Festival ready to rock the city

The people behind fanzine Rhubarb Bomb are putting on a music festival, called Long Division, across Wakefield in conjunction with The Hop in June.L-R Dean Freeman and Chris Morse
The people behind fanzine Rhubarb Bomb are putting on a music festival, called Long Division, across Wakefield in conjunction with The Hop in June.L-R Dean Freeman and Chris Morse

FORGET Glastonbury, Leeds or Reading- the only festival to be at this summer takes place right here in Wakefield thisweekend (June 11 - 13th.

Long Division will see more than 80 bands play at venues across the city from Friday, June 11 to Sunday, June 13.

A £12 ticket gets you into 12 hours of gigs on Saturday, and free fringe events are also taking place on Friday and Sunday.

The line-up includes a mix of local bands and those from further afield, including The Wedding Present, who last played Wakefield in 1991 at Rooftop Gardens, and rising American stars Darwin Deez.

The launch event, at The Hop on Bank Street, takes place on Friday and features Brighton band Shrag, Eagulls, The Bambinos and One Day, After School.

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

Mr Morse said: “Everything’s ready to go, tickets have been selling well and everyone seems to be really happy with the line up.

“We’ve had a lot of support. People are coming from across the country and it will be great to show them what Wakefield is all about.

“I would urge anyone to get their tickets in advance.

“The response has been so positive, we’re already looking at next year’s festival.”

Venues include The Hop, Wakefield Cathedral, Mustangs, Fernandes, The Graziers, Henry Boons, the Town Hall and The Snooty Fox.

Tickets can be purchased from Ticketweb, See Tickets, The Hop, Wakefield Tourist Information Centre, The Green Room Cafe, and Jumbo and Crash records in Leeds.

For the full line up visit www.longdivisionfestival.co.uk