Red Bull Music Academy Unveils Plans For Notting Hill Carnival

Red Bull Music Academy returns to Notting Hill Carnival after a two year hiatus with a brand new two-day offering. Kicking off with an open-to-all Sound System party on Sunday 27th August, Red Bull Music Academy will then collaborate with local masquerade band Mangrove to parade a bespoke carnival float on Monday 28th August.

RBMA SOUND SYSTEM – Sunday 27th August

In a world first, Jamaican dancehall star Spice and British rapper Stefflon Don will perform together whilst Mixpak boss Dre Skull, afrobeats trailblazers Belly Squad and AfroWave pioneer Afro B also join the line-up for this year’s newest carnival addition, theRed Bull Music Academy Sound System. Working hand-in-hand with London Notting Hill Carnival Trust, the party will be open to the public, taking over Emslie Horniman Pleasance park. Set to bring the sounds of the summer to the West London celebration, UK afrobeats and bashment come together, whilst a very special guest for the Sound System will drop in the coming weeks! See the Notes to Editors for the full line-up.

RBMA x MANGROVE – Monday 28th August

Red Bull Music Academy is proud to be supporting and collaborating with Mangrove, one of the most prominent and well-respected steel bands who have been participating in Carnival for well over 30 years. Working closely together, this year’s float will be unlike anything Notting Hill has seen before, ready to roll down the Carnival route come Monday 28th August. Trinidadian soca stars Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons and Olatunji.


In anticipation of this year’s August Bank Holiday bashment, fans can tune into Red Bull Radio for a serious selection of the Sound System’s best moments. These will be featured alongside a killer rotation of the top dancehall, reggae and soca focused broadcasts from past legends and luminaries such as David Rodigan, Jackmaster b2b Oneman and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. See HERE.


Date/Time: Sunday 27th August / 12.00 – 19.00

Location: Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park


  •  Special Guest (TBA)
  • Stefflon Don
  • Spice
  • Dre Skull
  • Belly Squad
  • Conducta
  • Afro B
  • P Montana
  • Lil C
  • Hosted by Serocee


Date/Time: Monday 28th August / 12.00 – 19.00

Location: Official Carnival parade route


  • Bunji Garlin
  • Fay-Ann Lyons
  • Olatunji
  • The Heatwave·
  • DJ Puffy
  • Jus Now
  • Hipsters Don’t Dance
  • Mangrove: UK soca artists – Soca Jonny (PA), Sunshine & Nadiva (PA) & Jo Money (PA)
  • Joni Rich
  • Survival #1
  • Hosted by Serocee

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