The Distillers Party Band are an international five-piece freelance band based in Dubai, UAE, playing everything from chilled jazzy grooves to the best in Top 40 party anthems, rock, and pop!
The bands members are musicians from one of Dubai’s most successful studio groups “The Ghost Crew” best known for three number one album releases in The Middle East. This group make up the core of The Distillers and bring with them the experience and ability to perform authentic versions of songs in any genre.
With musicians from Australia, Canada, The UK and Scotland and with more than 20 years collective experience on the Middle East club and function circuit, The Distillers Party Band can provide the best atmosphere to ensure your event is a success!
In 2016, the band were awarded “Highly Commended Resident Band” by TimeOut Abu Dhabi for their lauded shows at McGettigans AUH as well as TimeOut Dubai, winning best music venue for Indie Bar featuring The Ghost Crew.
The band’s members have supported huge acts and events such as 30 Seconds To Mars, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stereophonics, Dubai Rugby 7’s, Abu Dhabi Beats On The Beach main stage, Party In The Park, Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, and many more!
Dubai Party Bands work with the best bands for private parties, events, corporate occasions, launches and gatherings across the Gulf region. These guys are one of the most highly rated. They can play a huge variety of music and are guaranteed to rock any party. If you’d like to check them out live, The Distillers Party Band perform at many residencies regularly in the UAE and we will gladly guide you to where you can catch their next live performance.
Contact Dubai Party Bands today, by phone, WhatsApp or email to discuss your event entertainment requirements.
The difference between The Sway Party Allstars Orchestra and all the other bands around is that our background isn’t in theatre or cruise ships it’s in the mainstream music industry. We all met working for acts such as Robbie Williams, Enrique Iglesias, Kylie Minogue, Will Young, Gary Barlow, Tom Jones & Ronan Keating on tours and TV shows such as Later With Jools, TOTP, The Charlotte Church Show (house band) & This Morning.
Sway Party Allstars first shot to fame when we were put together to play for Tony Blair’s Cabinet at a private party in Westminster attended by past & present Prime Ministers & cabinet members and their wives.
Since then we have performed all over the World for Royalty & film stars, on private yachts in Cannes harbour, in Las Vegas, Sun City – South Africa and with guest singers Smokey Robinson, Beverley Knight, Lemar, Ellie Goulding, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashford & Simpson, Deniece Williams and Samuel Jackson!
Sway Party Allstars have played for HRH Prince Charles, HRH Prince Andrew, Princess Alia of Jordan, The King Of Bahrain and Samuel Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin.
We play rock, pop, soul, disco, funk, Klezmer, Motown, RnB and background music and have been known to play for 5 hours without a break!
We’ve become the ‘pet’ band of Sir Richard Branson having played at his house several times and performed at nearly every Virgin Atlantic flight launch party for the last ten years and the star-studded Virgin Atlantic’s 25th birthday party in New York in 2009 (where we performed with Fat Boy Slim) and The Palms Hotel, Las Vegas in 2010.We have built the reputation that if you want the best band for any party or event, without having a stuffy old function band, you book Sway!
“You’ll love this band. They’re better than the real thing!” Sir Richard Branson
“We wanted to write and thank you for your fantastic performance at the Barclaycard Summer party – it really was amazing. Thank you!” Jones (Barclays Communications)
Everyone said you made the evening! Raymond (L’Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo – Monaco)
On behalf of the John Lewis Management Board I would like to thank you for your exciting performance at our celebration party. We were amazed at how quickly you enticed our guests to the dance floor, making our party a tremendous success and an evening to remember! Lewis – Director of Retail Operations (John Lewis)
“Da band is killin it!!” Samuel L Jackson
The best band I have ever seen – I’’’ have to book them” Goldie
Sway Party Allstars have performed for celebrities and royalty across the globe and in some of the most prestigious venues known.
Some of the venues Sway Party Allstars performed in:
The Dorchester Hotel, The Hilton Hotel, Fortnum & Masons, The Grosvenor House Hotel, Kensington Roof Gardens, The Millenium Hotel, The Sanderson Hotel, Chelsea Football Club, The Raleigh Hotel (Miami), The Natural History Museum, The Roundhouse (London), The World Trade Centre Hotel (USA), The Desert (Las Vegas), The Beach (Grenada), The Hilton (Shanghai), The Charles Hotel (Boston), Sheraton Lagos Hotel & Towers (Nigeria), The Sheraton Grange Laguna (Phuket), The Phoenicia Hotel (Beirut), The Jumeirah Beach Resort (Dubai), The House Of Blues (Chicago), A Bollywood Film Set (Mumbai), Marula Manor (Nairobi), Richard Branson’s House.
