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Independent traders in Hockley marked Christmas 2013 with festive sights and sounds. From 23 November through to 22 december Hockley Rocks filled the streets in the spine of the Creative Quarter with a series of special music events, vintage and craft markets.
Hockley Rocks was the first of its type and took place in Hockley Square where Carlton Street, Broad Street, Heathcoat Street, Goosegate and Stoney Street meet. The series of street music performances were designed to brighten up the winter and add a real festive feel to independent shopping trip to this part of The Creative Quarter. The programme included musicians, performers and street acts. There was even a Vintage Tea Dance.
Over the four weekends visitors got a chance to listen to home grown artists such as Josh Kemp, Stiff Kittens, Chez Chez, James Hartley, Marc Reeves, Music For Everyone, Tripliquette, John Hardy, Kat Kerris, Rachel B, Faith Tucker, Ella Greenwood and many more.
Toby Reid, Director of BioCity and a member of the Board of the Creative Quarter Company said “This is great to see. Hockley Rocks is an initiative dreamt up and driven by local traders, facilitated by the Creative Quarter Company and Nottingham City Council. It features local music talent and will bring further energy and vibrancy to the streets at an important trading time for the area. This is exactly what the Creative Quarter is all about.”
The event was planned by independent traders from the area including Hartley’s Cafe, A Vintage Obsession, Danielle Gotheridge, Paul Crabtree and many more. Nottingham events management and record Label I’m Not From London, Stiff Kittens DJS and Confetti Media Group also supported the programme.
Retailer Verity Mason from A Vintage Obsession welcomed the new working relationship with the Council and thought Hockley Rocks was only the beginning of building on the distinctive identity of the Hockley area. She added “Hockley has always been an area with great character and the proliferation of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars make it a unique place which offers unique experiences. There have always been music events in this area, people may remember many a great Hockley Hustle in the past, Montana have often done spray-painting events and I’ve done a Vintage Tea dance with Danielle Gotheridge in the summer. Hockley Rocks is another example of traders in the area working together to entertain visitors and make sure everyone who comes into the area has a great time. It’s entertainment for everyone to bring a smile to people’s faces as Christmas approaches.”
As well as much musical merriment there were lots of ideas for seasonal gift goodies thanks to a series of Christmas vintage markets. This included The Flea Circus at the Vintage Warehouse – a regular flea market with lots of stalls selling a range of arts, crafts, bric-a-brac, vintage clothing, vinyl and artisans foods.
After that there were two more flea markets in the Vintage Warehouse. On Sat 30 November there was a special Pretty Dandy Flea Classic – a mix of art, craft and fun. On Sun 1 December there was a Pretty Dandy Flea Christmas offering a wonderful range of attractions and this time with extra Christmas sparkle stirred in.
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs and Growth at Nottingham City Council added ,”Local music is so important to this city. Nottingham has the best music scene in the UK, Hockley is one of the best independent shopping areas in the UK, and now shoppers will get the two combined! A great creative quarter initiative, and another example of why you get more in Nottingham! The Creative Quarter kicked off Christmas off in style!
There were a vast array of wonderful performers who took part. Here’s a lits.
‘Truly Wondrous’ – Dean Jackson (The Beat, BBC Radio Nottingham)
‘His lyrics, music and voice ooze a rare musical maturity that defies his age’ – LeftLion magazine
‘Heartfelt experimental acoustic folk’ – The Maze
‘Marc Reeves has a fantastic voice’ – Independent Music News
James has been playing bass for 25 years. He has supported Alice Cooper across Europe in 2000. James will be playing with Wilson T King later this year. Who know’s what’s next !?
“Bewitches with subtle, sweet/sour guitar licks, enchanting vocal melodies and bitter-twisted lyrics.”
“Their sound is a mix of soothing vocals, beautiful harmonies and thoughtful lyrics, together creating an Acoustic bliss.” – Steph Hargreaves (Nusic)
..nan acoustic duo who are running on nothing but raw talent, belief and inspiring musicianship. Ladies and gentlemen let us show you WAITT Unsigned’s Band of The Week – HeavyHeads
MUSIC FOR EVERYONE CHOIR
After their Carol Singing in the Market Square, they are heading up the street to Hockley Rocks, and singing Christmas Carols.
THE DANCE STUDIO
Based on Carrington Street in the city centre, The Dance Studio are a Children’s Dance School, providing lessons in tap, ballet and street dance plus much more.
ESTHER LEONARD & FRAZER LOWRIE
Two beautiful stalwarts of the Nottingham musical contingent perform a variety of original and covers to get you into the festive spirit.
‘Alternatively soulful, Frazer really creates his own brand of jacked up acoustic music. It’s notably rare to see an artist perform with all boxes ticked: lyrical ability, large vocal range, well structured tunes and interesting guitar riffs. Frazer’s ability to combine his talents has ensured a cult following within the UK. ‘ – Acoustickle
Nottingham’s own Josh Wheatley, a rising young acoustic star in his own right at just 18, with his music already selling in the city’s HMV branch –
6 PIECE BRASS BAND – Made up of University Students.
STIFF KITTENS DJ’S
NUSANTARA (MALAYSIAN DANCE BAND)