Its carnival season and although the great British Summer is fading away with rain and heavy clouds hiding the glorious sun there are plenty of carnival events across the capital to make you feel the sunshine.
As the countdown to Notting Hill Carnival is in full swing with less than two weeks to go promoters are planning the most energetic parties to entertain the masses. Kicking of bank holiday weekend in true style soca brand Buss Pepper are hosting Bacchanal Friday at Electric Brixton.
Over the years this has become one of the go to events on the carnival calendar with party people eager to pump, wine, wave their flags and blow their whistles to the biggest soca anthems from the likes of Machel Montano played across London Groove parties...
Having worked up a sweat on the dancefloor hosted by Patrick Anthony the hype man of Nuphoric, top chef Marlon Kennedy will be serving much loved Trinidadian delights such as corn soup, bake and shark plus plenty of rum punches to wash it down.
DJs include the Euphoria road team including D-One, Jam Masters, DJ Markee, Shep Beats and special guest Back to Basics from overseas. Tickets are priced between £15 to £20 for Friday 28th August so book now or miss out on an electrifying energy.
The popular Brooklyn Bowl London event has really been hosting top live shows with artists from across the pond including rappers such as Pharacyde, to Bollywood star AR Rahman, and recently reggae legend Maxi Priest all taking to the stage.
For Bank Holiday weekend all roads are leading to the O2 based venue for Brooklyn Bowl’s Carnival all nighter on Saturday 29th August. Party people will be soaking up the sounds of hip hop from rap conscious rap star Talib Kweli flying in from the USA.
Talib is well respected for his insightful lyrics, and socially aware public speaking events representing his community and speaking against the injustice of politics. Tickets are priced at £20 to see the MC who has worked with everyone from Mary J Blige, Kanye West, Pharrell and more performing with his full live band.
Warming up the crowd will be DJ MK (Kiss Radio), Sarah Harrison (Bang Radio), Firin Squad (Capital Xtra), Ras Kwame (Capital Xtra), Jamie Rodigan (Bang Radio) and more spinning the biggest anthems played across London Grooves Soul Saturdays parties from 8pm to 4am gearing people up for Notting Hill Carnival weekend in marathon style.
The summer of love is alive and kicking as the rave community are joining forces this weekend for Seth Troxler’s Acid Future event.
Saturday 8th August will witness future stars of Acid music going back to back with DJ Legends to create a one night only party experience at The Tobacco Dock. Seth Troxler will juggling music in the DJ booth whilst also cooking up a storm via his Smokey Tails BBQ set up on the roof-top serving delicious meats, tasty cocktails amidst city views and heavy duty electronic dance music.
The DJ menu is packed with international names such as: Jackmaster, Marshall Jefferson, Skream, Paranoid London, Craig Richards, Danny Rampling, Tom Trago, and many more with Seth & the Martinez Brothers headlining back to back sets. Final tickets are available priced between £42 to £65 and if you miss all the action at the Tobacco Dock then have no fear.
The after is being hosted at Fabric London from 11pm- 8am with mentioned names plus special guests spread across three rooms with tickets on the door available from £23 so book now, and prepare for some serious Acid House all night long. Don’t worry this event will be a far cry from pop stars such as LMFAO, Rihanna, and Calvin Harris who have all experimented with Acid sounds in the past few years on their chart topping hits played across London Groove parties, however Acid Future will be the real deal so get those smiley faces, glow sticks and rave wear ready!
All roads are leading to Camden’s Jazz Café this week as the Hip Hop brand Doctors Orders continue their 10th year anniversary celebrations.
Having been joined by some of hip hop’s most loved DJs from Jazz Jeff, to Grandmaster Flash, the team are now bringing the legendary hip hop forefathers SugarHill Gang to battle against their longtime rivals Melle Mel & The Furious Five.
Since bursting onto the scene in 1979 with the very first recorded rap single ‘Rappers Delight’ released through Sugar Hill records interpolating Chic’s ‘Good Times’ bassline, the group have always rivaled Melle Mel & The Furious Five previously known as Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five with their 1983 classic ‘The Message’ being two of the most important hip hop records not forgetting Africa Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force ‘Planet Rock’.
Both of these crews represent a very special time in hip hop as its culture and sound was spreading across America like wildfire eventually going international to become the musical force that it is today still celebrated at most RnB clubs in London town.
Don’t miss The Sugar Hill Gang vs Melle Mel The Furious Five live on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th August at The Jazz Café with tickets priced at £23.50
Old skool RnB lovers are delighted that a true veteran will be heading to the UK at the end of this month to headline The Jazz Cafe.
Horace Brown should be on the playlist of most R&B fans especially if you were partying hard in the 90s to his anthems along with like of Kut Klose, Aaliyah, Blackstreet, Fugees, 702 and many more cherished R&B artists played across Londons RnB clubs every weekend.
Horace was discovered by legendary Jodeci producer and singer DeVante Swing and was later signed by Uptown Record’s Founder and CEO, Andre Harrell, which along with help of Puff Daddy also looked after label mates: Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Heavy D, Father MC and Christopher Williams.
The all important date for RnB fans is Sunday 26th July when Horace will be taking you back down memory lane with his risqué debut ‘Taste Your Love’ which had everyone talking in the 90s for him the way 'Downtown' had SWV on the tip of frisky lips everywhere.
Camden fans will also be looking forward to hearing huge party anthems such as 'One For The Money', ‘Shake It Up’, and the 90s club banger 'Things We Do For Love' which he released with Motown Records having departed from Uptown Records.
Despite Horace Brown having written for 90s US superstars like Donell Jones, Christopher Williams, Silk to name only a few, his performance at The Jazz Cafe will be his first time with a full live band.
So book tickets now priced at £22.50 and prepare to hear songs from his first two albums along with support from in demand UK DJ’s such as Matt White, Nicky Smood (Mi-Soul), DJ Skinz (Catch A Groove) and Steve Running Man (My Club) taking you on a journey back to the golden era of 90’s R&B.
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