Five years in and Long Division festival in Wakefield has become as much a part of the festival season as any of the offerings its big city rival, Leeds, can offer.
80+ bands – three days – eight city centre venues ! It’s a winning formula with an ever impressive line up ranging from the well established (such as Ash and British Sea Power) to the best in upcoming local talent.
Long Division still manages to keep to it’s roots, and despite bigger bands and bigger venues, maintains the DIY ethic and has helped put Wakefield well and truly back on the musical map. A mix of old, new and the rejuvenated and all within very easy walking distance of each other, Wakefield’s largest performance space Unity Hall, to local bars The Hop and Players as well as The Theatre Royal, Orangery and 18th Century Westgate Chapel the venues are as varied as the line up.
I’m so pleased to have Ash play in Wakefield. Although they are seen as a guitar band, I think they are one of the best pop bands ever. Tim Wheeler writes amazing, classic pop songs. Long Division has always been about true Indie music, the alternative, the DIY. I think Ash embody that, it just so happens they have some of the catchiest songs ever! To see and hear the sing-alongs in Unity Works will be amazing. And yet, they are only the tip of the iceberg for a line-up with over 80 bands.”
We’re personally looking forward to seeing British Sea Power perform a greatest hits set on Friday night and Saturdays headliners Ash, as well as Pulled Apart By Horses and The Fat White Family, as well as catching some of the best up and coming local talent.
So without further ado, get your plans sorted and get over to Wakefield for what promises to be one hell of a weekend!
You can see the full line-up and buy tickets here!