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Main Event: Playground Party on Sat 10th July


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

The Playground Party once again brings together an outstanding line up of the some of the U.K’s best and most talented acts.  For just £15 this has to be the best value festival day in the U.K.  Expect some amazing performances from local acts alongside Seth Lakeman, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, London Community Gospel Choir and Oompah Brass, all hosted by the wonderful Mike Hancock.

Not to be missed!

VENUE: Garforth Community College Grounds
TIME: Doors open: 2.30pm
Single: £15.00 (Standard)
Single: £10.00 (Concession)
Family: £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.)


To view video footage of this year's artists performing live, either click on the links below each listing, or see our video page here

Seth Lakeman

Mercury Music Prize nominated Seth Lakeman is one of the fastest-rising stars on the folk roots scene. His 2006 album ‘Freedom Fields’  has sold over 100,000 copies in the UK alone and helped Seth build on his traditional cult following, finding a whole new audience for his rhythmic, captivating brand of indie-folk song writing. Seth was named Folk Singer of the Year and ‘Freedom Fields’ awarded Album of the Year at the prestigious Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007.

His 2008 album ‘Poor Man’s Heaven’ charted at number 8 in the UK on its release. The album represented a progression for Seth’s sound – while remaining firmly rooted in folk, it moved from a more acoustic-based feel to a fuller, rockier sound, underpinned as ever by emotive lyrics and story telling. It is also the closest representation on record of Seth’s live show yet, capturing the rhythmic, raw energy seldom seen in any other acoustic band.

Website http://www.sethlakeman.co.uk

MySpace http://www.myspace.com/sethlakeman 

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nddD_zEVTDE&feature=related


Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

Currently recording album number three for Atlantic Records (released in Spring 2010), Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is 23 year old Sam Duckworth. Duckworth was signed to Atlantic Records in March 2006, after playing many gigs, both with punk rock band Silverskin and shared stages with bands such as The Flaming Lips, The Magic Numbers, OK Go, Funeral for a Friend, The Kooks and Feeder. The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager Get Cape's debut album, The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager, has been described as an indie/emo fusion. The album was very well received by critics and even made the top 100 albums of 2006 lists of Q and NME.

In October 2006, he performed as part of the BBC Electric Proms. He has played at a number of major festivals throughout his career, including Oxegen, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals and SXSW. In January 2007, Duckworth was nominated for best solo artist at the annual NME Awards, up against Lily Allen, Jamie T, Jarvis Cocker and Thom Yorke.

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/getcapewearcapefly

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c6bd4qz3eY


London Community Gospel Choir

Largely recognised as the pioneers of Gospel music in the UK, The London Community Gospel Choir was founded in 1982 by Rev. Bazil Meade, with the help of Lawrence Johnson, Delroy Powell and John Francis.

Initially the idea was to stage a one-off concert: The 120-strong choir concert was staged before an audience of more than a thousand.  But what started as a one-off event soon matured into a legacy of over 25 years traveling and performing worldwide.

The choir’s success quickly led to enquiries for appearances in television, radio and various corporate functions across the UK and Europe. The choir’s debut television performance on Channel Four's 'Black On Black' proved a resounding success and led to calls and requests from popular artists to work with the choir.

They are adaptable, flexible with dynamic melodies and rich harmonies.  The LCGC is known for their funk-flavoured gospel flair, swing-beat, R'n'B, traditional and soulful arrangements, with invigorating choreography and vocal gymnastics.

Professional, Energetic, Inspiring and Spirit-filled! Whatever adjective you may choose to describe the sound and vision of the London Community Gospel Choir, there ‘ain’t no stopping them now’ - they will continue to go where angels fear to tread!

