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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 2016 takes place on Sunday August 28 and Monday August 29 2016, 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: Fri August 26

Gin and Juice Carnival Special

Critics' choice

Bass-loving party crew Gin and Juice are running two Carnival warm ups, one East, one South. This roof party is going to be hectic: G&J all-stars will be behind the decks with selectors playing dancehall, bashment, soca, reggae from the Carnival room. Regulars will be pleased to see the return of the slinky disco boudoir, terrace cocktail bar and, yes, the hot tub.

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Clapham Grand , Clapham Junction Friday August 26 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016

Groove Control Camden Carnival

Those stalwarts of the UKG scene Artful Dodger, Oxide & Neutrino and Larry Sun have been busy all year thanks to the garage revival. If you've missed them or just need your regular fix catch this mighty lineup - with more names to be added - come together for a pre-carnival reunion at Proud Camden. The Shere Khan Sound will be on hand with blissed out reggae sounds to remind us all that it's Carnival weekend.

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Proud Camden , Primrose Hill Friday August 26 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016

Carnival warm-up parties: Sat August 27

Groove Control Brixton Carnival Special

This popular Carnival warm up returns with 13 hours of prime garage allstars. Alternate between Larry Sun, Ramsay and Joe Coulson playing the rooftop and nearby Lion Vibes record shop's takeover of The Hotel Room. Headliners (rumoured to be Royal-T, tq d and Flava D playing B2B) and full lineup to be confirmed on July 18. Bound to sell out.

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Prince of Wales , Brixton Saturday August 27 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016

Pioneer Plays (The Masquerade Summer Party)

Join Kiss FM's long-running DJ Pioneer for a bank holiday special that includes a five-hour journey of underground house from vocal to deep with special guest tech house duo Clouded Judgement. A line-up made all the sweeter with an hour of UKG from garage legend MC Kie.

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Circuit , Romford Saturday August 27 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016

Carnival Showdown

Regular hip hop night Gin & Juice are throwing two massive Carnival warm up parties, this East London alldayer brings that heady mix of DJs, carnival dancers, drum bands, b-boy battles, live graffiti and carribean BBQ, and packs it all into the majestic settings of St John at Hackney Church.

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St John-at-Hackney Church , Hackney Saturday August 27 2016

Pre-Carnival Street Party

Why twiddle your thumbs at home waiting for Carnival when you can catch an extra day of live performances. street food and good vibes at the official pre-carnival street party in Tottenham Hale? Capital XTRA's Ras Kwame will play the freshest dancehall and tropical bass alongside West London MC Scrufizzer. For tickets email neil@munchstreetfood.com 

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Styx Bar , Tottenham Hale Saturday August 27 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016

Carnival afterparties: Sun August 28

Stevie Wonderland Carnival Afterparty

As soon as the Carnival soundsystems shut down the fun-loving Stevie Wonderland crew step up with their glittery, tropical mashup of house and disco for an epic afterparty. The lineup is yet to be announced but previous years have seen Charlie Bones (NTS), Budgie (Livin' Proof) and Spencer (co-founder of Numbers).

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The Good Ship , Kilburn Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016

The Jamm Carnival Clash

Critics' choice

Thankfully it's only a short stagger and wine from Carnival to this joyous afterparty. The raucous Gold Teeth DJs take control supported by All $tar$ and the About to Blow team to ensure a steady run of dancefloor-filling garage, grime, bashment, dancehall, hip hop and reggae party starters. A convincing incentive to keep going til dawn.

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Brixton Jamm , Stockwell Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016