What to expect at the Notting Hill Carnival
It's the biggest street party in London, where people come from all over to let their hair down over the last long weekend of the year
BST kicks off on Friday 1 July and runs through to Sunday 10 July. Here's a roundup of things to see and do during this year's BST:
The concerts themselves feature a world class array of turns, bookending the events in style. BST has been responsible for hosting such acts as The Rolling Stones, Blur, Taylor Swift, Neil Young and Lionel Richie since it began in 2013. This year sees an eclectic array of headliners and supports, that there is something for everyone.
Kicking off on Friday July 1, Massive Attack headline. The Bristol shapeshifting collective will also be reuniting with early collaborator Tricky as well as featuring a host of guest vocalists such as Young Fathers. Punk queen Patti Smith also features on the bill, which also sees the likes of TV On the Radio, Warpaint and Ghostpoet. Saturday 2 July sees the party get properly started, with Florence & The Machine, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie XX and Todd Terje on across the stages. Carole King plays the whole of her landmark album 'Tapestry' on Sunday, as well as a cavalcade of classics peppered throughout, turning into a right old singalong. She's bringing Don Henley, Michael Kiwanuka and Louise Goffin along with her to offer support.
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Friday 8 has Mumford & Sons and their chums take the park over, with Baaba Maal, Wolf Alice, Alabama Shakes and Kurt Vile in among the highlights. Saturday 9 sees what's currently left of Take That topping the bill, and pop gonk Olly Murs as main support, with the brilliant and repetitively named pop turns Years & Years and Bright Light Bright Light also playing. The final show on Sunday 10 has the legendary Stevie Wonder performing his 'Songs In The Key Of Life' album in full, which would be pretty special on its own, but there's also Pharrell Williams, Corinne Bailey Rae and R&B sensations King on the bill.
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Coca Cola Movie Nights will be screening some classic flicks each night from 6pm on the 4th until the 7th - for FREE. The themed nights run as thus: 4 July USA (Big, Groundhog Day), 5 Brits (The Theory of Everything, Four Weddings & A Funeral), 6 Musicals (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Moulin Rouge) and 7th 80s (E.T. and The Breakfast Club).
There will be free Wimbledon screenings from midday each day during BST's Open House occupancy, so you can cheer your favourites without having to traipse to the games themselves. If racquets aren't your racket, you can play badminton or ping pong in a special area, and the brave can have a go on the flying trapeze. If being energetic sounds like too much effort, have a stroll through a horticulture show, the Street Food market (which promises one stall in every five as a vegan option) or just mooch around people watching in the greatest city in the world.
For more information and for tickets visit bst-hydepark.com