29 - 31 August 2020
The August bank holiday approaches, but this year Notting Hill Carnival won’t be taking over the streets of West London. Instead you can get your fix at home. Spotify have launched micro-site Carnival Sounds with an all-Black creative team especially for the weekend. Here you can find a whole mix of music from steel bands and reggae to hip-hop, Afrobeat, dancehall and R&B, as well as guest curated playlists like #ThrowbackThursday from Leigh-Anne Pinnock of Little Mix.
There are also podcasts on Black history and the culture of the carnival, as well as live stream events throughout the weekend including a virtual parade with over 30 street performers’ – as usual Sunday is children’s day, so families should tune in from 12pm. There will also be a gallery of photographs by Vogue photographer, Ekua King documenting the stories of on-the-road DJs and sound systems. All that’s left is to pour a rum cocktail and settle in – Craft Rum Box are offering a Carnival Essentials Box that can be delivered to the door.