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13 Acts You Could've Caught at Hockley Hustle

7 October 16 words: LeftLion
These artists and bands all smashed it at Hockley Hustle over the years, and have gone on to wow folk further afield

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Jake Bugg
2010 – Broadway Cafe Bar
What they're up to now: Won Best Solo Artist at the 2015 NME Awards. Signed to Mercury. His debut album is now double platinum and he’s three albums deep in his career. Currently touring.

2014/15 – The Corner/The Bodega
What they're up to now: Released their debut album, Urth, on Earache Records in 2015, scoring a very respectable 9/10 in NME. Currently recording their second album after a heavy stint of touring.

Amber Run
2014 – Nottingham Contemporary
What they're up to now: Signed to RCA. Hailed as the next Mumford & Sons, which is shame as we reckon they’re better than that. In the midst of writing their second album.

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photo: Daniel Whitson

Natalie Duncan
Many years – Many venues
What they're up to now: Appeared on Goldie’s TV show that culminated in a performance at Buckingham Palace. Her superlative vocals and keyboard skills earned her a record deal with Verve, on which she released her debut album. She has also appeared on Jools Holland.

Nina Smith
Many years – Mostly Broadway
What they're up to now: In 2015 reached No. 4 in the Top 10 of the iTunes R&B/Soul chart. She’s currently teaching and rumour has it that she has an album out early next year.

April Towers
2014 – Nottingham Contemporary
What they're up to now: Got themselves featured on the FIFA 16 soundtrack – back of the net. Currently recording their debut LP, they’re one of the UK’s buzzbands.

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photo: Louise Clutterbuck

Liam Bailey
Many years – Many venues
What they're up to now: Hit the Top 5 with his co-written Chase and Status track, released his debut LP, and collaborated with Shy FX, DJ Fresh and Delilah. Toured with Paloma Faith, appeared on Jools Holland, and has recently been in the studio with Gorillaz recording tracks for their upcoming album.

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Many years – Mostly Broadway and Nottingham Contemporary
What they're up to now: Toured with Paul Weller, signed a publishing deal with BMG. New album is being released imminently.

– Broadway
What they're up to now: Signed to Low Life Records. Starred in Shane Meadows’ Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee. Released his long-awaited, crowdfunded album, Aeon: Peace to the Puzzle in 2015. Is currently working on the Gangsta Wraps food brand.

2007/2008/2015 – Muse/Revs
What they're up to now: Releasing classic record after classic record, still one of the most revered underground UK hip hop acts.

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photo: Shaun Gordon

2014 – Nottingham Contemporary
What they're up to now: Signed to Tru Thoughts. Released debut LP Forget Me Not in 2013, produced by hip hop legend, Joe Buhdha. Has performed at major UK festivals including Bestival, Glastonbury and Boomtown. Released her Futurespective EP series last year, and is currently touring internationally.

Dog is Dead
2014 – Nottingham Contemporary
What they're up to now: Managed by DHP. Played Glastonbury in 2010, and appeared as themselves in an episode of Skins, series five. Signed to Atlantic Records in 2011, but rebranded as DID in 2015. Fast Food EP was the latest offering in 2015.

Ady Suleiman
2015 - Brewdog
What they're up to now: Signed a mouth watering deal with Sony after presenting them 5 demo tracks. Released an EP in 2015, and another in 2016. Sold out a couple of tours and is being touted as one of the UK’s next big soul singers.

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