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Notting Hill Carnival soundsystems

Fancy a detour from the kaleidoscopic parade floats and trucks of Europe's biggest street party? Plan your party route with the Time Out Notting Hill Carnival soundsystem A-Z

Gladdy Wax Soundsystem, Notting Hill Carnival
Gladdy Wax Soundsystem © Stuart Boreham
By Hayley Joyes, James Manning and Alim Kheraj |

With so much going on at Notting Hill Carnival, it can be easy to get turned around. Thankfully, we have our handy information guide as well as our parade map, so you know precisely where you're heading and, most importantly, where the nearest toilet is. 

While you'll find heaps of live music, fab costumes and dancing during the festivities, Carnival is also famous for the 37 official static soundsystems that soundtrack the two-day bonanza. From chest-rattling dub riddims to samba-sonic Latin music and Caribbean Carnival anthems, you're bound to find something that gets your feet moving. To give yourself a head start, we've mapped all 37 soundsystems so you can get down early adn grab a prime spot for raving.

Abi Shanti – East Row

Channel One – Leamington Road Villas

Different Strokes – St Luke Road

Disco Hustlers – Powis Square

Disya Generation – Powis Terrace

GI Roadshow – Adela Street

GT Flew Roadshow – Middle Row

Gladdy Wax Sound – Portobello Road

High Grade – Oxford Gardens

KCC and the Rocking Crew – Wornington Road

KillerWat – St Luke Road

King Tubby's – Clydesdale Road

Latin Rave – Portobello Road

Lord Gelly – Cambridge Gardens

Love TKO – Hazelwood Cres/Golborne Gdns

Mark Ross – Lonsdale Road

Mastermind Roadshow – Canal Close

Metro Glory Science of Sound – Ledbury Road

Peoples Sound – All Saints Road

Pineapple Tribe – Southern Row

4 Play – West Row

Rampage – Colville Gardens

Rapattack – All Saints Road

Rough but Sweet – Hazelwood Crescent

Saxon – St Lawrence Terrace

Seduction City – Telford Road

Sir Lloyd – Leamington Road Villas

Sir Valdez – Golborne Road

Soulution Sound – Ledbury Road

The Funbunch – Talbot Road

Triple S – Bosworth Road

Virgo International – Oxford Gardens

Volcano/Mangrove Sound – Athlone Gardens

RECOMMENDED: Our full Notting Hill Carnival guide

Map your route

Find your Carnival afterparty

Notting Hill Carnival 2013
© David Tett

Notting Hill Carnival warm-up and afterparties

Who cares that summer’s nearly over when there’s still the Notting Hill Carnival to look forward to? Carnival traditionally takes place on the bank holiday weekend at the end of August, 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

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