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|Carnival Leads London’s Musical Weekend|
- Bank Holiday party-goers head for Notting Hill, Clapham and Kings Cross
LONDON’s busiest musical weekend of the year is upon us and as usual there are several huge gatherings on offer.
The biggest crowd puller over the bank holiday will be west London's Notting Hill Carnival, offering up exotic floats, spiced-up food and a varied soundtrack courtesy of the hundreds of sound-systems strewn across Ladbroke Grove. As before, Sunday is Children’s Day (starting at 11.00am and finishing at 7.00pm) and Monday is Adult Day (11.00am to 9.00pm).
In a bid to curb crime at the event, the Met and British Transport Police have been conducting raids through the week on ‘known troublemakers’ including suspected gang members and drug dealers. There will be metal detectors and police sniffer dogs at tube stations in the area to catch those carrying weapons or narcotics. The aim is ‘to make revellers at the event feel safe and secure’ said a police spokesman.
If dancing in the streets is not your bag, head on down to Clapham Common for a dose of techno at Saturday's South West Four, featuring Paul van Dyk, Pete Tong and Roger Sanchez. On Sunday the Common hosts Get Loaded with a line up of bands including The Streets, Dirty Pretty Things and Dizzee Rascal.
Elsewhere there's more treats for dance music lovers at the achingly hip, TDK Cross Central in Kings Cross (Saturday and Sunday). While those wanting to escape the metropolis need only head a few junctions down the M4 to the Reading Festival (Friday to Sunday) where Razorlight, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Smashing Pumpkins are the lead acts through the weekend.
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