Punk popsters The Strike at Qs Bar & Lounge - Palazzo Versace Hotel, Dubai
During the break, feeling a bit peckish, I order the Q’s Nigiri and Maki Platter - while not as ideal a pairing as beer and sushi, I quite enjoy the generously sized platter paired with the R de Ruinart Brut champagne - try this. There is something mildly decadent about the combination!
We are told that the second set is a lot more acoustic, and this is illustrated when we see the stage empty, with the exception of Chris, who is at the keyboards. Having seen the side of him that is all about owning the stage and drawing the audience in with him, this is more mellow, sensitive but anything but uninteresting.
During "Senorita" there was a realisation that creeps into my head that the evening is so much fun. This for me is part of the evolution of Qs. From serious artists during whose performances one's voice never went above a whisper so as not to lose the moment, to an evening like this where one is left in a state of delirium. Qs has an ability to surprise guests with its artists, and this should continue. After I witnessed Clarke Beckham, the most recent performer at Qs that preceded The Strike, I wrote: Just because it is a small and intimate venue does not mean performers cannot bring down the roof with some serious guitar riffs. I can see this venue evolving even more to accommodate a rock act soon!
Tonight that statement started taking on a reality; a reality that yes, the possibilities for this venue are as endless as the intensity of tonight's performers. The Strike has set the standard now by which all future acts will be judged in so far as they simply brought everything to Qs - drama, charisma, sincerity, fun, good lyrics ... seriously the most complete act Qs has had to date.
Qs Bar & Lounge,
Palazzo Versace Hotel,
+971 4 556 8888
The Strike is performing at Qs bar & Lounge until 12 May, 2018.