Long Division festival to kick off this weekend

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Thousands of music fans will rock in Wakefield this weekend when Long Division Festival returns.

The festival, which runs from Friday, June 10 until Sunday, June 12, will be headlined by Field Music, Gang Of Four and The Membranes.

Other acts to perform in the lineup include Allusondrogs, Brix and The Extricated, Emma Pollock and Los Campesinos!

Dean Freeman, festival organiser, said: “I’m very excited for Long Division this year - I think back to last summer when it looked like our future might be in trouble and in response I got hundreds of emails and messages of support, not just from local bands and gig goers but from across the country, from artists who had travelled to our city for the first time because of Long Division and couldn’t wait to come back, from record labels, agents and passionate music fans.

“I can’t wait to be amongst people who are that passionate about our city and I invite as many people to join us as possible. “

The festival will kick off on Friday June 10 when acts Yard Wars and Gang of Four perform at Unity Works.

More than 20 different bands will then play at venues across the city on Saturday, including Warehouse 23, Theatre Royal Wakefield, Westgate Chapel and The Orangery.

The festival has this year partnered with Wakefield College to offer free entry to all 16 and 17-year-olds.

Acts will also play sets at Top Five Studios, Neon Workshops, The Art House and The Snooty Fox.

The festival will also feature question and answer sessions with Brix Smith and John Robb.

It will come to a close on June 12, when the Post War Glamour Girls perform at St Austin’s Church during a special live album recording.

This year’s event had been under threat because of funding cuts.

But music fans donated £6,000 to a fundraising page in just nine days to secure its future.

The festival partnered with Music Glue to run an artist application process for acts to put themselves up for consideration, which has resulted in a number of new bands entering the lineup.

Full festival lineup

Field Music / Gang Of Four / Los Campesinos! / Brix & The Extricated / Bis / Fear Of Men / The Membranes / Emma Pollock (Full Band) / Malcolm Middleton / RM Hubbert / Kagoule / Kid Canaveral / Middleman / Dancing Years / The Lake Poets / De Rosa / Johnny Foreigner / Allusondrugs / Kingsley Chapman & The Murder / Barry Hyde / Pictish Trail / Her Name Is Calla / Post War Glamour Girls / Hatcham Social / Louise Distras / Sam Airey / NARCS / Fizzy Blood / The Spills / Napoleon IIIrd / The Ainsley Band / Jonnythefirth / Mi Mye / Forever Cult / Yard Wars / Fur Blend /Adore / Repel / Fighting Caravans / I Set The Sea On Fire / Buen Chico /Cold Summer / Galaxians / Climbing Alice / Thomas Wilby Gang / Knuckle / Juffage / Mammoth Penguins / Loz Campbell / Heather Coulton / Milk Crimes / Yawning Dog / Big Love / The Do’s / O Captain / The Homesteads / Framing Witches / Little Mono / Jaded Eyes / SAMH / Jack Winn / Habberdash / Charlie Padfield & The Gamma Rays / Lewis Armitage / Fleckt Pets / Piles Of Clothes / Deadset Dream / Monoking / The Passing Fancy / One Day, After School