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New festival inspired by city music scene

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

THE CITY is set to rock at a new music festival this summer.

Long Division is a three-day, multi-venue festival that will start on Friday, June 10, and see 25 bands will play across five venues.

Top acts already confirmed include The Wedding Present, Los Compesinos! and folk star Emmy the Great, who will play Wakefield Cathedral.

Local bands include Middleman, Runaround Kids and Napoleon IIIrd.

It has been organised by Dean Freeman, the editor of music fanzine Rhubarb Bomb, and Chris Morse, music promoter at The Hop on Bank Street, who came up with the idea after a report last year announced Wakefield to be the third most musical city in the country.

Mr Freeman, 26, of Canal Lane, Stanley, said: “Wakefield has been crying out for a festival to represent its thriving music scene.

“There was a peak in the Wakefield music scene around five years ago when The Cribs and The Research were at their height. Now there’s a much more diverse collection of bands coming through, and everyone’s doing it for themselves.

“There’s a real DIY ethic and that’s what we’re supporting with the festival.”

Mr Morse will play the festival with his band Piskie Sits.

A limited number of pre-sale tickets are being released today at a special price of £10. They are available from The Hop or online via www.longdivisionfestival.co.uk

 

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