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It’s back – that time of year when crowds swarm the streets, bass thunders beneath pavements and hands sticky with jerk chicken punch the air in salute to that landmark of British Summer: Carnival!

The Red Bull Music Academy 2013 Carnival Series kicks off in Bristol for St. Pauls Carnival on 6th July. After last year’s hiatus, the event is back with a vengeance for jam-packed celebration of Afro-Carribean music with some heritage bass-heavy vibes. Spearheading the line-up, Bristolian DJ Milo rewinds to his halcyon days with The Wild Bunch: arguably the most legendary local Sound System whose latterday mutation spawned Massive Attack. Coming back to play St. Pauls Carnival for the first time in over twenty years, DJ Milo drops his current moniker of DJ Nature for an exclusive Milo set. Also making a welcome return, Redlight brings his unique blend of breakbeats, drum’n’bass and house for a session to top his floor-thumping appearance two years ago, expect a set firing it from all cylinders.

Support comes from T. Williams, coming from a different angle with his unrivalled style combining heavy house with influences from hip hop to grime. Also joining fresh from the Academy is Throwing Snow and St. Pauls native Buggsy, the fast-rising MC who’s talent for quick-fire rhymes has catapulted him to status of local hero and beyond. It’s not just fitting to have him rep at St. Pauls, it simply would not be Carnival without him. Another cherrypick from the overflowing pool of local talent is OH91, whose musical path echoes Buggsy’s with both artists having recently laid down tracks as part of Red Bull Studios presents Soft Rockets. Completing this year’s bill, local duo Jus Now unleash their spirited fusion of Trinidadian Soca rhythms with the sub heavy sound of the UK underground, together representing a truly eclectic celebration of bass music from past, present, and the ever-changing future.

And as ever, they’ll be a few guests dropping in to shake things up on the day, promising an almighty stir!

Video content and radio shows to be available from www.redbullmusicacademy.com and www.redbullmusicacademyradio.com and follow @rbma on Twitter

The St Pauls Carnival takes place on 6th July in the St Pauls area of Bristol and runs from 11am-11pm and is free, see www.stpaulscarnival.co.uk for more info. The Red Bull stage runs from 12pm-9pm in St Pauls Park, off Portland Square.