This year’s InTransit arts and culture festival in Kensington and Chelsea kicks off on Friday 18th July (running until the 27th July) – and what a better way to celebrate than at the official launch party, hosted by Shotgun Weddings!

Taking place in Acklam Village under the Westway on Portobello Road, this quirky wedding themed club night will see a night full of laughter, glamour and love! Come down to be a guest at the wedding…where you might even be in with a chance of being married off to someone else!

Shotgun Weddings

That’s right – two beautiful strangers will be (illegally and unofficially) married on the hour, every hour, celebrating in style with a full wedding package – that’s with a tiara and veil, bridesmaids, cake, mother of the bride, a trophy, free drink and wedding presents.

Will it be you racing up the aisle, or will you be present at the “wedding” of your nearest and dearest? Either way, put your best frock on and experience a proper wedding party – with cake, confetti, champagne, a best man speech and weird uncle Alvis: the in-house marriage counsellor and borderline alcoholic.

Come join Shotgun Weddings this Friday to celebrate a wedding spectacular, and the launch of the InTransit Festival!

Tickets for the night cost £12 in advance (£10 concessions), or £15 on the door. Tickets can be booked in advance online at www.shotgunweddings.org.uk.

Shotgun Weddings
8.30pm – 12.30am, Friday 18th July 2014
Salvage City at Acklam Village
3 Acklam Road
W10 5TY

It can’t have escaped the notice of many of you that this weekend is a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK. A three day weekend. Three days! THREE WHOLE DAYS! Hurrah!

Of course, this August Bank Holiday weekend – the last public holiday we get until Christmas (ssh! Let’s gloss over that before we get too gloomy!) – also means something else to us West Londoners, something rather important. The Notting Hill Carnival is here again! And with a lively summer so far, and great weather forecast for the rest of the week, this year’s is surely to be one of the funnest Carnivals yet!

As ever, the children’s parade is on the Sunday, and the main parade on Monday (both kick off at 9am on each day). There’s thirty-eight sound systems thrown into the mix, and the regular food and drink stalls dotted around – for all your jerk chicken and Red Strip needs – so there’s practically everything you could want, Caribbean style, to have a good time. (If you’d like to read more about the Carnival, in particular its history, see our permanent page on the Notting Hill Carnival.)

Here is a great map (courtesy of Visit Britain Shop) which shows the parade route and the sound system locations:

View Notting Hill Carnival Guide in a larger map

There’s of course an amazing array of accompanying events and afterparties in many of Notting Hill’s pubs, bars and clubs – the Evening Standard has a great guide to the Notting Hill Carnival parties. It’s these events that really keep the party going, long after the parade has packed up and gone home, so you’ll really be able to party away to your heart’s content for the whole weekend.

The main thing to point out, of course, is that the Carnival area does get very busy indeed. With around one million people expected to attend, things can get a little hectic and crammed when you’re walking down particular streets. It’s nothing to worry about too much, but do expect a lot of people of Notting Hill’s streets this weekend!

Many of the Underground stations in Notting Hill will have special restrictions in place (some will be exit only; others won’t see certain lines stopping between some hours). Transport for London have their own guide to the Carnival which features assorted travel information for the weekend. You’ll of course spend your entire time in the Carnival area walking around on foot (no buses will operate within the Carnival zone), but because transport to the area will be busy, it is worth getting off a stop early (for example, at Holland Park, Bayswater, Queensway or Latimer Road) and then walking to the Carnival as well.

We hope you enjoy the 2013 Notting Hill Carnival!

2013 Notting Hill Carnival Information

There’s little over a week until the 2013 Notting Hill Carnival (how has it come around so soon?!) and there’s of course plenty of exciting Carnival-related events being lined up in addition to the main event. One of these is the next instalment of Oxjam Notting Hill’s live music events, following on from their launch party in late June – and in the run up to their big finale on 19th October. (You can read more about Oxjam Notting Hill – and the main aims of Oxjam as a fundraising scheme – in our previous post at Oxjam Notting Hill launches this Saturday, 29th June!)

