Jerk chicken, curried goat and a sh*tload of beats: it’s Carnival baby and we can’t wait. This bad boy is bigger than Christmas to us. There’s nothing better than partying on a huge speaker with a Red Stripe in hand, but what happens before the beats drop and when all the parade and sunshine shenanigans are done?! WE PARTY. Get your booty poppin’ and start killin' the dutty wine because from the warm up to the afterparty, things are gonna get LOCO.
Gin and Juice Carnival Party at Proud Camden The bass babes that are the Gin and Juice crew are kicking out the juniper spirit for one epic night of rum ‘n tings. Knocking out reggae, dancehall and bashment beats, you’ll find us in the hot tub with a Red Stripe, getting down at the disco boudoir or getting fresh on the terrace. The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London NW1 8AH Trouble Vision Carnival Warm Up at Corsica Studios Back for another year, this warm up party will have you seeing trouble in their Elephant & Castle warehouse digs. Spinning tunes from house to deep soul to disco, this is gonna be one hell of a pre-party. 4-5 Elephant Road, London SE17 1LB Zonk Carnival at Bussey Building Peckham’s regular disco party Zonk is getting a Carnival refresh for the weekend, all kicking off on Friday at the legendary (and damn right dirty) Bussey Building. They’ll be cheap booze and heaps of jungle, dub, reggae, calypso and garage; wear trainers and get down to the Afrobeats. 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4ST
Boombox Carnival Special at The Horse & Groom Retro lovers: this party is spinning nothing but vinyl. With Andy Smith of Portishead fame on the decks, the party starts with hip hop, early house and reggae, you’ll be spinning like a disco ball til the sun comes up and then it’s straight off to Carnival. 28 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3NZ Jamaica Rum Tings at Big Chill House Wray & Nephew are hitting it big with the Jamaica Rum Tings crew - think banging jerk BBQ on the terrace, bucketloads of rum cocktails, big tunes from Massive Attack’s Daddy G as well as drum & bass ledge Fabio getting all rub ‘n roots. Carnival warm up, come at us. 257-259 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9NL Regression Sessions at TBC The venue may not be confirmed yet but the crazy antics are, so watch this space. Bouncy castle? Check. Space hoppers? Check. Celebrity pinatas? Check. Chuck in a sh*tload of rum and you’ve got yourself a killer kids party with added booze. Go play. Venue TBC Tremors Carnival Party at Prince of Wales POW! Brixton’s party place (and one of the best terraces in London) is kicking things off at their al fresco digs for some Carnival action south of the river. Garage master MJ Cole is hitting the decks downstairs where it gets sweaty but you’ll find BarChick up on the top floor of the roof terrace where the bar queues are short and the party people hang. 467-469 Brixton Road, Brixton London SW9 8HH Troupe Carnival Block Party at Loft Studios Troupe know how to party and with added badass action from Grandmaster Flash, kick off at 2pm to get your fill of street food before you lose the night to rum.
77-81 Scrubs Lane, London NW10 6QW
When the police stop the street party get back to the Bussey for quality tunes and all night raving. Keeping things out of the mainstream, Deadly Rhythm have got a gang of underground DJs to spin the decks to keep you popping. There’s 4 (or more, BarChick always loses count) floors of madness - including a roof terrace for lighting up and spacing out - so you’ll probably lose your mates but make a whole lot more.
133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15 4ST
The Hot Caribbean Carnival at O2 Academy, Islington Bringing the Caribbean beats to Islington, the carnival vibes will be spread across two rooms filling party people with dancehall, hip hop and reggae jams. They’ve also got giveaways (holla freebies) and a surprise live act. N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, Islington London N1 0PS The Jamm Carnival Clash at Jamm Repping the Carnival vibes south, things are about to get grimy in Brixton with Gold Teeth DJs, Soul Jamm and the crew from About to Blow spinning the beats ‘til 5am. Boom! 261 Brixton Road, Brixton, London SW9 6LH Your Mum’s House: The Carnival Turn Up at XOYO Sh*t’s about to get cray at Your Mum’s House, y’all. They haven’t got any confirmed DJs yet but whoever’s on the decks is guaranteed to pump out those dancehall tunes to keep you booty poppin’ and sippin’ that punch ‘til late.
32-37 Cowper Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4AP
Carnival Afterparty at Notting Hill Arts Club Keeping it west ‘til the tubes have emptied? Wise. Hit this epic afterparty with reggae king Kiko Bun headliing with a mix of beats then Smutlee hitting the bass with ragga and dancehall. We won’t be leaving til Tuesday morning. 21 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, London W11 3JQ Deviation Carnival Session at Paradise They’re hungry for bass at Paradise so get involved for a serious jungle, grime and bashment mayhem. The line up is a secret but last year’s afterparty had some banging DJs behind the beats so you can expect the same again. Order up all the rum and get down on it. 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London W10 4AE Notting Hill Carnival Afterparty at Lockside Lounge This is where it’s at northside for BBQ jerk, epic cocktails and banging beats to get down to. Hop on the 31 bus from Carnival and get ready for the Afrobeats… 75-89 West Yard Dock, Camden Lock, London NW1 8AF Not into the mayhem of the Carnival? That’s cool. These guys are keeping things chilled: Crazy Homies Stuck in Notting Hill but not feeling the rum flex? Tequila is the perfect alternative, trust us. Order up an Anejo Margarita (it’s a strong’un so be prepared) and get Mexican. 125 Westbourne Park Road, London W2 5QL Dub Jam Reggae-infused rum punch? Yep. This Jamaican hole in the wall has got a Wray & Nephew mix up that’s taken through the bass of the reggae and served up after the beats are done with it. Sure. 20 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HP Cat & Mutton Carnival Jamaican you crazy? Get your ass east to the Donkey Disco at Cat & Mutton for some crazy all day party action. From daytime donkey rides to shots of Ass Juice (don’t panic, it’s bourbon) this is the perfect antidote to the Carnival dread. 76 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 4QL Rum Kitchen They’re hittin’ the party vibes hard at their Notting Hill digs but if you’re kicking around in Soho then head to their Kingly Court spot and get on the rum punch. 1st Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby, Soho W1B 5PW