The St Pauls Carnival has announced a stellar line up for 2019 showcasing the best musical and creative talent from Bristol and beyond – with some exciting surprises still to come.
The four stages will host a vast range of Afro Caribbean inspired and world music alongside contemporary dance tracks. Staying true to carnival roots genres features will include reggae, soca and dancehall as well as grime, hip hop and drum and bass. Live performers and DJs will be entertaining the crowds from midday to 10pm on Saturday, 6th July.
The Windrush Stage at the St Paul’s Learning centre has a line-up combining music and spoken word, designed to honour the Windrush generation and the theme of this year’s event ‘Our Journey’. The stage will feature a series of performances paying homage to the carnival’s cultural and musical heritage. The show will be bought to an explosive conclusion by Eva Lazarus, Split Prophets and reggae legends Talisman.
For those keen for a boogie, the World Dance Stage in Brunswick Square, will be pouring out beats of every genre throughout the afternoon and evening, culminating in a show by two Bristol dance music legends from 8pm to 10pm.
The Unity Stage in St Paul’s Park, run by youth arts group, Aspiration Creation Elevation (ACE) and funded by Bristol Music Trust, will host a wealth of young musical talent throughout the day, with live performers to DJs serving up urban beats, grime and hip hop alongside reggae and afro beat influences.
Mandela's Hideaway in St Agnes Park has a children’s stage designed to keep the little ones entertained throughout the day with highlights including performances from the finalists of Bristol’s Got Talent.
The Windrush Stage
In keeping with tradition, the Windrush Stage opens at 12noon with the carnival blessing, then music kicks off at 12.20pm with the Bristol Reggae Orchestra and continues with live reggae acts including Hot Steppas and BackBeat Sound System, DJs Yam and Banana Takeover and poet Zed Regal.
At 3.20pm, they will hand over to two of Bristol’s most celebrated poets, wordsmith and activist Edson and spoken word maverick Lawrence who will captivate the audience with their powerful and evocative words exploring the Carnival theme of ‘Our Journey’.
At 4.20pm the music resumes with a trip down reggae’s ‘Music Memory Lane’ as Nia Melody & Friends sing classics such as I Can See Clearly Now, Girly Girly, Uptown Ranking and more.
From 6.25pm hear some of your favourite homegrown artists and discover some new favourites as Bristol’s top musical talent takes to the stage in a series of explosive and memorable performances.
At 8pm, supporting acts Eva Lazarus then Split Prophets will take to the stage to warm up the crowds for headliners, roots reggae legends Talisman appearance at 9.10pm.
The World Dance Stage
Music kicks off at 12.10pm with a Tribe of Doris takeover presenting a range of world music followed by a BCFM Takeover focus on pop, reggae and hip hop from 1pm.
High energy dance duo Culture Fusion light up the dance floor with soca, afrobeat and hip hop at 2.20pm then you can admire some of Bristol’s best homegrown grime and hip hop lyrical talent, Griz-O Official, Jasi, Lejitt and Stay Hungry, from 2.50pm.
Dance to drum and bass from the Ambush Family from 3.40pm then hip hop from Blacksmith, classic pop tunes from Anna Lisa Price and finally reggae from Dallas at 5.20pm.
The stage will then play host to a series of DJs from 6pm throughout the evening including DJ Wally with a soca, afrobeats, urban mix and DJ Jerome Hill sharing some dancehall and old skool hip hop tunes.
From 8pm to 10pm carnival-goers will be treated to DJ sets from two Bristol legends who we hope will remain a surprise right up until they explode onto the stage.
The 2019 Carnival theme of ‘Our Journey’ will be run throughout the programme, reflecting the event’s aim of bringing people from different communities and backgrounds together.
LaToyah McAllister-Jones, executive director of St Paul’s Carnival CIC, said: “We’re thrilled to unveil this amazing varied carnival line up, featuring fantastic musicians and performers from Bristol and all over the world.
“This is going to be a real musical feast with everything from African Caribbean classics and world music to contemporary UK dance beats. With so much great music we expect to get everyone dancing at some point throughout the day.
“Carnival is a celebration of our diverse cultures and the music reflects this, bringing the whole area to life with a mix of happy high energy tunes, heavy beats and happy carnival vibes!
“It is also an opportunity to give a platform to many of the city’s emerging musical talents who we expect to go far in coming years.”