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It’s been a pretty rainy week so far here in West London…but I have no doubt that the sun will start shining come Sunday, just in time for the 2015 Notting Hill Carnival – right?

As the final week of August rolls around once again, it’s time to start preparing for the Notting Hill Carnival which takes this weekend! As ever, the Sunday (30th August) will be Children’s Day whilst the Main Parade will take place on the Monday (31st August). Of course, eager revellers will descend on the area on both days!

Notting Hill Carnival 2013
On Westbourne Grove

Events on each day will start around 10am, with parades finishing by about 7pm and sound systems stopping their music at 8.30pm. However, there’ll be plenty of after-parties in the area’s many bars, pubs and clubs so you’ll have no problem continuing the party until the early hours.

This year, there will be 38 sound systems pumping out the tunes in the Carnival zone, and of course plenty of the usual stalls selling tasty treats (jerk chicken – of course!) and refreshing drinks.

There’s even an official app to accompany the Carnival this year! By and large, its most useful feature is the map which will help you locate particular sound systems, as well as showing your nearby food and drink stalls (although these are everywhere) and toilets (less everywhere, but certainly no less essential!).

Do remember that the Carnival area will be very busy, as always (an estimated 700,000 people attend over the two days, each year) so take care and be aware that certain points in the Carnival zone can get very crowded indeed. Do also plan your route into (and out of) the zone as most of the Underground stations in and around Notting Hill will either be completely shut, or operating special entry/exit/interchange rules. The Transport for London guide to the Carnival is the best place to check for closures, and is also useful to help you plan alternative routes.

Rain or shine, this year’s Carnival will once again establish a proper party atmosphere to the streets of W10 and W11 – with plenty of elaborate, colourful costumes; exciting parades; top music; excellent parties; a festival mood and much more!

Useful links for the 2015 Notting Hill Carnival

  • Time Out have – as ever – an excellent guide to the Carnival, with plenty of info about the Carnival itself and a full listing of warm-up and after parties. They also look at the history of the Carnival, and there’s even useful tips on what to wear! It’s also worth picking up a copy of the free Time Out magazine (distributed on Tuesdays) if you can.
  • RBKC Council also have a useful guide to the Carnival for local residents (PDF), which details things like road closures, parking restrictions and what happens for the post-Carnival clean-up
  • The Notting Hill Carnival website provides information from the Carnival Enterprises Trust
  • It’s Notting Hill Carnival Time Again Okay, this is our post from last year – but there’s some useful Carnival-going tips on there that are worth a peruse!

2015 Notting Hill Carnival
Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August 2015

The UK’s only established party dedicated to none-other than Mr Kanye West returns to our bit of town on 28th September 2015 for its next instalment at the legendary Notting Hill Arts Club. Whatever you say about Kanye – one of the most awarded, hated, loved & controversially spoken stars in music – he’s also one of the most influential people of our generation (if none other than Time magazine is anything to go by).

Dedicated to Kanye

Born in early 2014, Dedicated to Kanye (DTK) has established itself as the home of Kanye parties. With its unique Kanye Only Music Policy, you can expect to hear rare album cuts, niche Ye’ features, productions and of course album hit after album hit all night long. The party is a gateway into the church of Yeezus and as it’s open from 9pm to 2am, you can listen to #YeezyAllNight.

DTK has been featured in the likes of Vice Magazine, Noisey, Time Out London & The Evening Standard, and has been supported on social media by the infamous Team Kanye Daily (the only Kanye fan club/socials followed by Kim Kardashian & Team Donda).

Dedicated to Kanye

Check out what Vice Magazine had to say about a DTK night from earlier this year: There is a club night in West London that only plays Kanye West.

Time Out also recently had the night as one of their top nightlife things to do in London: 43 Dazzling Things To Do in London

Early bird tickets are currently only £3, whilst the next batch to be released will cost £5; tickets can be bought online at www.milkshake-fatsoma.com. Be sure to snap up tickets for the event soon – this will be sold out!

Full details of the events can be found on Facebook at bit.ly/FresherThanMyClique.

Dedicated to Kanye
9pm til late, Monday 28th September 2015
Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Notting Hill Gate
W11 3JQ

Dedicated to Kanye

Worldwide wake up rave phenomenon Morning Gloryville returns to Notting Hill this Saturday for its first ever weekend rave. Snap up your last chance tickets now!

The first weekend rave will be taking place at MODE this Saturday 25th July from 9am to 1pm. With some of London’s finest DJs pumping out the tunes, it’ll be the perfect way of starting your weekend with a whole morning on unabashed fun.

Morning Gloryville

Morning Gloryville is the unique immersive early morning dance experience that has exploded in popularity across the globe, now regularly taking part in 23 cities. The events fuse dance music, yoga, massage, coffee and smoothies with performance art, glitter and whole lot more. They also very recently celebrated their second birthday with none other than Fatboy Slim on the decks!

Morning Gloryville Morning Gloryville Morning Gloryville

Come down to MODE this Saturday to enjoy:

  • Wake Up Angels
  • Free yoga & massage
  • A smoothie station
  • Tea & Coffee Bar
  • Healthy snacks
  • Dance team
  • Performance artists
  • London’s finest DJs
  • A banging dance floor
  • Dressing up to sweat!
  • An awesome music & entertainment line up

DJs and musicians taking part this weekend include the fabulous Freestylers, DJ Neev (Kiss FM), Pathaan (Globetronica); dance and performance routines from The Fabulous Unicorns, The Artful Badger, Hula Hoopers; live drumming; and Lady MC as the motivating vocalist.

Get in quick to get your last chance tickets – these cost £17.50 (+ service fee) and can be booked online at mgweekend02.bpt.me.

For more on Morning Gloryville check them out on Twitter on Facebook. And do be sure to take a look at this video to see the goings on at the last Morning Gloryville event!

Saturday mornings are the new Friday night!

Morning Gloryville
9am – 1pm, Saturday 25th July 2015 & the last Saturday of the month
Mode
12 Acklam Road
W10 5QZ

Come along to Golborne Road, W10 this Sunday 19th July which will see Kensington and Chelsea College take part in this exciting, family friendly festival from 12pm to 6pm.

As part of the festival, Kensington and Chelsea College will be giving everyone the opportunity to get hands-on experience of working with clay. Their expert tutors will be present to guide you through your ideas, as well as helping you to sculpt your own piece of work.

Goldborne Road Festival

The college will then fire your work FREE of charge and you can collect it from their lively Kensington campus on Wornington Road, London W10 5QQ on Tuesday 4 August at 12:30pm.

If you get a taste for creating, the college also offers a great range of pottery and ceramics courses from introductory to advanced level. Their workshops are equipped with specialist tools and equipment including wheels, spray equipment, a variety of kilns, clays, slips and glazes.

For more information on Kensington and Chelsea College, visit www.kcc.ac.uk.

To find out more about the Golborne Road Festival visit www.golbornelife.co.uk.

Golborne Road Festival
12pm – 6pm, Sunday 19th July 2015