36th Anniversary

Notting Hill Carnival 2020

This year Rapattack continues to highlight support for the Grenfell tragedy. Do remember, 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 and togetherness are deep and firmly rooted in this part of town. Following on from last year we consider it only fitting to continue to pay tribute, therefore the system yet again will go fully green. The Sound system will employ a 72-second silence at 3.00pm on Carnival days in remembrance of victims, as we party down to the nationally and locally recognised  themes:






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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.

Click here for the 2019 After Carnival Report

It is undeniable and figures from the Greater London Authority (interim report 2001) recognised 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!

Rapattack is the premier and most 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.

Our Carnival Location
The year marks the 36th Anniversary and we return to our established location on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st 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. View map

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 sounds (from James Brown seventies funk to Brand New Heavies, Jamaraquai and Nelly, Madonna to Rihanna, Stevie Wonder to Justin Timberlake, De la Soul to Tinie Tempah etc, etc, etc), it's no wonder why this site is so popular. Special celebrity guests and exclusive performances from the UK's top and underground DJ's are renowned. Year after year performances from the likes of some of the world's top recording artistes have 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.

This years DJ's and performances
As usual our regular team of DJ's is headed by the brilliant all round party music DJ, the Master MC, with crew members DJ Ricky and the gorgeous female DJ Lady Misstify (House & Garage) providing the core of the entertainment. With this being Rapattack's 36th Anniversary... surprise celebrity guests are always on hand. Major UK DJ friends, as well as the breaking of new talented singers and P.A's from Major recording artistes are also guaranteed. Not forgetting productions from Rapattack's associate A.K.A production label.
As for "keepin' it real",- expect to visualise the authentic and classical art of 'turntableism' with original vinyl recordings (CD's/mp3's/laptops are not permitted for DJ sets).

Carnival Music Policy
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 the 70's to the present day. (i.e. everything from James Brown to current hits from the likes of Drake). With this vast amount of musical knowledge and expertise to hand, it's no wonder why Rapattack are continuously chosen to provide DJ's and sound systems for corporate clients & public as well as private parties, weddings & events.

The Rapattack site at Carnival always attracts major sponsors.

GUARANTEED EXPOSURE... Bottom line is - Rapattack are...
popular, professional and trendy
Why not choose Rapattack at Carnival to market your brand….

"RUMBLIN' Bars in association with Dead Man's Fingers (Rum), Old Jamaica and Ting (soft drink) brands alongside the Grenfell Community were the proud supporters of the Rapattack Soundsystem in 2019"



Our portfolio of clients include the likes of-RedoBull, Ghost Vodka,h, T Mobile, the BBC, Richard Branson's Virgin Brand, Grace Foods, Red Stripe, Kylie Minogue, Thomas Burberry PLC, Walt Disney, L.A Gear, as well as actors such as Lenny Henry amongst others (including independent companies) who continually choose us for the marketing opportunities as well as parties. At Carnival you never know just who's gonna be Vodka (the co-hosts of this years

It certainly is the place to be.             

A place to get noticed.

Participant’s Profile
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

Watch this space for next years Carnival info coming soon

Master MC
February 2020


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Rapattack is one of Carnival's most well known and popular sound systems. For DJ Master MC there are a couple of hiccups in the run up to the big day this year, but nothing that can't be rectified. There's also time for some practice mixing at home. Check out the Master MC on video at the BBC website - click here (this links to the BBC website)