Ministry of Sound, POSH Pool Party, Karaoke Idol and more
Time Out Bahrain staff
Resurrection – Halloween weekend with Michael Jackson tribute The king of pop is alive and well (OK not quite but stay with us on this) and coming to Bahrain to celebrate the witching weekend.
Halloween at Club Buffalo kicks off on Oct 31 with costumes, frights and drink delights. Running through Thursday, things just keep getting spookier and on Friday we’re in for a real ‘Thriller’ as MJ tribute act Ben takes to the stage for a live performace of both vocals and some of Jackson’s ‘Killer’ dance moves.
Constantly touring with a team of professional dancers, musicians and technicians, Ben’s show is frequently described as one of the best and most spectacular Michael Jackson experiences around. Fri, Nov 2, Club Buffalo, Juffair. Entrance BD5, girls go free, unlimited drinks at BD15 or gala dinner BD10 including one drink. Call (33 731 000/33 724 076).
Hallows Eve at the Haunted House The guys from X-clusive Bahrain are promising a ghoulish night of mayhem and merriment at Mezzaluna with a seriously spooky Halloween theme. From dastardly drinks and haunting tunes to some of the hottest costumes on the island – you won’t get in without one and there’ll be cash prizes for the best three – to walking witches and apparently Bloody Mary, who’s a close friend of the organizers! Looks like this could be the hottest place to celebrate Halloween.
You have to be an X-clusive Bahrain member or ‘approved slave’ to get in so check out the Face Book page and join up for a night(mare) to remember. Thu, Nov 1, Mezzaluna. Tickets BD10 members, BD 15 approved slaves. Call (36 620 460).
Karaoke Idol The eighth annual Karaoke Idol 2012 contest kicks off tonight, jam with the crowd and sing like a superstar. The 12 finalists, who’ll be picked over the coming weeks, will compete for the chance to win BD1,000 at the December finale showdown. Tue, Nov 6, JJ’s Gudaibiya. Call (39 329 083).
Battle of the Bands One of the city’s top Battle of the Bands events returns to the island this month giving budding musos the chance to showcase their talents and win a place in the final, which will open the show for Macy Gray, who’s coming to town in December.
Qualification rounds and the semi-finals are scheduled to take place at Rocky’s Café (formerly Rock Bottom Café) over three Fridays starting from November 9.
Competing bands will be split into two groups, with each group performing on the 9th and 16th and a total of five being selected from each group to go through to the semis on the 30th. Just four acts will be bumped up to the finals.
A fifth wild card band will get the chance to head to the finals via an online vote and the grand finale will take place on Friday December 7, at Coral Bay before the Grammy Award-winning singer Macy Gray takes to the stage.
Tickets for the first three nights are BD5 per person, inclusive of a welcome drink, and are available at the door or in advance at Rocky’s Café, Warbler, Buffalo, Club F1, Enigma, Dublin, Virgin Megastore and Great Deli Café (Saar and Amwaj). Bands interested in participating in this event can send over an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poppy Ball It’s that time of year when the Bahrain British Business Forum does its bit for remembrance with the annual Poppy Ball – one of the nicest evenings in the Bahrain social calendar.
Pop along and say hello to the Chelsea Pensioners, who the forum hosts for a visit each year, and do your bit for charity too. As well as the Poppy Appeal the ball’s raising cash for Bahrain’s Mother & Child Welfare Society. Thu, Nov 8, Crowne Plaza Bahrain. Tickets BD30 for members, BD35 non-members available from the British Club (17 728 245) and The Bookcase (17 690 566).
WTF V presents : DJ AfroBoogie Another DJ special for the latest Where’s The Fun night at Klub 360 with DJ AfroBoogie who’s known as a headliner both in his native South Africa and across the water in Dubai.
