The best soundsystem mash ups happening across The Big Smoke this weekend.
West London is shortly due to host the biggest street party in Europe as Notting Hill Carnival season breaks in for 2019 this Bank Holiday weekend.
The two-day long celebration of sound system and Caribbean culture spills out over Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park and Westbourne Grove, with 2019’s parade route hosting 14 steel bands, 36 sound systems and more than 100 live stage acts.
If you’re looking to get into the spirit of things early or anticipating where you’ll end up post-carnival curfew then look no more – our warm-up and afters guide has got you covered.
From celebratory pre-carnival skanks with Mixpak and CoOp to lock-ins with Swamp81 and Butterz, here’s a list of the best soundsystem mash ups happening across The Big Smoke this weekend.
ON THE WARM UP…
1. LORD OF THE TINGS X MIXPAK: CARNIVAL SPECIAL
Lord of the Tings hook up with Brooklyn’s finest for a pre-carnival stomp out at E1.
2. COOP PRESENTS SELECTORS ASSEMBLE A CARNIVAL SPESH
IG Culture rounds up the Bruk soldiers of his Selectors Assemble crew for another sweaty basement sessions at East London’s Curtain Hotel.
3. CHANNEL ONE SOUND SYSTEM – CARNIVAL WARM UP
Channel One Soundsystem bring their now legendary hand-built, custom-made sound system to champion the spirit of reggae at Village Underground.
4. V.I.V.E.K. vs KAHN AT PICKLE FACTORY
London Soundman V.I.V.E.K. invites Bandulu favourite Kahn for dubplate carnage at Pickle Factory.
5. KARTEL CARNIVAL WARM UP: SCRATCHA DVA + PEDRO
Enchufada meets Hyperdub as Scratcha DVA, Pedro and Hagan face off at Peckham’s Bussey Building.
6. BOKO! BOKO! CARNIVAL WARM UP
London’s Boko! Boko! bring an afro-fusion of fresh talent to Hackney Wick as Kitoko Diva, Tony Quattro and more join crew runners Tash LC, Juna and Mina.
ON THE AFTERS…
1. HVYWGHT PRESENTS: SWAMP CARNIVAL
London’s mighty bass camp Hvywght continue to prove a force as they host an all star Swamp 81 cast with guests.
2. KAHN & NEEK, ELIJAH & SKILIAM, CRAZY COUSINZ, AMY BECKER AT METAL WORKS
From Bristol to London, Bakery and On & On bring top league bass purveyors to Islington’s Metal Works.
3. HINGE FINGER X CHROME
Joy O’s Hinge Finger brings Colombia-via-Mexico Cit DJ Rosa Pistola to Bussey Building for a UK debut, plus noise from Felix Hall, Florentino and rising star Anz.
4. BUTTERZ Vs SWING TING AT PHONOX
London vs Manchester, Carnival style.
5. RINSE – CARNIVAL AFTER PARTY
The former pirate radio powerhouse take over Paradise in Kilburn Lane to see out the weekend with an expected killer billing.
For more info on Notting Hill Carnival, head here.
Featured Image: Nick Caro