Red Bull Music is back at Notting Hill Carnival once again, announcing arguably it’s biggest programme of events to date to commemorate 10 years of involvement with Europe’s biggest Caribbean celebration.
Paying respect to Carnival’s “rich heritage, prolific present and emerging future”, Red Bull will once again be hosting an open-to-all sound system on Sunday 26th August at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, with a line-up of dancehall, afro bashment and afrobeats including Maleek Berry, Warning Crew’s First Lady Lisa Mercedez and Leicester-hailing dancehall rapper, Trillary Banks all announced. Afro B and Team Salut will also make their sound system comeback, with their collaborative Afrowave Sound set, joined this year by their very own dance crew. With Popcaan headlining last year’s event, this years “arena selling Jamaican headliner” will only be revealed on Friday 24th August.
Designed especially for this year’s parade, Red Bull Music will be partnering with Mangrove to bring their biggest (and loudest) ever float truck to the official carnival route the following day. Alongside hordes of Mangrove dancers, the float will also house performances from the likes of UK carnival mainstays, The Heatwave, Trinidad’s Patrice Rodgers and self-proclaimed ‘Prince of Soca’ Iwer Geroge.
On Monday August 20th there will be a carnival warm up at Mangroves West London HQ where you can get involved with making carnival costumes and essential Jamaican classics like jerk chicken.
With exactly a week to go, to get everyone in the mood, fans can tune into Red Bull Radio for a selection of highlights from Red Bull sound systems gone by, featuring performances from the likes of WizKid, P Montana, Stefflon Don and Conducta. Check it out below.