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Main Event: Playground Party on Sat 11th July


N.B. There is NO PARKING on site. Alternative parking will be signposted on all routes into Garforth.

Event features: Buzzcocks, Chumbawamba, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, The African Children's Choir, Garforth Jazz Rock Band and more...

Doors open: 2.30pm, Start: 2.40pm

Full Price £15.00, Concessions £10.00, Family Tickets £30.00

(Discounts available for Families and Local Residents – information to follow.)



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.)


Formed in Manchester, England, in 1975, the Buzzcocks were one of the most influential bands to emerge in the initial wave of punk rock. With their crisp melodies, driving guitars, and guitarist Pete Shelley's biting lyrics, the Buzzcocks were one of the best, most influential punk bands. The Buzzcocks were inspired by the Sex Pistols' energy, yet they didn't copy the Pistols' angry political stance. Instead, they brought that intense, brilliant energy to the three-minute pop song. Shelley's alternately funny and anguished lyrics about adolescence and love were some of the best and smartest of his era; similarly, the Buzzcocks' melodies and hooks were concise and memorable. Over the years, their powerful punk-pop has proven enormously influential, with echoes of their music being apparent in everyone from Hüsker Dü to Nirvana.

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When Chumbawamba got rid of their drum kit and heavy electric gear to experiment with a more acoustic sound the response couldn’t have been more positive. Not only have the followers of their full blown electric days been won over to it, but also folk audiences have come to love it in great numbers. The band’s discovery of the sheer power of the human voice and the beauty of harmony singing has proved to be of huge value to its members and followers.
“They knocked me sideways with delight! They were excellent! They played acoustic and their songs...well...talk about getting straight to the point, seeing right through everything and knowing what's important in life.”

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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are warm, entertaining, thought-provoking and funny. You may never think about music in the same way once you've been exposed to the Ukes' depraved musicology. From Charlie Parker to the Sex Pistols through Johann Sebastian Bach, the Orchestra take you on a world tour with only hand luggage....
– “Perfectly polished professionalism, threaded through with dry wit and wry humour”. Independent April 07.
– The best musical entertainment in the country". The Independent.

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African Children's Choir

What a wonderful experience it was to work with the African Children's choir™. They turned this song into a double-dose of optimism and hope for the future. Their pure sweet joy is like a breath of fresh air.
Bill Gaither

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Captain Backfire

Captain Backfire formed in early 2007, and quickly began composing and gigging around the Leeds and York circuit. Their blend of bluesy-pop fused with funk guitar led to gigs at venues ranging from Rios to Hifi. The introduction of Greg Nicholas on trumpet in 2008 added a new dynamic for the band and they soon started moving towards a more pop-centric vibe. Various competitions led them to National Battle of the Bands finals, and gigging legendary venues such as The Cavern, Liverpool. Having recently recorded a new EP Captain Backfire are going from strength to strength, securing radio interest and ever more prestigous gigs. Watch this space.

Line-up: Joe Carter - Vocals,
Reece Jacob - Guitar and Backing Vox,
Rich Bennett - Guitar and Backing Vox,
Greg Nicholas - Trumpet and Flugel Horn,
Chris Newsom - Bass Guitar,
Eddie Ball - Drums


Breeze International Evening

Mon 29th June

The opening event of this year's festival is an exciting collaboration with Breeze as young people from all over the world (including Garforth students) gather together in a celebration of music and dance.

Venue : Garforth Community College Main Hall
Tickets : FREE
Doors : 7pm

Jon Gomm + support from Garforth Community College musicians

Tues 30th June

Jon Gomm is an acoustic singer-songwriter with an incredible virtuoso guitar style, where he uses one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and sparkling melodies all at the same time. The emphasis is still on the soulful vocals and songwriting however, and his original material is influenced by everything from Robert Johnson to Radiohead. He has a cult following around Europe and his internet videos have been watched over one million times.
"One of the world's most successful, gifted and inspirational guitar players" Acoustic Magazine
Prior to this gig Jon will be leading songwriting workshops with 20+ young musicians from Garforth Community College. The first part of this gig will showcase new students compositions before a full set from Leeds based guitar genius.

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Venue : Garforth Working Men's Club LS25 1AU
Tickets : £4/3
Doors : 7.30pm

'Coal Face' - St Mary's Youth Theatre

Written by Gareth Durasow
Directed by Steve Archdale

Tues 30th June

The war has been won and now Tommy must come to terms with his new life in Garforth; a life that has bid farewell to schoolyard games and is about to see him join the men of iron on the road to Ledston Luck.
But for Tommy, the biggest problem isn't that he's not from round 'ere.
It's that he's from the future!
Set against the austere backdrop of the 1940s mining industry, Coal Face is a bleakly comic tale about what happens when "the youth of today" meet the youth of yesteryear.
Newly commissioned play by local writer/poet Gareth Durasow 'Coal Face' takes as its subject the stories of local Garforth people who belonged to mining families.
This 1 act play has been written for the highly talented St Mary's Youth Theatre from Garforth.

