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HDD Carnival Essentials

This week we and our carnival experts have told you where to go, what to  eat and what to listen out for. We haven’t told you what to bring, below are our carnival essentials. Ten things you need to maximise your carnival experience.

1. Carnival is all about repping your counrty and pumpin yuh flag

2. It can get hot out there so a spare t-shirt is always helpful

3. A whistle is a definite carnival essential

4. Bitter lemon or any other mixer (Ting, Ginger Beer or Coke)

5. Party Machel Montano style with a bottle of rum (preferably Appleton Estate)

6.  Styrofoam Cup is this year’s cup to be seen with

7.  Straws are pretty useful for mixing your rum and chaser.

8. Towel is dual purpose, excellent for waving round your head like a helicopter to power soca or for when times get hot and sweaty

9. Hand sanitiser for times when the port-a-loos have no soap left

10. This list would not be complete without an airhorn, hand pumped or gas airhorns are perfect for showing your appreciation for carnival anthems.

HDD and Friends Carnival Anthems 2012

Last year we asked some of our favourite djs, producers, artists and bloggers to recommend their favourite Notting Hill Carnival soundsystems, food stalls and anthems, and started to compile the HDD Guide to Notting Hill Carnival. This year we have added the following carnival anthems to the list. You can check out last year’s anthems here.

HDD Carnival

Jillionaire (DJ/Mazor Lazer)


J.Bo Tapes (Southern Hospitality)

There are too many Carnival anthems to mention, but I especially love the fact that some tunes only seem to come out for this weekend and still always shut it down… saying that I have never seen anything quite like the reaction to Lethal B’s POW when it first came around, 2005 I think. Crazy.

Alex (Tumbleweave Blog)

Other than the recent ‘family favourites’ (Gyptian, Vybz Kartel, Major Lazer, etc etc) there are a couple of riddims that for one reason or another I love to hear when possible. For example the Money Tree Riddim (and specifically Beenie Man & TOK  ‘Ms World) sends me loco! I am also a big soca fan, and one track that I would love to hear (but don’t necessarily expect to) is Superblue’s ‘Signal For Lara‘ – it’s an ode to Brian Lara out of Trinidad and Tobago, and it is guaranteed to make my day every time.

Moroka (Producer / Pollinate)

Just for sheer power and movement in recent memory got to be the PALAAAAANCE.

James Hamlin (Breaking Bread Podcast / North London 40)

A tough question but I’ll refer to one of my favourite Norman Jay moments of all time. As the clouds broke to amazing sunshine after an hour of solid horizontal rain. Norman dropped Bill Withers “Lovely day” – I’ll never forget that.

Poirier (Producer)

I think my favorite Carnival anthem for this year is Shal Marshall “Trouble“. Also, I have to big up Stylo G “Call Mi A Yardie” and I think the Deejay Theory Remix with a Bob Marley sample is an absolute killer for outdoor summer vibes!


Carnival Tees

Carnival is fast approaching so we chose some of our favourite danccehall inspired tees to get you looking carnival fresh this bank holiday weekend.

Carnival Tees

1. What better way to look bad like Jimmy Cliff than with this Harder They Come tee from Soundkilla.

2. Carnival is all about forwards, rewinds and pull ups, so this pull up tee from David Rodigan’s online store is perfect for the occasion.

3. You can’t fail to look like a Don in the Supercat Don Dada tee from Shimmy Shimmy . Also available in purple.

4. Gabe from Seen  recently exhibited some of his work as part of  Art in The Dancehall grab a piece of wearable art from him with this  Mad Cobra tee.

5. Vybz Kartel is still on top even if he is behind bars! We love this World Boss tee from Swedish t-shirt brand Nuh Linga.

6. Announce your gallis status in this Get Gyal Easy tee from Mixpak . Also available in white.

7. The Yah Suh Nice tee from Shimmy Shimmy is the only t-shirt to be rocking while you bubble bubble bubble like chicken gravy this weekend . Also available in black.

8. The HDD Dance tee is one of the only t-shirts out there with carnival anthem PALANCE across the chest! It features all the skanks you will be busting out at our carnival party and at Notting Hill Carnival – from the robot to the bogle. Also available in white.