Notting Hill Carnival 2014 Sound Systems
Sunday 24th and Monday 25th August 2014
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? Don't blame you - our afterparty guide is designed to help you root out the liveliest celebrations in town.
Basement Jaxx @ Red Bull Music Academy
Corner of Portobello Road and Acklam Road, W11 2DY
The Carnival welcomes UK electro dance royalty in the form of Basement Jaxx to the stage this year. The Where's Your Head At duo will be stopping in at the Red Bull Music Academy to play a special DJ set that coincides with the release of their brand new LP, Junto. They'll be joined on the bill by Mixpak and The Heatwave, with visitors able to apply for a limited number of guest list places to catch this very exciting performance in the flesh.
Gaz's Rockin' Blues
Talbot Road outside no.103, W11 1JR
Gaz Block Rockin Blues sound system is an iconic part of the street party with Gaz Mayall behind the decks, firing up the party atmosphere on Talbot Road. Come here if you like to tap those toes to the sounds of classic Ska, Rock, Pop and Punk. Mayall is Notting Hill through and through - he's been entertaining the Carnival crowds since 1980 - and always succeeds in whipping up a dance frenzy on the streets of London.
All Saints Road, W11 1HE
CMC Matrix is a sound system that has been dominating the Drum & Bass stage at Notting Hill Carnival for 20 years. It was first used to play reggae and soul at house parties but has grown far beyond that, now offering among the best DnB sounds at Carnival. Head to All Saints Road to catch them in the flesh and feel the beats pulsate through your body via the CMC Matrix.
KCC and the Rocking Crew
Wornington Road, W10 5QQ
KCC and the Rocking Crew is a popular sound system that will spin a fresh blend of both old and new House and Anthems on Wornington Road over the weekend. Frequently one of the biggest attractions at the Carnival since way back in 1991, DJ for the Crew is native Londoner Keith Franklin who will provide the soundtrack to this scintillating street party.
Colville Square, W11 2BD
You'll find another of Notting Hill's renowned soundsystems on Colville Square, where Rampage ramp up the intensity to bring you one of the liveliest raves on the Carnival circuit. International acts like Dizzee Rascal, Ms Dynamite, Sean Paul, and Tinie Tempah are just a few who have graced the Rampage stage in previous years, and they're back for another festival of dancing this year too.
Clydesdale Road, W11 1JG
King Tubbys sound system is the product of Jamaican-born Cecil Rennie. He's gripped the imagination of reggae lovers all over town ever since arriving in London as a teenager, and is now celebrating over 40 years of nailing the art of dancehall, reggage, R&B and soul tunes. A true legend of the Carnival sound system scene.
Leamington Road Villas, W11 1HS
Channel One is one of the world's greatest and best known dub reggae sound systems, run by legendary selector Mikey Dread and featuring MC Ras Kayleb. They've been performing to hoards of followers in W11 for over thirty years, and you can catch them in their element at the junction linking Westbourne Park Road with Leamington Road Villas this time around.