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Notting Hill Carnival warm-up and afterparties

Here are the hottest pre-and post-Carnival parties this August bank holiday

© David Tett

Who cares that summer’s nearly over when there’s still the Notting Hill Carnival to look forward to? Carnival 2015 takes place on Sunday August 30 and Monday August 31, and its exotic outfits, banging music and strong Caribbean liquor make for a perfect party combination. For the full Carnival experience, check the warm-up events and afterparties that we’ve mapped out below, and if you're heading to the main procession, remember to consult our parade route map beforehand.

RECOMMENDED: Read the full Notting Hill Carnival guide

Carnival warm-up parties on Saturday

We Love Soul Carnival Special

Critics' choice

Popular US soul dude Lillo Thomas headlines this special Carnival warm-up from the We Love Soul crew. As well as the smooth sound of LT, you can also enjoy funk, disco, house, reggae and party jams spun by a host of DJs, including Steve Sutherland, Aitch B, Jazzi Q, Mickey D, Dezzi D, Norris 'Da Boss' Windross and may more.

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Until Sun Aug 30

Boombox Carnival Special

Ex-Portishead DJ Andy Smith unleashes his funky Boombox party for a Carnival special. It's a vinyl-only affair, and tunes will span hip hop, disco, boogie, early house and reggae, of course.

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Until Sun Aug 30

Good Block x Love Glove Carnival Warm-up

Critics' choice

Two parties crew team up for a pre-Carnival bash that promises tons of fun. DJs OK Jones, Rolfie, Richard Foe and Thomas Treasure sping topical beats, African grooves, dancehall, disco and party jams, plus there'll be visuals to wow your peppers and jerk chicken to line your stomach. And in true Carnival spirit it's free entry.

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Sat Aug 29 - Sun Aug 30

Hot Wuk Carnival Truck Party

Critics' choice

Party-starting masters and bashment bosses The Heatwave return for more glorious Carnival mayhem – on a truck. The crew will be launching their Carnival campaign with plenty of dancehall, ragga, soca, bass, bashment and rum cocktails, plus they've giving away free whistles and horns, the crazy fools. And did we mention they're bringing an actual truck into KOKO for full Carnival float vibes? An actual flipping truck, in a club. Carnival innit.

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Until Sun Aug 30

Jamaica Rum Tings Carnival Warm-Up Party with Daddy G

Critics' choice

The Jamaica Rum Tings party crew return for another Carnival-flavoured bash – hosted by rum manufacturer Wray & Nephew – in advance of the main Notting Hill event. There's a pretty stonking line-up providing the tunes: Massive Attack founding member Daddy G playing a special reggae set, D&B hero Fabio spinning a rub and roots set, London reggae/punk ledge Don Letts, a sound-clash between Uncle Dugs and Navigator, the Rompa's Reggae Shack crew and many more. There's also a jerk barbecue on the venue's terrace and plenty of rum-based cocktails and competitions. Top Carnival pre-party action.

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Until Sun Aug 30

Regression Sessions Carnival Special

Critics' choice

Superbly silly and reliably ace party Regression Sessions – the club night that demands punters leave any sense of being a grown-up at the door – goes in for a special Carnival edition. There'll be all the usual shenanigans, bizarre games, activites and party tunes, plus some Carnival-flavoured goings-on. Cue a bouncy castle, space hoppers, retro video games, giant ball pit, celebrity piñatas, photobooth and much more. Go and get yourself regressed before you hit Carnival.Read more about Regression Sessions.

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Sat Aug 29 - Sun Aug 30

Running Wild Carnival Party

Get your Carnival on at Hackney Wick venue Shapes with this top party. Deep disco-house duo Tiger and Woods headline, with further great sounds spun by Damiano von Erckert, Mylo Harvey, Desmond and many more. There's also a canalside barbecue courtesy of the Turntables pop-up party crew, plus bouncy castle, ball pit and photobooth.

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Until Sun Aug 30

Tremors Carnival Party with MJ Cole

Critics' choice

The Tremors party crew get ready for Carnival with a huge bash at an ace Brixton venue which boasts one of the finest roof terraces in London. Heading up the fun (hopefully in the sun) is undisputed garage legend MJ Cole. Also on the bill are Woz, Larry Sun and more. The perfect open-air party to prepare for a weekend of alfresco Carnival action.

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Until Sun Aug 30

Troupe Carnival Block Party

Critics' choice

London party pros Troupe host an immense Carnival bash in west London. Heading up the action is hip hop legend Grandmaster Flash, with further sets from acclaimed house producer Redlight, plus the Troupe residents spinning eclectic party sounds and deep beats. As it's a daytime affair (2pm-midnight), there'll be street food available to fuel all that dancing.

