Starting at midday and running up to midnight (and quite possibly beyond), the whole of Wakefield City Centre will be taken over with live music, comedy, spoken word, workshops, exhibitions and more. With venues including the stunning Theatre Royal Wakefield, the city’s largest venue Warehouse 23 and the return of Wakefield Town Hall and our Precinct stage, Saturday is the day to be at Long Division. Over 100 performances will take place across the city, bringing together great emerging artists and nationally touring ones, side by side.
There’s going to have to be some serious planning / running between venues involved as they’ve pulled together an incredibly strong line-up. At the Warehouse 23, headliners Peter Hook & The Light are supported by We are Scientists and Asian Dub Foundation, while further down the bill are perennial Mafia favourites We Were Promised Jetpacks and Menace Beach. Over at the iconic Theatre Royal is Bill Ryder Jones with Penguin Cafe, Aiden Moffat & RM Hubbert and Avi Buffalo among the support, with Art Brut, bis, International Teachers of Pop, Cowtown and the brilliant Leila Moss on over at the Mechanics Theatre.
Throw in just under a dozen more venues and scores of bands – including some of our favourites in Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip, The Golden Age of TV, Ceiling Demons, Knuckle, Dead Naked Hippies, some wristbanded and some free, then you’ve got the makings of a memorable day.
The Sunday headliner is Richard Herring, who is taking his hugely popular RHLSTP podcast out on the road. With a to be announced special guest, Rich will record the latest episode of the podcast in the beautiful surroundings of Theatre Royal Wakefield. Tickets available here.
Otherwise, there will be a headlining set from Queen tribute Mercury on the precinct stage + local supports. Wakefield Record Fair will hold it’s first outdoor event as a specialist market and our own Bull Ring Marquee will host shows from Youth Anthems, our own #YoungTeam and various family workshops, including building your own instruments and zine-making. All of this is free to attend and will from from midday until 6pm.
If you’re in any doubt, just ask the people who came last year….
Website for Long Division Festival 2019 is HERE
Tickets are on sale HERE