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21 Jun 2023


After a three year absence, the streets of St Pauls are set to come alive once more as the iconic St. Pauls Carnival celebrations make an eagerly anticipated return on 1st of July.

St Pauls Carnival has taken to the streets of Bristol since 1968 for a celebration of African Caribbean culture, bringing people together from all over the city. Known for its colourful parades, infectious music, and diverse cultural showcases, the carnival is set to reclaim its place as one of the city’s most cherished and vibrant festivals. The annual cultural event is renowned for its vibrant atmosphere, street food, parades and live performances.

Having been a part of the St Pauls community for decades and a crucial part of the areas history, Lakota are joining in on the celebrations by hosting a day and night party in collaboration with the Carnival. A percentage of all profits will be donated to @stpaulscarnivalbristol and Carnival 365, supporting the crucial work they continue to do for Bristol’s African Caribbean communities.

The event boasts an all star artist lineup with multiple headliners, including: Goldie, Conducta, Dr Dubplate, Ama, Amaliah, Junior Simba, Flowdan, Capo Lee and P Money, with takeovers from one of Bristol’s most popular sound systems, Firmly Rooted.




From 2pm – 9pm, the people of Bristol will once again gather in the Lakota Gardens to dance the day away.

Following his recent Boiler Room and a hugely successful Lakota show last year, one of Kiwi Rekords finest, Conducta will be back to join us alongside local legend, Dr.Dubplate.  You can expect plenty of UKG flavours from Conducta and his fellow selectas over the course of the day, or NUKG as MIXMAG have recently described it.

We are also incredibly excited to announce two standout MC’s, Flowdan and P Money, who have been talk of the town recently with releases that have made it into Official UK Charts. Originating from the East side of London, both Flowdan and P Money have established themselves through their signature lyrics, unique styles and emerging through the grime scene. Both of these artists can be referred to as masters of their craft, collaborating with a wide variety of artists across genres.

Check out two of Flowdan’s biggest releases with Fred Again ‘Rumble’ here, and his timeless 140 classic ‘Skeng’.

Listen to P Money’s latest release ‘Buss The Red’ with Whiney which fuses Drum and Bass with Grime here.



If the day festivities were not enough for you, Lakota will also be hosting the official afterparty inside the club from 9pm. All day time attendees will automatically will gain access to the afterparty, however there is also the option to purchase tickets specifically for the night time.

For the ravers who manage to stay for the entire celebration, they will be rewarded by the return of none other than the legendary GOLDIE. As no stranger to the Bristol scene, Goldie is credited as one of the pioneers of jungle/drum and bass music and widely recognised as one of the most influential DJs and producers to have shaped the scene into what it is today.

Guests can expect rolling basslines, choppy breaks and an unbeatable old school sound that still resonates through sound systems around the world, as well as his charming and unique personality which shines through when he mixes.

Here’s a little reminder of when Goldie came back for our 30th anniversary event with Randall, Mungos Hifi, Napes, Carasel and more.

We are thrilled to be putting on this celebration once again and can’t wait to rejoin on Stokes Croft.

You can buy tickets HERE.


Please read on to learn about the history of the Carnival.


The carnival dates back to 1968, with the aim of bringing together the European, African-Caribbean and Asian cultures and to counter unfavourable preconceptions about St Pauls. It began as a communal gathering, with locals selling home-cooked cuisine from their front gardens, which grew in size over time and eventually became known as St Pauls Carnival. By 1991, it had been renamed St Pauls African Caribbean Carnival as a platform for Bristol’s African-Caribbean population, attracting people from all around Bristol.

Over the years, the carnival grew into a full celebration with spectacular parades, authentic street food and cultivated a sound system culture similar to that of London’s Notting Hill Carnival. Unfortunately, it was not plain sailing for the Carnival over the years, having had several hiatuses, including when the event’s major funding was withdrawn between 2015 and 2017, as well as during the pandemic years. Yet it has remained resilient and has come back bigger and better than ever.

With years of anticipation behind it, this year’s carnival promises to be a momentous occasion for Bristol’s residents and visitors alike, and we cannot wait for the organisation’s first complete Carnival in three years to take place this year.