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21 brilliant moments from Notting Hill Carnival 2019

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Written by Phillip Williams
It's the biggest – and the best – street party in Europe, and this year's Carnival was a total scorcher. Relive some of the best moments of the weekend here.
On August Bank Holiday, Notting Hill Carnival took over the streets of west London for a weekend of sun-soaked partying, in celebration of the city's Caribbean communities and heritage. Here's a round-up of just some of the innumerable highlights from the weekend – and what went down at the Red Bull Music Sound System.

1. Mangrove were crowned winners of Saturday's UK National Steelband Panorama

Mangrove retained their title as Champions of Steel for the tenth time with their performance of Savannah Grass – kicking off the Carnival festivities in sweet, steely style.

2. Then J'ouvert kicked off Notting Hill Carnival bright and early

Carnival festivities really got going at sunrise on Sunday for J'ouvert with paint, chocolate and a whole lot of celebration.

3. The sun was blazing all weekend long

A group take a break in the sun at Carnival
It was one of the hottest August Bank Holidays in recent memory
With temperatures topping 30 degrees over the whole Bank Holiday, Notting Hill Carnival 2019 was a total scorcher.

4. And Jodian Natty turned up the heat even more

Jodian Natty performing at the Red Bull Music Sound System
Jodian Natty turns up the heat at the Red Bull Music Sound System
The midday sun is already at full force by the time Jodian Natty took to the Red Bull Music Sound System on Sunday 25, but she managed to ramp up the centigrades further with her opening track, Put It on Me, and a hair-raising performance with her dance partner. Did someone say it’s getting hot here?
Listen to her set on Red Bull Radio in the player below:

5. Sneakbo arrived to the party undercover

The South London artist has been one of the best in the game for almost a decade, but you might not have recognised him as he made his way through Carnival and onto to the Sound System stage with a new hair do. After the big reveal, he whirled through tracks like Mariah and Ain’t On Nuttin’ with the crowd recording his every move.

6. Alicai Harley and Tony Matterhorn's Hot Shots After Dark Sound System popped off

Tony Matterhorn and Alicai Harley at the Red Bull Music Sound System
Tony Matterhorn and Alicai Harley bring bashment hits to the Sound System
When two of dancehall’s biggest and brightest names get together, namely the esteemed Jamaican selector Tony Matterhorn and fast-rising star Alicai Harley, it goes off. Their new joint, project, the Hot Shots After-Dark Sound System, was electric. Matterhorn’s Goodas Fi Dem, Harley’s Proper Paper and a rework of Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop (That Thing) gave life back to any weary legs from a long and sweaty afternoon.

7. And the dancers brought the energy

Alicai Harley and dancers onstage at the Red Bull Music Sound System
Alicai Harley whirls through her hits with a five-strong dance squad
They're not called #Energysquad for nothing.

8. Aba Shanti-I pumped out dub and roots from his iconic sound system

He's been a resident sound system at Carnival since 1993.

9. Channel One Sound System celebrated 40 years in their same Notting Hill spot

They've been blasting out reggae from the corner of Leamington Road Villas and Westbourne Park Road since '79.

10. Spice teaches this guy how to whine

Spice teaches someone how to whine on the Red Bull Music Sound System
Do you think he's got the moves?
Bringing a next-level energy to the Red Bull Music Sound System stage with tracks like Romantic Mood and So Mi Like It, Spice calls out two lucky fellas from the crowd and asks, "do you know how to whine? I'm going to teach you."
Listen to an hour of bashment bangers courtesy of Lil C, live from Carnival 2019

11. Yxng Bane helped cool the crowd down a touch

Yxng Bane at the Red Bull Music Sound System
Yxng Bane at the Red Bull Music Sound System
When Gucci Mane came blasting through the speakers, he popped open a bottle of something expensive-looking and sprayed it over the crowd.
Listen to Yxng Bane's set in the player below:

12. And even brought his dog along

Yxng Bane and his dog
Yxng Bane and his dog
Bane's special guest.

13. The costumes were on point as ever

Check out that headpiece
Check out that headpiece
The Notting Hill streets were filled with revellers dressed up to play mas.

14. And the "King of Calypso" Lord Kitchener also made an appearance

Local celebrity Bubbles honours the Trinidadian Calypsonian – who arrived to the UK on the Empire Windrush in 1948.

15. Then there was food – and lots of it

Not only is Carnival filled with sounds – but the incredible smell of all the street food stalls. Curried goat, jerk chicken, plantain, the list goes on...

16. Which was fuel for all that dancing

They've got the moves.
Listen to Tiffany Calver's set from the Red Bull Music Sound System in the player below:

17. On Monday, the Mangrove truck joined the procession route

They celebrated their 51st year this year with an Aqua theme.

18. Pop star Leigh-Anne Pinnock was on board

The Little Mix star on the Mangrove truck
The Little Mix star on the Mangrove truck
The Little Mix singer joined in with the Mangrove crew.

19. Nailah Blackman painted the procession purple

A purple flare goes off as the Mangrove truck goes over a bridge
Nailah Blackman guides the crowd over the bridge
The Trinidadian singer/songwriter performed hits like Badishh and Iron Love on the Mangrove truck.

20. And Swappi also flew in to the party

Swappi performs on the Mangrove truck
Swappi performs on the Mangrove truck
The Soca star played all his hits in the late-afternoon sun.

21. The final day was wrapped up with a gorgeous sunset

Crowds at Notting Hill Carnival
The sun sets behind the crowd on the Monday procession
Notting Hill Carnival, you were amazing. Only 360-something days to go to 2020!