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Until Sun Aug 30

Carnival afterparties on Sunday

The Date Outdoor Carnival Special

Critics' choice

Disco-dipped party crew The Date host an alfresco Carnival special at a secret west London location. The venue is five minutes from Ladbroke Grove – on the parade route – where you can soak up top house and disco DJ sets from Carnival veterans including Phil Asher, Stuart Patterson, Tim Keenoy and a secret guest hheadliner. Make the most of the lack of noise restrictions for a day and get dancing.

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A secret London location, London Sunday August 30 2015

Deadly Rhythm Carnival After Party

Critics' choice

Low-key high impact party crew Deadly Rhythm are sticking to their south London roots and hosting their Carnival afterparty in Peckham's Bussey Building. As ever with Deadly Rhythm, the emphasis is on quality underground producers rather than crowd-pleasing names with an entourage the size of Sweden, which is why we love 'em. Headlining is Baltimore DJ and producer Karizma, who's just as happy serving up warm, soulful house as he is dipping into deeper territory. Eglo Records co-founder and genre switching DJ Alexander Nut, glitchy tech producer Jon Rust and Deadly residents support, at what should be the finest selection of underground sounds over the Carnival weekend.

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CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building), Peckham Until Monday August 31 2015

Dubwise After-Carnival Jam

Critics' choice

Seriously dubby vibes at this post-Carnival low frequency-fest, courtesy of the Young Warrior (AKA son of legendary soundsystem operator Jah Shaka) Sound System. More dub, reggae and bassy business supplied by London's Youthman Sound, Roots Guidance Sound System and more. There's also a barbecue, rum punch, food from DubWise Kitchen and – most importantly – free whistles! They'll rue the day they decided on that one after about half an hour, but it'll still be all kinds of fun.

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The Edge Snooker Club, Bruce Grove Until Monday August 31 2015

Hipsters Don't Dance and Swing Ting Present World Carnival Party

Critics' choice

As we all know by know, hipsters don't dance… Unless there's booze involved or it's Carnival. Double whammy at the Shacklewell tonight, then, as the HDD crew and Manchester's Swing Ting get Carnivalled out of their faces thanks to a batch of top underground producers who know and love their global party sounds. Names rinsing out the dancehall, bashment, bass, tropical rave, dub and more include Moleskin, Florentino, Trigganom, Platt, Fox, Samrai and Joey B. Prepare for an array of Carnival-flavoured dancefloor mayhem.

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Birthdays, Stoke Newington Until Monday August 31 2015

The Hot Caribbean Carnival

Critics' choice

This Carnival afterparty offers a heady blend of Caribbean vibes and sounds, hosted by tropical soundsystem crew Sun Bailante. Trinidadian soca DJ Private Ryan, dancehall selector Mike One and Jay Sun Bailante will be spinning all kinds of heated carnival sounds across two rooms, taking in soca, dancehall, Afrobeat, hip hop, R&B, reggae, house and zouk. There's also a surprise live act and giveaways.

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O2 Academy Islington, Angel Until Monday August 31 2015

The Jamm Carnival Clash

Critics' choice

The majority of Carnival party action may take place close to the event's west London hub, but Brixton venue Jamm always reps south London well at this time of year. Taking control once again are the raucous Gold Teeth DJs, plus Soul Jamm and the About to Blow team, all of whom will be smashing out filthy, bassy, dancefloor-filling sounds, including garage, grime, dancehall, hip hop and reggae.

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Jamm, Stockwell Until Monday August 31 2015

Notting Hill Carnival Afterparty with Mungo's Hi-Fi

Critics' choice

A brilliantly eclectic party to keep the fun flowing thick and fast after Carnival cools down. Glasgow dub crew Mungo's Hi-Fi play a special three-hour Carnival-styled set, and there'll be tons of other DJs spinning reggae, dub, dancehall, jungle, funk, soul, disco and more. Plus there's a surprise special guest on the cards.

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Dingwalls (Lock 17), Camden Town Until Monday August 31 2015

Shorebitch Carnival Afterparty

Critics' choice

Those ever-up-fer-it Shorebitch party monsters host a big Carnival afterparty. Afrobeat ace Fuse ODG headlines the fun, with further Carnival-ready sounds supplied by the resident Shorebitch DJs, who'll be spinning house, hip hop, garage, dancehall and straight-up bangers to ignite the dancefloor. In Room Two there's hip hop and R&B karaoke for revellers wanting to provide their own soundtrack. This is the first time Shorebitch have turned their attention to Carnival, so expect a seriously big, banging party.

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The Garage, Highbury Until Monday August 31 2015

West Side Story Presents Wild West Carnival Party

Critics' choice

The West Side Story crew return for more Carnival mayhem at their beloved Masons Arms haunt. Once again it'sa two-day affair, and this year there's a 'Wild West' theme, so grab a cowboy hot – or something more imaginative, but please spare us the Native American headdresses – and get dancing tohouse, disco, bass, breaks and techno. Sunday's line-up features D Ramirez, Hannah Holland, Guy Williams, Dub Pistols' Barry Ashworth and Tery Farley, while Monday's party is led by Leftside Wobble, Terry Farley and Barry Ashworth making their second appearance, plus Guy Williams and more tba. Hit up both days if you think you've got the stamina!

