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Hip hangouts: Formula One Party weekend and more

Scene magazine reveals the best DJs, hottest bands, biggest acts and most happening street parties hitting Abu Dhabi for the F1 weekend

Missy Elliot, Eminem and Kylie Minogue
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From left: Missy Elliot, Eminem and Kylie Minogue will all be performing at the Yas Arena this weekend.

Kylie, Nickelback and Eminem hit the capital
If you’re one of the lucky F1 ticket holders that will be heading to see Kylie Minogue (Friday November 2), Nickelback (Saturday November 3), and Eminem (Sunday November 4) when the races wind down. Each night the international megastars will be hitting the Du Arena stage for three nights of amazing pop, rock and hip hop… Who isn’t looking forward to hearing Slim Shady live?
Cost Entry for F1 ticket holders only
Du Arena, Yas Island | Friday November 2 to Sunday November 4 |

Sky High Fun
What would you say, if we told you that as well as the after race concerts, there will also be eight more international musical legends jetting into town to mark the F1 weekend? Missy Elliott, Melanie C (yes, the actual Sporty Spice), Gym Class Heroes’ Travie McCoy and Eve are all playing across the weekend in the ultra glam and totally exclusive Skybar, which will be popping up at the Du Arena for the four days of the race weekend.

The full line up includes Missy Elliott and Melanie C on Thursday November 1, Ceelo Green and Eve on Friday November 2, Travie McCoy and OutaSight on Saturday November 3 and Lupe Fiasco and Eva Simons on Sunday November 4.
Cost Dh500 per night for general standing admission. Or you can buy tables for bigger groups, which start at Dh8000 for a 10 person silver table and go up to Dh35,000 for the 20 person black table package. F1 ticket holders get 20 per cent off tickets.
Skybar, Du Arena, Yas Island | From 11pm to 3am, Thursday November 1 to Sunday November 4 |

Event Allure
Let yourself be lured into Allure By Cipriani for a weekend of massive music. Kicking off on Thursday night with a UAE DJ Battle, which will see 14 of the country’s hottest DJs, including DJ Shef, Radio 2’s DJ Schooly and  DJ Greg Stainer, fighting it out on the decks to be crowned the UAE’s best DJ.
Then on Friday November 2 the club will be transformed into the Moulin Rouge, with a burlesque theme and none other than the first of the new romantics and Culture Club legend, Boy George, spinning the tunes, plus there will be cabaret, dancers and acrobats to enjoy.

To round the weekend off perfectly, there will be a huge Ice and Diamonds themed party, with Belgian DJ legends, 2ManyDJs headlining and UAE based DJs on hand to warm the crowd up. To get you in a wintery mood, the club will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with giant Nitrogen cannons to give the room a healthy dusting of snow.

Cost Dh100, plus a free drink for guys, free for ladies on Thursday November 1 and Friday November 2; Dh350, plus a free drink, Saturday November 3 to Sunday November 4
Allure by Cipriani, Yas Island |10.30pm-3am, Thursday November 1 to Sunday November 4 |

Beats On The Beach
To enjoy the Formula One weekend without dropping half your monthly pay check for the pleasure get down to Al Sahil Beach on the Corniche for free music, dance and workshops. On Thursday November 1 you can enjoy UAE-based classically-trained pianist, percussionist and singer-songwriter, Clarita De Quiroz, the Spice Girls’ Melanie C will be performing her most famous hits, Missy Elliot will bring the hip hop edge and loved Egyptian singer, Tamer Hosny, will have the crowd swooning after a few of his most popular hits.
Cone Friday November 2 the Forget You hit maker, Cee Lo Green, and Lebanese pop sensation, Maya Diab will be hitting the stage along with Arabic singer, Hani El Omary, check for location and timing details.
If you want a more hands on experience down at the Corniche you can get involved with the production and DJing workshops, so if you’ve reckon you’re Deadmau6 you need to get involved. The workshops will be taking place from 4pm to 10pm November 1 to 3 and booking online is necessary.
Cost All Beats On The Beach events are free 
Al Sahil Beach, Corniche | Thursday November 1 to Saturday November 3 |

Laughter Factory
Have a good giggle at the Laughter Factory this week, with three Brit comedians, Jimmy McGhie, Doc Brown and Alistair Barrie.
Easy-on-the-eye, Jimmy has been seen on Russell Howard’s Good News, rapper-come-comedian Doc Brown emerged through So You Think You’re Funny and has even made an album with Mark Ronson and Alistair Barrie has worked on one of our fave comedy shows of all time, Green Wing, so between them this is set to be one of the funniest Laughter Factories yet.
The Laughter Factory nights take place across Dubia and Abu Dhabi, between Thursday November 1 and November 8, check online for date and time details.
Across the UAE | Thursday November 1 to Thursday November 8 |

The Gregorian
Get ready for this German power choir to absolutely knock you sideways, their voices are some of the most powerful we’ve ever heard and they’ve thrown the book of traditional choir tracks to one side, so expect to hear the likes of Sting , Elton John, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran and Lenny Kravitz from the 10-man group.
The massively successful group, they’ve sold over 6 million records and performed to over 1.3 million people, are only in town for one night, so don’t miss out.
Cost From Dh295
Madinat Arena, Jumeirah | 7pm, Thursday November 1 | 04 447 3864

Mixx At Madinat
Now that the evenings are cooler take full advantage of chilled evenings down in the Souk Madinat’s amphitheatre. Sip on cocktails and sit back and relax in a bean bag as a DJ plays laid back beats and you enjoy the stunning views of the Madinat’s waterways.
Souk Amphitheatre, Madinat  Jumeirah |5pm-11pm, Thursdays; 4pm-11pm, Friday and Saturdays | 04 366 6730


Why go?

1) Sandance is always the musical highlight of the month and the November edition is set to be no different, expect to dance long into the night with the usual brand of R’n’B, hip hop, house and electro at the beach side festival. Labrinth, the man behind Earthquake, one of the biggest hits of the year, and Italian house sensation, Benny Benassi, who teamed up with Chris Brown for his tune Beautiful People, are two of the biggest names to be hitting the stage later in the evening.
2) There is a definite rock vibe at the November Sandance, the Welsh Dakota and Have A Nice Day singers, the Stereophonics and so-chilled-he’s-almost-lying-down folk rock singer, Newton Faulkner (the man behind hits like Dream Catch Me and Write It On Your Skin) will be entertaining the crowds earlier on. Newton will be playing his relaxed tunes during the sunset session and the Stereophonics will be on after Brit electro duo, Leftfield.
Cost Dh275 or Dh450 for VIP
Nasimi Beach, Atlantis, The Palm | 2pm-2am, Friday November 9 |