As the build to this year’s St Pauls Carnival, DJ Style spoke with journalist Neil Maggs to discuss the official after-party, and Code of the Streets marking it’s 15th Anniversary. Read the full article in Bristol Post here: www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/how-youll-able-party-night
How you’ll be able to party into the night this year at St Paul’s Carnival
The carnival officially finishes at 10pm
One of Bristol’s longest running hip hop nights has been granted one of the official after parties at St Pauls Carnival.
Code of the Streets has been in the city for 15 years, and will be teaming up with the Malcom X centre, to put on the event
The club night run by Andrew Hartley, known as DJ Styles, will offer punters at the Carnival the opportunity to party after it closes at 10pm.
DJ Styles, who grew up in the area, feels its important for his generation to be given an opportunity to carry on the tradition and party through the night.
Code of the Streets began life as a mixtape series back in 2001, with a heavy focus on new releases featuring international and local artists.
DJ Styles was instrumental in the hip hop scene of Bristol, and has played alongside the likes of Tim Westwood, Jazzie B, and Semtex.
After starting a radio show, it wasn’t until 2004 that Code of the Streets became a club night, debuting at Cosies Wine Bar in Portland Square.
This grew in popularity, and moved into larger premises at Basement 45, and is now established as one of the leading club nights in the city.
To be given one of the official after parties this year means a lot, particularly for someone that grew up going to carnival from a young child.
DJ Styles said: ”Yes am very proud. It has huge cultural and emotional significance for the community of St Pauls which was of course home to most of the new settlers from the Carribean.
“For me to continue to be connected in area i grew up is brilliant,” he added.
The 10pm finish for the carnival for some people is the right move, on grounds of safety and management.
It reflects a trend that is happening across the UK, including at Notting Hill Carnival which closes even earlier at 9pm, but goes over two days.
But some feel it is a dilution of the original spirit, where stalls and sound systems would continue until the early hours of the morning.
For DJ Styles, and his generation, this is offering a compromise, one that keeps some of the tradition going.
He said: “Growing up attending St Pauls Carnival for us, was always split into two parts of the day, you would have daytime watching floats, eating and enjoying all day activities occurring.
“Then we would leave to change into our evening clothes and come back to party at the various sound system located throughout Carnival.”
He continued: “I think my generation and some of those who are even younger can appreciate an after party, which will attempt to reminisce on those traditions and memories we grew up with.”
He accepts the reality of the changes to carnival, but feels this offers a solution.
He continued: “You will never be able to replicate those exact days as it was a reflection of that time and for some of us our childhood experiencing of what Festival was truly about, but the next best thing.
“To be amongst the like minded who enjoy listening to classic tunes from that period,” he added.
With an expected bigger turnout than ever before, of around 100,000 people, ensuring the after party is safe and well managed is paramount. DJ Styles is mindful of this.
He said: “With large numbers expected to Bristol for that weekend, we will be working closely with security, ensuring we have an appropriate number in place.
“We will liaise with the Carnival team and the Police , ensuring people’s safety is paramount. We will take nothing for granted.”
This year’s carnival theme is ‘Our Journey’ and DJ Styles wants to honour that too. He feels it’s vital for this generation to honour those that went before.
He said: “It’s really important we pay homage to the early pioneers. They fought for race equality through key events such as the city’s historic bus boycott, and set up organisations such as Bristol Race Equality Council, so we owe them a lot.”
“So we will be having display banners of the Seven Saints of St Pauls, made by Michelle Curtis, and linking strongly with Malcolm X Centre in the organising. Its very important for us as a community to present this element throughout the event for everyone to appreciate and understand,” he added.
For DJ Styles the whole thing will feel like coming home, and the completion of a circle in his life. He said: “As a youngster growing up in St Pauls and the Malcolm X centre was a key venue for events I performed at as an aspiring young DJ, so it feels like coming back home.”
“I am returning to the roots of where a lot my nights were started, and truly can’t wait for this one.”
St Pauls Carnival takes place on Saturday July 6. the After Party at Malcolm X Centres starts at 10pm.