Tickets and Information:

Tel: 0113 336 8619

Tickets for all events available from

Garforth Bookshop, 15 Main St. Garforth Tel 0113 286 3534

Tickets for the Playground Party and Soweto Kinch events also available from Jumbo Records, St John’s Centre, Leeds

(Purchases may be subject to administration fee.)


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HIGHLIGHTS – Garforth Arts Festival, Leeds 2008

Main Festival Event: Playground Party - Sat 5th July

There is no Parking on site. Alternative parking will be signposted on all routes into Garforth.
PLEASE REMEMBER - No Alcohol, Glass or Cans are to be brought on site.





Richard Hawley

When Coles Corner was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize, winners, The Arctic Monkeys, remarked "Somebody call 999, Richard Hawley's been robbed".

'This is music to connect the generations: beautiful, moving pop at its best.' The Guardian and YouTube link

Jazz Jamaica

Parliamentary Jazz Award - Best Ensemble 2006

BBC Jazz Award - Best Band 2002

Jazz Jamaica's Tighten Up!

For those who love reggae, rock steady, ska and jazz and for those who just want to party!

MySpace link and YouTube link


"MIDDLEMAN make bouncy,vibrant, ridiculously catchy tunes that stand out a mile from everything else around at the moment." HUW STEPHENS (RADIO 1)

YouTube link


"I loved it. It was just as good as anything I have seen in America. I think you are an incredible representation of what young people can achieve."

Simon Cowell

YouTube link

3 Daft Monkeys

"Varied and stirring acoustic style.......outstanding fiddle work"
Guardian (Social Vertigo) ***

"A veritable melting pot of styles make a colourful carnival of sound"
fROOTS Magazine


'Bringing the Groove back!'......
Inspired by Acid Jazz, Soul and Funk legends, Chichino have crafted a breezy sound of their own... a sound known as 21st Century retro chic!

The Kolorado Rock Machine

"The Kolorado Rock Machine....Well styled and musically brilliant....Catchy Tunes, Great Lyrics and definately look the part..." RED STRIPE MUSIC AWARDS

The Dharma

"You can't afford to miss this band, I urge everyone to go see them before the ticket prices are too high, because they will be playing stadium sized shows" (Rock3)

Playground Party Venue: Garforth Community College (outdoor event)

Tickets: £20/£14 concession (for children under 16 or adults 60 and over)

Family tickets: £52 (admits 2 adults and 2 children – 6 to 16)

Children 5 and under: free

Discount Tickets for local residents available from Garforth Bookshop on proof of address.
Doors: 1pm

Tickets for the Playground Party event available online from

Also available from Garforth Bookshop, 15 Main St. Garforth Tel 0113 286 3534
and Jumbo Records, St John’s Centre, Leeds Jumbo Records
(Purchases may be subject to administration fee.)

Umdumo Wesizwe - An evening of African Culture – Thurs 26th June

Umdumo has performed live music coupled with thought provoking and well-choreographed dances and movements to appreciative audiences at prestigious functions, venues and festivals around Zimbabwe and Southern Africa performing for both local and foreign audiences.

This evening will also involve students from Garforth Community College, Brigshaw Language College, Bramley Primary School as well as special guests from a school in Durban South Africa.

Venue: Garforth Community College Main Hall

Tickets: £7/5

Doors: 7.30pm

Imran Ahmad – ‘In Conversation’ – Sat 28th June

In his book, Unimagined – a Muslim boy meets the West, Imran charts his course through school, university and into his first job, exploring with poignant humour and painful insight the dilemmas of a Muslim boy growing up in Britain.

Unimagined has had some stirring reviews and was selected by no less than three major newspapers (Independent, Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald) to be in their ‘best books of the year’ lists.

Venue: Garforth Library

FREE (donations to the festival welcome)

Start: 2pm.

Soweto Kinch - Sat 28th June

"It's a clever and entertaining juxtaposition of idioms that kicks pure Jazz and authentic rap into a brave new world." (The Guardian)

This show also features a support act GJRB (Garforth Jazz Rock Band). Their set will include a brand new festival commission written and led by Soweto Kinch.

Venue: Garforth Community College

Tickets: £14/12
Doors: 7.30pm

St Peter's Consort – Sat 28th June

The choir has built up a reputation for high standards of performance and interesting programmes and the repertoire has expanded to include secular items.

Venue: St Mary's Church, Garforth

Tickets: £7/5

Doors: 7.30pm

Brighouse & Rastrick Band – Sun 29th June

A welcome return to this world famous brass band.

Garforth Community College Main Hall



Nicki Allan – Mon 30 June

''Lovely voice, Great sound!'' - Lee Gibson, Jazz vocalist and Voice coach from the Guildhall School of Music, London.

Venue: Holiday Inn Garforth

Tickets: £7/5

Time: 8pm

SLP College – Mon 30th June

Venue: Garforth Community College Main Hall


Time: 7.30pm

Rebecca Hollweg band – Tues 1st July

Magical, melodic jazz pop **** Uncut Magazine
You won't see this advertised on television, but since when has that been a guarantee of quality? Sunday Times
with support from Emily Levy Rich Arthurs and Soul Sounds

MySpace link

YouTube link – album launch gig


Plus Support - Emily Levy and Rich Arthurs

(this set will also feature GCAS group Soul Sounds)


Venue: Garforth Working Men's Club

Tickets: £8/6

Doors: 7pm

An Audience with Gervase Phinn - Tues 1st July

Gervase Phinn has a unique understanding and love of children, and a wonderful gift for storytelling ... a real star (Esther Rantzen)
He tells a cracking good tale! (The Times)

Venue: Garforth Community College main Hall

Tickets: £14/12

Doors: 7.30pm

Tony Benn - Wed 2nd July SOLD OUT!

Tony Benn served in the House of Commons for over fifty years - the longest serving MP in the history of the Labour Party.

He was a cabinet minister for eleven years.

Now President of the Stop the War Coalition.

Tony has published nine volumes of his Diary from 1941 to 2007.

Venue: Garforth Working Men's Club

Tickets: £12/£10conc

Doors: 7.30pm

Art Exhibition by Nigerian Artist Eminike Ogwo
23rd June - 6th July 2008

Venue: Garforth Community College Visual Arts Gallery

Viewing times: 12.30 - 4.00pm by appointment

Telephone: 07891277828