Notting Hill Carnival 2004

     DATES 2004: Sat 28Aug to Mon 30Aug 2004  

Official Contacts       40th Anniversary!

The Committee supports London as a festival city and the Notting Hill Carnival is a landmark in London’s festival calendar. We look forward to the event going from strength to strength.”

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The Sunday is  less crowded and it features the Children's bands. Carnival is always held on the last Monday of August and the Saturday and Sunday preceding it.  The 3-day bank holiday in the UK marks the end of summer. For 2005 the 3 main days of the Carnival will be August 27th to 29th.  Calendar 2004 2005


Date & Time Official Events: Location
17 July - 1 August Free
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Pan Music at Leicester Square,
26th June (Ebony),
27th June (Penecktar),
17th July (Glissando),
18th July (Penecktar),
 24th July (Metronomes),
25th (Pantasia),
31st July (Nostalgia),
 1st August (Pantonic) &
 8th August (Croydon Steel Orchestra) 
Leicester Square:
at the heart of the City
Each Friday 30 July - 27 August £8 (adults), £7.50 advance and £7 concessions

This event begins at 7.30 pm

Calypso Tent,
Association of British Calypsonians (ABC) brings the best in calypso and soca. Afficionados perform a medley of songs, rhythms, percussion, lyrics and bachhanal.
There's 10 2004 finalists vying in the final round of the competition against reigning monarch, Singing Sandra.
 The competition will also include performances by Explainer, Soca Elvis and Cyclops, as well as Trinidad and Tobago’s Junior Calypso Monarch, Sheyenne Hazell.
The Asantewaa Arts Centre,
Chippenham Mews, W9,

 For tickets call - 020 7286 1656.


9 th August 2004

Nursery Carnival

The Nursery Carnival is hosted by the Children and Parents Carnival Association (CAPCA) and will take place in St Mark’s Park on 9th August. For those aged 0-10 years, the event includes the Junior Panorama and mas competitions and is set to fill the Notting Hill airwaves with thunderous bursts of Calypsonian and Soca music.

St Mark’s Park
Cost: FREE
This event begins at 7.30pm
& Sunday
before Carnival

August 14th & 15th


and Costume Gala

Members from Up to 65 Masquerade (Mas) Bands
will compete for the 
Junior Crowns 5-8, 9-13, & 14-16 years old ADULT
•Best King • Best Queen • Best Male Individual • Best Female Individual
Leading Carnival DJs 
3pm YOUTH SPECTACULAR Costume Show & Calypso Concert

Sun 15:
3pm ADULT SPECTACULAR Sensational show with Costume Bands, Steel Bands, Samba Schools and Calypso Concert. 

At  Alexandra PalaceDownload

Tickets should be available on the door or from TicketWeb 08700 600 100 or
Check official web site for update
Notting Hill Carnival Bands

Mahogony Sweeps Spash by


26th August 2004

Calypso Monarch Finals

A chance to see reigning UK Monarch,
Sister Sandra

and to find out who will be crowned the
UK Calypso
Monarch 2004

The Yaa Asantewaa Arts Centre: Download

 For tickets and general enquiries: Wendy Cutler – 020 7286 1656
The list of 10 finalists in alphabetical order is:
Alexander D Great; Brown Sugar; Cleopatra; Deloris Francis; Lord Cloak; Music Man;
Rev Brown; Totally Talibah;  Wen’D; &
Yaa Princess


August 28
7pm to 11:30pm


Steelband extravaganza! Pan arrangers and musicians from around the world converge with strengths of each orchestra sometimes swelling to a whopping 75 - to create a bang and a clatter enough to...steel the show.

Emslie Horniman's Pleasance
in Notting Hill

7pm Free
More about the Pan orchestras in the 2004 Panorama


29 August 6am Free

de return of J'Ouvert
on the tradtional route

 this is  reintroduction of J’Ouvert – at the opening of the Carnival Parades marking a return to cultural roots. Taking in just part of the Carnival route, with the sweet sound of pan playing ‘ole’ or mud mas.