Some of the people Sway Party Allstars performed for:
The Sultan Of Oman, HRH Prince Charles, The King Of Bahrain, Virgin Atlantic, American Express, Barclays, Pfizer, Glaxo Welcome, Schering Plough, Virgin Mobile, Microsoft, Williams F1, Benetton F1, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Universities from Edinburgh to Exeter, Deutsche Bank, Johnnie Walker Classic, The Labour Party, Motorola, Carphone Warehouse, BP, The England Rugby Team, Richard Branson.
Dubai Gospel Choir, a choir with versatility and a passion for music. They are a professional choir who enjoy uplifting, energetic and powerful music. The rich harmonies, audience participation and gleaming presentation means that Dubai Gospel Choir can entertain any audience in a small intimate setting, in a large arena, indoor or outdoor.
Dubai Gospel Choir are comfortable on any event, corporate party, Christmas celebration, wedding party, awards ceremony or just a gathering of people. Our events consist of becoming a wedding gift featuring guests of the wedding party, airport performances, fashion store performances, guests on large-scale concerts in places like Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, singing on a track recorded by a Sony signed artist and much more. Our diversity shows no bounds. In time we expect to be selling tickets for shows of our own so stay tuned for that!
Some of the songs we perform include but this is just a tiny selection of the possibilities:
Oh Happy Days
You Raise Me Up
I Praise Your Name
My Life, My Love, My All
If I Ain’t Got You
Like A Prayer
Heal The World
Put A Little Love In Your Heart
River Deep Mountain High
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Its Raining Men
Dubai Gospel Choir perform a Christmas collection of songs plus songs from artists like Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Jackson’s, Al Green, Bill Withers….
Our songs cover gospel music, soul music, funk music, jazz music, modern commercial music, rock and any music that has soul and power. Our range is vast and our vocals and gospel harmonies will cover all genres. You will be amazed when you hear some popular songs with the touch of Dubai Gospel Choir.
In true testament to our versatility we can perform with a range of musicians, for the budget conscious we perform with just piano or guitar or we can perform with a full live band bringing more soul, energy and life to our music.
We have some new events coming soon and we’re working on our Dubai Gospel Choir workshop events which we hope to launch soon. Drop us a line today with any queries regarding Dubai Gospel Choir.
Clarita De Quiroz is an artist signed by Sony, has been nominated for and received several awards. She has several of her own original songs, one of those below and she performs some fantastic covers live at private and corporate events. She is at ease on stage performing to an adoring audience of thousands as she did with Elton John plus many other or performing an intimate set to a small group of people solo or as part of a band. Clarita is one of the most versatile artists you will find in the Dubai entertainment scene today.
Like any artist worth their salt, Clarita’s music is the result of many things. Raised in Scotland to Filipino/Spanish and Dutch/Irish parents, as a child of the 80’s, it’s no wonder that her music sounds the way it does. Influenced by everyone from Nina Simone and Al Green to The Roots, Angie Stone and Jill Scott. Pinpointing the beginning of her musical career as a child she vividly remembers being mysteriously drawn from her bed to play the piano in her living room from the tender age of four.
Number one album selling UAE classically trained pianist, percussionist, vocalist and model – Clarita de Quiroz has become many things to many people, but no matter what category you put her in, she’ll always find some way of getting out of it. Her affinity with the keys as well as percussion has fuelled a fire that has driven her musical direction as well as igniting a passion for vocals.
Sony Music Artist. Classically Trained Musician. Number 1 album in UAE. Several Awards and Legendary Performances.
Clarita de Quiroz AwardsandRecognitions:
*Best Music Act Shortlist 2015 (Time Out Awards)
*Signed Sony Artist 2014
*Alan! Hot 100 2013
*Time Out Dubai Shortlist – Best Music Act – 2013
*Alan! Best in Dubai Nominee 2013 (Best Music Act)
*Gr8! Women Awards – Best Singer UAE 2012
*21st Century Leader – 2012
*Alan! Hot 100 2011
*Alan! Best In Dubai 2010 (Best Music Act) Nominee
*Illustrado – Women of Substance 2009
Clarita de Quiroz Performances & supporting artist performances include:
*Paolo Nutini (2015)
*Missy Elliot (2013)
*Formula 1 Akon and Missy Elliot Support 2012
*Apl de Ap (Black Eyed Peas) Support 2012
*Sir Elton John March 2012 UAE
*Nasimi Beach Atlantis Boutique Launch 2012
*Roger Sanchez support 2012
*The Global Celebrity Party 2011
*Sheila Ferguson (3 Degrees) 2011
*Macy Gray Support 2011 Doha
*Kelly Roland Support Formula One 2010
*Gabrielle Support Formula One 2010
*Sugababes Support 2010
*Akon 2009 Support Act
*Martin Luther (from the Root) Support Act
*Grazia Style Awards 2009
*Time Out Awards 2009
*Esquire Magazine Launch 2009
*Emirates Woman of the Year Awards 2009
*Doha 21st Century Leaders Awards 2009
+ Radio Play on: BBC 1xtra, Radio 1, Radio 1 UAE, Virgin Radio and Radio Scotland
Clarita de Quiroz has been a successful international commercial and beauty model since 2008 as well as a musician. She has appeared in the ‘City of Life’ movie in the UAE featuring Jaaved Jaafri and Jason Flemyng and Dubai Global Tourism Commercials.
