Don Letts to bring the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival to Birmingham

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One of the most legendary names in British music history, Don Letts was the driving force behind the emergence of reggae and dub within the 1970s punk scene.

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Since then, the DJ, record producer and director has become a pivotal person representing Jamaican music, DJing at London’s annual Caribbean celebration the Notting Hill Carnival. Now he’s taking his carnival sounds across the UK, heading to Digbeth’s The Night Owl on Friday, October 19th.

Don Letts said: “I’ve been going to Notting Hill Carnival for nearly four decades. In that time I’ve heard the soundtrack change from calypso n’ soca to today’s multi-genres via the Jamaican sound-systems that culturally hijacked Carnival in the mid-seventies. Carnival is many things to many different people, it just depends on where you’re at and what street you’re on! Some people take it very seriously that they even plan Carnival Sound is a slice of what my Carnival sounds like, it’s all about the bass…” If you are looking for costume ideas for an upcoming carnival, it may be in your best interest to do a quick search into what to dress for carnivals and see what you can find!

Expect Caribbean beats, hip hop, funk, soul reggae, disco and more carnival classics from Don Letts, followed by respected Birmingham DJ Sam Redmore. Sam Redmore is the creator of Tropical Soundclash – a house, broken beat and bass night infused with afro, latin and tropical melodies. Sam hosts DJ residences across the city, with a monthly slot spinning funk and soul at The Night Owl.

Don Letts presents Carnival Sounds is the place to be for any reggae, hip hop, funk and soul fan. Don Letts will be spinning the Carnival classics at The Night Owl from 9pm on Friday, October 19th. Tickets are available now.

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Sophie Hack

PR, events and social media by day, lover of all things geeky and retro. Can often be found scribbling notes at the back of the gig.