If you’re feeling blue now that Notting Hill Carnival is over for another year, get some colours on, because it’s time to shake what your mother gave you at Hackney Carnival on Sunday 8 September!
This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before, and we’re inclined to believe it as more live stages and sound systems than ever will be mushrooming up over Hackney Central at the weekend. Last year 60,000 people took to the traffic-free streets to celebrate the wonderful, diverse community of the borough with dub, dancing and dazzling outfits.
f you’ve not been to Notting Hill Carnival before—whether you’ve missed it (easily done on the busiest weekend of the summer), or the sheer size of it sets off The Fear within you—Hackney Carnival is basically Notting Hill’s smaller, more manageable little sister. All in all, a good option for carnival first-timers and veterans alike.
The party officially runs from 11am until 7pm, with some sound systems kicking off around midday. The vibes won’t end at the official curfew though, so keep an eye out for official afterparties. There’ll also be food vendors all over Hackney Central and along the route to keep you well stocked on dancing fuel.
Revellers take note: the parade is taking a different route from 2018’s carnival as Dalston’s Ridley Road was super crowded last year.
What’s happening where?
Hackney Town Hall Square and Hillman Street
11am-6pm Hackney Playbus and pop-up play-road for kids on bikes
11am-6pm Wellbeing area
12 noon-12.45pm Access All Areas Carnival Collective and Jah Prophecy sound system
1-4pm Carnival judging
4-7pm Jah Prophecy sound system
Hackney Town Hall Car Park
12 noon-7pm Dubson Sounds sound system
Morning Lane (Tesco) Car Park
12 noon-7pm NTS Live sound system
12 noon-7pm First Class Sounds sound system
12 noon-6pm Live street art performances
St John’s Churchyard
12 noon-7pm Community HiFi presents King Warrior Sounds and Eldica Records
12 noon-7pm Solution Sounds sound system
St John’s Live Stage
10-2pm St John’s Church service, gospel and bands
2-2.30pm Generation Uncovered: Live
2.30-2.45 Latin and Soul DJ Green Papi
2.45-3.30pm Dalston Collect
3.35-4pm Marawa’s Hula Hoops
4-4.40pm Jah Bunny
4.40-5pm DJ Green Papi
5-5.40pm Ray Carless and Club Skaaville Allstars
5.45- 6pm King of African electronic music and Rap Ata Kak Unplugged – Solo
6.05-6.45pm Afrospot Live Fusion Band
St John’s Kids Playground
11am-6pm Disco Loco
12 noon-12.40pm Ping Wing
12.40-1pm Miss Trendee
1-1.45pm Mark 1
1.45-2.10pm JJ Akinlade
2.30-3.15pm Kodjovi Kush
3.30-4pm Babar Luck
4-4.45pm Carlton Broden (cosmics)
4.55-5.30pm Carpet Face
5.30-6pm D Alberto
12 noon-7pm Faggamuffin Bloc Party sound system – our top pick! Faggamuffin Bloc Party sound system celebrates Black Pride and the visibility of LGBTQI+ People of Colour of African and Caribbean heritage.
What do I need?
Be prepared. You’ll thank us later.
A reusable water bottle to stay hydrated (there are eight refill points along the route).
Your best dance moves. Essential.
Your most colourful/shiny outfit. Not an essential but, you might get FOMO if not.
Cash for obligatory jerk chicken and Red Stripe.
Tissue and hand sanitiser – there are temporary loos on the route and you know the drill.
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