Clarita de Quiroz has been the face of Crafft AC Commercials UAE, Guerlain makeup UAE, Ultimo Lingerie, MAC cosmetic makeup UAE, Men’s Fitness Magazine, became the face of Val Saint Lambert Belgium crystal in October 2009.
Clarita de Quiroz was chosen by Sir Elton John’s management to be his support artist for the UAE Performance. In March 2012 Clarita was also awarded ‘Best Singer of the UAE 2012’ by GR8! TV and Magazine awards; a prestigious award running for more than 11 years.
In February 2011 Clarita de Quiroz was privileged to have been awarded the accolade as being one of Ahlan Hot 100 2011, where she performed live on stage entertaining the guests with a mix of her own composed music and a selection of chart topping covers. During this performance, Clarita had a very special guest that joined her on stage as lead vocalist, this special guest was Sheila Ferguson, previously from the band 3 Degrees. Clarita is now sponsored by Galaxy Piano.
Other performances in 2011 from Clarita have included, L’Official Woman on the Year Award, Esquire Magazine Awards, Woman of Substance Awards, and the 21st Century Leaders Awards alongside Macy Gray as well as two live performances in national television in the UAE on both MBC and Dubai One.
Clarita de Quiroz is about to embark on a collaboration with a number of international producers to launch her “Full Album”.
“As a musician, I am constantly looking for inspiration through life, friends, experience and other music to help my discovery of my craft. I want to take the colours from all around me in all shapes and forms and transform this into musical composition. Like life, my music will evolve with me; I am constantly exploring for new treasures and experience which will shape my life, as well as my music. In the process of this musical voyage, I wish to touch people in a way that my music resonates through their souls, and reach levels bigger than the eye can see. Escapism, reconnection, emancipation, discovery and all other feelings should come through all of us with everything we love and are passionate about. It’s great to listen to music, but to FEEL it, is what I am talking about. Where words end, music speaks. And I thank you, and you all know who you are, for helping me shape my life this way and making become the woman I am today, tomorrow and for the rest of my years”
Sometimes you don’t want a full scale party band yet you want to set the mood and create a nice ambiance for the evening. There is no better way to do this than with some live acoustic bands performing laid back relaxing music, particularly early in the early evening. As the evening progresses the performers will raise the tempo as required. They will mix and mingle or just stay in one desired location or on stage.
This type of entertainment can be lighter on your budget than a full scale band bringing a full band with five or six musicians, sound system, lighting system etc. It can release some of your budget for other areas like other mix and mingle walkabout entertainers, although we never recommend cutting back on the entertainment as this is the life and soul of any party. Nobody remembers the food or the decor. The entertainment will be remembered as they set the mood for the evening and enhance your guests memories.
We have acoustic performers that will work as a duo on guitars or even pianos, duelling pianos to be precise, as seen in Las Vegas many times. Hear the hits from a two piece acoustic band performing The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Oasis, Ocean Colour Scene, Crash Test Dummies, Bryan Adams, Extreme, Hozier, Rod Stewart, Prince, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, The Beatles and many more. Later in the evening the tempo is raised with sing a long hits and a finale to leave everyone singing a hit like Hey Jude or Day We Caught The Train.
In the right environment and the correct setting, there is no better entertainment. It works in a rustic setting, on the beach or in a cozy room with attitude. It is possible to have this type of entertainment in a hotel ball room with sound system, it works but this is where we recommend using sound system, lighting and a full scale party band similar to Bogus Brothers, Dov Amiel Orchestra or MapleJacks.
Jazz Bands, Jazz Duo’s, Jazz Trio’s, Jazz Quartet’s, Jazz Quintet’s, Jazz Orchestra’s.
Dubai Party Bands work with a variety of Jazz bands, musicians, bands and entertainers. All the entertainers we work with are professional and flexible. They can work as a 2 piece act or as part of an orchestra demonstrating their professionalism and abilities. They regularly work together in bigger formations ensuring an entertaining act for every occasion however for those on a budget this can be the perfect drinks entertainment.
