It's that time of the year again! Festival vibes are in the City's air and the London Calypso Tent is well and truly open. At this point we could give all the marketing speak but Soca News provides a more independent appraisal in its coverage of the opening night. 

Dates: Every Friday commencing 3 August 2018 with the Calypso Monarch final taking place on Thursday 23 August 2018. Don't like the judges' decisions well let them know on Friday 24 August at the 'Peoples Choice' award the following night.

Who are the British Calypsonians?

The popular rise of calypso music had its beginning in the late forties and continues to exist in contemporary Britain through the efforts of the Association of British Calypsonians (ABC) an organisation that has kept the art alive for over 22 years.

Initially instrumental with promoting the music in Britain were Lord Kitchener, Roaring Lion and the Mighty Tiger. Tiger was a dedicated and committed calypsonian who leadhis UK based contemporaries in a campaign that established the formidable London Calypso Tent. The London Calypso Tent may not be the first, but it is definitely the longest surviving outlet that has positioned calypso music at the cutting edge of contemporary Black British culture.

The success of the ABC gaining Arts Council recognition and client status has further contributed to raising the profile of the music. Additional assistance from the Trinidad and Tobago government and Carnival Village (London) has allowed ABC to pass on this musical tradition, the first music of the Caribbean, to a new generation of British youth. Read more about us here.


Welcome to the website of the Association for British Calypsonians. Our registered company name is Association of Calypsonians UK.

The Association of Calypsonians UK is a membership led charitable organisation with the aim of advancing and sharing the Caribbean art-form of Calypso in the UK and Europe. The genre's modern off-shoot "soca" is also fast growing on the world music scene. 

We are always seeking new members. Whether you sing, spoken word, compose or play an instrument and want to explore the exciting sound of calypso, soca or fusion we would love to hear from you. 

If you are not musically inclined but want to learn about the culture there are other aspects such as carnival administration and event management you can support us with.

Join ABC, learn the music, perform, travel, make new friends, have fun and develop your character!

We are updating and modernising our digital interfaces and  a new website is being developed for our heritage activities. Click the link below ...

ABC is a Carnival Village Partner