Notting Hill Carnival Announces Insane Line Up As It Goes Digital For 2020

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Notting Hill Carnival 2020: Access All Areas has released the line up for its first-ever digital year. Captured by Let’s Go Do, exclusive performances from artists all over the globe celebrate the infectious and vibrant sounds from Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Grenada, Barbados, and the UK. 

Artists from Africa include some of the continents most electrifying performers, Davido, Yemi Alade, and Tiwa Savage, whilst from Jamaica, Koffee and Protoje are due to perform, with more acts to be announced. Representing Trinidad and Tobago are Iwer George, Nessa Preppy, Olatunji, Nailah Blackman, Patrice Roberts, Swappi, and Adanna, with Big Red, Lavaman, Mr. Killa, and Tallpree bringing exclusive performances from Grenada. Barbados brings sounds from Alison Hinds, Lead Pipe & Saddis, Lil Rick, and Edwin Yearwood, whilst the UK offers acts including Ms. Banks, Wstrn, Stylo G, and Janet Kay. 

Official partner Spotify has teamed up with artists to offer curated Notting Hill Carnival themed playlists that will stream on a Carnival microsite. Playlists include an old school VS new school Reggae playlist created by Koffee, a Throwback Thursday playlist by Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and a bashment playlist by Jamaican dancehall sensation Spice. No Signal, creators of the popular NS10V10 craze, offer the UK’s biggest Hip Hop, Afrobeat, Dancehall, and R&B playlist as they take on ‘Who We Be,’ celebrating the best and biggest tunes to get you in the Carni mood. 

Samsung aid the launch of this year’s celebrations on the UK’s biggest digital screen at Piccadilly Circus, releasing a series of mini-films all shot in 8K on their flagship Galaxy S20 phones. The films feature some of the artists performing over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (Saturday 29, Sunday 30, and Monday 31 August), and celebrate the energy and bounce of the iconic event through music, food, and dance. The mini-films include Carnival ambassador and acclaimed chef Levi’s Roots’ guide to creating the ultimate Carnival feast, and Soca dancers Fiona Compton, Donna Cupid-Thuesday, Andrea Wallace, and Janine Thomas, wearing the insanely beautiful Carnival costumes by designer Melissa Simon-Hartman who created looks for Beyoncé’s latest visual album ‘Black Is King’. Speaking on Carnival, Simon-Hartman stated, “Carnival is special to me because it is our time! It is our time to feel free, it is our time to express ourselves, it is our time to pay homage to our history, it is our time to create art on the road and perform street theatre.” 

With over 36 hours of original content, Notting Hill Carnival 2020: Access All Areas will show over 200 videos at venues across London including the Royal Albert Hall, Abbey Road Studios, The Tabernacle, Theatre Royal, and more. The entertainment will also be aired over four channels over the weekend, starting on Saturday 29 August from 6 pm to midnight, with the Carnival Warm-Up on channel 1, hosted by Jason Lewis and Reema Samuel, bringing you the Steelband show. On Sunday 30 and Monday 31 from 12 pm to 8 pm, Martin Jay and Giselle Carter take over channel 2 for Parade Channel, showing Mas vands, J’ouvert, Brazilian bands, and more. Channel 3 shows the Sound System Channel, hosted by Capital XTRA’s Shayna Marie and Ras Kwame from 12 pm to 4 pm again on Sunday and Monday, with BBC Radio’s 1xtra’s Nadia Jae and Reece Parkinson taking over from 4 pm to 8 pm. Hosted by BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Ace and Remel London, Channel 4 is the Main Stage Channel, airing from 8 pm to 11 pm on Sunday and Monday. 

Tune in at www.NHCarnival.org this Bank Holiday weekend to capture the flamboyance and magnificence of Europe’s largest event. 

Photos: Courtesy of PA Media


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