This item was published in the mag’s former incarnation, ‘NMNM’, February 2018.
As if we needed reminding what a great music scene we have in Nottingham, Beat the Streets was chock-full of local talent all supporting a good cause. Consisting of eight stages across five venues it was hard to know who to go and see.
The only way forward was to plan it beforehand! Figuring Rock City was probably going to be rammed for Sleaford Mods, I decided that this should be my first port of call, and figured I might as well get there for the first act – VVV. I got myself a couple of cans of Hop House 13 (£2 a can – awesome!), and made my way to the front of the stage.
VVV are a three-man rapping crew who were supported by a DJ on decks. Both beats and rapping were very much old school, reminiscent of Beastie Boys. Their lyrics were occasionally be a touch self aggrandising as is common with this genre, but the performance was energetic and engaging, so we were off to a good start.