from New York and New Crofton, musicians and music lovers alike are set to converge on Wakefield over the weekend of June 4–6.
That Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see the inaugural Long Division Festival bringing more than 30 bands to venues across the city centre.
Prime movers behind the event are Rhubarb Bomb editor Dean Freeman and Guerilla Rooms promoter Chris Morse, who have succeeded in attracting some big names to feature on Wakefield’s answer to the Camden Crawl.
Chris said: “I’d been thinking about doing something like this for a while and Dean was having the same ideas, so he said ‘let’s do an event together’.
“Our ambition is to provide a showcase for bands from the city alongside some big names and to bring people into Wakefield who haven’t been here before.”
The pair were also inspired by the Performing Rights Society report last year which found Wakefield to be the third most productive musical city in the country.
“There are some great bands in Wakefield and they deserve a wider audience,” said Chris. “We always thought the city deserved an event that would bring in big bands, so putting local bands on at the same time will hopefully give them the exposure they deserve.”
Once venues such as The Hop, Mustangs, Henry Boon’s, Wakefield Cathedral and the Town Hall came on board, Dean and Chris were pleasantly surprised by the willingness of big name bands to get on board, headed by The Wedding Present, Los Campesinos! and Rising US stars Darwin Deez.
Chris said: “The Wedding Present were really keen to come back to Wakefield – they say the last time they were here was at Rooftop Gardens in 1991 – but to get Darwin Deez over from New York was a real coup.
“We’ve gone for a mix of bands: indie legends such as The Wedding Present and some up-and-coming names – and we’re really happy with their response.”
The main day will be Saturday, when the three headliners are playing: tickets for that day are priced £12 from, among others, The Hop and Wakefield Tourist Information Centre.
“We reckon that’s great value,” said Chris. “You’d pay more than that to see any one of the headliners on their own!”
Go to www.longdivisionfestival. co.uk for full event details.