Used to playing in front of a weekly crowd of 1,500-plus, DJ AfroBoogie (real name Nelson) has also packed his record bag for destinations including Miami (WMC 2007, 2008 & 2009), London (AKA, Whitehouse, Scala), Lisbon, Moscow, St Petersburg, Belgium (Cafe d’Anvers), Beirut, Shanghai and more, so it should be another banging night down in Juffair. Fri, Nov 9, Klub 360, Elite Crystal Hotel, Juffair. Tickets BD5, men, girls go free. Call (33 360 300/66 666 360).
POSH Pool Party Time for another Friday poolside blowout at Muju. These pool parties have become a bit of a favourite with the island’s trendy crowd so dig out your poshest pants and head down to Amwaj for some cool tunes from DJ lineup Damian Costa, Derek John and Camilo Franco (pictured) of Space Ibiza and great company in fab surroundings. Fri, Nov 9, Muju, Dragon Hotel, Amwaj. Tickets BD10. Call (16 033 833).
An extraordinary night Roll up, roll up! Bushido turns circus for one night only with a visit from London’s own Cirque Du Soir – a nightclub/circus that’s graced the likes of the Cannes Film Festival, Abu Dhabi and Monaco Grand Prix and Nikki Beach St Tropez.
Described as ‘an extraordinary night for extraordinary people’ there’ll be fire eaters, aerial acts, a burlesque angle grinder launching sparks off an electric guitar, freak shows, tattooed dancers, magicians, drummers, jugglers, acrobats, stilt walkers and many other acts in what promises to be an evening the like of which Bahrain has never seen before.
Expect popcorn and candyfloss, special drinks and music to make your join the circus dancers. Thu, Nov 15, Bushido. Tickets details to come. Call (17 583 555).
Gaelic good times Bahrain’s Irish contingent, and their many pals, will be gathering at the rugby club for the annual Bahrain Irish Festival, a day of Gaelic footie with teams from across the Gulf, accompanied by good food, a few drinks and an evening of merriment with music from the Paddyman and Ireland’s own favourite folk rockers the Saw Doctors. Fri, Nov 16, Bahrain Rugby Football Club.
Fun fundraiser Looking for a great night out where you can do your bit for a good cause at the same time? The second annual pre-Christmas fundraiser in aid of Tony the Dogfather’s Animal Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming Centre is happening at the Bapco Club, Awali with music from local band Revival and food and drinks inclusive. Cash raised will go towards general running of the centre and helping Santa Paws come up with some festive treats for the furry residents. Fri, Nov 16, Bapco Club, Awali. Tickets BD15 from Yasmin (39 202 000) or Nadia (39 927 630).
Retro weekender at Corners & Kicks Rock out your inner beatnick and mop-top to the sounds of The Beetles and The Monkees, are you a believer? Sounds come from singers Karen Walwyn and Dominic Kaye and it’s yet another excuse to hit the dressing-up box for 60s’ costumes. It’s a retro night at Corners on Thursday followed by 60s’ brunch at Kicks on Friday. Thu/Fri, Nov 29/30, Corners, Dragon Hotel, Amwaj (16 031 113) & Kicks, Diva Hotel, Juffair (17 810 555).
Ministry of Sound 21st Anniversary Clubbing giant Ministry of Sound is coming of age. Join in the celebrations with DJ Shane Kehoe who’ll be burning up the dance floor to make sure the big birthday party goes with a bang.
2011 was an excellent year for Kehoe as he was kept busy tearing the roof off the best clubs in the world and ripping up dance floors from all four corners of the planet, Hong Kong to Ibiza, Moscow to Brazil.
Now based out of London, Kehoe is one of Housexy and Ministry of Sound’s resident ‘players’ who’s garnered various accolades including winner of the ‘Raw Talent DJ’ award from IDJ magazine.
He’s on a return visit to Bahrain and is promising an evening of incredible energy and raw dance vibes for another outdoor dance party to remember. Fri, Nov 30, Karma Lounge at Coral Bay. Tickets TBC. Call (17 312 700).