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London’s new Yam Carnival festival was announced today

Bringing an unparalleled celebration of black culture around the world, Yam carnival today announced its long-awaited first edition – the resumption of London’s Clapham Common on Saturday 28 August for the definitive summer party that is impossible to resist.

Filled with a range of icons, pioneers, and the most prominent names in black culture from around the world – Yam Carnival is a welcome invitation to the hottest ticket of summer 2021 and a melting pot of black culture. It is run by a title showcase of none other than Davido. Ready to burst with big party vibes when he steps onto the Yam Carnival stage – expect a sizzling catalog of hits and hymns that will rock Clapham Common in unison for a scorching festival memory that we will all be talking for years to come.

On three stages, the greatest sounds of afrobeats, hip-hop, dance, afro-swing and R&B will come together for a defining cultural moment in the heart of London on the August bank holiday weekend . From the American favorite Kehlani returning to the UK in style with an ever-so-flowing ensemble that has to be seen to be believed, to the Nigerian superstar Yemi Alade making its long-awaited return to the UK after the release of last year’s famous LP “Empress” – Yam Carnival is about connecting black culture from all over the world to celebrate together at Clapham Common in London for a special night out special.

From the new generation of hot talent who released the biggest tracks of the past 12 months in Darkoo, Midas Le Jagaban, Pa Salieu, Omah Lay and Rema, to a staggering array of names all playing together at a UK festival for the first time as superstar Ari Lennox, Fally Ipupa, King’s promise, Femi kuti, Fatoumata Diawara and Patoranking – there has never been a festival like Yam carnival. Crossing genres, audiences and styles, these names rub shoulders with burning hearts such as Nao, Princess Nokia, Even the banks and IAMDDB to showcase the universal power and vast influence of black culture over the past decade. Factor in a bubbly e-bill run by real game changers such as Dijon honey – the result is a celebration the world has been waiting for. Yam Carnival is here to reunite the family under a summer sky, for a party the UK is crying out for.

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In addition to a truly unrivaled range, Yam carnival will bring together a tantalizing array of food and drink from around the world – tasting these special dishes we all know and love. From the best African-influenced food trucks and chefs in London, expect contemporary bites and traditional home comforts, all settling in at Yam carnival this August.

Put black culture and the African continent at the heart of everything the festival is about, Yam carnival is truly a historic moment when the biggest festival stages finally become a celebration of the vast influence and power of culture right now. Bring the street / beach / house party and combine it all into one of London’s most iconic outdoor spaces – Yam Carnival is the festival ready to rock London.

Tickets for Yam Carnival 2021 go on sale from 12 p.m. Thursday April 1, with a special / limited presale available to those who signed up to the Yam Carnival mailing list on sale at 9 a.m. that morning, Thursday, April 1. As a major event in London’s festival calendar, festival-goers are recommended to collect their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Tickets will be on sale at: