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Don't Forget Rupert at Rock City

The brisk and breezy weather didn’t stop people enjoying Beat the Streets. Running for its second time, the festival returned to the city centre on Sunday 26 January.

Hundreds of music-lovers weaved out of Rough Trade, Rock City, Rescue Rooms and more to jam out to local artists old and new.

Last year the event raised over £100,000 for Nottingham-based charity Framework. All the money from the bar, merchandise and ticket sales goes towards the charity, so punters could indulge and know it was all for a good cause.

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Rescue Rooms, one of the venues for the day

Jess Powell, partnerships manager at Framework said: “There’s plenty of people here today, which is great as it’s going to help us tackle homelessness.

“Last year’s money helped us extend our outreach teams, and this year the money is going to be split between supporting our outreach teams and the prevention services in the city.”

Hashtagobi, a hip-hop artist, brought bundles of energy to the stage – it gets you out of breath just watching him! Unreleased track Level Up, complete with retro-style video game effects, was a catchy song that got the audience hyped up for the rest of the day.

In-between the stress of pushing through crowds, The Edi Johnston Bit provided light comedic relief with his quirky songs. We have him pinned as Nottingham’s answer to Weird Al Yankovic. His song about tea – “hands up if you fancy a cuppa!” – had the whole crowd chanting and had us craving a cup of the good stuff.

Don’t Forget Rupert were absolutely chuffed to have filled one of the biggest rock venues in the country, and they channelled this excitement with a fast-paced set that had the lead singer racing through the audience at once point.

Although it’s always brilliant to see big companies like DHP supporting local artists, a few of the acts did have very similar riffs and melodies. Although Nottingham does have a thriving indie music scene currently, it would be good to have seen more varieties of acts.

Even in the afternoon leg of the festival, each venue had a cosy amount of people ready to embrace whoever was on stage next. Nottingham always shows up for people in need – and it always shows up in style.