Venue : Garforth Community College Main Hall
Tickets : £5/4
Show : 7.30pm

'Top of the Pops'

Wed 1st July

Make this one top of your list!

1st July, Garforth Music Department goes Top of the Pops, bringing you the ultimate countdown of the songs you love from the bands you couldn't live without. Garforth Music Department goes Top of the Pops. Come on Garforth. Let's rock!

Venue : Garforth Community College Main Hall
Tickets : £4/3
Doors : 7.30pm

Samay + support from Garforth Jazz Rock Band

Thurs 2nd July

Bhupinder Singh Chaggar on Tabla, Jesse Banister on Saxophone, Soumik Datta on Sarod, Giuliano Moderali on Guitar and Kenny Higgins on Bass. Together, they are a unique collective of musicians who bring their individual style, strengthen and passion to exploring new ways of understanding and making music. To create a powerful and distinctive sound that is, so far unknown to the western or eastern world.
Jesse Bannister a unique musician who is respected as the leading Indian Classical Saxophonist in the UK has composed a new piece for festival favourites Garforth Jazz Rock Band.
This concert will feature support from GJRB including the newly commissioned piece and a full set from Samay.

Venue: Garforth Working Men's Club
Tickets : £6/4
Doors: 7.30pm

East Leeds Youth Has Talent

Thurs 2nd July

Garforth Arts Festival is on the look out for the best talent on offer from local young people. A round of heats will take place across local schools and community groups and the best three selected from each, will perform for a panel of judges at the final on Thursday 2nd July at Garforth Community College. Expected entries will include music, dance, drama, acrobatics, magic, ventriloquism and novelty acts. If you think you've got what it takes to be part of East Leeds Youth Has Talent, then we want to hear from you!

Venue: Garforth Community College Main Hall
Tickets : FREE
Doors: 7pm

Primary Prom

Friday 3rd July

300 children from 6 local primary schools are warming up for the Primary Prom, set to take place on Friday 3rd July. Strawberry Fields, Ninelands, St Benedicts, Micklefield, East Garforth and Green Lane primary schools have been working in partnership with the College, to take up a range of workshops, including dance led by SLP and music from the College's own staff. The result is a music and dance extravaganza featuring all 300 children, which will be performed to two audiences at Garforth Community College as part of this year's Arts FestivalVenue : Garforth Community

College main Hall
Tickets: £3
Doors: 4pm & 7pm

Ceilidh featuring Ylem + Slania

Friday 3rd July

Ylem is a collaboration between Kate Badcock (flute and whistle), Roddy Johnston (fiddle, whistle and vocals) and Julian Marley (guitar).
"A group of accomplished folk players,the three piece of guitar fiddle and flute gel particularly well on the Irish and Scottish tunes "RocknReel"
'Slania' is a group of talented young musicians from Garforth Community College. The group was established as part of the 2008 festival and will perform alongside Ylem at this event.
After both groups have performed there will be a chance for you to put on your dancing shoes as both bands will join together for a Ceilidh.
Bring your own drinks!

Venue : Garforth Miner's Welfare Hall, Main Street
Tickets: £5/4
Doors: 7.30pm

Fruit Tree Project + Guests

Saturday 4th July

Fruit Tree Project are an exciting, contemporary, creative, accessible and innovative new band capable of exploring new terrain whilst, at the same time, taking audiences along with them! Seven Arts Centre Leeds
"Led by the skilled and energetic Dave Evans they
take on grooves and at times semi-free excitement
equally to create a thrilling array of sounds' Wakefield Jazz

Fruit Tree Project
dave evans - piano
alex wibrew - drums
kenny higgins - bass
guests - t.b.c

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Venue: Garforth Community College Main Hall
Tickets: £4/3
Doors: 8pm

Garforth Gala

Sunday 5th July

Venue : Glebelands Field Garforth
Ticket: £1.50
Doors: 1pm

'Arco' String Recital

Sunday 5th July



Capriol Suite - Warlock
1 or 2 movements

Concerto for two violins - Vivaldi
Soloists – Simon Fenton and Lydia Cummins

Adagio for Strings Barber Concerto in D minor for two violins (1st movement) - Bach
Soloists – Heather Cordwell and Anne Griffiths (student ambassadors)

Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (1st movement) - Mozart

Autumn from the Four seasons - Vivaldi
Soloist – John Cummins
Palladio - Karl Jenkins


Venue: St . Mary's Church
Tickets: £4/3
Doors: 7.30pm

'Myths and Legends night'

Drama Department at Garforth Community College

Monday 6th July

Over 100 students are performing in the Drama Departments 'Myths and Legends night' in the Drama Studios at 6pm on Monday 6th July. The audience will be greeted with traditional Greek music and treated to tasty Greek food in the interval. Students from years 5, 7 and 8 will be performing a selection of Greek myths from 'Pandora's box' to 'The legend of Perseus'. This includes 25 year 5 students from east Garforth Primary school.

