Defected Records boss Simon Dunmore launched a stinging attack on the club scene in Bahrain this week, as he announced details of a competition for local DJs to spin alongside Paul Oakenfold.
"It has been unfortunate that Bahrain has always remained behind the times when it comes to music," the veteran house head told local newspaper the Gulf Daily News. Some would blame the inaccessibility Bahrain has to what is going on in the music scene in countries such as the UK, but more likely it's laziness, he griped.
Another factor hampering the Gulf States nightlife could be the threat of violent death facing Westerners, certainly judging by current official guidelines on travelling in the region.
While the UKs Foreign Office warns of a high threat from terrorism the US State Department is even more specific, urging Americans to maintain an unpredictable schedule and vary travel routes whenever possible.
Isolated incidents of aggressive or violent confrontations with individual Americans also have occurred, the Consulates website adds.
Events in the region can spark a mass response locally and further inflame current sentiments. Visiting U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a low profile, particularly at night, they advise.
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