So, apparently today is Valentine’s Day and Cairo will be awash of declarations of love, awkward hand-holding and even more awkward cross-table, dessert-feeding – what an awful way to start off the week, huh? Whatever the case, there’s no escaping it and there are plenty of events that celebrate this non-occasion. But beyond the sea of red, there’s plenty of much less fuzzy, sickly gigs and parties to get stuck into…
TANIA SALEH @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB
Proving that you don’t need flowers and heart-shaped balloons to get hot and bothered, Cairo Jazz Club kicks off the week with the loin-burning, heart-racing Tania Saleh.
MALAK EL HUSSEINY @ THE COURTYARD
We really wanted to stay as far away from the ‘V’ word, but escape is seemingly impossible and with this lovey-dovey event, the Courtyard is set to host one of the hottest young talents in Egypt, Malak El Husseiny – and its free.
URBAN SUNDAY @ THE TAP
Maadi bar, the Tap, meanwhile is drafting in the services of Ramy DJunkie for this week’s supposedly Valentine-tinted edition of Urban Sunday – how the day of love is going to fit in with the durrrty beats of Ramy is yet to be seen…
BESWORX SHOWCASE @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB
One of the week’s biggest events at Cairo Jazz Club comes in the form of a special BESWORX showcase that will see three of the label’s top dogs take to the stage – Mohey, Gaser and SLim Nasr.
B-SIDE BY NACELLE @ CAFE D’NIL
A shining light in otherwise uneventful Wednesdays, Nacelle gears up for a big House Sessions this Thursday with a B-Side that is set to welcome the always excellent Aly Goede, as well as Moez.
BEL 3ARABY FT. LANA @ RIVERSIDE
(Wednesday)She may not be the biggest name in Cairo, but Lebanese singer, Lana, has been on the circuit for some time now and is a woman in demand. This week, she takes to the stage at Riverside‘s night of all things Oriental, Bel 3araby.
For more parties, gigs and events across Egypt’s capital this week, check out the Cairo Gossip events calendar.