It's all too easy to be flippant about the Notting Hill Carnival, to view it as just a nice day out with a can or two of beer and a long queue for the toilet. But it's more than that, isn't it? With around 1.5 million people flocking west, it's a party of serious proportions, and one that should be celebrated far more than it is.
Which is why we're teaming up with Boiler Room to bring you some of the best of the event. On Sunday you'll be able to catch a few hours of the Deviation party from the comfort of your own home, exclusively on THUMP via Facebook Live. We're not going to tell you who'll be playing because that'll run the fun, but trust us when we say that you won't want to miss it.
The BR team will be covering the entire carnival in extensive detail, beaming back 42 hours worth of live coverage from what's arguably now the largest celebration of black music in the world. They plan on presenting the carnival as it is: raw, unfiltered, uncensored, and uncut.
As Boiler Room founder Blaise Bellville puts it, "'it's incredible to think that Notting Hill Carnival is about six times bigger than Glastonbury but is barely covered by the BBC. It's one of the best festivals of black music on the planet and people here—let alone abroad—aren't recognising that.Our role is to provide broadcasting that is long-term, that gives Carnival the recognition it deserves and it needs. We don't want to change anything about the event; we want to change how the outside world perceives it, how the press, the punters, the residents and artists around the world perceive it – Notting Hill Carnival should be celebrated as one the most important contemporary black music events in the world! It should be shouted about with pride!"
Over the last few years Benji B's Deviation parties have become some of the most hyped events in the UK, and for good reason too, with acts like Moodymann, Theo Parrish, and Omar-S all making appearances. This year—their seventh at Notting Hill Carnival—they'll be bringing all the elements that have made those events such a success to a sound system and we're pretty sure that it's going to be very special.
So join us at 5pm on Sunday the 28th of August for two hours of pure, unadulterated Carnival brilliance.
We'll be streaming over on Facebook.