As the capital gears up for another adrenaline-fuelled Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to which parties to check out.
This year Iris Yas Island is really pulling out all the stops with five unforgettable nights of top DJs and incredible party vibes.
The fun kicks off on Wednesday, November 21, with the HYVE ladies’ night featuring Kiev-based electronic duo ARTBAT.
Artur and Batish are currently two of the most successful Ukrainian DJs in the world. They have had a busy few years playing at some of the world’s biggest music festivals and events, while their single Tabu topped the Deep House Top 100 Chart in 2017.
We catch up with Artur ahead of the gig at the Yas Island hotspot.
Is this your first time playing in Abu Dhabi?
We like it a lot in the Middle East, we always like to play here because the crowds are so good. We love how they feel the music and how much they like to party. It’s great.
What can we expect from your pre-Grand Prix set at Iris?
We always like to play some unreleased stuff that we’ve created in the studio beforehand. Now we have maybe eight unreleased tracks ready to play. Of course there will be lots of other tracks and some fresh music that we really like at the moment.
Our sound is mainly inspired from the many years we spent playing in old underground clubs in Ukraine. We have listened to thousands of tracks over the years and found a sound that’s quite real. We’re also influenced by going to gigs and listening to
our favourite artists, like Airloom and artists on the Afterlife label.
How long have you producing music for?
We have been working together for three years, but between us we have been DJing for more than ten or 11 years. That’s why we have a good understanding of what gets the crowd dancing and why our tastes cover such a wide range.
What’s been your most memorable set?
We played Fusion Festival in Germany this year, and it was an experience that I will never forget. We had a great crowd, everyone was dancing and there was nobody just standing there taking photos and videos on their phone. Everyone was moving and it felt like we had all come together as one entity.
Are you excited for race weekend?
For us it is very exciting because we’ve never experienced this kind of thing before. There isn’t a Formula 1 race in Ukraine but we respect it but for being such an extreme and unique sport.
Do you spend most of your time touring?
We are normally travelling every weekend, but from Monday to Thursday we are in the studio in Ukraine and doing family stuff. After Abu Dhabi we are flying straight to Sydney for an Australian tour.
Free. Nov 21, 6pm-3.30am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (055 160 5636).
The rest of Race Weekend at Iris Yas Island
Thursday sees the club welcome Erick Morillo, who has built legions of fans across the world with anthems such as I Like To Move It, Dancin’ and Where Are You Now? It’s free entry for ladies and Dhs250 for men, which includes two drinks.
Friday brings with it a sunset session with Mahmut Orham before an awesome late-night set by Roger Sanchez. The latter has been filling dancefloors for the past three decades with hits such as Another Chance, Lost and Turn On The Music.
Saturday, the day before the race, sees a support set from Sylvain Armand before Jean Claude Ades takes to the DJ booth to finish the night in style.
On Sunday, the big day itself, Mahmut Orhan is in charge of the warm-up set before Joseph Capriati takes the headline slot.
Prices vary throughout the weekend and tickets are cheaper if bought in advance through platinumlist.net.
Wed Nov 21 6pm-3.30am: Free entry. Thu Nov 22 6pm-3.30am: Free (ladies), Dhs250 (men, two drinks). Fri Nov 23-Sun Nov 25 noon-5am: Dhs200 (women, two drinks), Dhs300 (men, two drinks) 6pm-9pm. Dhs170 (women, two drinks), 250 (men, two drinks) from 9pm. Iris Yas Island, Yas Marina (055 160 5636).