Countdown to Long Division festival DJs, bands, poets and writers all added to the bill

Andy Kershaw
Andy Kershaw

Former Radio 1 DJ Andy Kershaw will reveal interesting stories from his career during this summer’s Long Division Festival.

The broadcaster, journalist and foreign correspondent will form one of the more unusual one-off events during what started of as just a music festival.

The Adventures of Andy Kershaw will take place during fringe events at Theatre Royal Wakefield on Sunday, June 9, joining other acts including poet Simon Armitage.

More than 70 bands, including headliners The Fall, will perform across eight stages in the city centre on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8.

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

There will also be a tour of Unity Hall.

A talk by author and journalist Dave Simpson will take pace at the Orangery, on Back Lane, where a maze has been created to coincide with the festival.

He will read from and talk on his books The Last Champions, about Leeds United’s 1992 championship-winning side, and The Fallen, about Saturday headliners The Fall.

New York comic book artist Jeffrey Lewis will bring his sketch books along and talk about his work and record industry expert Chris Tams will offer advice to young bands.

The Hop, on Bank Street, will host free discussion panels to look at the future of Wakefield’s music scene and independent record shops following the closure of HMV.

New Picture House will show independent films in the former Drury Lane Library.

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