It would not be Notting Hill Carnival without all types of music making even the grumpiest person sway to the beat.
Getwestlondon takes you through the types of music you can expect to experience at the carnival and gives you a sneak peek into who is performing this year.
This is at the heart of the carnival and can be traced right back to the arrival of the first Africans brought to work as slaves on Trinidad's sugar plantations.
They were forbidden to talk to each other while working so began to sing using calypso from west Africa to communicate and mock the slave masters without them knowing.
The songs were usually lead by one person called a Griot, who is now called a Calypsonian and helped to unite the slaves with their narrative form and a cleverly concealed political subtext.
Calypso singing competitions, held annually at Carnival time, grew in popularity after the abolition of slavery by the British in the 1830s.
Like Calypso, soca has been key to the carnival since it started in 1966.
It also is used for social commentary and risque humour, although it went through a change in the 1980s after Lord Shorty, known as the Father of Soca and The Love Man, became disillusioned with the genre being used to express courtships and sexual interests.
Soca was embraced because of its ability to reflect what people were thinking and their desires in a sexually repressed society.
Metaphors for sexuality were used in soca in the West Indies so Lord Shorty moved to the Piparo forest where he converted to the Rastafari movement and changed his name to Ras Shorty I. He then created a fusion of reggae and gospel music called jamooin and soca then evolved into a blend of musical styles in the 1990s.
It wouldn't be Notting Hill Carnival without steel bands, also known as Pan.
Hailing from the Tambu Bamboo band from Trinidad in the early 1930s, Trinidadians used to beat the bamboo and sing and as they began to create different tones they realised oil drums could be used to produce a better sound and the steel band was born. All hail Tambu Bamboo!
The steel pan at Carnival is celebrating the first milestone in a three year build up to Notting Hill Carnival's 50th anniversary in 2016.
As you wander around the streets of Notting Hill this bank holiday over 40 Djs will be spinning the decks on soundsystems.
From Latin jazz, reggae and garage to hip hop and drum 'n' bass there is something for everybody.
Developed from the musical traditions of African slaves in Brazil, Samba started in the north of the country which just hosted the FIFA World Cup and was radically developed in Rio de Janeiro at the turn of the century.
A taster of which bands will be performing over the August bank holiday weekend :
D Riddim Tribe
Flagz Mas Band
Genesis Carnival Band
ISIS Carnival Band
Notting Hill Carnival runs from 9am until 7pm on August 24-15. Children's Day on the Sunday kicks off Europe's biggest street festival with costume parades, street performances, food and of course music.