Long Division Festival Confirms First Acts for 2021

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Long Division Festival has confirmed the first wave of guests for this year’s festival, now scheduled for the weekend of September 25th.

Its usual occurrence in early June has been changed to give organisers the best chance of staging it in a safe manner. And they’re optimistic about the festival going ahead following the UK government’s roadmap towards easing Covid-19 restrictions.

The line-up consists mainly of artists who were originally scheduled to play the festival in 2020. And other names and artists will be added over the coming months.

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“Award-winning festival”

At the forefront of the announcement are Sunderland indie stalwarts ​The Futureheads​. Renowned beatboxer and comedian​ Beardyman​, and lo-fi psych-punk duo​ The Lovely Eggs​ are also highlights. Manchester post-punk collective ​Brix & The Extricated​ are on the bill, and ​Lanterns on the Lake​ who released their Mercury-nominated latest album on Bella Union last year join them.

Also on the list are ​She Drew The Gun​, Scottish singer-songwriter and Idlewild frontman ​Roddy Woomble​, and London-duo ​Peggy Sue​.

The first Long Division Festival dates back to 2011. And the award-winning festival celebrates its long-running status this year with their 10th edition. It’s an occasion that has grown over the years to become one of the most anticipated cultural events in the Wakefield calendar, drawing thousands of music lovers to the area from much further afield.

Committed to a wider role in providing support and opportunities to the city, Long Division has also been planning a number of important initiatives that will run alongside the festival.  And they’re also working on bringing a dedicated rehearsal space to Wakefield city centre, alongside a new education programme that will work with up to 100 young people throughout the year.

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“It’s going to be great!”

Dean Freeman is the founder and Director of Long Division. He said: “It’s such a strange mix of emotions to ‘be back’ with another lineup announcement. It honestly felt like the early days again, where it was exciting just to design a poster and see those names laid out, ready to share with the world. We want to give people the best possible Long Division we can. Not the biggest ever, but one that celebrates not just our ten years, and not just the return of live music but also the power of community. People being together – even if it’s with 1 metre gaps and masks and sanitising their hands every 30 minutes. Even if half the audience is watching via a stream. It’s going to be great!

This year audiences need to put their faith in their promoters, in their festivals, and they need to buy tickets. For Long Division refunds will always be available should the worst happen. And I know that finances may be stretched. But at Long Division that £30 for a ticket goes so far and enables so many artists to perform. Grassroots festivals like this (there are many more) are an essential part of kickstarting this insane machine called live music. We’d love you to join us in Wakefield this year!”


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