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St Pauls Carnival Map and Set Times.

— Things get pretty disorientating at Carnival, don't get lost.

When is St Pauls Carnival?

This years carnival occurs on Saturday 1st July 2024.

Once the carnival has started it becomes a lot harder to work out which sound systems are where! Stages and sound systems are scattered throughout the streets of St Pauls. Closer to the time this page will include a Google map with each scheduled stage. These include the infamous PA systems and speaker stacks which the evening part of St Pauls Carnival is known for.

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Sell out warning! Explosive Afro-Colombian sound system rumberos bring the vibrant energy of Barranquilla Carnival to Jam Jar. With their patent mix of porro, electro-cumbia, hip-hop turntablism, ragga culture and anything else that gets sucked into their psychedelic vortex this is heavy revelry FFO: Bomba Estéreo, Sotomayor, Sidestepper. Electropical madness from the joyful Afronauts of Colombia's technicolour Caribbean coast.

We can’t believe our eyes and ears: Johnny Clarke’s in Bristol! The vanguard voice of roots reggae heads a posse of local soundsystems in this admittedly massive ‘Back A Yard’ micro-edition of the St Pauls cultural blowout. Rally round the revelries, food, crafts, parades and community vibes - it’s all raising funds to secure the full return of the Carnival in 2025. Expect the epic sounds of Carnival and a community atmosphere at this celebration day

Free entry! Bristol Cable and the angels at Acorn housing union chair an essential Q&A session with prospective MPs ahead of the pivotal July 4th General Election. With Green leader Carla Denyer (and more) fielding your questions on everything and anything - this is real democracy in action. ACORN Bristol Central general election hustings - your chance to be heard

The perennially summery worms assemble a bonafide bonanza of tropicala day party vibes, worldly grooves and Caribbean street food. Expect authentic DJ selections from underground Cuban jazz to cosmic afro-disco courtesy of Strut’s Duncan Brooker and much more. We are back after last year's fantastic first WDC outdoor summer party!

10-tonne heavy, triple soundsystem meeting between Swindon’s foundational MessenJah Youth, Luton’s Oneness High Vibration and Bristol’s homegrown Concrete Lion (ft. Kai Dub and Dubtronics). All rigs and crews come road-tested and tweaked to deliver only the heftiest Year 3000 militant steppas to shake subs, walls, minds and feet. Concrete Lion x Messenjah Youth x Oneness High Vibration

Everyone’s favourite soon-to-be-community-owned outsider farm opens its doors once again for jam-packed pagan celebrations. Expect alternative family-friendly fun; storytelling, workshops, food, drumming, fire ceremony, folk + DJs all raising funds to help secure Bridge Farm’s future. Join us at Bridge Farm for a Day Full of Colour, Games, and Fun for Everyone!

Stage organisers can use this page to announce set times for the djs and mcs for the music stages and sound systems at Bristol’s 2024 carnival. While the main stages focus on Caribbean music, it’s foolish to consider St Pauls carnival as predominantly dub and reggae event. Programmed by sound system owners and local promoters, the lineups for the stages each bring different musical styles and artists to the 2024 event. From established drum & bass and dubstep djs to the cutting edge electronica and house producers that Bristol is becoming known for, St Pauls carnival by night is a celebration of Bristol’s diverse music scene.

When the sound systems switch off around midnight, the party moves indoors with almost every venue in Bristol boasting some form of St Pauls carnival after party. After parties range from big club events in venues like Lakota, Basement 45, The Black Swan and Blue Mountain, to free-entry all-nighters in the pubs and bars around St Pauls and Stokes Croft. The event listings below outline all of the free and paid after parties for this years carnival.

This year's carnival after parties

“On 5th October 2024 we are putting on our first Commoner’s Fair and we couldn't be more excited about it. We are bringing a whole bunch of our pals and soon to be mates to Moor Beer Bristol for a folk-punk carnival!”
From: Commoner's Fair

“Its glorious uptempo sound is a bustling carnival of stabbing horns, rollercoaster keys, relentless guitar hooks, killer choruses, unbeatable beats and a sense of boisterous bonhomie. A blur of legs, arms, pork pie hats and tonic suits, the band is a frantic mass of kinetic energy, its members suddenly springing into life, leaping up and down, rushing backwards and forwards across the stage.”
From: Ya Freshness + DJs

“Early one morning, at the close of St Colibri’s carnival, a young female steel-pan player is found dead beneath a cannonball tree. It is a discovery that will transform the lives of everyone on this small island.”
From: Passiontide launch with Monique Roffey

“Our venue is the wonderful Ottowin Shop on Gloucester Road, which hosts a beautifully curated selection of handmade homeware and clothing. Our drawings will be focused by observing the setting, so it is a beautiful and unusual place to do this - this workshop will also be inspired by the playful and summery, carnival inspired style of Tapuh and Mahika Kala clothing.”
From: Mindful Drawing and Sound

“Emerging from the sacred oak with a mission to spread love and joy, Cousin Carving, an ancient being, seeks to reunite his carnival troupe to protest against oppressive forces and create community in the face of adversity. Will you join him on this extraordinary journey?”
From: Carnifolk Presents: Carving's Carnival