Our guide to the Notting Hill Carnival 2023
‘Europe’s largest street party’ returns to West London this year to celebrate 50 years since sound systems were introduced.
The annual coming together of Afro-Indo-Caribbean culture brings over 2 million people to the streets of London on the August bank holiday weekend to dance, eat, and show off their extravagant costumes
When is it?
Event group Love Music Hate Racism has partnered with the National Education Union to launch a float celebrating the role of carnival as a form of togetherness amid various social and economic crises.
Carnival's youngest-ever performer Linett Kamala, who played at Carnival at age 14 in 1985, has partnered with Guinness to launch a mentoring programme supporting women in sound system culture.
Our top tips
Be prepared to do a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes.
Arrive early to secure a great spot to watch the festivities.
Bring plenty of water.
Stick close to your group.
Take a fully charged phone and a portable charger.
Remember to take cash.
Visit the Notting Hill Carnival websiteto plan your day.
And be prepared to get messy!
And if you can’t make it to West London?
Amazon Music has partnered with Notting Hill Carnival to bring the Carnival experience to you. Visit the Amazon Music Twitch Channel for a live stream of the Rampage Sound Stage or check out the Notting Hill Carnival playlist.
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