Piano People’s amapiano stage at Notting Hill Carnival will bring the scene’s pioneers to West London

Presented by Rough But Sweet and Hennessy, the Piano People stage will connect party-goers with a top secret line-up...


Words by: Billy Ward

This Sunday, August 28, Carnival lovers will be able to enjoy a first of its kind amapiano sound-system from the streets of West London, as one of this year’s most hotly anticipated events returns to Notting Hill after a two-year hiatus.

Celebrating its 32nd year at Carnival after beginning their journey in 1989, the iconic Rough But Sweet stage is partnering with Hennessy to present a line-up curated by the internationally-renowned amapiano collective Piano People.

After hosting sell outs in venues such as Ministry of Sound, regional UK tours and hosting a stage at Portugal’s Afro Nation, the collective have become a staple of the scene in recent years, delivering the genre’s brightest talent to the people.

‘Rough But Sweet and Hennessy Present Piano People’ will bring together a line-up of amapiano’s South African pioneers with emerging talent from London to give the genre a platform at one of the world’s most renowned carnival celebrations.

The stage’s secret special guest lineup will be revealed on Sunday at its Hazlewood Crescent street location, with live performances running from 12 – 7pm across the afternoon. Those heading to the sound-system will discover an experience beyond the music, including an exclusive Hennessy bar serving Carnival-inspired cocktails and food from Jollof Mama.

The action will continue on the Monday (August 29) with Metropolis Music taking over the sound-system with a tribute to drum ‘n’ bass legend MC Skibadee.

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