May Day Festival of Solidarity 2018 took place over the weekend of May 5/6 at The Old School House, Barnsley. Tony and Joe worked very hard putting together another incredible blend of musicians, poets and speakers and the festival proved to be an another belter with music from Merry Hell, The Wakes, TV Smith, The Moods, Reg Meuross, Headsticks, Chuck SJ Hay, Paul Carbuncle, Ribbon Road, Quiet Loner, Rebekah Findlay, The Hurriers, Joe Solo and Jess Silk; magic from Ian Saville The Marxist Magician; poetry from Kevin Titterton, Matt McAteer, Laura Taylor and Poetry On The Picket Line; plus speakers from unions and campaigning groups fighting their daily battles for social justice and worker’s rights.
If you’ve never been to the festival, here’s a potted history…….
The first ever May Day Festival of Solidarity took place on Sunday 1st May 2016 at Polish Club in Barnsley. Organised by Tony Wright from The Hurriers and Joe, it featured some of the finest voices in music, poetry and politics all united under one roof to celebrate International Worker’s Day.
It was a truly special day with some incredible performances from: Attila the Stockbroker, Grace Petrie, The Wakes, The Black Lamps, Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers, Lizzie Nunnery & Vidar Norheim, The Hurriers, Janine Booth, Steve White & The Protest Family, Headsticks, Alun Parry, Sheffield Socialist Choir, Quiet Loner, Ste Goodall, Serious Sam Barrett and Joe; together with speakers from ASLEF, UNISON, UCATT, NUM, BFAWU, Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign and the Labour Party.
Photographs by Ian Parker, Val Colvin, John Reed, Pete Yen and Lindsay Rutland- thanks guys.
May Day Festival of Solidarity expanded to two days in 2017 and featured incredible performances from The Men They Couldn’t Hang; Steve Mason; Ken Bonsall; Thee Faction; Robb Johnson; Efa Supertramp; Attila the Stockbroker; Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds; Calum Baird; Interrobang‽; Burning Ferns; Blyth Power; Chris T-T; Lilith Ai; April Lodge, Del Scott Miller and Jethro Platts; A Firm Of Poets; The Hurriers; Lily Gaskell; Backyard Burners; Dave Burland; Grigio; Uncle Paf and Left Ahead.
Post-Lockdown we returned to a rammed Old School House on 1st May 2022 and witnessed some now legendary performances from artists who deserve full houses wherever they appear.
We have 2023 booked already and we can’t wait.
See you down the front.