Listen, we’re both tired, so I’m going to save you the hassle of wading through an intro and leave you with what you came here for. Here’s a very precisely selected collection of the best events in – and out of – Cairo this weekend.
CLOUD 9 FESTIVAL @ NUWEIBA
Like some kind of drug-stricken hippy dream, Nuweiba will host one of the biggest events of the weekend – nay, month. With a huge line-up of live music that includes everyone from Bosaina and Hussein Sherbini, to SimpleXity and Rain Dogs, I may never come back. Get ready for www.nuweibagossip.com.
CRASH BOOM BANG ANNIVERSARY PARTY @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB
As firm favourites of the CJC faithful, Crash Boom Bang will once again celebrate its anniversary and once again in true Egyptian style; with galabeyas and fake moustaches. That’s enough reason for me.
DJ SAMBA & DJ ZALAAT @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB
Veteran disc-jockeying dude, Samba, spends most of his time living like a big shot in Gouna, but will bless CJC with his presence this Friday. DJ Zalaat kicks things off at 9PM. I know that because it says so on the banner.
CHINESE NEW YEAR @ BUDDHA BAR
Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah ushers in the year of the horse with booze, a buffet and DJ Lyon behind the decks at Buddha Bar. According to Chinese tradition, those born during the year of the horse are likely to be bright, intelligent and energetic. I was born during the year of the Ox, which means I’m brown and hairy, but also that my ass tastes good in soup.
HADSA @ VENT
VENT continues to champion the outcasts of Cairo’s otherwise frustratingly bland music scene, as three-man experimental noise-makers, Hadsa, take to the stage with no one really that sure of what will happen. It’s just nice to have something other than house or Oriental-fusion – the latter of which I refuse to acknowledge as a thing.
There are plenty more events on the Cairo Gossip events calendar to sink your teeth into – the majority of which revolve around house and Oriental-fusion.