Wolverhampton May Day 2023

Monday 1st May 2023 – May Day was back in Wolverhampton!
7pm-11pm @ Gills Bar and Banqueting Whitmore Reans WV6 0QQ
all free except the bar

live music, speeches, stalls, food, dancers, dhol drumers, sound system
mehndi now too

same venue: Gill’s Bar and Banqueting, Jackson Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton WV6 0QQ
same date: 1st May
come and celebrate International Workers’ Day

6:45pm doors open
stalls + bar (special ales) + bouncy castle

7pm Azaad Dhol group

7:15pm Workers’ Day speakers:
Obaida Ahmed, Iqra Tahir & Qaiser Azeem, (Labour council candidates for St Peter’s)
James McLelland, Young Communist League
Ashik Mohammed Nazar, National Youth officer of Indian Workers’ Association (GB)

plus rail union speaker

7:40pm Reckless, B-Boy crew from Reans

8pm free veggie curry meal from Indian Workers’ Association

8:15pm headliners The Toads

then until 11pm One Love International reggae sound system

The Toads Wolverhampton based band, formed in 2004. https://www.facebook.com/Thetoadsband

Azaad Dhol Group  performing at 7pm   www.facebook.com/pg/Azaad-ArtsDhol-Group-187261758011068 The group consists of students of various ages, from 7 to 21 years, who come from diverse backgrounds across Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Over the last 20 years hundreds of pupils have learnt from Harjit and some have moved on to play at semi-professional levels within the Indian Music Industry. First formed in 2002 with the aim of involving and teaching young musicians the various aspects of traditional Punjabi Folk Music, also known as ‘Lok Geet’. Harjit Singh, founder and director of Azaad Dhol Group, is Head of World Music for Services For Education and a long serving tutor at Wolverhampton Music Service. He  has over 30 years of specialist experience in playing & teaching the Tabla, Dholak and Dhol.

Azaad Dhol Group was created following the  success of the Punjabi pop band ‘Azaad’ in the 80’s and 90’s. Harjit Singh, Jag Saini & Indi Bains founders of the Azaad Dhol Group, where professional percussionists for the acclaimed pop band. After the band retired Harjit & Jag decided to share their musical talent through teaching.

Reckless bboy crew   We are Reckless, a bboy crew from Wolverhampton, founded in Heath Town in 1982.  We are the second generation, we teach, battle, perform and uphold the legacy the original generation left us and the true culture of hip-hop and all it’s elements.  


Contact us for more details on classes, performances, workshops. RCKLSWLV@gmail.com

Reckless bboys

One Love International reggae sound system have been long time supporters of Wolverhampton May 1st events  and will again be playing and this year.


Ashik Mohammed Nazar, National Youth officer of Indian Workers’ Association (GB) and Executive member of the Association of India Communists and a representative from Britain on the Loka Kerala Assembly. Leka Kerala Sabha is a public platform for Keralites who are Indian citizens living within Kerala, abroad and in other states of India. The objective of the Lok Kerala Sabha is to promote community and cooperation and work for the development of Kerala culture.

1st May stalls:

Morning Star – daily paper of the Left “I would encourage everybody to read it” – Jeremy Corbyn

Wolverhampton Amnesty group

Wolverhampton Palestine Solidarity Campaign

UNISON City of Wolverhampton 

West Mids CND

Indian Workers Association

Woman, Life, Freedom – solidarity with Iranian women

Stand Up to Racism

Thompsons trade union solicitors

Wolverhampton TUC

Wolverhampton SW Constituency Labour Party

Event organised by Wolverhampton May Day Committee of which Wolverhampton TUC plays a lead role

It is funded by donations from local trade union branches, to volunteer to help, or to book a stall contact info@wolvestuc.org.uk

see https://www.facebook.com/events/1871258503272904