After a three-year, covid enforced, hiatus tomorrow will see the return of one of Nottingham’s most loved music festivals, the Hockley Hustle. A staggering THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY acts will at 30 venues, and all to raise money for five fantastic charities.
Over the years the Hustle has established itself as an unmissable event in the Nottingham music calendar – and in the process has raised thousands for fantastic causes, and it is fantastic to see the event return – being involved in the 2014 Hustle still remains one of my favorite moments in running NottinghamLIVE.
With so much going on it is, pretty much, impossible for us to cover everything happening across the day, but be sure there is something for everybody, including the return of the Young Hustlers for U18’s and the Green Hustle, which will take place at the newly opened Mammoth – A Climate Aciton Cinema – the former Screen 41.
Looking at some of the other venues, our friends over at I’m Not From London will be hosting two floors of grunge, rock and indie music at their new(ish) venue The Old Bus Depot, which will include the likes of Jess Thomas, Mason & Kane Ashmore, Araya, Pretty Windows, Minatore and The Last Generation.
At Broadway Cinema comedian and poet Ben Macpherson will host a fantastic and eclectic line up of performers that includes the QM Barbershop Quartet, Revenge of Calculon, The Most Ugly Child and Chloe Rodgers.
As well as a series of events at the aforementioned Mammoth Cinema, the Green Hustle team are also taking over proceedings at Metronome and will be showcasing an incredible array of performers that includes Alex Mighten, 94 Gunships, Jah Digga and Rob Green – who’s NOTTS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT podcast appearance you can check out here.
Cultural Vibrations (Unity through Music) are presenting a wonderful mix of hip-hop, soul, raggae and RnB at Revolution with acts including G bino Akuboy, Lisa Hendricks, Last Sons and Kold Chillin (DJ Archive and Dave).
The Bodega will, as always, be a part of the action, with two stages hosted by Acoustic Rooms. Upstairs you can catch the likes of Remy CB, The Damn Heavy, Jake Buckley and ALK BLK ERA – who will be performing in special custom-based knitwear from Sneinton-based designers A3Knit. Meanwhile, downstairs you can see performances by a host of acts including Lorna Dea, Myles Knight and Jaque Seviour.
The Sofa Sounds team are taking over pizza venu Oscar & Rosies with a quartet of sets, so far only the fabulous Girlband have been announced as performing but we’re sure the other acts will be equally as exciting.
Jamcafe is one of the areas best loved venues, and a longtime supporter of the local music scene, so Bradley and team are, of course, a part of things and will feature a line up that includes Daudi Matsiko, Dusty 4 Track, Saffron and An Electronic Improvisation by Tom Harris.
Local radio station MyHouseYourHouse, who, having initially only relaunched for lockdown in 2020, have stuck around and will be presenting sets at Das Kino featuring Loose Joints, Ultrasound, Quadrant, The Big Faces and Andy Riley (Inland Knights). You can find out more about the return of MyHouseYourHouse by checking out our chat with founder Alex Traska on the NOTTS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT podcast.
For something a bit different – both in terms of venue and entertainment – you can head along to the National Justice Museum where comedian Jay Sandhu will be hosting a mix of comedy and poetry featuring, amongst others, V.E.S.P, The Eddie Johnston Bit, Kingdom Rapper and 2Tone, while Jay himself will perform both poetry and comedy sets, there will also be comedy and poetry workshops at the start of the day for those interested.
There is more poetry, along with acoustic and folk music at The Lord Roberts featuring the likes of Poets from the LGBTQ+, Nic Harvey, G4YB0Y and Baby Tap.
That is just a small selection of the 30 venues taking part – you can find the full line up at the Hockley Hustle website
As well as that there is also plenty of stuff happening out on the streets of Hockley including a silent disco and Can Samba parade.
As you can see there is an absolutely huge amount of stuff happening across the day, and it’s all to raise money for five fantastic local charities:
Emmanual House – who provide open access day service to the homeless and vulnerably housed community with clothing, hot food, warm showers and access to advice and support. With winter approaching they are desperately in need of help so any donations are welcomed – drop them off at the wristband exchange at Broadway Cinema.
Base 51 – help Nottinghamshires vulnerable 11-25 year olds build life skills, healthy relationships and resilience to prepare them for the transition to adulthood.
SFiCE Foundation – focus on community development and reducing the effect of food poverty, ill health and isolation in communities. They offer hot meals, food parcels, clothes, toiletries and other essentials.
B’Me Cancer Communities – work to preserve the health and well-being of people, in particular, but not exclusively from the BME and low-income community, who are living with and affected by cancer.
Imara – support local young people who have been victims of sexual abuse, and their families with pre-trial therapy, getting imperial advice and help in many other areas. Specialising in creative art therapies.
As you can see the Hockley Hustle not only offers a great day of amazing entertainment – turning Hockley into THE place to be – but also helps support great causes, in fact they have raised over £150,000 since 2006.
For more information on the festival, including ticket info, head to the official Hockley Hustle website
The Hockley Hustle takes place at multiple venues on Sunday 23 October 2022.