Nottingham’s Beat The Streets festival beat its own target and raised more than £100,000 for the homelessness charity Framework.
The all-day event took place on Sunday, January 28 and had more than 80 local and national performers.
The day was such a resounding success that organisers have decided to make it an annual event.
Organiser George Akins of DHP Family said: “Nottingham’s music scene really came together to make a difference. I am immensely proud of everyone involved and will strive to make next year bigger and better.”
Highlights of the day included Nottingham-born punk duo Sleaford Mods, who packed out Rock City for their set. Other venues taking part included The Bodega, Rescue Rooms, Stealth and Rough Trade.
Michael Leng of Framework said: “Beat the Streets was a very special occasion where the community responded with massive commitment to the homelessness crisis.
“It was also a thrilling celebration of Nottingham’s vibrant music scene which provided the perfect platform to raise funds and awareness for homelessness.”
This chart shows Nottingham City’s official rough sleeping estimates from 2010-2016. The rapid rise in recent years shows the extent of the homeless crisis in Nottingham right now and why we are all here today!
Please give generously to make these figures a thing of the past! pic.twitter.com/TxBF6wK3dx
— Beat The Streets (@Beat_Streets_) January 28, 2018
Nottingham’s homelessness figures have risen in recent years, with numbers more than doubling from 2015 to 2016 and now being at an all-time high for the city.
Money raised from the music festival will go towards improving Framework’s Street Outreach Team.
This includes emergency accommodation for those sleeping in below-zero conditions on streets, putting social workers in place to make assessments and helping towards resettlement workers who create a smooth transition for homeless people going from the streets to accommodation.
Tickets for the event were sold on a donation basis, where they could be bought through a minimum £5 donation, but music revellers could pay more if they wished to.
Within a few hours of the event’s JustGiving page being set up, £1,200 had already been made.
Framework charity has been helping to get people off the streets of Nottingham for 17 years and has since become one of the biggest charities of its kind in the United Kingdom.