It’s one of the biggest street festivals in Europe, and this is the 47th year since its inception. I hope that the sun shines on west London this bank holiday weekend, so a trouble free and great time can be had by all the revellers this year.
Carnival’s music policy encompasses many genres. From the Caribbean we have the traditional calypso, soca and reggae – and the steel bands are amazing, along with the costumery. But the melting pot of Carnival ventures further than that – into jungle, ragga, hip hop, house and broken beat, and all of these can be found at the numerous soundsystems dotted around Notting Hill over the weekend day.
The soundsystems particularly worth checking out will be: CMC/Matrix playing drum n bass, Aba Shanti-I on a reggae tip, Latin Rave Street Jam System, RapAttack and Rampage, plus Sancho Panza will be in full effect. And you’ll have to try a bit of curried goat or saltfish with ackee to soak up the Guinness punch, too.
Taking place all around Notting Hill, it all starts this Sunday – which is traditionally kids’ day – and gets a bit more lively on the Monday. Get a map and plan where you’ll be heading, Time Out does a little pull out guide, which sadly seems to have shrunk over the years.
Don’t forget, there are some top notch after parties and events too. Carnival Jam takes over Cherry Jam, the Sancho Panza lads head down to The Regent, Deadly Bass features David Rodigam and Dillinja and Trojan Sound system on the same bill at Plan B, and Benji B heads up something at The Camp and also at The Paradise, with DJ Zinc.
Sunday 28 Aug and Monday 29 Aug, Notting Hill, 9am – late, free, more info here.
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