Beat The Streets is a huge all-day music festival fundraiser taking place on Sunday 28th January 2018 to help address the growing homelessness crisis in Nottingham, which will take place at various venues including Rock City, Rock City Basement, Black Cherry Lounge, Rescue Rooms, Red Room, Rescue Rooms Bar, Stealth rooms 1 & 2, The Bodega and The Bodega Bar
Running from 1pm until 3am, the team behind the event are promising 80 national and local musicians, and hope to raise tens of thousands of pounds for Framework, the Nottinghamshire based charity dedicated to helping homeless people. The first line-up announcement is expected soon.
Local music promoter Will Robinson, I'm Not From London, explained why he's putting his weight behind Beat the Streets. "There are more people than ever teetering on the edge of homelessness. I'm a music lover and I also like to help out community causes and this is a great way of raising money for people who really need it and at the same time giving local bands a big stage to showcase their music. Beat the Streets will be an extremely enjoyable way to kick those January blues away and spread the message of love and support for people who don't have the luxury and security of a roof over their head."
Also involved are Sam Allison (Rough Trade), Tommy Farmyard (Hockley Hustle), as well as Stories of the Streets, the photographic project led by University of Nottingham students which conveys images of homelessness from the perspective of people in Nottingham experiencing it firsthand. The photographs and stories behind them will be on display during Beat the Streets.
Ben Rawson of Stories of the Streets, said: "The homelessness crisis in Nottingham is terrible and set to get worse and it's getting colder. It's a crisis we should all be empathetic towards too; with the reality than anyone can find themselves homeless."
Framework Fundraising Manager Chris Senior said: "The wholehearted commitment of the Beat the Streets team to make a substantial difference to the lives of the most vulnerable homeless people in Nottingham is inspiring. We hope people will be equally inspired to turn out in large numbers to support this magnificent initiative: they can be sure of a great day and of doing good at the same time."
"Beat the Streets will be an epic event which raises substantial funds and awareness to address one of the most pressing social issues of our time. There is no doubt it will make a tangible difference to the lives of people living on Nottingham's streets and we at Framework are most grateful for this amazing support."
The money raised from Beat the Streets will go towards improving the effectiveness of Framework's Street Outreach Team. This includes putting qualified social workers in place to start assessments on the streets, towards emergency accommodation to protect people in below zero conditions and towards resettlement workers who enable smooth transitions from the street to a tenancy.
Tickets are on sale, priced at £5 but with a 'recommended' price of £10, and with extra donations to Framework's valuable work for the homeless appreciated with your ticket purchase.
Alternatively, additional donations can be made here:-
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