Venue: Drama Department, Garforth Community College

Tickets: £3

Doors 6.00pm

Dance Showcase

Monday 6th July

This evening will showcase exciting and thought provoking performances from some of the most talented young dancers from across Leeds including;
Garforth Community College
Intake High School
Parklands Girls School
RJC Dance
The evening will feature two new commissions including a contemporary piece by dance artist Martin Hylton and an African Carnival piece by dance artist Naomi Czuba.

Venue: Garforth Community College Main Hall
Tickets: £4/3
Doors : 7.30pm

'Indian Wedding' Manasamitra Arts

Tues 7th July 7.30pm

Manasamitra is an arts organization with an Indian focus. Manasamitra works in partnership with schools and community organisations to provide an complete India experience using a variety of art forms. For the Garforth Arts Festival, Manasamitra are working with Garforth Community college to bring to life all the excitement, colour and vibrancy of an
Indian wedding celebration. Together they will explore India, its various states, quirks and even food to add to the sensory experience. The festival parade will be a grand finale as a culmination of the project.

Venue: Garforth Community College Main Hall
Tickets: £4/3
Doors: 7.30pm

Little Leap Forward - The Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company

Wednesday 8th July

The Horse and Bamboo is one of Europe's leading visual theatre companies, producing original and startling visual theatre through a unique mix, of puppetry, animation, mask, and music, all of which are created specially for each show. Little Leap Forward is about family, friendships and creative expression but above all the need for freedom. It is based on the novel by the internationally known bamboo flute player, Guo Yue and Clare Farrow and tells the story of Yue's childhood in China during the Cultural Revolution. The play has been produced as creative partnership with The Royal Exchange Theatre and Barefoot Books, who published the original story Little Leap Forward.
"Little Leap Forward bears witness with the eye of a poet, the ear of a musician and the transformative imagination of a storyteller". The New York Times (2008)
"Children seeing this production will have their emotions tapped as never before." The Stage
"A leading force in accessible visual theatre." Manchester Evening News
Little Leap Forward Production Team and Cast
Production Team

Writer and Director Alison Duddle
Original story by Guo Yue and Clare Farrow
Musical Director Loz Kaye
Bamboo Flute Guo Yue
Set Design Bob Frith
Puppets and Masks Alison Duddle
Film Director Bob Frith
Animator Steff Lee
Costume Design Alison Duddle
Costume Production Felicia Jagne
Additional Making Vanessa CardCast
Mark Whitaker - Tour Manager
Jonny Quick - Technical Manager
Nicky Fearn
Frances Merriman

Venue : Garforth Community College
Tickets: FREE (tickets in advance)
Doors: 1pm

Panjumbi + Guests
Wednesday 8th July

Panjumbi is possibly the country's only pan - led Jazz quintet, playing contemporary Calypso and Caribbean Jazz. As well as Jazz standards and Trinidadian Calypso, the band play Brazillian Samba and Bossa Nova and Soul tunes by popular artists such as Stevie Wonder, George Benson etc.
Panjumbi will be supported by various Steel Pan ensembles from the community.

Venue : Garforth Community College Main Hall
Tickets: £4/3
Doors: 7.30pm

Ricky Tomlinson's Laughter Show
Thursday 9th July

Although best known as the lovable couch-potato, Jim Royle, in 'The Royle Family, his off-screen life has been far more interesting. He has been a plasterer, banjo player, comic, union agitator, political activist, award-winning actor and an unwilling guest of Her Majesty's prison service. Respected for his honesty, wit and integrity, he makes for outstanding value in all roles.
Ricky Tomlinson as Jim Royle hosts his very own Laughter Show with Tony Barton (Coronation Street & Emmerdale), Eddie Archer (The Comedians) and the comedy show band Black Onyx.

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Venue : Garforth Community College main Hall
Tickets: £18/16
Doors: 7.30pm

The Creation Story - Urban Circus Arts
Friday 10th July

Urban Circus arts / CGAS circus group / St. Oswald's primary school present...
A circus interpretation of creation
A show for all ages telling the well known story with a circus twist and in a fun and enjoyable manner. Visually stunning with jaw dropping stunts and amazing skills, featuring
young people from Bradford and Leeds showcasing their diverse range of talents. High wire, walking globe, stilt walkers Glow juggling and plenty more!
Written/Directed by Daryll hackett
Props/Costumes by Alex Mckniff

Venue: Garforth Community College Main Hall
Tickets: £4/3
Doors: 7.30pm