Long Division Festival, Wakefield, Announces Full Line-Up
Wakefield’s Long Division Festival has announced the full weekend programme for their annual festival. And there’s a diverse and exciting range of events taking place either side of the main day of Saturday 25th September.
Starting on Friday 24th September with longtime Long Division favourites The Wave Pictures. They make their return to Wakefield after many years away, bringing an intimate fringe show to Balne Lane Working Men’s Club. They’ll be joined by English Teacher who recently signed to Nice Swan Records. CUD has been added to the bill, as have local up-and-comers The Golden Age of TV.
Meanwhile, the full list of festival venues have also been announced, with programming taking place on Saturday 25th September at WX (former Market hall), Mechanics Theatre, Wakefield Town Hall, Vortex, Velvet, Westgate Chapel, The Establishment, The Hop, and Jolly Boys.
“Brilliant lineup of artists”
Alongside the full programme, Long Division Festival has partnered with new Wakefield residents Tileyard North. For the festival on September 25th, there’ll be the Tileyard North stage at Mechanics’ Theatre. It’ll feature a brilliant lineup of artists including post-punk and shoegaze from Hull’s acclaimed artists Low Hummer and BDRMM. The Lounge Society, and Wakefield garage-rock heroes Knuckle perform too. Also joining them will be Georgia Meek, a Tileyard Education student success story. She was awarded a Spitfire Audio Scholarship and has performed at Radio One’s Big Weekend.
Sunday is presented by Wakefield BID, Arts Council England and Wakefield Council. And it takes place at WX on 26th September. Renowned tribute acts Weetwood Mac and Green Haze will be performing, along with Shades Collective and Transcend. There’ll also be a special set from 2021 The Voice contestant Chanel Yates. Originally from Wakefield, Chanel’s musical history is interconnected to Long Division’s. She played her first ever gig at Long Division back in 2013 through one of the festival’s local outreach programmes.
“Inspire and educate”
With festival partners and Huddersfield craft brewing stalwarts Magic Rock providing the bar in the venue, the Food Hall next door will be hosting a wide range of workshops and activities for families and young people, along with an additional stage of live music from #YoungTeam (LD’s education department), whose mission is to use music to inspire and educate young people, empowering them to find their voices and create their own culture.
Free for all to attend, capacity for the stage is limited. So, the public will be encouraged to sign up for tickets, with a one-in one-out policy once the venue is full. Wakefield BID hope the event will also help to encourage and drive local footfall to support businesses in the area following an understandably difficult time for retail and hospitality venues over the past 18 months.