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“It’s worth it for us because we’re known as one of the best around and get sponsorship from Red Bull,“ Roberts says. “But some of the sound systems don’t get any funding from arts councils or government to put on a showcase.

“It can cost up to £20,000 for a system, plus all the work that goes into it. Many have to find those funds themselves.“
Still, he says, on the day, it all becomes worth it.

“The crowds are great fun. They just go to have a good time. We play right across the board – everything from James Brown to Beyonce – so it’s a very mixed crowd and one that know how to really enjoy themselves … and they do.“

If all that’s not an invitation to get yourself out in the streets of London this weekend, then perhaps your life needs examination; perhaps the roaring fire that once fuelled your sense of fun has been reduced to a smouldering pile of embers.

But if, like K Tel, Franklin and Roberts, something about the sight and sound of open-minded and open-hearted individuals getting lost on a musical journey excites you, you’re in the right spot.

Notting Hill Carnival will take you places. One million party people can’t wrong.

Notting Hill Carnival. Family Day: Sun, Aug 28. Adult Day: Mon, Aug 29;;
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Four of the best Notting Hill Carnival Afterparties


Dress in Carnival gear as Generator Hostel serves up cocktails, karaoke and dance comps all weekend long. Daily happy hour until 9pm.

Aug 23-27. From 6pm each day, free
37 Tavistock Place, WC1H 9SE
Tube | Russell Square


Sancho Panza

The Sancho crew provides a post Carnival top-up featuring Leftside Wobble and Crazy P anong the bill. These guys just keep on giving.

Sun, Aug 26. From 7.30pm, £12
The Regent, NW10 5LG
Station | Kensal Green

David Rodigan

Legendary reggae DJ David Rodigan keeps the party going until 5am. He’s joined by Toddla T and the Deathly Rhythm Soundsystem.

Sun, Aug 26. From 8pm, £8 
Electric Brixton
Tube | Brixton


Bigga Fish

Musical tastemaker Gilles Peterson will supply world rhythms from the rooftop of Brixton Clubhouse. Give your ears an ongoing musical treat.

Sun, Aug 26. From 7pm, £10
Tube | Brixton


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