Not sure about you, but we’re getting in the full carnival spirit in honour of Notting Hill Carnival this weekend. If you’re looking for a way to kick-start the party, or somewhere to continue it well into the night, then keep reading, because we’ve got a bunch of events happening across the weekend that’ll keep the good vibes going.
KOKO CONCERT D’BANJ & THE COMPOZERS O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON: SUNDAY 25 AUGUST
Nigerian musician, singer, entrepreneur, television personality and rapper, D’banj, may be best known for his international summer smash hit, ‘Oliver Twist’, but he’s also won numerous awards including the Best-selling African Artist at the World Music Awards. This weekend, he’ll descend onto O2 Academy Brixton to continue the carnival vibes into the night, with a list of special guests that’ll make your jaw drop! Alongside the incredible London-based collective, The Compozers, D’Banj will also be joined by (deep breath), Dizzy VC, Lorraine Lionheart, Slimcase, Sona, SK, Tomi Agape, Mr Ltee, Shopsy Doo, Big Hak, Eddie Kadi, Jimmie The Entertainer, DJ So Good and DJ Bibi. WHAT A PARTY!
1XTRA LEVELS OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON: FRIDAY 23 AUGUST
BBC Radio 1xtra are launching a *fire* new night called 1Xtra Levels and they’re introducing it with an epic night of music this Friday. Inspired by the sounds of 1Xtra, the night will be taken around the UK and is dedicated to celebrating the best in contemporary black music from both sides of the Atlantic.
Taking over both floors in O2 Academy Islington, you’ll be in the presence of some incredible DJs, including 1Xtra favourites, Snoochie Shy, Kenny Allstar and R&B queen, Nadia Jae, plus, of course, some very special guests. Head over to room 2 and all your dancehall dreams will come true, as the legend that is Seani B and 1Xtra resident, Sir DJ Corey will be spinning the biggest grooves until the early hours.
TEEJAY & DING DONG LIVE O2 ACADEMY OXFORD: FRIDAY 23 AUGUST
Not in London? Not a problem, as O2 Academy Oxford are keeping the carnival spirit alive! Jamaican singer, producer and engineer, Teejay, will be performing alongside dancehall DJ and dancer, Ding Dong, to well and truly kick off the weekend in style. Joining them will be one of the UK’s hottest dancehall artists, Big Zeeks, who promises nothing but positive and uplifting vibes, as well as an appearance from his frequent collaborator, Tinez.
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