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The Mason's Arms, Kensal Green Until Tuesday September 1 2015

Your Mum's House: The Carnival Turn-Up

Critics' choice

'What did you do for Carnival?' 'Oh, I went to Your Mum's House. It was dirty and loads of fun.' Upping the potential for 'your mum' jokes wherever they go, raucous party crew YMH break out the goods for Carnival to unleash a rock-solid selection of bass, hip hop, garage and house. The DJ line-up is tba, but rest assured it'll be a stellar selection of selectors. And as it's a Carnival special, expect a good few more dancehall anthems than usual tonight – air horns at the ready.

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XOYO, Shoreditch Until Monday August 31 2015

Carnival afterparties on Monday

The Asylum Carnival Afterparty

Critics' choice

Deep house and techno party Asylum returns for its annual post-Carnival bash. The line-up is as-yet unnannounced, but rest assured it'll be full of top selectors providing the Carnivalled-up beat-freaks with plenty more reasons to keep dancing.

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Ministry of Sound, Elephant and Castle Monday August 31 2015 - Tuesday September 1 2015

Carnival Afterparty

Critics' choice

Not ready to leave Notting Hill after Carnival finishes on the Monday? Head to this ace afterparty and keep dancing until well into Tuesday morning. Reggae artist Kiko Bun headlines with his mix of upbeat tunes and low frequencies, while producer Smutlee will be spinning all kinds of dancehall, ragga, bass and tropical bangers. Also on the bill is Jamie Rodigan, who'll be blasting out more sweet, sweet reggae.

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Notting Hill Arts Club, Kensington Monday August 31 2015 - Tuesday September 1 2015

Deviation Carnival Session

Critics' choice

Benji B's ever-impressive, bass-hungry club night rolls into west London's Paradise by Way of Kensal Green for some Carnival carnage. The line-up is being kept under wraps for the time being, but these sessions are renowned for bringing in tons of formidable selectors across drum 'n' bass, jungle, grime, garage, bashment and other party-ready sounds. Last year's bill featured Zinc, Artwork, Toddla A, DJ Die and Newham Generals, so expect spinners of a similar calibre this time around.

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Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, Kensal Rise Monday August 31 2015 - Tuesday September 1 2015

Faded Carnival Afterparty

Critics' choice

Don't fade out when the final day of Carnival finishes – get stuck into some serious hip hop, R&B, deep house and soul at this annual afters bash. Spinning the goods will be CJ Beatz, Snips, Shorty Bless, Cable, Sarah Harrison and Jam Masters. It's advance tickets only, so don't try and buy on the door.

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Scala, St Pancras Monday August 31 2015 - Tuesday September 1 2015

Hot Wuk Carnival Yard Party

Critics' choice

Not only are marvellously mischievous party people The Heatwave holding a Carnival warm-up party with a truck in a club and appearing at the Different Strokes Soundsystem on Sunday at Carnival, they're also finishing the fun with a daytime yard party on the Monday. It's a ticketed affair, but a ticket gets you access to the first-ever Hot Wuk Carnival bash. Held in a secret courtyard location just minutes away from the main parade, there'll be a killer bashment soundsystem blasting out bashment, soca and dancehall, zero noise restrictions, bar, jerk barbecue and reggae supplied by the Rootikal crew, plus free whistles and horns. Selectors include Earl Gateshead, Mr Faso, David Hill and The Heatwave family. Should be an absolute Carnival belter.

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A secret London location, London Monday August 31 2015

Notting Hill Carnival Afterparty at Lockside Lounge

Critics' choice

The Sai's House Party crew head to Camden for a post-Carnival mash-up. These experienced mood-lifters will be spinning dancehall, soca, Afrobeat, reggaeton, hip hop, funk and more, while you scoff barbecued goods, neck cocktails and maybe even do a spot of dancing. It's also free entry in case you spent all your dosh on Red Stripe over Carnival weekend.

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Lockside Lounge, Camden Town Monday August 31 2015 - Tuesday September 1 2015

West Side Story Presents Wild West Carnival Party

Critics' choice

The West Side Story crew return for more Carnival mayhem at their beloved Masons Arms haunt. Once again it'sa two-day affair, and this year there's a 'Wild West' theme, so grab a cowboy hot – or something more imaginative, but please spare us the Native American headdresses – and get dancing tohouse, disco, bass, breaks and techno. Sunday's line-up features D Ramirez, Hannah Holland, Guy Williams, Dub Pistols' Barry Ashworth and Tery Farley, while Monday's party is led by Leftside Wobble, Terry Farley and Barry Ashworth making their second appearance, plus Guy Williams and more tba. Hit up both days if you think you've got the stamina!

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The Mason's Arms, Kensal Green Until Tuesday September 1 2015

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