Wakefield’s Long Division Festival starts today

Cry Baby Cry will perform at Drury Lane Library, Wakefield, tonight (Friday) as part of Long Division Festival.
Cry Baby Cry will perform at Drury Lane Library, Wakefield, tonight (Friday) as part of Long Division Festival.
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The Long Division Festival starts today.

More than 70 bands will perform across eight city centre stages over three days from tonight (Friday).

The weekend will finish with a fringe festival on Sunday, which includes talks, readings, comedy, pop-up cinema and music from local acts.

Tonight the former Drury Lane Library will be transformed into a music venue, with One Day, After School kicking off proceedings at 7.45pm. They will be followed by Fur Blend, Cry Baby Cry and Pictish Trail.

The library building will be used again tomorrow, along with both floors of The Hop, Theatre Royal Wakefield, The Orangery, Esquire coffee bar, The Hepworth Wakefield, Velvet cocktail bar and Warehouse 23.

Local bands Piskie Sits, Jonnythefirth, Runaround Kids, The Sunbeams and This Many Boyfriends will perform.

Other acts include Ghostpoet, Howard Marks, Nine Black Alps, This Is The Kit, Ed Tudor Pole, Kid Canaveral, RM Hubbert, Blacklisters, Dead Sons, Humanfly and Skint and Demoralised.

And headliners The Fall will play at Warehouse 23 at 10pm.

On Sunday at 11.30am there will be tours available of Unity Hall, which is soon to be transformed back to its former glory.

In the theatre at 4.30pm poet Simon Armitage and the Scaremongers will take to the stage.

And former Radio 1 DJ Andy Kershaw will talk about his career at The Hop at 8pm.

Author and journalist Dave Simpson will be at The Orangery, on Back Lane, to talk about his books The Last Champions and The Fallen, which is about Saturday’s headliners The Fall.

For a full list and information on tickets visit www.longdivisionfestival.co.uk