“You can't listen to the London Community Gospel Choir without moving or smiling.  Everyone was singing and clapping along within minutes. The music just gets you that way” - The Guardian

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnBZ4DNkjSg

Website: http://www.lcgc.org.uk/

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/londoncommunitygospelchoir


Oompah Brass

Oompah Brass started out in 2006 with the firm intention of being a traditional German oompah band, playing all the famous waltzes, polkas and marches that none of you will have heard of. Very quickly they realised that it was much more fun for the audience, and especially themselves, to play tunes everyone knows and can sing along to. Thus they began to arrange classic pop songs with a slight Bavarian lilt, and Oompop was born!

They’ve spent the last four years oomping all over Europe, playing to 60,000 people at the Belgrade Beer Festival, taking oompah back to its spiritual home in Bavaria and astonishing passing skiers halfway up the Alps at the Snowbombing Festival. 

Back in the UK, pub, clubs, bars, theatres, weddings and festivals nationwide have thrilled to the “expert horn blowage” of this indefatigable fivesome.

The Oompop songbook now numbers over 100 rock and pop classics, ranging from Michael Jackson to Motorhead, by way of James Brown, Dolly Parton and Britney Spears. Last year, the band also starred in Blow Up! The Musical, the 2009 sold-out smash hit of the Edinburgh Festival (“a work of genius” - Scotland on Sunday, ***** “The most unlikely hour you will ever spend, but glorious” - The Scotsman).

They are currently working on this year’s follow-up: The A to Z of Oompah, which will debut in Edinburgh in August.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adjVWpkS6y4&feature=related

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/oompahbrass

“They rock. So good. Legends in lederhosen!” - Chris Evans

“Absolute genius!  Spectacular expert horn blowage from Oompah Brass. Their version of Bohemian Rhapsody is even better than the original.” - Shaun Keaveny, BBC 6Music

Website: http://www.oompahbrass.com


Phoenix Dance project

Phoenix Dance Theatre will work with over 200 students at Garforth Community College to broaden and increase their access to dance experience. The project will be delivered over an 8 week period, and will result in a huge en masse dance performance at The Playground Party . The performance will involve contemporary movement being delivered to an audience through a performance with a large number of young performers.


Plus much more live music and events

Details to follow...

Mighty Zulu Nation + SPT Primary Schools

Venue: Garforth Community College
Date: Mon 28th June
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £4/£3 – SOLD OUT!

The Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Company is a cast of Zulus from the Kingdom of KwaZulu Natal who have toured festivals, theatres and schools throughout Britain, Russia, Italy, France, Germany and South Africa. MZN showcases a kaleidoscope of dynamic traditional Zulu culture.

Often dubbed ‘the young Ladysmith’, The Mighty Zulu Nation has captured audiences from Belgrade to Sweden and Bristol to Belgium for the past seven years.

The amazing voices of the cast with their brilliant harmony have delighted audiences throughout the world. The powerful, traditional splendour of dance sequences accompanied by pulsating Zulu drums guarantees to hold any audience spellbound.

“The production is effectively a potted history of the Zulu nation’s culture and foundation cleverly put together with traditional Zulu dance and song. The voices of the cast are just incredible and the raising beat of the drums, the most important tribal possession, appear to work the cast (and if you’re lucky the audience) into a frenzy.” - Vicky Watts

“African passion and drama explodes onto the stage in this vivid spectacle casting a sublime spell” - Louise Nibbs, Jersey Evening Post

The festival brings them to Garforth to work alongside primary school children who will appear with them as part of the evening. Every child in the School Partnership Trust primary schools will experience something of this project.

Website: http://mightyzulunation.com/emci.html

Video: http://mightyzulunation.com/theatre.html

Rommi Smith, Fruit Tree Project & G.C.C. students – slam poetry & jazz

Venue: Garforth Working Men’s Club
Date: Tues 29th June
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £5/£3

Combining slam poetry with live jazz fusion, Rommi Smith & Fruit Tree Project will perform works written especially for this event alongside material from their regular repertoires. Support will be provided by Garforth Community College students in the form of a poetry slam, having worked closely with Rommi over the 6 week period prior to the festival to develop their poetry writing & performance.
Rommi Smith

Rommi Smith is a poet and playwright. She has held numerous residencies including most recently, Parliamentary Writer in Residence; her specific focus, in this post, was an exploration of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Parliamentary act to abolish the slave trade and this is the first post of its kind in history. She has held numerous other national and international residencies including: British Council Poet in Residence at California State University in Los Angeles and BBC Writer in Residence for the Commonwealth Games.

