One of Bristol’s best-known DJs is to star at a gig this weekend to help raise money for the St Pauls Carnival.
Roni Size will be at Lakota in Stokes Croft on Sunday evening for the event, which organisers hope will provide funds to prevent it becoming “nothing more than a village fete”.
Earlier this year, carnival organisers revealed the event would only take place in Portland Square and there would be no night-time outdoor sound systems or fairground rides.
The event costs £250,000 to stage and needed to be reduced in size after donations of only £3,000 were collected from about 90,000 revellers in 2011.
The decision provoked an outcry, with a new protest group Save Our Carnival Association (SOCA) describing the plan to keep the event in Portland Square as a “slap in the face”.
Now, the organisers of the St Pauls Ting event on Sunday say they want to raise up to £20,000 to boost St Pauls Carnival.
“It’s a St Pauls Ting is a great chance for us to put our money where our mouths our to help save our Carnival,” said a spokesman.
“We have organised the first event for this Sunday and some of Bristol’s best known DJs will be playing including Roni Size who is the ‘secret’ special guest. He has not played in Bristol since the carnival last year. Even if you have no intention of coming along please buy a ticket as your money will make a difference.
“St Pauls Carnival is an important part of Bristol’s cultural calendar and it would be a great shame for us all if it became nothing more than a village fete.”
For more information, visit the event website here…