Names keep on coming for Leeds arts festival

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Culture lovers have been handed even more reasons to look forward to this year’s Garforth Arts Festival.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, acid jazz and funk outfit The Brand New Heavies will headline the festival’s closing night Playground Party event in the grounds of Garforth Academy on July 11.

Now it has been announced that the Garforth Jazz Rock Band will be joining them on the bill.

The East Leeds FM arts organisation has also been confirmed to run a second stage featuring music and spoken word performers from across the city and beyond.

Other acts on the Playground Party bill include singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman and the BBC Big Band, featuring Yorkshire jazz star Clare Teal.

Speaking to the YEP last month, festival director Dave Evans said: “I think we’ve put together a line-up that’s high quality and really varied.

“Hopefully there will be something there for everyone.”

Taking place this year for the 11th time, the festival will offer a packed programme of shows and activities from June 29 to July 11.

Newly-announced events being staged over the fortnight include artist Duncan Chapman’s exploration of ‘night sounds’ interspersed with lullabies from India at Chapel FM in Seacroft on July 6.

The festival is organised by the School Partnership Trust, with additional funding and support from Arts Council England, CapeUK and Arts@Leeds.

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Playground Party tickets are now on sale from Garforth Library and will also be available later this week from Jumbo Records in Leeds city centre.

Music acts who have appeared at the festival in previous years include Billy Bragg, Buzzcocks and Leeds’s own Chumbawamba.