Leeds primary school pupils take to stage for pop show

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THE kids at one Leeds school are more than alright when it comes to making music.

Year 5 pupils at East Garforth Primary left the stars of Glastonbury in the shade when they played their very own rock concert.

All aged around 10, the youngsters have spent this week learning guitar, bass, drum and vocal skills with the help of Leeds-based organisation Rock School UK.

And yesterday afternoon they put their lessons into practice with a gig for parents and their fellow pupils.

Four bands took to the stage, performing a mix of cover versions and original material.

The project was organised as part of the build-up to this year’s Garforth Arts Festival, which starts on Monday.

Festival director Dave Evans told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The aim of this week at East Garforth Primary has been to give young people an experience of playing in a band.

“Most of them started from scratch and had never picked up an instrument before.

“Hopefully now some of the children will keep on and develop what they have learned.

“This scheme really sums up the spirit of the festival, which aims to get as many people as possible involved in arts activities.” Taking place this year for the 10th time, Garforth Arts Festival runs until July 12.

Its closing night Playground Party event in the grounds of Garforth Academy will feature famous names such as Levellers and The Wonder Stuff.

Other acts appearing over the course of the festival as a whole include Stephen Frost, Dread Supreme and Adrian Edmondson’s Bad Shepherds.

Venues include Libby’s @ 37, Garforth Working Men’s Club and St Mary’s Church. Backing for the festival has come from Arts Council England, School Partnership Trust, Garforth Academy, Youth Music and Leeds City Council.

For more information on this year’s programme, visit the www.garforthartsfestival.co.uk website.

Well-known acts who have graced the festival in previous years include Yorkshire’s Richard Hawley, Barking bard Billy Bragg, jazz great Courtney Pine and Leeds’s own Chumbawamba.

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