Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August
London's Notting Hill Carnival is Europe's biggest and most spectacular street arts festival. Carnival has been a highlight in the UK Bank Holiday calender every August since 1965. Carnival attracts 2 to 2.5 million people.
It's fun, it's vibrant and it's free !!!
40 years of fantastic music on the street
This year's planning is well under way and we're already looking forward to working with the 2024 production team, along with currently seeking sponsorship and new players for branding and partnership collaboration.
If you are a big brand, then be aware that this truly is a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity not to be missed. Feel free to contact us for details of getting involved. It's going to be a big '40th Anniversary Carnival Showcase' infused with an abundance of benefits.
Continuing to highlight support for the Grenfell tragedy, Rapattack is not just the official Grenfell Soundsystem. This SoundSystem (established in 1984) has its origins firmly rooted within the local Notting Dale - Grenfell and Mangrove communities. Multicultural messages of love, peace and togetherness are deep and firmly rooted in this part of town. Following on from previous years it is only fitting to continue the tribute, therefore the system goes fully 'green' yet again and will employ a 72-second silence at 3.00pm on Carnival days in remembrance of victims, as we party down to the now nationally recognised local theme:
💚 "FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS"
view historic article by DJ Master MC (MA)
London's Notting Hill Carnival is Europe's biggest and spectacular street arts festival which has been held each August Bank Holiday since 1965. This holiday always falls on the last weekend of August, attracting 2 to 2.5 million people with Sunday and Monday being the major Carnival days.
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Figures from the Greater London Authority (interim report 2001) confirm that the specialist DJ based sound systems provide the biggest attraction to Carnival attendances and have since continued to do so over the last decade. Originally back in 1965 this event started out as an affair for the Afro Caribbean community and has developed into what can now be described as a truly successful multicultural event. It is the most colourful, happy, joyous and definitely the most spectacular event in the British calendar. In Carnival terms is second only to Rio. It's fantastic, it's vibrant, it's full of life, it's for everyone and it's FREE!
40% of visitors are women
75% of visitors are under 45 years old
70% of visitors are white
30% of visitors are Black and Minority Ethnic (BME)
60% come from the Greater London Area
20% come from outside the UK
20% come from outside London
Rapattack is the premier and largest sound system at Carnival, with highly skilled members who feed into operational issues, liaising with the local authorities, Metropolitan Police, the Greater London Authority amongst other stake holders and we are currently chairing ECCA (Executive Committee of Carnival Arts) which is a major part of the operational body that organises the entire Carnival event as a whole.
This year marks our 39th Anniversary and we return to our established location on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August (the Bank Holiday weekend) at the live open air music site on All Saint's Road, Ladbroke Grove, London W11. This area and all activities on this road attract a lot of hype and media attention and today remains the epicentre of the Notting Hill Carnival.
Fully supported with food and drinks on site.
Exquisite Caribbean cuisine supplied by the award-winning Rudies Jerk Shack
(featured on BBC Masterchef: The Professionals 2023).
Drinks supplied by the reputable mobile bar service operator Rumblin' Bars.
Rapattack performed at their first Carnival in 1984 and became one of the founder members of B.A.S.S. (British association of Sound Systems), which today is the governing body and discipline which organises all 'static' sound systems at this event. The site is officially licensed by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and both soft and alcoholic drinks are available from the licensed bar area.
Listed in official Carnival literature as one of the places to be whether you consider yourself a party animal or simply just a good music lover, the atmosphere is electric. Serving up a cocktail of dance genres, it's no wonder why this site is so popular. Special celebrity guests and exclusive performances from the UK's top and underground DJs are a regular feature. Surprise performances from some of the world's top recording artistes have also proven to be a smash. If you love music, this site is for you. Whether it be the cross section of people and celebrities mingling in the open air crowd or reminiscing to your favourite golden oldies on the amazing 50,000watt stereo digital sound system- once you experience Rapattack at Carnival you're hooked. It is only then that you will appreciate why people come from all over Europe and return to this site year after year.
Rapattack started out as a 100% soul/funk DJ outfit which today has developed into one of the most well known names in the British Club/Dance & music industry being able to specialise & cater for all ages & various musical tastes, including Soul, Jazz, Oldskool Hip-hop (early rap), U.K. & U.S. Garage amongst many others. However, Rapattack's claim to fame is due mainly to what we can only describe as the 'party style', which is a mixture of classic soul, funk, boogie and popular dance tracks ranging from 1970s James Brown to present current day hits from the likes of Drake. With this vast amount of musical expertise to hand, it's should come as no surprise that Rapattack are the popular choice when providing DJs and sound systems for corporate clients, as well as private parties, weddings & events.
This years DJs and performances
Our regular team of DJs is headed by the brilliant all round party music DJ GrandMasteR MC, with crew members DJ Ricky and female DJ Lady Misstify (House music selectress) providing the core of entertainment. With this being Rapattack's 40th Anniversary, surprise celebrity guests are a must. DJ peers, as well as the breaking of new talented singers and personal appearances from major recording artistes are always a feature.
Expect to visualise the authentic and classical art of 'turntableism' with original vinyl recordings (CD's/mp3s/laptops not permitted for DJ sets).
Why not choose Rapattack at Carnival to market your brand….
The Rapattack site at Carnival always attracts major sponsors. GUARANTEED EXPOSURE...
Bottom line is - Rapattack are...
“popular, professional and trendy”
Our portfolio of clients include the likes of Red Bull, Ghost Vodka, T Mobile, the BBC, Richard Branson's Virgin Brand, Grace Foods, Red Stripe, Kylie Minogue, Thomas Burberry PLC, Walt Disney, L.A Gear to say the least. We also continue to be a leading choice for independent tv production companies, along with actors such Hugh Grant and Lenny Henry amongst others, utilising opportunities for marketing, or simply as an asset for personal, business and wrap parties. At Carnival you just never know who's gonna be there...
'and who on earth would ever want to miss out?'
"RUMBLIN' Bars, Rudies Jerk Shack, Our Forgottten Neighbours and the Grenfell Community were the proud supporters of the Rapattack Soundsystem in 2023."
Carnival with Rapattack certainly is the place to be.
A place to get noticed.
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Why not choose Rapattack at Carnival to market your brand….