Her chapbook of poems: Selected Poems from Mornings and Midnights is a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. Her work has been nominated for a South Bank Show Award. The full collection, Mornings and Midnights is due from Peepal Tree Press. She was writer in residence for the Florence Nightingale Museum, London. She is delighted to have just been appointed Poet in Residence for the Romantic Poet, John Keats’ House, in Hampstead, London.

Website: http://www.rommi-smith.co.uk
Fruit Tree Project

“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. Tart and sweet by turn, but never syrupy, you’re enticed to taste and enjoy” - Wakefield Jazz

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/fruittreeproject

West Yorkshire Youth Dance Festival

In collaboration with West Yorkshire Sport and Phoenix Dance Theatre, Garforth Arts Festival is hosting a youth dance event at Garforth Community College on Wednesday 30th June. The performance promises to be a versatile and vibrant event, with talented school and youth groups representing each of the five districts of West Yorkshire in order to deliver a night full of a variety of dance genres. The event is funded by the West Yorkshire dance hub.

Venue: Garforth Community College
Date: Wed 30th June
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £5/£3

Music Xtra Showcase

Venue: Garforth Community College
Date: Thurs 1st July
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £4/£3 – SOLD OUT!

Over the last two years, ArtForms Music Xtra programme has offered high quality music experiences to students from over 20 high schools across Leeds.

The Music Xtra Showcase is a wonderful opportunity for the participating students to experience performing in front of a live audience.

Students from Garforth Community College, Boston Spa School and South Leeds Academy will be performing 'Theme and Variations' - an original composition devised over an 8 week period in class music lessons. Pupils from all the three schools have been working with the Music Xtra Team to come up with ideas for the piece.

In keeping with the 'debut' theme of the evening, the evening's performance will also feature bands from the three schools and from other high schools across the city. Please come along and support this emerging talent.....you never know, you could be listening to the next 'Kaiser Chiefs'!


Croshaw Family, Serious Sam Barrett & GCC Students -country/acoustic night

Venue: Garforth Working Men’s Club
Date: Thurs 1st July
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £5/£3


The Croshaw Family

The Hee Haw Sessions proudly present The Croshaw Family for a night of bluegrass, newgrass and Y'all-ternative country at this year’s Garforth Festival. The band return to Leeds with even more lovely tunes to break you heart following successful shows in Leeds last year with The Duke & The King and Alasdair Roberts.

Based in London (and they really are related), they are passionate about classic bluegrass, allternative country, old-time rock'n'roll and showing an audience a great time.

The band formed in 2006, led by Emma (vocals) and Martin Croshaw (guitar). Will then joined on guitar and harmonica. Since 2006 the Croshaws have built up a real following in London and host the regular “Look” night at Farringdon’s Betsey Trotwood.

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/thecroshawfamily

‘...a set moving from cloud-floatingly delicate numbers and the most innocent vocal lines, to nod along mid-west driving music.’– Yorkshire Evening Post


Serious Sam Barrett

Serious Sam plays raw roots music. Born and raised in Yorkshire, he sings the traditional music of his county and writes songs from the heart. Yorkshirecana is the word everyone is using to describe Sam's country/roots sound and it suits him down to the ground. His debut album “Close To Home” was released in August 2009 and picked up rave reviews from the specialist folk/roots magazines and elsewhere. Artrocker rated the album 27th in their top 100 albums of 2009! He’s turned a lot of heads with his songwriting, guitar playing and interpretation of traditional music and he has been selected as a showcasing artist at SXSW 2010

