Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August 2015
It's almost time for the return of Europe's biggest Street Party, you ready? That's right folks, the Notting Hill Carnival is back in town, and it's all set to knock the socks off around one million revellers from all over the globe with its famous sound systems. Most of the sound systems are free to enjoy; so check out our run down of the best, head over to this beautiful part of West London and take a look for yourself! Still up for partying once the music ends? We've got that covered too - our afterparty guide is designed to help you find the liveliest celebrations in town.
Canal Way, W10 5AA
Having pleased the crowds at the Notting Hill Carnival for well over twenty years, the Mastermind Roadshow returns to the top of Ladbroke Grove. With a passion for showcasing the UK most promising up-and-coming Hip Hop and RnB performers, their talented team have developed a knack for plucking out diamonds in the rough. This year is of course no different. The likes of Soul II Soul and Tim Westwood have worked with these urban pioneers, so it's probably safe to assume they know what they're doing.
Latin Rave Street Jam
318 Portobello Road, W10 5RU
The Latin Rave Street Jam is the only Latin music soundsystem at this years Notting Hill Carnival. Founded by DJ Silvester in the wonderful eighties, the stage has come to epitomise everything that the street festival stands for; people from a huge range of different cultures, coming together to celebrate all the wonders of Latin music. Grab your mates, grab a drinks and show off all your best, saucy Salsa moves.
The Corner of West Row and Southern Row, W10 5AX
After a year out, the soulful sounds of Norman Jay returns to the Notting Hill Carnival Good Times soundsystem. As the carnival's only stage dedicated to showcasing the spine-tingling sounds of soul music, Jay has become something of a local hero and enjoys legendary status when he walks around these West London streets. You'll find this delightful spot near the top of the carnival's path, on the street corner where West Row and Southern Row meet.
Where Bonchurch Road meets Portobello Road, W10 5SD
With ties to the Notthing Hill Carnival reaching back into the early nineties, Arts-A-Light have presented London's party lovers with a soulful soundsytem for the past 5 years. Their talent team seem to have mastered the art of combining heart-touching soul music with the hypnotic beat of Afrobeat. This wonderful blend of emotion and sound can all be heard at their speaker-stacked stage on the intersection between Bonchurch Road and Portobello Road.
Outside 11 All Saints Road, W11 1HH
The People's Soundsystem is run by local businessman Daddy Vego. He's lived in these West London streets for over 50 years and now hopes to repay the favour by hosting one of the carnival's biggest party hotspots. Based at 11 All Saints Road, the stage is located just a few feet away from his record shop, which just happens to be stocked full of all the freshest Hip Hop, Reggae and Ska vinyl tracks. Dedicated to celebrating all things Jamaica, the line-up of performers and DJs will be showing off their talents, playing a host of different Reggae and Ska tracks.
On West Row near Kensal Road Junction, W10 5AX
The team at the 4Play Soundsystem are regulars at the Notting Hill Carnival, having played here since 1994. The group is made up of 5 members, all of whom have a grown up throwing parties and DJing at sold out events. Inspired by the music their parents listened to, the group play a party mix of different musical genres in an attempt to keep up with ever-changing trends. From Jazz Funk and Old Skool, to Funky House and Reggae, these urban pioneers have learnt a trick or two over the years and definitely know what it takes to throw a great street rave.
With over 20 years of experience, you definitely won't be disappointed at this buzzing stage.