Long Division 1st-3rd June
After the huge success of last year Wakefield’s multi-venue festival, Long Division is back for a second time. 2011 was Long Division’s debut year eventually going on to sell out; it was an absolutely brilliant weekend and it was delightful to see Wakefield so vibrant. The festival is put together by Wakefield based fanzine the Rhubarb Bomb as well as local music venue The Hop. Long Division is also a celebration of the whole ‘zine’ and DIY culture and should be an inspiration to anyone thinking about putting any sort of event on.
The festival begins on Friday the 1st of June with an opening party upstairs at The Hop, featuring Johnny Foreigner, Penguinand One Day After School. Entry is free and with such a strong line up there is no reason not to start your weekend with a bang.
The main event for the weekend is on Saturday 2ndJune and sees 75 bands playing across nine city centre venues. The venues include city centre bars, two stages at The Hop as well as less traditional venues such as Wakefield Town Hall, Wakefield Theatre Royal and The Orangery, all of which should be fantastic backdrops for live music. Tickets for the Saturday are priced at a very reasonable £15 and are great value for money for such an excellent day of live music.
Headline acts for the Saturday include The Vaselines, ArtBrut and Herman Dune. In addition to these there is a wealth of local talent playing, who will have the chance to play to a wider audience than usual. Some of these local acts include The Spills, Runaround Kids, The Do’s and ThePassing Fancy. As well as so many great local bands playing, it was also just the general atmosphere of the festival that was brilliant and it was great to see so many people coming together coming together and enjoying themselves in Wakefield no less.
On Sunday 3rd June there will be a free fringe event held at various venues in the city centre. This is an opportunity for more local acts and promoters to showcase their talents. As this event is free it enables you to take in 3 days of live music for the princely sum £15 and as its bank holiday the next day there is no excuse to take full advantage of the festivities.
If last year’s event is anything to go by Long Division 2012 will be one of the best weekends of the year and it would be great to see plenty of Wakefield folk supporting something special happening so near to them.
You can see my review of last year’s excellent festival here.