“Yorkshirecana bluegrass brilliance from Serious Sam. He plays a mean 12 string resonator, mixing songs about his home county with traditional southern folk stompers. There’s authenticity, there’s soul - someone to get very excited about.” - ARTROCKER.COM <http://ARTROCKER.COM>

“An endlessly playable delight from beginning to end” - VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE (USA)

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/sambarrett


Garforth Community College Students

Support will also be provided from Garforth Community College students, who having worked with the featured artists in the run-up to the event, will present their own showcase of alternative country & acoustic music.

Matty’s Hand - play by Adrian McKay

Venue: Green Lane Primary School
Date: Fri 2nd July
Time: 4:00pm
Tickets: Free


World Cup Quarter Final Celebration

Venue: Garforth Community College
Date: Fri 2nd July
Time: 2:30pm
Tickets: Free

As part of the World Cup we are inviting the local community to join us to watch two of the televised Quarter final matches.  We will show the games at Garforth Community College in the main hall on a big screen.  There will also be musical entertainment to add to what will be a great atmosphere – suitable for families.

Cabaret Heaven featuring John Hegley

Venue: Garforth Working Men’s Club
Date: Sat 3rd July
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £8/£6 – SOLD OUT!


Since 1998 Cabaret Heaven has run glorious nights of comedy, variety, surprises, dance bands and DJs at regular venues, festivals and other celebrations. They have put on over a hundred nights to nearly 28,000 people - although most of them have come more than once!

"a phenomenal night" - Front Row, BBC

"A brilliant show that delights and astounds" - Dawn Warriner - Arts Oldhamß

And from the punters...

"the best night out in Leeds" – Emily

"the best fun with my clothes on" – Jac

Website: http://www.cabaretheaven.co.uk


John Hegley
Mr Hegley was born in Newington Green, North London, and was educated in Luton, Bristol and Bradford University.

His first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoe shop in Hull, in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio.

He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchiefs and the misery of human existence.

“Not many shows feature family-friendly singalongs and jaunty poetry as well as references to Max Beckmann, Mark Rothko and Georges Braque; but then few performers have the ability to talk so accessibly about any subject as John Hegley.” Steve Bennett, Chortle.co.uk

Website: http://www.johnhegley.co.uk


Garforth Community College Students’
band Screamin G’s

A 20-piece rock’n’roll band, formed from G.C.C students and lead by none other than Mr Richard Colley, showman extraordinaire and powerful drummer. They will be performing rock’n’roll classics from the 50’s, 60’s and beyond. These guys will definitely get you on your feet so bring your dancing shoes and get ready to jive!

Garforth Brass in Concert

Venue: Garforth Miner’s Welfare Hall
Date: Sun 4th July
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £5

Garforth Brass is a relatively new brass band and was formed in January 2005 by local peripatetic brass teacher, and MD, Steven Bailey.  Although only in existence for 5 years, the band is now in the 2nd section (2010) having won the 3rd Section Yorkshire Area Championships in 2009 and has represented Yorkshire at the National Finals on three occasions since 2005.

The band has around 30 players with a good mixture of young and older players and is unique for brass bands, in that the band only has one rehearsal per week on a Sunday evening.  The band primarily takes part in contests but performs at least two concerts a year in the community with a wide selection of music including marches, film music, classical music, popular music and traditional brass band music.


Classical Recital

Venue: St Mary’s Church, Garforth
Date: Sun 4th July
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £4/£3

Sounds of the Silver Screen – SOLD OUT!

Venue: Garforth Community College
Date: Mon 5th July
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £4/£3 – SOLD OUT

Helen Reid Piano Recital

Venue: Garforth Community College
Date: Tues 6th July
Time: 5:00pm
Tickets: £8/£6

Helen Reid first came to public attention when she appeared on BBC2 in the National Keyboard Finals of the BBC Young Musician competition in 1998. In 2000 she won first prize in the Karic International Piano Competition. In 2006 she was hailed as a ‘rising star’ in The Independent magazine.

