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Not going to Leeds Festival?

Don't worry. Here's our alternative weekend guide.

Written by . Published on August 24th 2011.

Not going to Leeds Festival?

Not going ot the Leeds Festival this weekend? Neither are we. How about something a bit different instead?

Here's our weekend round up - minus that gig in a field somewhere on the outskirts of town.

SAMA Festival UK featuring Winky D

Friday 27 August: 10:30pm – 3:30am
The Wardrobe, LS9 8AH
£15 advanced tickets

This funk, soul reggae and ska club night could be the perfect start to the long weekend as Zimbabwe’s ragga-dancehall sensation Winky D is once again set to unleash his hot tunes at the Sama Festival 2011 UK.

The 28-year-old Musarova Bigman hit-maker will share the stage with exciting talent in the form of the UK number 1 dancehall artist Gappy Ranks, BKay & Kazz, Decibel, Jusa Dementor and Ogga Katalog, while the eminent King Alfred will be on the decks alongside many other top DJs.

The Pitman Painters

Saturday 27 August
Grand Theatre and Opera House, LS1 6NZ
£16 - £32.50 

If a more relaxing evening at the theatre is more your cup of tea than a late night session on the dance floor then The Pitman Paiters is definitely worth a look.

In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint.

Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine.

Examining the lives of a group of ordinary men that do extraordinary things, The Pitman Painters is a humorous, deeply moving and timely look at art, class and politics.

Reggie's Record Fair & Bank Holiday Sunday Warm Up

Sunday 28 August: 12 noon – 6pm
Dock Street Market, LS10 1JF
£ Free.

Whether you’re nursing a hangover, or still fresh from an evening at the theatre, Reggie’s Record Fair & Bank Holiday Sunday Warm Up could be an excellent way to ease yourself into Sunday’s festivities.

A record fair with food, drink, games, visuals and DJs held at Dock Street Market to celebrate the August Bank Holiday.

Technique & Esylum Circoloco Garden Party 2011 – Pt 3 of 3

Sunday 28 August: 2pm – 4am
The Faversham, LS2 9NG
£16 - £20

The closing event for this year’s Garden Party plays host to five arenas including an outdoor terrace. ZIP will play an extended set as he headlines the Garden Party and the Faversham also welcomes the CL Stalwarts - System of Survival from Italy and Robert James. Mono cult will also be on hand to round off the Garden Party.

Visions! Omens! Hallucinations! Miracles!

Monday 4 July – Saturday 8 October
Leeds College of Art and Design, LS2 9AQ
£ Free

Enjoy the bank holiday Monday with a stroll around this nice little exhibition at Blemheim Walk Building of Leeds College of Art and Design.

Founded in 1953 in San Francisco by poet and painter Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, the legendary City Lights Books was at the forefront of the American counter-culture movement in the 1950s and 1960s and the Beats’ legacy of anti-authoritarian politics and insurgent thinking continues to be a major influence both in the store and in the titles they publish.

The display on the first floor at Blenheim Walk includes work by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Philip Lamentia, Pier Paulo Pasolini, Charles Bukowski, Fernando Pessoa and others alongside photographs, broadsheets and posters.

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