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The latest edition of the renowned Beat The Streets music festival took place in Nottingham last Sunday (30 January) – a heart-warming coming together of musical and organisational talent with an enthusiastic music-loving public keen to put the fun into fundraising.

This amazing event is organised by Nottingham-based DHP Family – one of the UK’s leading music promoters and one of Framework’s very special corporate partners: Beat the Streets is our largest partner-led fundraising event. The festival raises much-needed funds to support our work with homeless people in Nottingham and beyond, and allows us to provide additional mental health support to those who need it most.

Launched in 2018, the previous three editions of Beat The Streets have sold more than 10,000 tickets and raised around £250,000 to support work to tackle homelessness. It’s too early to say how much has been raised from ticket sales, bar sales and merchandising on this occasion.

The quality of Nottingham’s independent music scene is legendary and Sunday’s event was, once again, a brilliant showcase for around 50 great bands and solo artists all giving their services to appear on multiple stages in Nottingham city centre.

As in previous years that extraordinary and generous commitment by hundreds of performers and organisers was united with the enthusiasm of around 2,500 audience members in a shared endeavour – to make a difference to the lives of people in need.  It was inspiring to be part of it.

DHP’s Joe Patten, who programmed the event, said: “Every year after Beat The Streets I am so overwhelmed by the response, not just the amount of money raised and donated by festival goers, but the time, effort and work that goes into it from everyone involved.

“The artists, venue staff, marketing, ticketing, volunteers, and the team at Framework have done so well to pull this all together and deliver a fantastic day, and more importantly raise some much-needed funds.

“What has made this year extra special is how much everyone got involved given the circumstances. It felt great to see so many people around and pulling together for such a great cause.”

I can only echo that.  Massive thanks are due to everyone involved at DHP and to all the musicians, technicians and others who so generously gave their time and talents to make this brilliant day such an outstanding success and to everyone who turned out to enjoy it.