The local music scene: a bustling network overflowing with mind blowing talent. From heavy metal bands and DJs to solo crooners and steel drum players there is an endless supply of performers across the city who will wow a crowd for the love of it.
With so much going on around the city every night of the week it’s no surprise that the list of live music performances is pretty extensive. From house bands in the clubs and bars we love to regular shows and concert series put on by passionate companies.
Go Play the World, a local company passionate about supporting up and coming talent is one of the only platforms for young or new musicians to practice infront of a live audience; the open mic nights do exactly that. Whether it’s new music a regular performer has written and wants to try out on the crowd or an up and coming musician who needs the on stage practice these nights are the place to find it.
If you’ve never been before simply show up with your instrument or backing track and find abbo or Ruaridh to let them know you would like to play.
Sunday nights might mean the end of the weekend but that doesn’t have to mean the end of the fun. Every Sunday night from 8pm Go Play the World puts on an open mic night for the budding local talent, with each performer getting the chance to show off up to four songs on stage.
For the less musically inclined there are drinks deals on offer: 5 bottles of beer for AED 100 or buy one get one free on bottles of house wine.
Original Wings & Rings
Hump day is a struggle for all of use but Tuesday evenings at Original Wings & Rings make the weekend feel that much closer. From 8pm this DIFC sports bar turns into a stage for musicians of all types to show off what they can do.
Tuesday nights are also their “Wing Frenzy” night and happy hour on food and drinks until 8pm.
Get geared up for the weekend on the 42nd floor of the Media One Hotel, with stunning views of the city this night isn’t your average open mic, in fact it’s more of an open stage. This night is geared for bands who want to jam and have a venue to perform and with a booming sound system and plenty of space for the crowd to dance it’s the perfect place for a midweek party.
This is the only one of the nights that is strictly 21+ so unfortunately the talented young ones won’t be making an appearance but it doesn’t make it any less of a perfect excuse to get the old dad band back together for one more performance.
You will find a lot of regulars who you might see at other events performing at the open mic nights including:
Every night the team from Go Play the World broadcast the performances live on their Facebook page and you can find the stories and photographs on their Instagram.