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Saturday 9 July 2011

In the past 30 years of his career, Billy Bragg has recorded hit singles, composed Top Ten albums and written political anthems while blending elements of folk & punk rock and singing honest songs from the heart.
Billy Bragg embarked on a solo UK tour on 1st December 2010 and he will be headlining the Main Stage at Garforth Arts Festival 2011.

"…a formidable, inquisitive and globetrotting combination of story-teller, historian, activist, father, enthusiast, pilgrim, entertainer, minstrel, humorist, rambler, sermoniser and scholar …I often turn to no-nonsense, nimble-witted, worldly-wise Billy Bragg." - Paul Morley, The Guardian.

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



Hugh Masekela has been at the heart of the music of his country since the 1960s; his soaring, joyful trumpet sound that brims with warmth and optimism, continues as an expression of resistance and a celebration of resilience.

“After 20 years, Hugh Masekela still performs with magisterial ease. He's as much a charismatic orator as musician, and much of his magic is to do with timing. He sang with a wild abandon; he sent trumpet lines plunging and soaring; he cajoled the audience; he beat an African bell until I thought it would crack; and, in the old classic Stimela ("Steam Train"), he told the story with all the sound effects.” - Telegraph



Salsa Celtica's synthesis of Scottish and Irish traditional music with all the Latin American elements of salsa has taken them and their music all over the world. In the last ten years the group has been a hit equally at major celtic, jazz, world music and salsa festivals. Their albums have topped the New York and L.A. salsa charts and European world music charts, the band has been nominated for folk music awards and appeared as themselves in a feature film. Their line-up combines some of Scotland and Ireland's most exciting traditional musicians together with a stellar group of world, jazz and salsa musicians from the U.K. and Latin America. Salsa Celtica is a stunning combination of virtuosity and energy, making them one of the most exciting groups on the world music circuit today. Started in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 1995 Salsa Celtica has gone on to invent their own genre and then take it around the world and back again to critical and public acclaim. The group has released four studio albums, most recently "El Camino" also to critical and public acclaim. With a new studio album set for release in 2011 as well as a live album and DVD the band look set to push further their celtic salsa mission…

"A stunning marriage of musical styles..." - The Scotsman
"Scene stealers..." - The Observer, UK
"This unique group is a dynamic force on the world music scene" - Songlines UK

Website: http://www.salsaceltica.com/



The Garforth Jazz Rock Band was formed in October of 2003 as part of the Garforth Community Arts School operated by, and based at, Garforth Community College in Garforth, East Leeds. The band was formed under the guidance of band leader Dave Evans and remains under his direction to this day.
Their repertoire includes jazz, funk, classic pop tracks, contemporary dance music arranged for a big band, traditional & modern South African music and grows larger with each rehearsal.
Since it’s conception in 2003 GJRB has gone on to become the busiest, and one of the best, youth jazz ensembles in the United Kingdom, performing all over the UK, and touring Ireland, Germany and most recently, Durban, South Africa <http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/leeds/hi/people_and_places/newsid_9421000/9421655.stm> !



The Wallbirds formed in early 2007 consisting of three cousins Anthony 'Walt' Lindley on vocals, guitar & harmonica, Chris Autey on vocals & drums and Luke Moreton on vocals & Bass.
In autumn/winter of 2007 the band toured the UK with The Pigeon Detectives and in 2008 they toured with Air Traffic, One Night Only, Kate Nash and The Wombats, to name a few. The Wallbirds released The Avenue on the Leeds based indie label Dance to the Radio. The single 'Lying at the Side of You'  has already been played by the likes of BBC Radio 2's Janice Long, Chris Evans, Terry Wogan and Alex Lester. Also BBC Radio 6's Shaun Keavney and Chris Hawkins.


