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This year’s Bath Carnival will see over 1200 performers parade through the streets of Bath, including a diverse mix of local community groups, schools and charities alongside the professional carnival acts. The incredible spectacle transforms the streets of the city centre on Saturday 13 July. 

In addition to the procession, over at Sydney Gardens a combined arts festival will see a truly fantastic line up of live music spread across four areas. Topping the bill on the new Bath West Community Energy Main Stage is TC & The Groove Family feat. Franz Von; a high octane 10-piece exploring highlife, breakbeats, and jungle. 

 

Dub and reggae music continue to have a big presence with Biggles’ Sound & Friends returning alongside newcomers The Golden Guild and a special performance from Bob Marley Revival who’ll be taking the audience on a journey to revive the music and spirit of the legendary reggae artist.

 

Gnawa Blues All Stars, led by the charismatic Simo Lagnawi, bring their unique blend of

traditional Gnawa (sacred Moroccan trance music), blues, jazz, and afro beat. 

'In addition to the procession, over at Sydney Gardens a combined arts festival will see a truly fantastic line up of live music spread across four areas.'

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And elsewhere there’s an eclectic mix of contemporary jazz, afrobeat and neo-soul served up by Suedejazz Collective, Matuki and Miya The Sun respectively. 

 

The Acoustic Stage features a global mix of intimate performances including the masterful Senegalese kora player Moussa Kouyate, and Kurdish / Turkish songs of love performed by Özcan Ateş. There’s also local talent from the likes of singer-songwriter Ez Dickens, jazz-funk outfit Salt Beef Reuben, Samba group Kaboozle and Music Workshop.

 

Old favourites SuperPirates and Sunplugged will be doing what they do best, keeping the vibes high throughout the day for children and families, and there’s a fantastic offering of local food and drink through until 10pm.

 

The party continues into the early hours at Komedia, hosted by the genre spanning selector Poly-Ritmo. She is joined by the Bath Carnival resident DJs, More Soup and Carlito’s Sessions for an incredible evening of upbeat, jazzy, soulful and funky tropical flavours.

The Fight To Keep Carnival Alive

 

Funding to organise community events such as Bath Carnival is increasingly difficult to access. This year’s the organisers have managed to raise over £100,000 to deliver the free day of performances and activities. To keep this special community project alive in 2025 the fundraising campaign starts now. Supporters are invited to make donation, no matter how small to the cause via the LocalGiving page, whilst businesses can email enq@bathcarnival.co.uk for sponsorship enquiries. Those interested in collecting donations on the day can sign up here:  

KEY INFORMATION

Sydney Gardens Festival: Free (suggested donation £5)

 

AFTER PARTY DETAILS

Poly-Ritmo • More Soup • Carlito’s sessions

Komedia | 23:00 | £7 adv / £10 door

 

BOOK TICKETS HERE 

 

EVENT TIMINGS

10:00–22:00: Festival, Sydney Gardens

15:00–17:30: Procession, City Centre

22:30–Late: After Party, Komedia

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