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).
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).
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!
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 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!
Come down to MODE this Saturday to enjoy:
Wake Up Angels
Free yoga & massage
A smoothie station
Tea & Coffee Bar
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
12 Acklam Road
Where has the last year gone? I certainly remember last year’s Carnival as if it were yesterday…but yet it’s already Carnival time once again!
That’s right, this Sunday and Monday – 24th and 25th August – Notting Hill’s streets will be packed to the brim with the revellers, soundsystems, jerk chicken stalls, Red Stripe sellers…and the Carnival procession too! And then, of course, once each day is done and dusted, it’s time for the legendary Carnival after-parties to get going…
Time Out, as ever, has a great guide to the Carnival which you can see here – there’s the route map, Carnival tips to help those that have never been and an essential guide to Carnival after-parties…as well as warm-up parties! The print edition of the magazine also has a six-page guide, including a feature on the steel bands of the event, a look at the parade’s colourful costumes and other useful tips that will come in handy to those attending. Given that Time Out’s free, it’s well worth picking up a copy. (Try local newsagents which should still have some lying around.)
VisitLondon also has useful and fun section on the Notting Hill Carnival – including a very useful area map that not only shows the procession route, but also displays helpful Underground information. There’s also more on their Notting Hill Carnival pages, which also include information on Notting Hill and Portobello Road in general.
The Evening Standard has a great line-up of Carnival parties that are taking place over the whole Bank Holiday weekend if you really want to get into the Carnival spirit.
Rinse’s Rough But Sweet Soundsystem
Celebrating twenty years since their first transmission as a pirate radio station on this very August Bank Holiday weekend, Rinse will be hosting a Carnival soundsystem for the very first time. In partnership with London streetwear brand Boxfresh – who themselves are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year – the Rough But Sweet Soundsystem will be on the corner of Hazelwood Crescent and Bosworth Road, W10. Rinse has grown from a small set set of friends sharing tracks inspired them into a radio station that transmits innovative music; the soundsystem will be live on Rinse and is the first of a programme of birthday celebrations that will culminate in Rinse – Late at Tate Britain.
The Rough But Sweet line-up – featuring everything from grime to basement and bass to soul – includes Katy B, Chase & Status, Tinashe, Route 94, Skream, Bicep, Becky Hill, Metalheadz, Ms Dynamite, P Money and many, many more – head down (or tune in!) to celebrate with Rinse.
Don’t bother trying with any of the Underground stations actually in the area – they’ll either be closed, operating a one-way system or insanely over-crowded. Try Bayswater (Circle & District) or Holland Park which aren’t too far a walk away. Many roads (e.g. Westbourne Grove) will be closed, so it’s easy to get around. TFL have a useful page on transport to and from the Carnival.
Yes…Carnival will be crowded. Ridiculously so in some places. (e.g. The junction of Great Western Road and Westbourne Park Road is always something of a major bottleneck.) If you see a massive crush of people – no doubt trying to push past each other in all directions – consider stepping back and trying to find another route around, especially if you get a little nervous with large crowds.
THE SOUNDSYSTEMS ARE LOUD. Don’t stand too close to them, because your ears will be ringing for days on end. I SAID, YOUR EARS WILL BE…oh, forget it.
Everyone and his mate will be selling soft drinks/cans of Red Stripe/bottled water from front steps, street corners etc. They’re fine to buy from! But it’s probably an idea to bring your own water along, at least to start with.
If you want to get the vibe of the Carnival but don’t mind which day you go on, DEFINITELY go to Carnival on Sunday (officially, Children’s Day). It’s a bit less crowded, the soundsystems will still be in full swing, and you can pretty much experience everything. Plus, the kids really are very cute with their amazing costumes!
DON’T drink too much. Please. I’ve seen many a reveller passed out in some doorway by mid-afternoon (!). Yes, it’s a bank holiday. Yes, it’s fun. But then you’ll just be making some nice St John’s Ambulance people tend to a drunken fool. And doorways aren’t exactly comfy!
On a related note…you’ll need the loo at some point, yeah? There are some toilets and urinals set up on site, and you’ll also see local residents offering their own loo facilities (for a charge!). But bear in mind the whole ‘loo situation’ is a bit like a festival.
We here at The Guide to Notting Hill are very sad to hear that one of the institutions of the Notting Hill nightlife scene – blagclub – is shutting its doors next month after 14 (count ’em!) very full and fun years.
Determined to go out with a bang, blagclub are determined to keep the party going strong until they depart the area, with their very last night on the 20th September. They’re also surely the place to keep the party going after Carnival (which is this coming weekend, in case you’d forgotten!), so make sure you head down for their last ever Carnival celebration in Notting Hill.
Since it opened in 2001, blagclub Notting Hill became something of a pioneer of the intimate, small-club scene, especially at a time when super-clubs where all the rage. Offering up a bespoke service in a funky setting – but without the over-inflated prices of other places – blagclub was home to many a fun night for so many people over the years.
If you’d like to book a table or space for the Carnival weekend or at any time over the next month, please contact the bar directly on 020 7243 0123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about blagclub’s closing, please see their newsletter, or check out their website for a sneak peek at their recent stylish refurb!
Keep the party going at blagclub Holland Park!
Don’t forget that the Holland Park venue is still very much around and will be keeping the party spirit strong in the future! With that venue also undergoing an exciting refurbishment soon, it will be the place to go to for a lively night out in the local area.