New artists added to the bill for Wakefield’s Long Division Festival

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A second wave of artists have been unveiled for his year’s Long Division Festival in Wakefield city centre.

Northumberland folk band, The Unthanks, along with Roddy Woomble, the frontman of Scottish indie rockers, Idlewild, have been added, along with pop indie due, Peggy Sue.

The Futureheads and Beardyman are among artists already confirmed for the four-day festival at the start of June.

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Long Division has also announced a programme of fringe events and other projects taking place this year, including a free-to-use PA system to encourage Wakefield based artists and promoters in the city to create their own DIY shows.

Singer Roddy Woomble.Singer Roddy Woomble.
Singer Roddy Woomble.

There will also be the return of the #YoungTeam, an education programme create by Long Division Festival based around teaching young people to run their own events, primarily in live music but also in exhibitions and spoken-word events.

Equivalent to GCSE, it is aimed at 15 to 18 year-olds. The deadline for applications is this Friday, March 13.

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Dean Freeman, Long Division: “Walking around Wakefield during Long Division, you will see and hear so much. You’ll find your new favourite band; you’ll catch up with someone great you’ve not seen for a while and you’ll also be to support the grassroots.”

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Long Division will be hosting ‘Long Division: In Conversation’, taking place at The Hepworth Gallery next Friday, March 20, featuring Charlotte Gunn, journalist and former editor of NME as well as journalist, author and musician John Robb.

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