ELFM Stage

East Leeds FM will be hosting their own stage this year, with the following exciting line-up featuring some of the best up & coming bands alongside more established acts. Broadcasting live from their mobile studio, the ELFM team will be touring the festival site, interviewing people, hosting artists in the "caravan of love" after their on-air performances and running the second stage throughout the day so get down and get involved...
(times and artists subject to change)
2.35-2.50: Bramley Primary
3.00-3.25: The Artists
3.35-3.55: Next Generation
4.05-4.35: Next Gen 2011
4.45-5.10: The Finnlys http://www.thefinnlys.co.uk
5.45-6.15: Liz Reynolds
6.30-7.00: Joseph & David
8.00-8.40: Tigers That Talked



Main Event information: The Playground Party on Saturday 9th 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 best and most talented acts from the U.K and beyond. For just £15 this has to be the best value festival day in the U.K. Expect some amazing performances from local acts alongside Billy Bragg, Salsa Celtica and many more TBC, all hosted by the wonderful Mike Hancock. Not to be missed!

VENUE: Garforth Academy Grounds
TIME: Doors open: 2.30pm
Single: £15.00 (Standard)
Single: £12.00 (Concession – under 16s or over 60s)
Family: £40.00 (2 adults & 2 under 16s OR 1 adult & 3 under 16s)
Under 5s go free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Discounts available for local residents – information to follow.

Also available from School Partnership Trust Uniforms, 115 Main Street, Garforth, Leeds, LS251AF and Jumbo Records, St John’s Centre, Leeds, http://www.jumborecords.co.uk


Monday 27th June 2011

Garforth Arts Festival 2011 opens with a Street Dance Spectacular featuring 200 performers from 8 local primary schools, led by professional street dancer Booma. There will be two performances, starting at 7pm & 8pm, in which audiences will experience the culmination of months of hard work by the children of East Leeds.

Brigshaw High School, Allerton Bywater
Doors: 6:30pm
Tickets: £3/£2
(we advise advanced purchase for all our events to avoid disappointment on the night)

Tuesday 28th June 2011

Calling all musicians/singers/poets/performers! We want YOU to play at Garforth Arts Festival. We seek original performances from local people on stage – this is your chance to get heard.
If you are interested in performing please contact us at: enquiries@garforthartsfestival.co.uk by Friday 17th June.

Garforth Working Men’s Club
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £4/£3

Wednesday 29th June 2011

Nicki’s ability to interpret Jazz Classics effortlessly and stylishly has made her a well-respected Jazz singer over recent years. Just recently she was awarded Jazz Yorkshire Vocalist of the year 2010 and has a full diary of gigs with her Sextet, including performing at Glastonbury this June. The Nicki Allan Sextet already have one Album available on iTunes, Amazon and other online stores and will shortly be recording their follow up to the very successful ‘People will say we’re in Love’.

“Not only is Miss Allan a highly talented song-smith, but can boast an immediate stage presence and relaxed rapport with audiences lucky enough to catch her in live performance… Miss the show at your peril!!” – Jazz Scene

Garforth Working Men’s Club
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £8/£6

Thursday 30th June 2011

Once again the Garforth Arts Festival will host the West Yorkshire Youth Dance Festival, a celebration of youth dance ranging from contemporary to ballet & from street dance to break dance. Around 15 schools & community dance groups from the region will perform pieces specially choreographed for the event.

Brought to you in association with The West Yorkshire Dance Hub, Youth Dance England & Phoenix Dance Theatre, this promises to be an extravaganza of original dance of the highest quality.

Garforth Academy
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £5/£3

Thursday 30th June 2011

Come along – bring your dancing shoes!

Ninelands Primary School
Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: £4/£3

Friday 1st July 2011

Unsigned acts from the local area take to the stage to perform a broad range of original music & cover versions. Indie, alt-rock, metal, acoustic & pop have all featured at previous Friday Night Live events but there are no restrictions on genre.. It is a platform for young people to perform their music to large audiences in a professional venue. Expect high sound levels, strobe lights & a buzzing atmosphere…

Garforth Academy
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £4

Saturday 2nd July 2011

Arts Live is a community arts school which provides a wealth of opportunities for young people from the local area to get involved with music, dance & theatre. These opportunities include performances to real audiences and you are invited to see the work that these children have produced over the last 6 months.

This event will feature performances from over 120 children who are part of Masquerade Children’s theatre, guitar students, the Street Dance Club and others TBC.

