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Seven sound systems on way for Hackney Carnival

PUBLISHED: 18:03 17 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:53 20 August 2018

Carnival elders enjoying the show last year. Picture: Sean Pollock

Carnival elders enjoying the show last year. Picture: Sean Pollock

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Feathers, glitz, booming beats and 1,000 dancers are set to grace the borough's streets at the return of Hackney Carnival next month.

Ridley Road will be selling world street food. Picture: Sean PollockRidley Road will be selling world street food. Picture: Sean Pollock

Seven sound systems will be set up pumping music from around the world during the September 9 event, which this year has a theme of “iconic Hackney”.

The procession will be a loop, starting at the Queensbridge Road bridge before turning right into Richmond Road, along Mare Street, up Amhurst Road and down Dalston Lane. It will start at 1.30pm and go on until 5pm.

The carnival will run from 12noon until 8pm.

A live music stage in Gillett Square will be headlined by reggae star Earl 16, while food, drink and more music from Solution Sounds and NTS Live will be available in Ridley Road. Music will also be on offer in Bohemia Place courtesy of a Hackney Pride 365 QTIPOC sound system, while Hackney Playbus will be in the town hall square for the kids.

Tropical Isles were the winners of the carnival. Picture: Sean PollockTropical Isles were the winners of the carnival. Picture: Sean Pollock

Creative director Pax Nindi said: “The carnival has a lovely community feel – everyone from young to old gets involved. “

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