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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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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

“A don of London’s reggae scene, Gladwin Wright boasts one of the world’s best reggae collections. His soundsystem has been hosted at carnival for nearly 40 years and was spun off from Wax Unlimited Record Store, the shop that Gladdy ran for 14 years in Stoke Newington.”
From: Gladdy Wax meets Downbeat Melody

“Strange things happen in dreams, but stranger things can happen in waking life, and Jaz Delorean has never shied away from baring his tattered soul to anyone willing to listen. He’ll pull at your heartstrings and get you dancing to the rhythms of his fingers and forgetting your own worries for a time, before skulking off into the blackness behind the neon carnival lights again.”
From: Jaz Delorean & Beth Roberts

“Come one, come all, to the grandest fête of the age! ‘Tis a maelstrom of delight, a carnival of the extraordinary, where the bounds of reality doth blur and fantastical dreams do come to life. This night shall unfold like a tapestry woven with threads of whimsy and debauchery, taking thee on a journey into the very heart of revelry.”
From: Ravenaissance the Third

“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: Carnifølk Presents: Carving's Carnival

“Expect all sorts from baile funk to balkan wedding bangers, latin american dancehall to cockney knees up slammers, congotronics to jigs/reels, soca to bhangra & ska to carnival samba with of course the occasional tease of jungle n hardcore ruffage.”
From: AnExperience Presents ~ A proper knees up