Bristol recently received the very happy news that St Pauls Carnival will definitely be back in 2018, thanks to new funding from Arts Council England.
However, as the first weekend of July approaches – when the event usually takes place – we’re still left with a Carnival-shaped hole in our weekends. Luckily, the people of Bristol aren’t the type to leave a tradition unmarked, and have served up several alternative St Pauls Carnival parties. Here are a few that we like the look of…
Lakota Carnival Day Party & afterparty with Grooverider, Randall and Serial Killaz
In association with St Pauls Carnival CIC, Lakota bring us the official alternative Carnival party from 2pm – 9pm. Tickets are £5, with all proceeds going straight back to the community interest company, to help make sure St Pauls Carnival 2018 has the comeback year it deserves.
Tickets are £5, with all proceeds going straight back to the community interest company, to help make sure St Pauls Carnival 2018 has the comeback year it deserves
The all day party will make good use of the venue’s indoor and outdoor spaces, with the help of some of our favourite local collectives, Who?¿Cares, Cubana, Parallel Dimensions, Buckfast Boys Club.
After a successful throwdown last year, The Who Cares?¿ crew are back in the Lakota Car Park all day long, this time teaming up with DJ Die’s GutterFunk label.
The Who Cares?¿ crew are back in the Lakota Car Park all day long, this time teaming up with DJ Die’s GutterFunk label
As always, they’re keeping their lineup secret, but their ridiculous roster of residents means we could see any of Addison Groove, Break, Dismantle, Gotsome, Hi5ghost, Kry Wolf, Komon, Joker, Jus Now, Kahn, My Nu Leng, Nyta, OH91, Phaeleh, Pinch or Woz, plus MCs Dread, Juma, Koast, Redders and Shadz.
That being said, the Gutterfunk linkup means that Dismantle, Addison Groove and Jus Now are likely to be on the lineup…
We're back in Lakota – Bristol car park tomorrow from 2pm with a load of our stellar residents and some very special guests! This is how it went down last time. Grab your £5 tickets now from the event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1807918112755158/
Posted by Who Cares on Friday, 16 September 2016
For those wanting to party into the wee hours, Lakota is also hosting an evening do, courtesy of Cubana. Rumble in the Jungle kicks off from 8.45 right through to 6am, with Grooverider, Randall, Serial Killaz, Aphrodite, Ragga Twins, Kenny Ken and more.
This is a separate event and you will need tickets evening tickets to gain entry, or you can get hold of joint day and night tickets for £17.
No Carnival Carnival Party with Rob Smith & Skylion
Without rum, is a carnival party a carnival party? Just down the road, Caribbean rum makers Wray & Nephew have teamed up with Pipe and Slippers to bring in some original soundsystem favourites for a ‘No Carnival Carnival Party’ with DJ Amo B2B Rob Smith – better known as Smith of Bristol legends Smith & Mighty.
Support comes from Bristol stalwart Skylion. Free entry and carnival vibes from 6.30pm-2am.
1 July // 7pm – 2am // free // Pipe & Slippers
LINKS: Facebook event
Strictly Jumpup Day & Night Carnival Special with Shadow Demon Coalition and MC Trigga
With another alternative Carnival party in the heart of Stokes Croft, we’re fully expecting to see some carnival action spilling out onto the streets, for a more authentic St Pauls Carnival experience.
we’re fully expecting to see some carnival action spilling out onto the streets, for a more authentic St Pauls Carnival experience
Blue Mountain hosts a jump up Carnival special from midday through to 6am, with some of the biggest names in jump up and jungle, including Shadow Demon Coalition Showcase, MC Trigga and Nicky Blackmarket.
For a slightly more chilled party, head to Old Market. While this isn’t officially a Carnival party, reggae and rum gets us pretty close. Rum specialists To The Moon invite reggae selector Nick Dear for an almost-all-night vinyl set, handing the reigns briefly over to Benny G for jungle hour. It’s free entry, with £1 double up offers on over 20 rums.
1 July // 7pm – 12pm // free // To The Moon
LINKS: Facebook event
St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival Presents Grassroots Pt3.
We can’t, of course, forget the event from the Carnival’s official organisers. In lieu of this year’s festival, St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival are putting on a family-friendly event in the heart of St Pauls.
Join them at Malcolm X Centre from midday to 9.30pm for a celebration of African Caribbean culture, including steel drummers and soundsystems with live performances from Pine Bristol, Blackout Ja, Jah Garvey, Ben Bez Williams and Bashment King.
In lieu of this year’s festival, St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival are putting on a family-friendly event in the heart of St Pauls
Masquerade-themed carnival fancy dress is heartily encouraged for children and adults, with an under-16s costume competition taking place on the day (to enter, call 07436 261835).
1 July // 12pm – 9.30pm // £3 (free for under 16s) // Malcolm X Centre
LINKS: Facebook event