Mark E Smith to bring his legendary band The Fall to Wakefield to headline Long Division festival

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Post-punk legends The Fall are to headline this year’s Long Division festival.

The band, led by singer Mark E Smith, which formed during the 1970s punk movement, will be one of more than 60 acts to perform at the third annual festival from June 7 to 9.

Long Division organiser Dean Freeman, aka Rhubarb Bomb, said: “We have wanted to book The Fall since we started the first festival in 2010.

“They are utterly unique and always entertaining. They are a huge inspiration, with their attitude and unwillingness to compromise.”

Other acts include British singer and producer Ghostpoet, whose debut album received a Mercury Music Prize nomination, Howard Marks, Nine Black Alps, Ed Tudor Pole, The Spills and The Sunbeams.

The festival takes place on eight stages at various venues across the city, including The Hop, Theatre Royal Wakefield, Mustangs, The Orangery and Velvet Cocktail bar.

And there will be a free launch gig tonight from 8pm at The Hop, with early bird tickets being sold for £15.

This year’s event will be extended over the full weekend, with a selection of special one-off events planned for Sunday June 9.

These will include a pop-up indie cinema, book readings, discussion panels, comedians, live podcast recordings and a live band recording.

More acts will be revealed over the coming weeks.