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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 2023.

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 2023 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 2023 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

“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

“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

“We are hugely excited to welcome back David Walters and his group from France after their absolutely show stopping performance at The Jam Jar in 2021. The powerful tropical trio combine the sounds of Africa, America, Europe with the Caribbean roots of David Walters in a universal language of music and carnival.”
From: David Walters

“Kandi Sharma, international Multi genre Dj, entertains diverse crowds from Glastonbury Festival to the carnival masqueraders in the streets of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Having hosted a radio show on LUR Live for 4 years, and frequently creating mixtapes for BBC Sounds, Kandi also performs her original songs and models carnival costumes for Notting Hill's Tempo Mas UK. Her journey started when she joined an all female sound system in 2007 which was created by Barrington Levys daughter and niece. A star in the making, we're so excited to invite Kandi to Bristol!”
From: Ruffnek Diskotek