Helen has given recitals all around in England, at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Fairfield Halls and Blackheath Halls, London, St. George’s, Bristol, Cheltenham, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the Aldeburgh and Buxton Festivals. She has performed in Spain, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Recent performances have included Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto with the Westmoreland Orchestra and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Aurelian Ensemble at Blackheath Halls.

"It was clear we were in not only capable but rather a special pair of hands…Reid's beautifully poised, tenderly imagined and finely focused playing re-educated and refined the ear." - Hilary Finch, The Times

Myths & Legends - drama showcase

Venue: Garforth Community College
Date: Wed 7th July
Time: 1.00pm
Tickets: Free

Using an exciting blend of storytelling and theatre, Garforth Community College Year 8 Drama students present myths and legends from Africa and England. From the legend of King Arthur to the tale of Makinde the Riddle-Solver and the story of Sissi’s Quest, enjoy an entertaining afternoon of traditional tales performed in unique and original performance work. 

Alasdair Roberts Band + Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts, Slania Project

Venue: Garforth Working Men’s Club
Date: Thurs 8th July
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: £7/£5

The Hee Haw Sessions proudly present Alasdair Roberts with full band. Alasdair will be returning to Leeds but his first time at the Garforth Festival and will offer up his ancient song at this special event..
Alasdair Roberts
Long-time collaborator of Will Oldham, Robert’s songs revive the tradition song and balladry of the British Isles to tell tales of sweetly melodic tragedy.

He has toured and trodden the boards with such artists as Joanna Newsom, Magnolia Electric Co, Bill Callahan/Smog, Waterson/Carthy, Shirley Collins and many others Quotes

“Alasdair Roberts is a singing encyclopaedia.  The Scotsman uses words that other singers wouldn't dream of (or wouldn't dare to use even if they knew them).  He twists them into ambitious lyrics and sets them to arrangements rooted in the folk tradition but nicely skewed by contemporary, psychedelic weirdness.” – Simon Cosyns, The Sun

“…a mix of lively jigs and dense fable… highlights are the whirling storm ‘Hazel Forks’ and ‘Under No Enchantment (But My Own)’, all strings and pastoral idyll.” – The Observer

Website http://www.alasdairroberts.com

MySpace http://www.myspace.com/alasdairrobertsofficial


Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts

Katriona Gilmore (Rosie Doonan & the Snapdragons, ex-Tiny Tin Lady) and Jamie Roberts (Kerfuffle) have been performing together on the folk scene since 2006. Their self-penned material ranges from blazing instrumentals to ‘heart-wrenching’ songs, to contemporary arrangements of traditional songs.

Jamie’s dextrous percussive and lap-style guitar work is a visual as well as a sonic delight, while Katriona’s intricate fiddle playing shifts seamlessly from sensitive to fiery and back again in the blink of an eye.

Shadows & Half Light, the duo’s first full length recording, has made waves in the national music press, being described as 'inspired' by fRoots and awarded five stars by Rock'n'Reel .

“a pretty tasty debut album” - Folk n Roots

“‘White Lie’ recalls Seth Lakeman, one of the many artists to tip the duo; Gilmore and Roberts are another young act producing sharp contemporary songs with roots deep in the British folk tradition.” - Rock’n Reel *****


An exceptionally talented youth folk ensemble, playing Ceilidh and other traditional folk styles, Slania’s recordings have been mistaken for the work of artists twice their age. Featuring exciting instruments ranging from bassoon & bodhran drum to fiddles, guitars & tin whistles this act performs a vibrant and infectious selection of songs that will have you up dancing in no time. Not to be missed!

Friday Night Live

Venue: Garforth Community College
Date: Fri 9th July
Time: 7:00pm
Tickets: £4