28 August 2021 / Clapham Common, London
A celebration of Black music, food and culture
YAM Carnival is a brand new Afrobeat music festival coming to London this summer.
From the creators of Afro Nation, it was originally planned to launch in 2020 as a weekend celebration of the African diaspora, including Caribbean and Latin American culture, with music and food from across the world. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the festival had to be cancelled. In March 2021, organisers confirmed YAM Carnival would kick off in the capital as a one-day event on 28 August 2021.
Set to be an exciting addition to London's festival circuit, there will be live music from the Afrobeat, reggaeton, R&B, hip hop, Afro-swing and dancehall music genres across three stages. The 2021 line-up is led by Afrobeats pioneer Davido alongside artists like Kehlani, NSG, Koffee, Ari Lennox, Yemi Alade, Pa Salieu, Darkoo, Nao, Princess Nokia, Ms Banks, IAMDDB, Midas The Jagaban, Femi Kuti, Honey Dijon and many more.
In addition, expect Clapham Common to be transformed into a food lover's paradise with African-influenced food trucks as well as Caribbean cuisine, Latin American staples and delicious American-inspired options from New Orleans Creole and Cajun cooking to Southern soul food. Chefs from around London will be preparing all these international delicacies to devour.
YAM Carnival attendees can also experience the unique masquerade culture including the traditional homage to ancestral spirits, featuring rich costumes, structures, masks and complex dance rituals from regions around the globe.
You can get the underground to Clapham Common and Clapham South on the Northern Line service. It is recommended to get home using the Clapham South or Clapham Junction stations as Clapham Common tube station will be closed at the end of each night.
Clapham Common is easily reached by bus and you can get the 35, 37, 88, 137, 155, 249, 255, 295, 322, 344, 345, 355 and 417 buses near to the festival site, along with the P5 and F1. The night buses, which include N35, N37, N155, N137 and N343, also run nearby.
Clapham Junction is the nearest train station serving both London Victoria and London Waterloo lines. Clapham Junction is a 15-minute walk from the site. London Euston Station will not be accessible during the weekend due to scheduled maintenance works. You can also get the Overground rail service from Clapham High Street station.
YAM Festival has no public car park and car parking in the area is extremely limited so it is highly recommended you use public transport.
YAM Carnival adds two more huge names
NSG and Koffee join the already scorching line-up featuring Davido, Kehlani, Yemi Alade, Nao, Pa Salieu and many more for London's new summer party.
YAM Carnival comes to London this summer
Organisers announce the day-long festival will take over Clapham Common on Saturday 28 August 2021.
A true melting pot of Black culture, YAM Carnival is a new one-day London festival bringing together the sounds and styles from all across the African continent, the Caribbean, America, Canada and the UK.
The inaugural YAM Carnival will be held on Saturday 28 August 2021.
YAM Carnival will be held at Clapham Common in South West London. Public transport is the easiest way to get to the site. For more information about getting to YAM Carnival visit here.
YAM Carnival's 2021 line-up features Davido, Kehlani, Yemi Alade, Nao, NSG, Koffee, Pa Salieu, Ari Lennox, Darkoo and many other artists.
No, YAM Carnival is a one-day festival that does not offer camping. However, there are many accommodation options available as it is based within easy reach of the London city centre.
YAM Carnival has a strict no re-entry policy once you enter the festival site.
Yes, YAM Carnival is a strictly 16 and over event, so younger children are not permitted. You will need a photo ID to guarantee entry to the event, such as a passport or driver's licence. You must be aged 18 and over with photographic ID to purchase alcohol at the festival.
Tickets for YAM Carnival 2021 are on sale now.