May Day festival in Barnsley, England

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May Day Parade 2016: London turns red

1 May 2016

Images of today’s march from Clerkenwell Green to the heart of the British capital.

By Bob Oram in England:

Barnsley set for May Day musical magnificence

Wednesday 12th April 2017

Some of the country’s top radical acts are performing there to mark international workers’ day, says BOB ORAM

All across the globe, red banners will fly in a few weeks as workers celebrate May Day.

But the date was also recognised for many years before the 1890 Chicago Haymarket Square killings, the impetus for the contemporary observance on and around May 1 by workers worldwide.

The ancient Pagan festival celebrating the Celtic god of the sun Beltane was traditionally the day for popular and often raucous celebrations though, in Britain, it wasn’t until 1978 that the Labour government created the official May Day bank holiday.

In Barnsley on April 29-30 they’ll be celebrating it in style with an amazing weekend line-up of speakers and artists featuring music, poetry and politics at the second Festival of Solidarity in support of Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and We Shall Overcome.

Taking place over two stages at The Old School House venue it’s an experience not to be missed, with some of the finest acts in Britain.

They include Lily Gaskell, Thee Faction, Burning Ferns, Ken Bonsall from Ferocious Dog, Claire Mooney, Interrobang!?, A Firm of Poets, April Lodge, Del Scott Miller, Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds, Chris T-T, Wimmins Institute, Lilith Ai, Mark Kennedy, The Hurriers, Left Ahead, Efa Supertramp, Robb Johnson, Blyth Power, Dave Burland, Calum Baird and Joe Solo.

Headlining Saturday will be the legendary The Men They Couldn’t Hang, while on Sunday former Beta Band front man, the incredible Steve Mason, makes an appearance.

Comperes over the weekend are Jeff Platts, Matt Abbott, Sarah Courtney and Attila the Stockbroker.

As well as all the music, there’s an inspiring line-up of guest speakers including MPS, trade union representatives and campaigning organisations from across the country.

Day tickets are £15, or a full weekend ticket is just £25. That’s less than a quid an act and you won’t beat that for value anywhere else at any festival this year.



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