THE spirit of Notting Hill Carnival comes to Stroud this weekend, courtesy of DJ Don Letts.

The Grammy Award-winning filmmaker, reggae and punk legend, counter-culture broadcaster, musician and club DJ will be playing carnival classics, reggae, funk, disco, hip hop and more at the Lansdown Hall on Saturday night.

Letts was originally booked to play at the Marshall Rooms, but when the closure of the club was announced, the Lansdown Hall’s management committee offered the venue as an alternative.

Simon Vincent of Trading Post, who is organising the performance, said: “Out thanks go out to everyone at the Lansdown Hall, who stepped in at short notice, and are enabling this gig to go ahead

“They’ve been incredibly accommodating and helpful.

“There’s just a few tickets left now, which are available from Trading Post, on Kendrick Street.”

Don Letts is a veteran selector, who showed Bob Marley round London, inspired The Clash and was mentored by Malcolm McClaren, the manager of The Sex Pistols.

He was involved in the racial upheaval of the 1976 Notting Hill Carnival Riots, and a photograph of Letts, facing the police lines, appeared on the cover of the Clash’s compilation album, Black Market Clash.

Letts first came to notoriety in the late 70’s as DJ at the legendary punk club, the Roxy.

He went on to manage the Slits, play music with former Clash member Mick Jones in Big Audio Dynamite and has directed videos for everyone from Jimmy Cliff to S’Express.

Admission £12. Doors 9pm.