Black Country Beats: We Need Your Help!

Did you see an unforgettable gig at Wolverhampton Civic Hall? Did you use to go to The Robin, Club Lafayette or 67 Club? Are you a fan of Slade, Beverley Knight, Cornershop or Goldie? Do you listen to reggae, dancehall and roots or were you a part of the sound system scene in Wolverhampton? Did you see a Macka B or Skippa and Lippy DJ set? Did members of Capital Letters, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, The Wonder Stuff or Pop will Eat Itself go to school with you? Did you see them live in Wolverhampton? Have you performed in the city? Or worked at one of the music venues? Share your memories and memorabilia for a major exhibition Black Country Beats at Wolverhampton Art Gallery (Spring 2022). We are looking for stories as well as photographs, posters, tickets, badges, t-shirts and more.

Black Country Beats will explore the rich musical heritage of Wolverhampton and the surrounding area from the 1970s till early 2000s by bringing together a selection of memorabilia, costumes, musical instruments, video and oral histories. The exhibition will coincide with the festival of cultural activities which will lead up to the Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham and the West Midlands in 2022.

If you have a story or memorabilia you would like to share with us, please get in touch! Email [email protected]­ by 10 December 2021.

Image: Noddy Holder of Slade. Courtesy The Express and Star.