Oxjam Notting Hill

On Monday 26th August, Oxjam Notting Hill will be hosting a Notting Hill Carnival Afterparty at the newly revamped bar The Playhouse on Kensal Road. (Seeing as it’s located right by one of the main entry/exit points of the Carnival, you won’t have far to go to carry on with the party!)

A fantastic line up of DJs will be spinning a variety of tunes and sounds, serving up some Afro Beats, Soulful House, Tech House, Dubstep and more. The line up includes DJ Afro Grooves who plays the best of Funk, Latin, Jazz, Salsa and Afro Beats – catch him on Genesis Radio; TomMacTom – fresh from playing at the Secret Garden Party – with some tech-house flavours; southeast London DJ/producer Kleva Keys with his mix of deep and soulful house; and international DJ LDGBASS, who established the Dubstep floor at London’s longest running and biggest rock club night, Voodoo Rock.

Join Oxjam Notting Hill and this awesome line-up of DJs for a night of top music and Carnival-style partying, raising money and bring awareness to Oxjam and Oxfam!

Tickets cost £12 + booking fee (18 and over only) and can be bought online at www.wegottickets.com/event/235676.

Oxjam Notting Hill Carnival Afterparty
7.30pm – 3am, Monday 26th August 2013
The Playhouse
337 Kensal Road
W10 5DA

Note: Do to popular demand, Antics London’s Bank Holiday Special has had a venue change – the night will now be held at Loft Studios! They will return to Westbourne Studios next month. 

Launched only last month, Antics London’s monthly residency will be making its next appearance on Friday 29th March 2013 – bank holiday weekend! – featuring a superb line up of DJs and acts, including Alex Arnout, Martin Ikin, Nick Doe, Simon Morell and Damian Nova.

Antics London at Loft Studios

Antics London is the brainchild of Tony Prospere and Imran Zoberi, both of whom have been heavily involved in house music and events in the local area for a number of years. They developed the night to fill a gap in the market – aiming to deliver an enjoyable night of quality house music to West London in plush surroundings, without any of the attitude that’s commonly found on the scene of late. To this end, they’re truly committed to bringing some of the the world’s most highly regarded deep house talent to their club night – names that are commonly only found at top London clubs like Fabric, or in Ibiza or Miami!

Loft Studios

Nowhere is this further exemplified than with who they’ve secured as the resident DJ – DJ/producer Martin Ikin of Soul Purpose & Off Records. Martin’s reputation, musical knowledge and production skills are second to none, and his remixing and production services have been sought after by the most highly regarded names in the industry such as Defected, amongst other big name artists and labels.

Headlining the night is one of the industry’s heavyweights – DJ and respected producer Alex Arnout of Crosstown Rebels, who’s been plying the world with his trade over the last 20 years. He’s also been responsible for producing a number of big tracks in the last few years that have absolutely rocked dance floors globally!

Alex Arnout

Also playing on the night is Simon Morell (Fina Records), who was resident DJ at and co-promoter of DDD, one of the most credible and innovative breakthrough nights in the UK that ran for a very successful nine years. Simon has since been snapped up by 2020 Vision to set up, A&R and manage their new sub label; he’s also masterminding the London leg of backtobasics!

Nick Doe (Viva La House/Relapse) is one of the most highly regarded house DJs that’s come out of London in the last few years; labelled as “one to watch” by a number of key players this year, he’s a respected producer whose diverse range of musical influences sets him apart from the standard artists.

Damian Nova (Volume) is another London-based house DJ whose career started at the tender age of 13. Since then, he’s played at some of London’s best and most established venues, including Egg, Scala, Indigo O2 and Pacha.

Tickets for Antics London’s Bank Holiday Weekend Special currently cost £10 and can be purchased online at Resident Advisor. Table bookings are also available for £350 (admits 4 free) and £550 (admits 6 free).

For more info about Antics London and their Bank Holiday Weekend Special, please see their Facebook page www.facebook.com/Antics.London or their Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/305079759618165.

Antics London
10pm – 4am, Friday 29th March 2013
Loft Studios (www.loftstudios.co.uk)
77 – 81 Scrubs Lane
NW10 6QU