Welcome to the homepage of the British Association of Sound Systems
(BASS). This site will give you more information about the
organisation, its function, and its membership.
The BASS membership is predominantly made up of the Sound Systems
that you will find located at the annual London Notting Hill
Carnival (Europe's largest street festival) which takes place every
year over 2 days, during the August Bank Holiday weekend in London.
Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 epidemic this year, the Notting
Hill Carnival 2020 has been cancelled. Please check individual Sound
Systems listings and their websites for details of alternative
arrangements for the August Bank Holiday this year as many will be
performing their own live streams over the Carnival weekend.
Although Sound Systems were present as an integral part of
Black-British cultural expressions in Notting Hill prior to
inception of the event in the 1960's, this year (2020) marks the
47th Anniversary of (static) Sound Systems being formally
invited to participate at the Carnival officially as the 5th
Please visit the
for the individual Sound System profiles and information about their
music policy, services and club dates etc.
You can also discover what you can look forward to in relation to
entertainment at Carnival 2020 and the site also offers useful links
and related information on the development of the sound system from
inception to current day. Please view our article on -
History of Sound systems in the UK
visit our contact page
for enquiries and/or comments.