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22/06/01
Carnival Gets the Rap
- Main stage scrapped from Notting Hill festivities in favour of club-based events

AFTER WEEKS of speculation Radio 1 has pulled the plug on the rap stage at this year's Notting Hill Carnival.

The event traditionally took place at Powis Square but changes to the carnival have forced Radio 1 to change its plans. The station will now focus on outside broadcasts and club-based events, with appearances from top name DJs such as Dreem Team and Trevor Nelson.

Last year the West London event was marred with trouble with two murders and over 100 arrests, forcing police to close down the Radio 1 stage after failing to keep the crowd under control during rap DJ Tim Westwood's set.

However, carnival organisers have hit out at Kensington and Chelsea council, accusing them of attempting to undermine the event, a claim that has been strongly denied by the council who insist they are just concerned with the safety of the revellers. "I want to be convinced we won't have the trouble we had last year with Tim Westwood and the rap stage," Labour Councillor Pat Mason said.




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