Guide To Notting Hill Carnival 2012 + Nigeria Corner
The streets of West London set to come alive this weekend, as Notting Hill Carnival returns.
The annual street shindig takes place on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August around Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park, with the street processions begin around 9am on both days finishing around 7pm.
Here us helping you out with our guide to Notting Hill Carnival 2012…
Make sure you bring your appetite this weekend because you won’t be able to resist the mouth watering smells filling the streets of Notting Hill. The most popular carnival food has got to be the traditional Caribbean food. Stalls will be serving everything from roti and fried fish to curry goat and rice & peas. However, as well as the Caribbean, there are also a large range of other international cuisines to try, such as Nigerian, Chinese, Thai and Mexican.
Music is the heart and soul of Notting Hill Carnival, and this year there will be over 40 sound systems, here’s a few of our favourites we suggest you visit:
Music policy: Funky House, Disco Classics. Location: Southern Row / West Row (on precinct)
Music policy: Soul, funk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Garage, Old Skool 70,s 80’s Classics, Rare Groove Location: All Saint’s Road outside no.23
Music policy: across the board
Location: junction of Colville Gardens and Colville Terrace, outside no.1
Music policy: R&B, Hip-Hop, Ragga Location: Golborne Rd on precinct, at back of Prince Arthur
The longest running gathering of Nigerians in the UK, the annual NIGERIAN CORNER at the NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2012.
Artistes billed to perform:
Sir Shina Peters is billed to headline this year’s edition of the famous Nigerian stand. The legendary Nigerian AfroJuju maestro and master guitarist, who has been performing since the age of 13 will grace the Notting Hill Carnival for the very first time, even though his biggest hit song Ace has been the Nigerian Corner’s anthem since its release in 1990.
Olamide, the fast rising alternative rapper (he mixes English and Yoruba rhymes) will also be making his first appearance on the Nigerian Corner stage to thrill his many fans in the UK who have never seen him in concert but on music videos for his hits such as Eni Duro, Omo To Shon and Ilefo Illuminati.
Reminisce burst onto the Nigerian music scene in the remix of Jah Bless’ smash hit Joor. Since then he has established himself as a force to be reckoned with with the release of the crossover hit Kako Bi Chicken. Kako has been the Street-Hop anthem all year long and still going strong.
Former beauty Queen and now rapper Muna is the only female headliner on the bill and will also be making her international debut as she steps on stage for the first time anywhere outside of Nigeria to perform her new single Down Down Low.
The Nigerian Corner at the Notting Hill Carnival 2012 will also feature long time host DJ Abass and comedian Wale Gates. Also making appearances are comedian Buchi from Nigeria, the Nigerian DJs UK on the decks and a host of other artistes from Nigeria and the UK.
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Music policy: Ragga, Dancehall, R&B, Hip-Hop Location: Colville Gardens (middle)
Music policy: Soca Location: All Saint’s Road outside no.3
Music policy: Roots Rock Reggae, Dub Location: East Row (junction with Southern Row)
Music policy: Funky House Location: Middle Row
Sunday 26th August – Children’s Carnival Parade
The first day of the carnival is traditionally Children’s Day, where children and families are encouraged to join the party. The day will be packed with masquerade parades, live music and street performances. They perform along a slightly shorter route than the adult bands and share their day with the Soca Sound Systems and Steelbands, who both also have competitions during the day.
Monday 27th August – Adult’s Carnival Parade Adults Carnival Parade
Now this is when the REAL party begins! Bank Holiday Monday is the climax of Notting Hill carnival and you’ll find all the live music bands, big floats and colourful masqueraders parading through the streets. Bank Holiday Monday shows what the carnival is all about and is certainly not to be missed!
iPhone and Android users can also download a free Notting Hill Carnival app – This useful app shows you the carnival parade route, where the Sound Systems are and what genre of music they will be playing. It will also locate food stalls for you, ambulance services and find you the nearest loo!
If all of that isn’t enough for you we’ve listed the hottest carnival after party’s
1. Red Bull Music Academy x Major Lazer
Now in its fifth year, the Major Lazer-curated party under the Westway is always the hottest ticket of the Carnival weekend. Diplo and his Major Lazer soundsytem will be topping the line-up with Sean Paul, Dre and Skull helping him out. Best part? It’s free entry, free booze and free food. Under the Westway, corner of Portobello and Acklam Rd.
Doors 12-7 pm, Monday 27th August
2. Carnival chaos at Supperclub
Supperclub are hosting no less than four parties to satisfy all your Carnival urges. Starting with the notorious What Happens Next party on the Friday and finishing up with a bang with a Staunch Carnival Special on Monday, this is your one-stop Carnival shop. . Supperclub, 12 Acklam Road, Notting Hill, London, W10 5QZ,
Friday 24th – Monday 27th August 3.
3. Deviation presents
Recommended by TimeOutLondon Mon Aug 27, The Paradise Day two of Carnival after-parties at this stunning and well-placed spot sees Radio 1′s Benji B bring his eclectic mix of dubstep, soul, hip hop, broken beat, funky, garage and soulful house over from east London.
4. Hot Wuk Carnival Bashment
Recommended by TimeOutLondon Mon Aug 27, East Village Weekly dancehall rave-up, Hot Wuk, led by bashment crew The Heatwave, throws a Carnival after-party in Shoreditch with their mad decent DJ crew.