The Return of Nottingham’s Hockley Hustle is Marked with the Release of Super Early Bird Tickets

Set to return on October 21, 2023, Nottingham’s arts and music festival Hockley Hustle is preparing to showcase the city’s creative scene across the weekend.

Helping to develop both the artists and promoters that make the event thrive, the festival has supported local charities since its debut in 2006.

A samba parade taking place within the streets of Hockley at Hockley Hustle 2022

Image Credits: Ghandi Manning

Taking place on Saturday October 21, 2023, at Antenna and Rough Trade, the industry day brings together a selection of the UK’s most respected industry professionals including record labels and artist managers, partnering with DIY collective Ladies Music Pub.

This year’s confirmed professionals will see names such as Jake Bugg’s manager Jason Hart, BBC Introducing’s Dean Jackson and BBC 6 Music and New York hip hop producer Large Professor taking place in the industry day while also checking out festival talent across the weekend.

Taking place on Sunday October 22, 2023, the festival itself will showcase more than 350 local artists across 30 venues including Rough Trade, Bodega and Hockley Arts Club, celebrating the city’s impressive music and entertainment scene.

The jam-packed line-up consists of acts such as ALT BLK ERA, Fat Bamboo and Ella Knight, with a limited number of super early bird tickets being available to purchase for £10 plus booking fees here.

The festival donates its ticket income, as well as other funds from the sale of merchandise to local charities, with Hockley Hustle already raising more than £200,00 since its establishment.


Street performers at Hockley Hustle 2022

Image Credits: Fabrice Gagos

This year, the festival will be donating the funds raised to five local charities: Imara, Base 51, Emmanuel House, B’Me Cancer Communities and SFiCE Foundation.

Rosie Needham-Smith of Emmanuel House said: “We’re really excited to be involved in Hockley Hustle for another year. The event raises vital funds that will contribute to the running of our support centre, which provides support for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”

With continued support from It’s In Nottingham, the festival is also once again be providing free tickets to low income families, with the initiative allowing 20 Ukrainian families and 10 families working with the local Refugee Forum to enjoy the festival’s Young Hustlers event last year.

2023 Wristbands are on sale here at a Super Early Bird price of £10, allowing access to over 30 venues and 350 acts across the city.

Student tickets are also available to purchase here , just remember to bring a valid student ID when collecting your wristband!

You can discover the full line-up and keep up to date with updates about Hockley Hustle at

Cover Image Credits: Fabrice Gagos

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