Notting Hill is undoubtedly the place to be this August Bank Holiday, offering a famously heady cocktail of deafening bass, exotic foods and dangerously good dancing. Stock up on Caribbean rum and head down early to catch the best of Europe’s biggest street festival, but first, brush up on the weekend’s hottest parties and loudest sound systems…
THE PARTIES YOU CAN’T MISS…
Trouble Vision Carnival Warm-Up
Kick start your Carnival weekend on Friday night with the Trouble Vision crew, whose Corsica Studios home will play host to the one and only Gilles Peterson. UK-rooted house legend T.Williams is set to deliver a roof-raising set, helped by Detroit underground music scene hero Dez Andrez.
Corsica Studios, 5 Farrell Court, SE17 1LB. Tickets from £8. Doors 10pm-6am, Friday 24th August
Carnival chaos at Supperclub
Supperclub are hosting no less than four sizzling parties to satisfy all your Carnival urges. Starting with the notorious What Happens Next party on the Friday and finishing up with a bang with a Staunch Carnival Special on Monday, this is your one-stop Carnival shop. Click here for the full line-ups… you’ll regret it if you don’t!
Supperclub, 12 Acklam Road, Notting Hill, London, W10 5QZ, Friday 24th – Monday 27th August
Urban Nerds Carnival Special
A guaranteed sell-out, the Nerds party will feature their usual bass-fuelled warm-up at Scala. Breakage, Jackmaster and Digital Mystikz will be serving up reggae, dub and dancehall ’til the early hours.
275-277 Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL, scala-london.co.uk, Saturday 25th August
Paradise Carnival After-Party with Ninja Tune
Right in the thick of the action, West London’s favourite venue, Paradise brings you its afterparty. With Ninja Tune in the driving seat with post-carnival duties, this is not a party to miss. Coldcut will deliver a special DJ set, Adrian Sherwood will also take to the decks, and fun-time house duo 2 Bears will host upstairs.
Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE, 7pm-3am. Tickets £15. Sunday 26th August
Red Bull Music Academy x Major Lazer
A firm FashionBite favourite, the Red Bull party under the Westway lives up to the hype year after year. The scramble for free tickets is now over, but those lucky souls who got through will see genre-defying Diplo and his Major Lazer soundsystem join Sean Paul, Dre Skull, Hudson Mowhawke and Lunice to tear up the stage. With free entry, free booze and free food, it’s the best party for miles around. We’re so excited we can barely breathe!
OUR PICK OF THE SOUNDSYSTEMS:
Soca and reggae, Outside 3 All Saints Rd.
For your fix of Caribbean classics, head to Mangrove Sound. Strictly on a soca tip, this huge and prestigious Carnival institution is closely tied to its Trinidadian roots, playing upfront R&B, hip hop, acid house hits, soul and a pinch of reggae.
Anything goes, house-party style, St Luke’s Rd, facing Lancaster Rd.
Where St Luke’s Rd meets Lancaster Rd, you’ll hear a mix of crowd-pleasing, classic tunes guaranteed to get you going. Known for its unpretentious, easygoing blending of genres, this is a party-starter like no other.
Reggae, dancehall, bashment and R&B, Outside Clydesdale House on Clydesdale Rd.
An exciting mix of dub reggae and bashment. Though sadly departed, the legacy of King Tubby, one of the UK’s most respected sound scientists, lives on through a new generation of selectors and controllers.
House, garage, R&B, hip hop and bashment and reggae, West Row, near the junction with Kensal Rd.
A hectic showcase of anything from garage to rare groove and jungle classics. Part of the Carnival family since 1994, this gang keeps it eclectic – expect underground UK talent spinning a host of old-school anthems.
Funky house, disco and techno, Junction of Middle Row and Conland St.
Funky house, UK garage and classics. Lord Shane straps up his huge rig for another wild weekend.
Grab a bunch of friends and your hipflask and you’re ready to go! We’ll see you there.