Long Division Festival has Wakefield in tune

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A SONIC showcase ignited the city centre last weekend at the second Long Division music festival.

Rock fans were spoilt for choice as 75 top international acts and upcoming local talents let loose at seven different venues.

Long division 2012.louise distras

Long division 2012.louise distras

The Vaselines and Art Brut starred as the three-day festival reached its peak on Saturday night.

But other bands and solo acts had kept the party going since noon at venues including The Hop, Mustangs, Velvet, the Theatre Royal, the Orangery, Henry Boons, the town hall and its old courtroom.

The festival was organised by Rhubarb Bomb fanzine editor Dean Freeman and The Hop promoter Chris Morse.

Mr Freeman said this year’s event was bigger and better than last year.

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Long division 2012.runaroundkids

He said: “There’s no doubt the festival has grown. We sold more than a thousand tickets and there were more bands playing this time. Our aim was to showcase what Wakefield has to offer and I feel we really did that.

“All the bands I’ve spoken to enjoyed it and everyone seemed to think there was a great atmosphere. We will have to discuss where we want to take the festival next year. It has a great charm to it so I wouldn’t want it to get too big too soon.”

Jack Winn, bassist for Runaround Kids, said their set at the town hall was a mixture of old songs and brand new material.

He said: “We really liked the venue and the crowd were brilliant. It was great to have a gig that really felt like part of a big event.

Long division 2012.the vaselines

Long division 2012.the vaselines

“This festival is really important to Wakefield.”

Rumours about a secret gig from the Cribs dominated the hype leading up to the festival.

But Mr Freeman said last-minute contractual problems meant that the ‘76th band’ could not play.

There was a launch party last Friday upstairs at the Hop, and the festival drew to a close with performances at The Hop, Henry Boons, the Hepworth and the Jam Inn, on Sunday.