Almost there….


The bill for May Day Festival of Solidarity 2017 is almost complete. We are proper excited about it and we hope you will be too.

Following the success of last year’s event we wanted to build the festival into a full weekend of music, poetry and speeches so put Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April in your diary and look out for announcements about tickets very, very soon.

The venue is The Old School House in Barnsley. This is the same venue as last year, but renamed and refitted with two amazing stages which will suit our alternating platforms perfectly and give you non-stop aceness all day.

We have two very special headliners to announce over the coming weeks, but our bill already includes some monumental artists including have Lily Gaskell, Thee Faction, Burning Ferns, Claire Mooney, Grigio, Interrobang‽, A Firm Of Poets, Naomi Bedford, Attila the Stockbroker, Chris T-T, The Wimmins’ Institute, Lilith Ai, The Hurriers, Left Ahead, Efa Supertramp, Robb Johnson, Blyth Power, Dave Burland, Calum Baird and, yes, Joe Solo.

Comperes will be Attila, Jethro Platts and Matt Abbott.

This year we will be making WE SHALL OVERCOME collections of cash, food and warm clothing to pass on to those at the sharp end of the cuts in #FoodBankBritain, so if you can spare a few tins, some socks and gloves or a couple of quid then please feel free to help that side of our campaigning too.

We’ll be posting artist biogs and links to websites and music over the coming weeks to get you all in the mood, and please make sure you share our links and messages to help spread the word. May Day Festival of Solidarity is BACK.

Just as last year we will be mixing speeches from unions and campaigning groups into the program, bringing voices together from up and down the UK to celebrate International Worker’s Day and to compare notes for the struggles ahead.

I know last year’s event was a big hit with those of you who helped pack the place out and gave our festival the perfect start, so we’re hoping you’ll be inspired enough to come back for more.

Make sure you get your tickets early, as we rather think you’ll want to be at this one….

May Day Festival of Solidarity 2017


After the success of the 2016 festival we plan to return bigger, bolder and better in the new year. While Joe has been up to his eyes in We Shall Overcome and plotting Christmas No.1 with the miners, Tony has been furiously sending emails and calling in favours, and things are very much taking shape.

May Day Festival of Solidarity 2017 will take place over the weekend 29th/30th April at The Polish Club in Barnsley with the same format of songs, speeches, poetry and comedy across two stages. Artists booked so far include: Interrobang, Robb Johnson, Thee Faction, Efa Supertramp, Burning Ferns, Lily Gaskell, Lilith Ai, Chris T-T, The Wimmins’ Institute, Grigio, Claire Mooney, Left Ahead, Dave Burland, Attila The Stockbroker, The Hurriers and Joe Solo. 

More confirmations soon and info on tickets to follow.

Put it in your diaries. We’re back.



The first ever MAY DAY FESTIVAL OF SOLIDARITY will take place between 12pm and 10pm on SUNDAY MAY 1ST 2016 at BARNSLEY ROCK & BLUES VENUE, S75 2BA.

The festival will be a celebration of International Worker’s Day, bringing together Socialist voices from up and down the land.

Musicians and poets will join speakers from unions and campaigning groups all coming together in the spirit of unity and defiance.

The two-stage line-up includes: Grace Petrie, The Wakes, The Black Lamps, Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers, Lizzie Nunnery & Vidar Norheim, The Hurriers, Steve White & The Protest Family, Headsticks, Alun Parry, Sheffield Socialist Choir, Quiet Loner, Serious Sam Barrett and Joe Solo with more to be added.

Tickets are £10 with a donation from each going to Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. They are available from:

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The venue is located near Barnsley District General Hospital on the junction of Blackburn Lane and Summer Lane, Barnsley just five minutes drive from Junction 37 of the M1 and a ten minute walk from the town centre.

Telephone: 01226 288395


Twitter: @BnslyRockBlues