Another year, another Notting Hill Carnival. This year I went along with a couple of Carnival virgins and choosing to go on the Bank Holiday Monday they were fully thrown into the deep end. Sunday is family day at Notting Hill Carnival, while Monday is typically the day that’s a lot wilder and busier.
As with every year, and with most events where there a large amount of people concentrated in one area, signal was practically non-existent. If you’re hoping to meet friends at Carnival it’s best to meet either a) at a station before walking into Carnival or b) at a set point at a particular time. It’s also worth picking up a Carnival map from outside the station as you can say goodbye to Google maps for the day.
The number of revellers in costume behind each float appear to have decreased, but the same cannot be said for the thousands of people who lined the streets to have fun. For the first time ever Toddla T had his own soundsystem which featured performances from Ms Dynamite, Stylo G and Bunji Garlin. At the Red Bull Music Academy stage Damien and Stephen Marley performed with David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan on the decks. Tickets to the RBMA stage can only be won and it’s an almost impossible feat each year with such incredible line ups. If you want to see why it’s so popular have a look at the pictures from the day here.
If you’ve never been to Notting Hill Carnival and you like good music, good food and enjoy having a good time then make an effort to attend Europe’s biggest street carnival. It’s completely free and a lot of fun!