notting hill carnival, straight up

Hit the streets of Europe's biggest street festival and experience this year's Notting Hill Carnival through Rosie Matheson's lens.

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30 August 2016, 4:15pm

Jordan Stephens, 24, Brighton via North West London

Where have you come from today? Kensal Rise.
What do you do? Writer/performer.
What's the best thing about carnival? The colours.
What's your favourite float? King Tubby Soundsystem.
If you weren't at carnival right now, what would you be doing? Ibiza or binge watching The Get Down.
What's your carnival theme tune? Dawn Penn, No no no.
What gets you in the mood for carnival? The sheer velocity of floats driving down my road.
What's the first thing you do when you arrive at carnival? Buy 17 whistles.
How would you describe carnival in 3 words? Loud and proud
What advice would you give to a first timer? Try not to get drunk before midday.
@rizzlekicks@jordanswave

Sam Adefe, 26, London

Where have you come from today? Shepherd's Bush.
What's the best thing about carnival? Culture/food.
What's your favourite float? All Saints Road.
If you weren't at carnival right now, what would you be doing? Playing Fifa.
What's your carnival theme tune? Bashment.
What gets you in the mood for carnival? Food.
How would you describe carnival in 3 words? Batty, girls, food.
What advice would you give to a first timer? Enjoy.
@carlogambino

Natalie, 22, London

Where have you come from today? Hackney.
What do you do? Student.
What's the best thing about carnival? Music, vibe, dance.
If you weren't at carnival right now, what would you be doing? Sleeping.
What's your carnival theme tune? Kandie, Turkle
What gets you in the mood for carnival? Friends, drink, music.
What's the first thing you do when you arrive at carnival? Friends and music.
How would you describe carnival in 3 words? Live, vibrant, free.
What advice would you give to a first timer? Just let loose.
@tarliaadjubi

Justine Obiakor, 23, California

Where have you come from today? I live here.
What do you do? Post grad student/admin.
What's the best thing about carnival? Community feels.
If you weren't at carnival right now, what would you be doing? Moving.
What's your carnival theme tune? Lil Kim, Lighters Up.
What gets you in the mood for carnival? Beats.
What's the first thing you do when you arrive at carnival? Vibe out.
How would you describe carnival in 3 words? All positive vibes.
What advice would you give to a first timer? Embrace it fully open minded
@souleclectic

Chanelle Crawford, 19, London

Where have you come from today? North West London.
What do you do? Student.
What's the best thing about carnival? Alcohol.
If you weren't at carnival right now, what would you be doing? At home.
What's your carnival theme tune? Alkaline, Formula.
What gets you in the mood for carnival? Alcohol.
What's the first thing you do when you arrive at carnival? Drink.
What advice would you give to a first timer? Drink.
@planetchanelle

Sol Eaux, 21, London

What do you do? Make clothes.
What's the best thing about carnival? Sun (hopefully).
What gets you in the mood for carnival? Noise
What advice would you give to a first timer? Be you.
@s_leaux

Lea Revan, 19, Finchley

Where have you come from today? Finchley.
What do you do? Unemployed.
What's the best thing about carnival? Weed, drinks, music.
If you weren't at carnival right now, what would you be doing? Dancing.
What's your carnival theme tune? Controlla.
What's the first thing you do when you arrive at carnival? Drink.
How would you describe carnival in 3 words? Mad, mad ting.
What advice would you give to a first timer? Don't lose your mates.

Reuben, 21, South East London

Where have you come from today? Peckham,
What do you do? Creative arts,
What's the best thing about carnival? Joy/community/people dressing nice.
If you weren't at carnival right now, what would you be doing? In the park.
What gets you in the mood for carnival? Mangos.
How would you describe carnival in 3 words? Colourful, busy, happy.
What advice would you give to a first timer? Stay hydrated.
@pebblebythesea

Pippo Khalwa, 21, London

Where have you come from today? Ladbroke Grove
What do you do? Music.
What's the first thing you do when you arrive at carnival? Walk.
How would you describe carnival in 3 words? Excellent, rowdy, fun.
What advice would you give to a first timer? Go with a gang.
@therealpeaky

Kaisle Brown, 21, London

Where have you come from today? London.
What do you do? Student.
What's the best thing about carnival? Dancing.
What's your favourite float? Dancehall.
If you weren't at carnival right now, what would you be doing? Nothing.
What's your carnival theme tune? Pull up to mi bumper.
What gets you in the mood for carnival? Music.
What's the first thing you do when you arrive at carnival? Dance.
How would you describe carnival in 3 words? Cultural, amazing, black.
What advice would you give to a first timer? Have fun.
@kaislexy

Credits


Photography Rosie Matheson