Red Bull Music Academy to return to Notting Hill Carnival
- Arusa Qureshi
- 4 August 2017
The two-day programme includes appearances from Spice, Stefflon Don, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons and Olatunji
The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the UK's biggest and best parties, annually drawing in hundreds of thousands of revellers in a celebration of London's multicultural communities and Caribbean connections. Taking over West London for three days, the street festival is world-renowned for its colourful parades, vibrant street performers and epic sound systems, which all work in sync to create a true reggae and calypso-infused carnival atmosphere.
This year, Red Bull Music Academy will return to the Carnival after a two-year hiatus, with an all-star line-up of names set to perform over the bank holiday weekend. As a new addition to the various festivities on offer, RBMA Sound System will take over Emslie Horniman's Pleasance Park on Sun 27 Aug for an open-to-all party that brings together the best of UK afrobeats and bashment. Along with host Serocee, the party will feature dancehall star Spice, who will be joining forces with British rapper Stefflon Don, as well as Dre Skull, Belly Squad, Conducta, Afro B, P Montana and Lil C.
The following day, RBMA will be collaborating with Mangrove, one of the most prominent steel bands in the country, to parade a unique carnival float as part of the festival's grand finale. The collective have been involved with the Carnival for over 30 years, winning Panorama (the Notting Hill Carnival's steel band competition) a total of eight times. This year's float promises to be spectacular, with on-board performances from Trinidadian soca stars Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons and Olatunji, along with The Heatwave, DJ Puffy, Jus Now, Hipsters Don't Dance and more.
On top of RBMA's two-day offerings, fans can also tune into Red Bull Radio to hear some of the Sound System's best moments, which will be featured alongside broadcasts from the likes of David Rodigan, Jackmaster b2b Oneman and Lee 'Scratch' Perry. And for those not lucky enough to be able to attend this year, you'll also be able to hear recordings of live performances and interviews, which will be available to stream soon after the festival.
This year's Carnival will welcome an estimated 1.5 million people to its traditional West London home, despite the objections of some senior politicians. In addition to the parades, live music and costumed performers, the celebrations will also include delicious food stalls, competitions and family workshops for all ages to enjoy.
Red Bull Music Academy is at Notting Hill Carnival on Sun 27 & Mon 29 Aug.