With child poverty, food banks, benefit sanctions, bedroom tax, cuts to disabled support, carers in crisis, soup kitchens, rough sleeping, homelessness, mental health crisis, pawn shops, payday lenders and more all pulling at our society and unravelling lives in the process, We Shall Overcome seeks to do something about all of this. The political movement of musicians, artists, activists and community organisers angry at the human cost of austerity policies have found ways to do something practical to help those affected.
So, for one week from Monday 3rd until Sunday 9th October a litany of gigs have been organised, with some asking for donations of provisions for their local food bank, others charging a moderate fee and taking cash donations in a bucket. All aiming to see an end to austerity. The debut event in 2015 raised an estimated £125,000 of cash, food, clothing and bedding for those hardest hit by austerity.
Amongst the hundreds of shows taking place, We Shall Overcome comes to Saltburn By The Sea with Peg Powler Band, Barbara Helen, Dave Brunskill and Marie Marx, all happening upstairs at The Marine, Saltburn on Saturday 8th October. The Westgarth, Middlesbrough hosts TV Smith of The Adverts/Explorers alongside Alien 8, Chas Thomas, The Glad Eye, The Golden Age of Nothing and Pellethead, all on Friday 7th October. There’s another Middlesbrough special as David Rovics performs a WSO gig as part of his UK tour at Toft House on Saturday 15th October.
There are so many gigs to check out, and all for such a noble cause, and more information on gigs where and when can be found on the We Shall Overcome website, here.