Jamie Jones June 6, Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot, UAE As the founder of the trendsetting Hot Creations label, Jamie Jones is one of the most influential dance DJs on the planet right now. A real ‘DJ’s DJ’, Jones is renowned for both his technique and his ability to fill a floor with ear-friendly mixing. After a cancelled gig in April, we’re glad to see top Ibiza export Blue Marlin re-book this heavyweight just in time for summer. Reservations and members only. www.bluemarlinibiza-uae.com
Cinderella by Royal Moscow Ballet Jun 6-17, ICC Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE Let the Royal Moscow Ballet capture you and your family’s imagination in their rendition of the beautiful fairytale Cinderella. It’s a story of love, fortune, fate and the triumph of good against evil. Penned by Russian heavyweight Sergei Prokofiev in the aftermath of World War II, the score is an achingly tender and fragile masterwork. Choreographer Rostislav Zakharov based his work around the legendary composer’s musical theatrics. Various prices. Visit www.royalmoscowballet.com.
Fête de la Musique June 21, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE At home in France, Fête de la Musique is a national holiday where the nation comes together to celebrate live performance – busking is actively encouraged, and the streets literally come alive with music. In Dubai, the Alliance Française has done a good job of keeping the tradition alive, in recent years lining Madinat Jumeirah’s quaint Arabic walkways with quirky street musicians and creating a riotous festival atmosphere. This will be the last time the June 21 date is celebrated for at least three years. Free. www.afdubai.org.
Jason Manford June 22-23, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai, UAE This month The Laughter Factory celebrates 18 years of bringing live comedy to cities across the GCC. To mark the onset of adulthood the team are pulling out all the stops to host top UK comic Jason Manford (of 8 Out of 10 Cats fame) for two nights at their base in Dubai and Doha. The comic recently made headlines after helping teenage cancer victim Stephen Sutton raise QR20 million for research charities. Tickets available from www.timeouttickets.com
Beirut Motorcycle Show June 25-29, Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Centre, Beirut, Lebanon All you cool riders get those helmets out and join like-minded enthusiasts, collectors, bike lovers and exhibitors for this ultimate one-stop motorcycle experience. This international expo will showcase motorcycles, spare parts and accessories from all the world’s biggest bike brands. Visit www.beirutmotorcycleshow.com.
Beiteddine Art Festival 2014 June 26-August 9, Beiteddine Castle, Chouf, Lebanon The Beiteddine Festival, which has been running since 1985, is one of the leading art festivals in the region, and takes place in a 200-year-old palace in Lebanon’s Chouf Mountains. Hosting live performances and major international art exhibitions, this year Magida El Roumi is set to perform, as well as Joss Stone and Katie Melua, plus plenty more gigs and exhibitions. Tickets available for each event from www.ticketingboxoffice.com.