organisers say 18-20s may be admitted – call ahead to check on 04 526 0101.
This monthly event invites talent from all over the UAE and provides a space for poets, comics and musicians. Seniority is only measured by talent, for this event is open to all ages. Keep a lookout for Blank Space’s limited slots on its Facebook page. Events take place at the Youth Hub, near Emirates Towers, and other venues around Dubai.
Register on the day of the event at the venue. Free to perform. Check facebook.com/BlankSpaceOpenMic to find times and locations.
Tribeca Kitchen and Bar
Designed after an arty New York bar, Tribeca offers musicians a medium-sized venue to unleash musical talent. Hosted by the grassroots music activist Abbo, the open mic runs every Sunday of the month. All you have to do is show up at 7pm on Sunday and register your act with the organiser.
Bands are welcome too. Tribeca, JA Ocean View Hotel, level 1, JBR. Sundays from 8pm-2am. Free entrance. 21 and above. 050 345 6067.
Go Play The World
This organisation is the key force behind most open mics in the UAE. Founded in 2015 by homegrown talent Abbo himself, this community is all about promoting and enriching upcoming artists. The open mics hosted by them at venues around the UAE are usually packed with a like-minded audience and welcomes more established artists.
So crack open your guitar case, dazzle your hair, and assemble your crew for the perfect night-out with these amazing open mic venues.