Wakefield’s very own multi-venue city centre festival, Long Division returns for its third outing in June. The festival was conceived by local fanzine the Rhubarb Bomb and has really helped to put Wakefield on the map as well as attracting top names like The Wedding Present, Darwin Deez, The Vaselines and Art Brut to the city.
The main event of the festival will be held on Saturday 8thJune and is a twelve hour all dayer across eight city centre venues as well as featuring 70 bands, tickets are also priced at just twenty pounds providing fantastic value for money. This year there are headliners such as The Fall and Ghostpoet, however looking forever down the line up it just oozes quality throughout. There are so many quality bands on the line up it would be impossible to name every single one but I will give a special mention to the brilliant Let’s Wrestle who have been booked to play the previous two festivals and then unfortunately pulled out so here’s hoping for third time lucky.
As well as putting on bands from all over the country there is also plenty of local talent on and a lot of these bands like Runaround Kids, The Spills and The Michael Ainsley Band are provided by the excellent Wakefield based independent label Philophobia Music. Long Division also put on a host of warm up gigs in order to give performers from the WF postcode an opportunity to play the festival and managed to pick five acts out of them all, amongst them are Jasmine Kennedy, Boxing Klub, Crowds, jamiesaysmile and the Thomas Wilby Gang.
Although Long Division features mostly guitar based indie bands it is also a celebration of the DIY and independent culture whilst taking in a variety of genres showing the whole open mindedness of the festival. This can be seen with acts like Too Many T’s a London based hip hop act who played at The Hop last year and put on one of the best nights I’ve witnessed there for a long time.
In addition to the Saturday there is an opening gig on the Friday (7th) night held at drury lane library and a host of exciting fringe events on the Sunday (9th). I cannot commend the people behind Dean Freeman enough for putting on such a good festival in a city that’s not always had the best reputation as well as giving people great value for money which helps make it more accessible for everyone.