Over the weekend of 3rd – 4th October, all over the country, concerts and art events are being organised under the name We Shall Overcome.
These events have the purpose of showing solidarity in the face of a central government cuts and to show solidarity with those affected by cuts, by raising money for local food banks.
Barnsley’s own two day event will take place at the Barnsley Rock and Blues Venue and is organised by local Jason White, Chris Sammon and Chris Scarfe. Already announced to play are acts such as Black Vines, Cavorts, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Taxi For Bob, System of Hate, Interrobang, Two Car Family, Mark Jackson and Richard Kitson Blues Trio.
A spate of new names have now been added to the line-up and we can announce that they include singer songwriters Brandon Gray and The Last Politician and local indie band Stray Targets. Also playing are Barnsley ska legends Catch-It Kebabs, who are reforming to play a special set. Wakefield’s Louise Distras is one of the UK’s leading punk musicians and she will play with her new backing band which features Jamie Oliver and Chema Zurita of UK Subs. We also absolutely delighted to announce that following their appearance playing Whitby’s very own We Shall Overcome, Barnsley’s own activists and socialist punk band The Hurriers will play their own home-town show. Accompanying musicians on the Sunday show will be DJ Barnsley Sime, with his collection of punk, soul, ska and mod.
The full line-up and further news about those artists taking part can be found on the facebook event page www.facebook.com/events/1594285487507843/
Organiser Jason White says, ‘I am over the moon with the artists that have donated their time and will play to raise money for our local food banks. Barnsley’s We Shall Overcome is being talked about all over the country because of the quality of our acts. We are lucky enough to be able to mix some extremely fine home-gown talent with some of the biggest names on the UK’s politically flavoured music scene. This event will be one of those that locals will be talking about in many years to come.’
We Shall Overcome is a free two day music event, taking place over two stages in the venue formerly known as The Polish Club. Donations for Barnsley’s Food Banks will be taken throughout the weekend and well as opportunities to win prizes donated by musicians and artists in a number of raffles.