Add a little vocal or maybe a sax and enhance your Jazz entertainment. All Jazz musicians on our roster play in regular shows and at events on a weekly basis therefore they can add to their offering making it some of the best reception or dinner entertainment. Great Jazz Bands are hard to come across but when you find one, be sure to book them for a party.
We recommend a minimum of 4 for some good Jazz Band entertainment however we do understand that sometimes the budget just doesn’t stretch that far. We don’t go through lists of Jazz Bands and entertainers, we work to ensure you get the most customised solution for your event. We have bands and musicians capable of offering formations to suit every occasion from duos, trios, quartets, quintets and up to orchestras so do not hesitate to drop us a line with any Jazz Band queries.
When it comes to Jazz, the more players the better in our opinion. If you’d like the Duke Ellington Orchestra to perform then we can bring them to your event. They are some of the finest Jazz musicians you will come across however this could enhance your budget dramatically with flights, hotels, local transport etc.
Some local musicians may not be part of the Duke Ellington Orchestra but you will certainly find some fantastic talent in the region and they will guarantee to entertain your guests. An 8 or 9 piece Jazz Orchestra always looks great and gives the entertainers flexibility to perform all types of Jazz music.
Paddymn, a full time entertainer (from Ireland) based in Dubai, UAE. Paddyman performs a mix of high energy music (vocals, guitar & harmonica) and comedy (jokes, stories and funny songs). He has shared the same stage as other notable Irish acts such as The Saw Doctors, Sharon Corr and Sharron Shannon.
The name PADDYMAN came about as a result of wanting to perform some funny jokes / stories and songs as part of his act. He wanted to visually differentiate this from the singalong / Irish & high energy dance songs he performs. Paddyman was also conscious of ways he could reduce the risk of possibly unintentionally offending people in the audience (esp. in UAE) with some of the songs. Therefore, he started wearing a leprechaun hat & beard for these parts of the act. This immediately became very popular as people could clearly see that he was about to perform some funny material and they listened! The original (and some cover) comedy jokes and parodies that he has performed have since become his trademark and Paddyman continues to grow that part of the show.
He performs weekly at the largest bar in the Middle East (Barasti), the #1 Real Irish Bar (Fibber Magees) and #1 Irish Bar in Abu Dhabi (PJ O’Reilly’s). Besides these he regularly performs for weddings, corporate events, private parties, festivals & in Irish bars all over the world, (From Hong Kong & Bahrain to Ireland & Canada)
A story from Paddyman.
I’m often asked how I ended up in Dubai, playing funny songs and Irish music in bars and at weddings etc. Here’s my story in brief:
I started playing guitar when I was about 15, inspired by my father’s love of music and his accordion playing. After about 6 months of practicing at home, Dad came home one night and announced that we had our first gig in the local pub – The BELLYARD in Monasterevin, Co Kildare – as the group that was supposed to play had cancelled! On the night we turned up in matching shirts and set up some speakers he’d rented.
I played very basic chords on the keyboard & guitar and my Dad did all the singing, accordion playing and entertaining out front. It wasn’t long before the pub started to empty! After about an hour, the only people who stayed in the place were the local travellers because they knew they wouldn’t be served anywhere else.
Despite this, there was one drunk fella who stood up to leave and loundly announced to the bar “These are the worst piece of shite band that I’ve heard in all me jaysus life!” My Dad just laughed it off and winked at me as if this was normal behaviour to be learned from. He later said “When something like that happens you have to remember – Don’t Stop Playing No Matter What Happens! Even if the tinker started a fight you just keep going.”
Undeterred by the lack of appreciation for our craft, he then orgainised a regular gig in the HARP BAR in Kildare town. This one was just a sit down, unplugged session beside the open fire. He said the reason we’d been booed in Monasterevin was because of the equipment, so we’d better build up a bit of confidence playing without mikes first before we re-launch the act. And so we did! I sang my first song (Sonny Don’t Go Away) with my Grandad & Dad beside the fire as the ladies in the pub threatened to punch anyone who kept talking while the young lad had a go. I’ve been playing ever since!
One of the songs I learned around then (nearly 20 yrs ago!) was the great song by Shane McGowan of the Pogues – Fairytale of New York see link below for a performance of this on MBC plus several other videos.
Since then I have had the pleasure of playing music all around the world including North America (I was based in Canada for 6 years), Europe (Ireland, France, Italy), Asia (UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Hong Kong etc). These gigs vary from small intimate gigs for a few kids in the desert (or at fibbers for Xmas) to larger gigs for thousands of people Festivals or alongside well known Irish performers like the Saw Doctors, Sharon Corr, The Commitments, The Wolfe Tones, Aslan, Damien Dempsey, Ardal O’Hanlon (comedian), Sharon Shannon etc. Music is a great gift and I hope to continue singing, joking and playing music for many years to come!