Nottinghamshire's Nina Smith takes to the stage at Rock City (Credit: Emma Richardson)

Performing at Rock City for Nottingham’s Beat the Streets event on Sunday was a “moment to remember” for local singer-songwriter Nina Smith.

Thousands of people came together to raise funds for homeless people, with over 80 national and local acts taking to stage for the cause.

The event was held over 10 different venues across the city with Rock City, Rescue Rooms, The Bodega and Stealth all opening their doors to crowds, with all proceeds of the event going towards Framework, a Nottinghamshire-based charity dedicated to bettering the lives of the homeless in the country.

Nina, who saw recent success in the R&B iTunes charts in 2015, is from Nottingham herself and having seen several artists perform over the years at a “world famous” venue, it was a “special moment” to be a part of.

She said: “It was hard to have expectations for the event because it had never happened before, it was the first of its kind and it was also on a cold Sunday in January, which is quite a risky choice for an event to take place.

“I was originally supposed to be playing the Rescue Room stage but then got bumped up to the Rock City stage and as it’s quite a large venue to fill so the fact that I managed to fill it was overwhelming and a moment to remember.”

“It means so much to be able to play the Rock City stage – it’s a stage that I’ve seen many, many acts perform on and for all the Nottingham musicians, even the musicians from across the country, dream to play that kind of stage as it’s world famous.”

Nina Smith pictured with her band performing at Rock City for Beat the Streets event (credit: Sam Nahirny)

With record numbers of rough sleeping across the country, Nottingham have already recently seen 49 people sleeping out on one night, which is the highest number since the count began and for the organisers DHP, the event is to enforce a positive change around the issue of homelessness.

George Akins, the managing director at organisers DHP, said before the event: “It is increasingly evident that we have a growing problem once again with homelessness in the city with many people reaching crisis point.

“The aim with Beat the Streets is to make it a force for positive change, using music to bring together the people of Nottingham to raise funds to help make a difference where it is so desperately needed.”

Following the success of the event, Nina hopes to see it return to the city again and take to the stage once again.

She added: “The main reason I thought it was important to be part of this event is because I think it’s one of its kind. I’m sure there has been lots of events that support and try and help out the homeless but there hasn’t ever really been anything as big as this festival-wise.

“Just to be a part of the Nottingham music scene and part of the crusade to raise as much money as we can – it was an exciting thing to do, a very important thing to be a part of and I hope to be a part of the next one.”

  • Nina Smith’s new single ‘White Boards’ will be released on 28th February 2018 with her debut album ‘White Feather’ to be released this year.