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by Notting Hill Carnival Ltd


Sat 25 August 2018

18:00 – 23:00 BST

For the best part of an entire year the UK's top steelbands have been putting in the rehearsal hours and fine tuning their skills for the eagerly anticipated annual National Panorama competition; the most important date on the UK pan lovers’ calendar.

Panorama 2018 will see a total of six steelbands play a ten-minute composition from memory – no sheet music is allowed here! So the pressure is on to deliver a perfect pan rendition. There's only one chance to impress the distinguished judges. One mistake and it's game over!

Panorama was established in 1978, and Ebony Steelband are the current reigning champions. This year they will be fending off the best the UK has to offer. Croydon, Mangrove, Metronomes, Phase One and Rapso will have upped the ante with the aim of claiming the coveted title of UK Panorama Champions for 2018.

For the first time, in addition to the judges' verdict, there will be an opportunity for the public to vote via the official NHC app - available from Apple Store and Google Play The People's Choice will close for voting at midnight. To be announced on Carnival Sunday, children's day. 

Competing steelbands can consist of up to 100 musicians, creating an energetic atmosphere for the audience. This year, there will be another first. Akin to all Panorama events worldwide 2018 will be a ticketed event. With all 100% of monies raised equally split amongst all steelband members as a mark of appreciation and respect for their hard work, craft and performances on the night. This will also help them to recoup some of the costs incurred, something they have previously absorbed year on year.

As a ticketed event there will of course be changes to the venue that will give the audience and bands a more engaging experience. For full details of these changes go to our website www.nhcarnival.org

Panorama competitions are traditionally open-air events and Notting Hill Carnival's Panorama is no exception. Watch the sun set, eat Caribbean street food and enjoy the sweet sound of pan while the steel bands get on with the serious business of impressing the judges and you the audience. The steelbands will proudly hold their ranked titles until next year … when we do it all again.

The competing bands for this year are :

- Croydon Steel Orchestra

- Ebony Steelband

- Mangrove Steelband

- Metronomes Steel Orchestra

- Phase One Steelband

- Raspo Steelband

- Photography Credits : Pan Podium

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