De La Soul were forced to cancel their performance for Tim Westwood at the NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL after police fears that someone might get hurt in a crush. The set was due to be their first in the country for over two years.
The Radio 1 Stage ran into problems of overcrowding during the band’s much-anticipated performance yesterday afternoon (28 August). Several hundred people jumped over the barriers after the area around Horniman’s Pleasance, to the west of the Carnival route, was declared full. Police then took the decision to cancel the set minutes after the band had taken to the stage.
The event was also marred by violence, when an unidentified 21-year-old was stabbed on the Kensal Road at around 10pm. He was pronounced dead on arrival at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. Police are understood to be searching for a muscular black man with short hair and a dark hooded top in connection with the incident. In total, 35 people were hospitalised and 89 arrests were made over the course of the two-day event. Three people remain hospitalised, including one man who is said to be in a “critical condition” following a separate stabbing incident near Kensington Park Road.
In spite of this, Police still feel that the event was a “happy occasion for the vast majority of people”. Over one and a half million people attended this event which, apart from the usual proliferation of sound systems, saw veteran DJ Norman Jay celebrating his 20th carnival with a set aboard the ubiquitous Bud Ice Bus. Meanwhile, the Radio 1 Stage saw sets from the likes of Jamelia and Wookie, and NME hosted an Infantile Party at the Time Bar, which saw Jon Carter, David Holmes and X-press 2 Djing on the street until the small hours.