MAD nightclub in Abu Dhabi

Yas Island super club recently celebrated its first birthday

With its immense sound system, brilliant DJs and eye-catching visuals, MAD is unlike any other club in the capital. Since opening its doors for the first time in November 2015, it has gone on to become the capital’s go-to nightlife spot.

To celebrate MAD’s first anniversary, we take a look back at the biggest acts to have performed there over the last 12 months. And we’re sure there will be many more to come...

Tinie Tempah: November 27, 2015
One of the first big names to play MAD was London’s Tinie Tempah. The rapper behind Pass Out, Written in the Stars and Not Letting Go gave a high-energy performance during the club’s first month of operation.

Jason Derulo: December 18, 2015
Early in its life, MAD showed its intentions by booking this massive star. Hits including Whatcha Say and In My Head were perfect for this pre-Christmas show.

T-Pain: January 1, 2016
Another high-profile rapper, T-Pain got 2016 at MAD off to a bang. This influential artist produced an exhilarating performance during the club’s URBN night, and is set to return to the capital over the F1 weekend.

Akon: May 20, 2016

One of the biggest acts to have played MAD so far, Akon drew in a huge, energetic crowd. The American’s varied and impressive back catalogue includes hits such as Lonely and Smack That, while he has also collaborated with the likes of David Guetta, Snoop Dog and Eminem.

Silento: May 27, 2016
His song Watch Me produced the viral “Whip/Nae Nae” dance move that took the world by storm in 2015. It also went down a treat at MAD when the 18-year-old rapper performed there back in May.

Krept & Konan: June 3, 2016
These multiple MOBO Award winners from London rocked MAD with their underground sound. Their debut album, The Long Way Home, reached number two in the UK charts in 2015. Attracting an up-and-coming act to Abu Dhabi showed the club’s growing pull for musicians around the world.

Mad circus: July 6, 2016

A circus, but not as you know it. Swirling acrobats hanging from the ceiling, live singers and a water drummer, MAD’s Circus Show was a themed night with a difference.

Ne-Yo: September 16, 2016
With massive singles to his name such as So Sick, Closer and Miss Independent, Ne-Yo is one of the world’s biggest R&B stars. His appearance at the club really proved MAD as a major player on the region’s nightlife scene.

Eva Simons: September 23, 2016
The Dutch singer-songwriter brought her brand of EDM and urban music to MAD during a special September ladies’ night. Simons is best known for her collaboration with will.i.am on the single This Is Love and her shock of flame-like hair.

Bow wow: October 7, 2016

Formerly known as Lil’ Bow Wow, the rapper was discovered by Snoop Dogg at the age of 11. Since making a name for himself with the single Bounce With Me, he has gone on to work with some of the biggest names in urban music. During his set at MAD’s URBN night, he performed an array of his smash-hit singles such as Let Me Hold You and Like You.
Open Tue, Thu-Fri and Sun 11pm-3.30am. MAD, Yas Island (055 834 6262).

Three top Nights at MAD

MAD Thursdays
Expect the unexpected

Some of the most recent MAD Thursdays have included the dramatic, fiery Rock Show and a takeover by super-club WHITE Dubai. You can expect this to always be a busy night at MAD, and a great way to start the weekend.
Thu 11pm-3.30am.

URBN
A night of urban music

This is when you can expect to see some of the biggest international acts. Past URBN nights have featured Eva Simons, Kid Ink and Lloyd Banks. There have also been sets from DJAD, the resident at WHITE Dubai.
Fri 11pm-3.30am.

XO Ladies’ night
Free drinks for the girls

It’s a late one for mid-week, but this night is worth the exception. For ladies it’s free drinks all night, which ensures a bumper crowd every Tuesday. It’s a great event for special occasions and for something a bit out of the norm to break up the week.
Tue 11pm-3.30am.

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