International and Wakefield acts at second annual Long Division festival

Darwin Deez play Mustang Sally's in Wakefield, as part of Long Division Festival 2011 (11th June 2011)
Darwin Deez play Mustang Sally's in Wakefield, as part of Long Division Festival 2011 (11th June 2011)

A BOOMING blend of international and city talents will show off the strength of Wakefield’s music scene this weekend.

The Vaselines, Art Brut and Herman Dune are among the headliners for the second annual Long Division festival, which will take place at several city centre venues.

Homegrown acts Runaround Kids, The Spills and Skint & Demoralised will also perform during the three-day event.

It has been organised by Dean Freeman, editor of the Rhubarb Bomb fanzine, and Chris Morse, a promoter for The Hop.

Mr Freeman said: “We are so pleased with the line-up – it’s a great combo of international artists and the best local bands.”

Next Saturday is also the last chance for people to take a tour of Unity Hall, and pledge their support to a share issue which would allow it to be refurbished and reopened as a music venue.

Mr Freeman said that made it a hugely significant and important weekend for the city’s music scene.

He said: “Right now Unity House is hanging in the balance, and if it doesn’t come together then Wakefield will have lost the opportunity for an 800-capacity venue right in the middle of the city.

“Saturday is such an important day for music in Wakefield.”

Long Division’s opening party will begin next Friday at 8pm, in the upstairs room of The Hop.

But most of the action will take place from noon until midnight on the Saturday, as bands take command of stages at The Hop, the Theatre Royal, Mustangs, Henry Boons, Velvet, The Orangery and the town hall.

And for those with the stamina, free closing parties will take place at The Hop and Henry Boons on Sunday.

The Unity Hall tour will take place from 11am until noon on Saturday.

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