Festival is here to stay

The Wedding Present Long Division music festival
The Wedding Present Long Division music festival

THE Merrie city should be renamed the music city after the sell-out success of the first Long Division festival.

More than 1,200 people packed into pubs, clubs, the town hall and Wakefield Cathedral to enjoy sounds of more than 30 bands.

The line-up included a mix of big name acts such as Leeds indie rockers The Wedding Present and American rising stars Darwin Deez along with the city’s finest bands.

It was organised by Dean Freeman, the editor of local music fanzine Rhubarb Bomb, and music promoter Chris Morse.

Mr Freeman said: “We really weren’t sure how it would go or what would happen because it was the first one, but in the end we were over the moon.”

Wakefield band the Spills kicked off the festival and later city favourites The Runaround Kids, who played at Leeds Festival last year, took to the stage.

Bass player Jack Winn, 19, said: “It was a huge success, especially for the first year of a festival. A lot of things could have gone wrong but by all accounts everything went to plan.

“It would be great to see Long Division as a yearly event, it’s done a lot to bring bands that wouldn’t usually come to Wakefield into the city as well as being able to showcase local talent.”

Fringe events on Friday and Sunday were also well attended with fans travelling from as far as Scotland.

Mr Morse said: “We will definitely be back next year – Long Division is here to stay, We have a couple more special venues in mind along the lines of the town hall and cathedral.

“We’ll also make sure we have the cathedral for the full day next year as it’s such a beautiful building and should be used more.”

Tickets cost only £12 and lots of gigs were free, but the organisers still hope to have made a profit to help make Long Division 2012 bigger and better.

l For more on Long Division turn to page 47 of The Guide. To see a slideshow of pictures from the festival visit www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk