Two million party people. 9000 Police. 40 sound systems. 15,000 handmade costumes. Five tons of chicken. £93m to the London economy.
Unless you write for Vice, Notting Hill Carnival is one of the highlights on the London calendar. Once the sun goes down, promoters in London get pretty busy too. The selection can get a bit dizzying, so to help you out we’ve picked out favourite warm-up and afterparties.
Also check out our guide to the best sound systems.
The Hydra presents Resident Advisor
22nd Aug, Studio Spaces, £25
For their 2014 series, The Hydra sets up permanent residence at Studio Spaces. The first of their launch weekend parties welcomes Carl Craig, Black Coffee, Matthew Herbert, Gilles Peterson, Zomby, Livity Sound, Mr Tophat & Art Alfie, Mo Kolours and Vester Koza. Full listing of the series here.
Trouble Vision Carnival Warm Up
22nd Aug, Corsica Studios, £12.50
For their annual carnival warm up, Trouble Vision like to add a dash more soul, afro and funk than usually features at their parties. Funkineven, Amir Alexander and Al Dobson Jr makes sure that’s taken care of.
NTS x Red Stripe
24th Aug, KPH – 139 Ladbroke Grove, £15
After running a sound system at Rough But Sweet last year, the Dalston radio station have decided to run things after dark this year. General Levy headlines, Slimzee plays a special garage set with support from NTS regulars Martelo, Blackfoot Phoenix, Jon Rust, Just Jam and more.
Krankbrother Carnival Afterparty
24th Aug, TBA, £20
For those looking for some more serious action on Sunday night, Krankbrother assemble a lethal lineup with dOP and Kink playing live, alongside Gerd Janson and Luke Solomon.
The Date ‘Carnival Sunday’ Special
24th Aug, Loft Studios, £18
A loved up Carnival rendezvous fuelled by house and disco from three veterans and connoisseurs. Mike Huckaby represents the Motor City, Rahaan flies the Chicago disco flag and Jimpster injects the UK flavour.
Deadly Rhythm Carnival Afterparty
24th Aug, Bussey Building, £10
Optimo’s JD Twitch brings his ‘Brucky Skank’ set to London for the first time – an annual, all-Jamaican Glasgow dance that pays homage to Lee Scratch Perry (and Scottish fortified wine). Boiler Room’s Thristian, EL-B and Photomachine support.
Stevie Wonderland Carnival Afterparty
24th Aug, The Good Ship – 289 Kilburn High Road, £10
Fresh off the back of their London Roller Disco, Stevie Wonderland get in on the Carnival action with NTS’s Charlie Bones and Livin’ Proof resident and hip-hop producer Budgie, who’s Budgie EP is the most recent to release on Theo Parrish’s Wildheart label.
Turf Carnival Afterparty
24th Aug, The Flyover – W10 5XL, £15
Cambridge, Oxford and London promoters and Dimensions Festival regulars Turf, keep the party going in West London with a b2b set from Romare and Auntie Flo, support from Moxie and a secret guest headliner (we’ve been sworn to secrecy but by golly it’s a good’n).
Dance Tunnel presents
24th Aug, Dance Tunnel, Free before 11 / £5 after
Keeping things in-house, Dance Tunnel welcome Fantastic Man and Ben Sun. Light on the Carnival marketing, this is just two highly respected DJs teaming up to play all night long. Free before 11 is a hard one to turn down.
Eglo Records Bank Holiday Special
24th Aug, Corsica Studios, £14
The London label return to their regular Corsica spot for another Carnival dance. Floating Points goes b2b with NYC’s Love On The Run and are joined by broken beat legends Dego & Kaid Tatham , Alexander Nut, Sassy J, IG Culture.