I love weekends like this…. packed with different photography styles and challenges. Here’s a run down of what happened….
Thursday: Up and Below with Carl and The Reda Mafia, followed by People by Crystal Abu Dhabi
Friday: Rocktoberfest with The Boxtones, followed by Stereo Arcade
Saturday: Red Bull Thre3style University Head Shots at White Dubai
- Fuji X-T1 and Fuji X-A1 (yeah… I know…) – 56mm, 27mm, 23mm and 8mm fish eye (samyang)
- Canon 5D Mark III – 28mm and 50mm
Underground at Up and Below with Carl and The Reda Mafia
We (White Cube Studios) started an Indie Music night called “Underground”. The first one was with UAE based rockstars Carl and the Reda Mafia at Up and Below (Courtyard Marriott Abu Dhabi. Quite a good turn out for the first one. And of course CnR Mafia rocked the crowd…..
I’ll be honest, these photos aren’t actually from that weekend, however, they’re a solid representation of the Dj’s that spin at the club. We’ve got Kaboo, Slim, B-Luv, Saif and Sound, Neil T and Allad in the photos… again, not from that night or all on the same night, but they go really well together…..
Rocktoberfest with The Boxtones
I’m a Boxtones fan. I mean yes we support all local artists and we’re pretty genre agnostic…. but I’m actually a Boxtones fan. So when I was in Dubai for the day anyway, and they posted that were playing at Rocktoberfest… I made my way down there.
They’re called THE Boxtones by the way, and they get pretty upset if you call them “Boxtones” without “THE”… but sometimes its just doesn’t work grammatically in a sentence you know…. for example “I’m a THE Boxtones fan”? Just doesn’t work…
Wanna hear what they sound like? Yes you can buy their album and get on their soundcloud and all…. OOOORRR…. you can get the White Cube Radio app on iPhone and Android and listen to them and all the other artists in the Middle East…. #shamelessplug
Inkfest was also happening at Rocktoberfest… wonder what other “fests” they could squeeze in there…
Inkfest = Tattoos festival….
Can’t have a line up of more than 3 bands without Cromwell making an appearance. This guy plays for every other band in the UAE. And not just one instrument. Guitar, bass, drums, keys and everything in between… pretty sure there’s a few other instruments that I haven’t seen him rock yet… mad props to this guy
And here’s a dope car…. branded Burger Fuel… but you cant’ see the branding because its on the side… just sayin’
Best nightlife experience I’ve had in a long time. Through the main entrance is a room filled with old Arcades… Street Fighter… Pacman…. and…… yeah I didn’t pay attention to the actual games…. but there’s alot
On the right hand side is the Pub/Bar with live music. On this particular night The Boxtones were playing…. yes THE Boxtones. See it works grammatically in this particular instance.
On left hand side is the club. I wont describe the lighting because you can see it yourself in the photos. But the music…. maaaaaaannn… How do you drop a Backstreet Boys or a Britney Spears track and still make it cool? I don’t know…. but these guys pull it off.
Gotta stop to edit right? My office for Saturday morning was Al Ain Way Cafeteria off the Nad Al Sheba Highway. What’d I have?
- Lentils with Paratha
- Chai Karak
- Haleeb Zanjabeel (Hot milk with ginger…. yeah, recent discovery that I am now addicted to)
Red Bull Thre3style University Head Shots at White Dubai
Red Bull UAE are running a competition for young Dj’s and have asked us to take headshots of the contestants. The competition is happening at White Dubai so we did the shoot there for logistics.
I do consider it a privilege to be granted access to venues this beautiful when the general public is still not allowed in. I love grand venues when they’re empty….
And that concludes the weekend… The season’s picking up now so I hope we have a few more of these.
ps. Comments welcome