The hotly contested Panorama the UK’s national steel band competition has been the precursor to the Notting Hill carnival for the last 30 years.
The Trinidad Panorama competition is the principle steelband competition in the world. In 1963, the Trinidad and Tobago government together with the National Association of Trinidad and Tobago Steelbandsmen (NATTS) launched the new steelband competition. Today ‘Panorama’ steel band competitions are held around the Caribbean, USA, and in Europe.
Panorama the UK’s national steel band competition has been the precursor to the Notting Hill carnival for the last 30 years. Steel Pan, one of the five disciplines of Carnival, and Notting Hill Carnival is the biggest showcase for Steel pan music in London, and the annual highlight of the UK Steel Pan music scene.
The UK’s top steel pan bands will take to the stage to battle it out for the title ‘Champions of steel’. In recent years Ebony Steelband has dominated, and has come first an amazing 16 times, and the judges will once again be looking out for technical excellence, flair and showmanship.
Panorama UK 2010
The UK’s top steelbands, each comprising of between 40 and 75 musicians, compete for the title ‘National Champions of Steel’.
Panorama Steelband Championships 2010 Location: Horniman’s Pleasance Park, Bosworth Road and Kensal Road, London W10 5EH (FREE) 6pm – 11pm
Nearest Tube. * Westbourne Park Station * Ladbroke Grove Tube Station
1st Ebony Steel Band
2nd Mangrove Steel Band
3rd Real Steel