Comedy, music, dance and more of the best nights out in Bahrain
Time Out Bahrain staff
WTF II presents Sandy Rivera
Klub 360’s once again asking ‘Where’s the Fun’ with New York Puerto Rican DJ Sandy Rivera making a one-off stop at the Juffair nightspot.
Rivera started his career at just 13 as a DJ in his native Spanish Harlem and began producing house music in 1992, specialising in a more soulful sound. He’s worked under a variety of pseudonyms including Kings of Tomorrow, Soul Vision and Mysterious People, either alone or with partners Jose Burgos, HAZE and Jay ‘Sinister’ Sealee. He also owns labels BlackWiz (founded 1993) and Deep Vision Records (founded 1995).
His best known track is ‘Finally’, released in 2000 as Kings of Tomorrow at Defected Records, with vocals by Julie McKnight. It made an appearance in the UK singles chart and the Billboard dance chart in the US and clubbers will recognised it from compilations from the likes of Ministry Of Sound and Hed Kandi.
This promises to be yet another cracking night at one of the island’s favourite venues. WTF II, Klub 360, Elite Crystal Hotel, Juffair, May 25. Entry BD20 men, BD10, ladies. Call (17 360 360/33 360 300).
The woman behind Pink tribute, ‘Almost Pink’, is Sheffield-born singer songwriter Kyla. As well as delivering a pitch perfect version of the bad girl rocker she’s also a powerful performer in her own right who’s appeared all over the world and her own material has done well in the dance charts.
She now works alongside dance music producers and DJs such as Andy Littlewood, Darwin, Max Porcelli, Billy Daniel Bunter and JakaziD and writes and produces for various record companies including Ministry of Sound.
She’ll be performing some of Pink’s greatest hits from Raise Your Glass to Just Like a Pill. Sounds like just the thing to Get the Party Started. Almost Pink, Fiddlers Green, May 3, BD5 and Diplomat Radisson Hotel brunch, May 4 BD27 (17 531 666).
Muniklip at Wrangler
Arkansas-based MC Muniklip creates an adrenaline rush one single after another by lyrically lacing beats with unique metaphors and love for the good life.
Tossing pop, hip hop and R’n’B into his metaphorical musical blender he comes up with masterpieces of heart-pumping micro anthems that have seen him labeled the lyrical Don Juan of the South.
An independent recording artist and CEO of Single R Records he’s developed a swagger all his own by becoming his own audio engineer, beat producer, video editor, photo retouch specialist, and website designer – a one-man industry whose live show never fails to generate rave reviews even though he remains pretty much under the radar which makes the chance to catch him here in Bahrain even better. Muniklip, Wrangler, Best Western, Juffair. May 3, Tickets BD5 for guys and BD3 for ladies including free drinks. Call (39 831 380).
There’s a new club night running on Thursdays at the VIP Club, Grand Safir Hotel, Juffair, promising a whole mix of music for those who’re not so inclined towards hip-hop and house.
The VIP Club hasn’t had its official launch yet and is so far open only for promoter events, which is the case with Elevation where you can expect to find the BeeGees playing alongside the latest hits from 2012 with DJ Peekaboo who’s newly arrived from the Philipines.
The first Elevation night attracted lots of interest so we’re expecting to see more promoters taking advantage of the space at the year goes on. Elevation, VIP Club, Grand Safir Hotel, Juffair, Thursdays. Entry BD7 for men and BD5 for women. Call (39 107 686).
If you like your music house and your house heavy, this is the place with another newish club night at JJ’s Musique Hall. DJ Sami See is joined by the likes of Gazi Al-Aradi and friends for nights of house, techno and disco. art.house, JJ’s Music Hall, Adliya, 10.30pm-2am, Thursdays. Entry free before 11.30pm, BD3 after. Call (39 557 687).
Gulf Night Out May 1 The Gulf Hotel’s Tuesday night pool party has been extended for one more week before the summer’s steamy weather sets in. There’s live cooking from five of the hotel’s international restaurants, entertainment, poolside games and lots of prizes to be won. BD17++, BD15++ corporate/Prestige Club/NSA/Gulf Air. Early birds buy tickets before Tuesday and save BD1. Call (17 713 000).
Milk Moon May 4/5, Al Dar Island After last month’s successful Pink Moon Slumber Party, which saw the return of Al Dar Island to the nightlife scene after far too long, they’re doing it all again for May. Same format, last boat out in the afternoon, first boat back in the morning and party from dusk till dawn. Tickets BD20. Call (17 704 600/39 991 377).
Talent Night May 11, Block 338 This month’s talent night in the heart of Adliya offers a stage to the acts you probably won’t find anywhere else from magicians to musicians – you never know quite what you’re going to find. It’s free but get there early to make sure you get a seat. Call (17 710 338).
Rubgy Ball May 17, Crowne Plaza The long awaited (it was supposed to happen last year) 40th anniversary celebration of Bahrain Rugby Football Club. Members past and present and some well-known faces from the rugby world. Tickets BD30 for members, BD45 for guests, from the Rugby Club. Call (17 695 809).
Stand Up on the Road May 17/18, Kicks, Corners, Champs Comedians John Moloney and Carl Hutchinson come to Bahrain for a comedy road show over two nights. John Moloney headlines at all the major comedy clubs around the world, including the prestigious London Comedy Store. and has twice won ‘Best Live Performer’ at The London Comedy Festival, Warm-up comes from multi-award winner Carl Hutchinson. Entrance to Kicks and Champs, BD5, Corners, BD10 including two drinks. Call (39 922 583/39 812 397/1603 1113). Lipstick Lounge Wed/Fri Cocoon International DJs throughout the month including Greg Stainer from Zinc, Dubai and Salvacion Ibiza Republik on May 23. Lipstick Lounge means ladies night so it’s free entry and cocktails for the girls. Call (17 827 600).