Over the years we have asked some of our favourite djs, producers and carnival goers to share their Notting Hill Carnival tips with us. Here are some tips from HDD friends and family on the best sound systems to visit (now updated for 2019). Check out the official Notting Hill Carnival website for the full list of this year’s soundsystems and their locations.
Of course Notting Hill Carnival is also known for it’s mas bands playing the best soca on the parade route, find the full list of participants here.
Please remember, a minute’s silence will be held at 3pm on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th to honour the victims of the Grenfell fire.
Here are our tips for this year:
Nasty Love on Colville Gardens, Volcano on All Saints Road, GT Flex/Mayhem Crew (Block Party) on Middle Row, Nigerian Corner on Adela Street (this one is on carnival Monday only), Lord Gelly’s at Cambridge Gardens are some of our carnival favourites. This year you can also see Spice, Alicai Harley, Lil C and more at the RBMA stage at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park on Sunday and for the soca fans Mangrove will be running road with Farmer Nappy, Swappi Nessa Preppy and more.
For more carnival tips from us and Shy One listen back below (from 1:00:00)
For more carnival tips from us and Serocee listen back below (from 00:05:00)
Jillionaire (Mazor Lazer)
Sancho Panza and Good Times and Channel One neck and neck and neck
(Sancho Panza and Good Times will not be at carnival this year)
Lord Gelly’s at carnival
For the sound: usually the truck with the void soundsystem. and of course checkin Aba shanti and Channel One…
for the music: we usually switch between the parade and the sounds. so wherever we like it we stay…
This year marks 50 years of Notting Hill Carnival and Boiler Room will be streaming from some of carnival’s best soundsystems this Sunday 28th and Monday 29th of August. As carnival lovers they asked us to share some of our carnival tips, watch Hootie Who reveal one of carnival’s best secrets above. More info on the soundsystems that Boiler Room will be covering here.
Not sure where the soundsystems we have recommended over the last few years will be? The map below will help you find your way. Thanks to the London Notting Hill Carnival for this year’s carnival map, check out their website for more carnival info.
Unfortunately Notting Hill Carnival favourites Good Times, Rampage, Sancho Panza won’t be taking part this year but we highly recommend checking out Nasty Love, Glady Wax, Volcano, The Heatwave at Different Strokes on Sunday, and Nigerian Corner and Toddla T’s takeover of SSP Soundsystem on Monday. There are more than enough soundsystems to check out so go explore and if you want to hear the best soca follow the trucks for a bit!
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As you will see from our past posts we and our friends have given you advice on soundsystems since 2011. The advice from 2011, 2012 and 2013 is all still relevant and make sure to check out those posts as a lot of the soundsystems will still be there this year. Remember the soundsystems will be there on carnival Sunday and Monday but Sunday is children’s day so it’s a little bit quieter. If you are planning on going to carnival on Sunday Keshav from Jus Now will be doing a drumming workshop in Powis Square from 3pm.
This year we are seeing differnt star studded lineups on different soundsystems and on Carnival Monday. We will most likely be checking out Toddla T’s Soundsystem at the corner of Alderson Street and Kensal Road,
The Nigerian Corner on Adela Street (it’s the next street over from Toddla T’s soundsystem, plus we heard Patoranking, Phyno and Davido are in town so who knows they may pass through), The Digital Soundboy soundsystem is also one to check out on Tavistock Road.
For more soundsystem info and a map check out the Time Out guide here.
This video IS carnival, and if there ever was a time for this tune, that time is now. Notting Hill Carnival is fast approaching and this tune will definitely be heard booming from the trucks on the carnival route. Big up Jus Now and Bunji Garlin for this one and watch out for Jus Now at Red Bull and Toddla T Soundsystems this year. For more carnival tips check out our guide here.