Garforth Academy
Doors: 11am
Tickets: £2

Saturday 2nd July 2011

Back by popular demand after last year’s sell-out show, Garforth Arts Festival welcomes Cabaret Heaven. 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 Oldham
And from the punters...
“the best night out in Leeds” – Emily
“the best fun with my clothes on” – Jac

Mrs Barbara Nice Hilarious Stockport housewife creation of “Phoenix Nights” and Corrie actress www.mrsbarbaranice.co.uk
Trevor Organ Smashing comedy plate-spinner www.pete-white.co.uk
MC: Mike Hancock with stunts, songs and surprises. www.mikehancock.org.uk

Closing the night will be the fabulous Screamin’ G’s Rock ‘n’ Roll band performing a set so we advise you to bring your dancing shoes…

Garforth Working Men’s Club
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £8/£6

Sunday 3rd July 2011

Glebelands Field
Time: 11:30am
Tickets: Family Entry By Programme £1.50

Monday 4th July 2011

Garforth Academy
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £4/£3

JUSTICE FOR ALL – Red Ladder Theatre Company Project
Tuesday 5th July



Red Ladder will be working with local young actors to create an event entitled Justice For All which will take place at the Garforth Arts Festival 2011.

Founded in 1968, the company is now acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading national touring companies producing high quality new plays for diverse audiences and has managed to reinvent itself without losing it’s fundamental aim of reaching parts other companies don’t, won’t or can’t.

Garforth Academy
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £4/£3

STORIES FROM THE STREET: Featuring Gareth Durasow, Matthew Hedley Stoppard & Adam Strickson

Wednesday 6th July 2011

Stories from the Street is a project which gives people who live, work or are otherwise connected in some way to Garforth the opportunity to tell their story. Writer-in-residence Gareth Durasow has been speaking to people around the town of all ages & backgrounds to find out about their lives. These stories, anecdotes & characters will feature in a book entitled Stories From The Street, Garforth.
Hosted by Gareth Durasow, along with special guest writers & spoken word artists Matthew Hedley Stoppard & Adam Strickson, the event will feature readings from the forthcoming book, poetry & exhibits from the project showing how the publication was put together.

Come along and find out about the secret lives of Garforth in a relaxed and friendly evening of local culture where everyone has a story to tell.

Baraka Café, Garforth
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: FREE

BLUES NIGHT - Featuring Mojo 57
Thursday 7th July 2011

Mojo 57 were born from a mutual love of blues. The band are heavily influenced by artists such as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, but also take advantage of Sam’s saxophone playing to produce the RnB sounds of artists such as Ray Charles.

“With a laid-back feel and a style which drips quality from every note, this three-piece band are in a class of their own... a band that needs to be on everyones must-see list” - Keep Music Live blogspot

Samuel Thornton: Vocals, Guitar, Sax
Matt Baxter: Vocals, Acoustic/Slide Guitar
Adam Richards: Double Bass

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1hozYRNc5k

Supporting Acts:
As part of this event, new pieces & reworks of old classics will be performed by local musicians who have been working alongside Mojo 57 to develop their blues skills so make sure you get down early to enjoy the best in local upcoming blues talent.

Garforth Working Men’s Club
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets £5/£4

Friday 8th July 2011

This is a project for the whole of Year 8 from Garforth Academy.
Urban Strawberry Lunch were formed in 1987. They began making music on anything they could find after all of our musical instruments were destroyed in a fire at our rehearsal rooms. The group have gone from strength to strength since then, performing internationally, nationally and locally.

At the cutting edge of the Low Technology scene
Eco-friendly instruments include…
_ The Batphone (sounds like a Bass synthesizer) made from tuned hollow pipes _ Scrap Kit - drum kit made from plastic barrels and a kitchen sink _ Didgeridoo made from traffic cones _ Saxophone made from water pipe _ Kangazoo made from a film canister and a balloon _ Car Wheel Gamelan made with car wheels _ Leg Guitar made from a shop dummy’s leg _ Cross Bow hammer dulcimer instrument _ Stick Bass made from a broom handle and an old speaker magnet _ Longbow - deep sub-bass instrument, made from an archery bow

This event will feature workshops in which local young people will perform original compositions on instruments they have created.

Garforth Academy
Educational project