Beat The Streets fundraiser raises more than £100k for homeless charity

Beat The Streets fundraiser raises more than £100k for homeless charity

A music festival formed to help the homeless is to become an annual event after exceeding its £100,000 target.

Held across Nottingham venues on January 28, Beat The Streets saw more than 80 acts playing over 10 stages in venues throughout the city centre including Rough Trade, Rock City and The Bodega.

The event, run by Nottingham and London-based promoter DHP Family, featured artists such as Sleaford Mogs, Ferocious Dog, Rolo Tomassi and The Invisible Orchestra. 

“The whole of the Nottingham 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,” said DHP MD George Akins.

A total of £46,000 was raised via ticket sales and bar proceeds; £16,000 from fundraising activities, £3,000 donated by beer suppliers and £30,000 was donated by DHP Family. Additional funds were raised from merchandise sales, raffle sales, JustGiving donations and collection buckets.

Proceeds will be donated to Framework, the charity dedicated to improving the lives of homeless people. Many of the artists also donated their proceeds from merchandise sales on the day.

Framework's Michael Leng said: “The total that has been raised will play a massive part in supporting the partnership between Nottingham City Council, Framework and other third sector agencies to help people on the streets this winter, and perhaps beyond, with the provision of accommodation and support.”

DHP Family - whose venue portfolio includes Thekla in Bristol - is also donating £5,000 to Bristol's main homelessness charity, Caring in Bristol.

Donations can still be made via JustGiving

The next Beat The Streets scheduled for Sunday, January 27.

By Sarah Thomas

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