Streets of
Notting Hill

August 29th
10am to 9pm
Children's Day Parade
 the emphasis on family and a shorter carnival route reserved for young people and kids. Bands and performers appearing on this day are all under 21 years old and it's a far quieter day for families to attend.
Streets of
Notting Hill
Downloadclick for 2004 transit info

10am – 9pm


Parade & Festival
Best Static Sound System Site
Best Adult's Band of the Year
Notting Hill

United Kingdom
European Union
 Awards || Getting There Maps  Contact
* 2004 Notting Hill Carnival Organizers are:
 the London Notting Hill Carnival Ltd (LNHC) 

38 Grovenor Gardens Victoria
Tel: 020 7730 3010

W10 5AH
Email *
020 8964 0544 Fax 020 8964 0545
For PR information on the Notting Hill Carnival 2003 contact
 Midnight Communications +44 (0)20 7232 4517
Notting Hill Carnival is continues to be reorganized in 2004 and much mangagement is being supervised by the host Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
 "carnival" on by google
Rediscover ORPHEUS & Eurydice the original story of renewal here


Thomas Taylor the Brit who brought the Greek classics to the English speaking world
In 2004 the Carnival City Capital of the World is Sofia-Pernik who is hosting the annual FECC convention.
Learn more at or
Clicking on our crest takes you to the home pageRoyal Borough of Kensington Chelsea
Frequently Asked Questions - Central Database ...
 Dates: What are the dates for Notting Hill Carnival 2004. *Press/Media information: Who deals with press queries in relation to the Notting Hill Carnival?
SOUND Sound Systems - Notting Hill Carnival 2004
All sound systems in Carnival are authorised by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster in conjunctions with the British Association of Sound Systems (Bass).email
VENDING: Street Trading  2004
People who are interested in trading at the carnival need to contact Adrian Hodgson (Special Events Officer) or Ken Thompson (Licencing Enforcement Manager) at Environment Health on 020 7341 5762

Important: The Market Office at 72 Tavistock Road, W11 does not deal with the licensing for the Carnival and cannot deal with any enquiries about carnival trading that you may have. You must contact the Carnival Office directly email
"In 2003, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council worked very closely with the new London Notting Hill Carnival Ltd (LNHC) directors to ensure that we had a great Carnival and that residents got a fair deal. "
CONTACT Information:
For information on the Notting Hill Carnival 2004 contact:

 Midnight Communications, 3 Lloyds Wharf, Mill Street, London, SE1 2BA
Tel: 020 7232 4517
Tel: +44 (0) 870 458 4182
  [F] Mayor Livingstone Calls for Route Changes to Carnival in 2005)
 [F] 2004-June Mayor's Strategic Review: Notting Hill Carnival (Lee Jasper Chair)

Getting There By Tube 2004

For safety reasons tube stations in the carnival area may close temporarily if they become overcrowded.

  • Ladbroke Grove
    Station closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.
  • Notting Hill Gate
    There will be no interchange between the Central and Circle/District lines on either day. On Sunday and Monday the station will be ‘way out only' between 12pm and 7pm. On Monday, the Circle and District lines will not stop from 12pm to 7.30pm.
  • Westbourne Park
    On Sunday and Monday the station will be ‘way out only' between 11am and 6pm. The station will close at 11.30pm.
  • Bayswater
    On Monday it may be advisable to use this station as Circle/District line trains will not stop at Notting Hill Gate.
  • Other stations
    Other stations near to the Carnival:
    High Street Kensington, Holland Park, Queensway and Queen's Park.

Getting There By Bus

Bus routes 7, 12, 18, 23, 27, 28, 31, 36, 52, 70, 94, 148, 295, 316 and 328 all run close to the Carnival festivities. Many extra buses are running, especially on Monday evening, to get you home quickly and safely.

Additionally, bus routes 6, 15, 187, 205, 220, 274, 436, 705 all operate within a comfortable walking distance.

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