Long Division Festival has announced its full music line up and a host of other performers, events and activities across five days from Wednesday 29th May to Sunday 2nd June 2019 of music, art & culture in the city of Wakefield, Yorkshire, with the majority of events taking place on their big Saturday music festival.
Previously announced acts include Art Brut, Bill Ryder-Jones, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Avi Buffalo, Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert, and more, and acts added today include Peter Hook and the Light, We Are Scientists, Asian Dub Foundation, Penguin Cafe, Keston Cobblers Club, and Menace Beach.
Though Saturday’s huge music line up is the jewel in Long Division’s crown, there are four other days of celebration of culture including: Wakefield Art Walk will be hosting Wednesday’s opening, Thursday at The Establishment there's performances from Glasgow’s Meursault, and Wakefield’s own Mi Mye, and elsewhere in town local musician and composer Ric Neale will be hosting a LD special of ‘Monochrome’ a monthly piano night at The Jolly Tap.
Friday will see a huge festival quiz in the Long Division festival marquee with live music, special guests and huge prizes, all for charity with money raised going to Andy’s Man Club, a Halifax based charity that supports Men’s mental health. The final day of Long Division, alongside Richard Herring recording his Leicester Square Theatre Podcast at Theatre Royal, will see a city centre record fair, family focussed live music from YouthAnthems at the festival marquee alongside a zine workshop and instrument workshop and an all ages free show from Mercury, a Queen tribute band on Wakefield precinct presented by Wakefield BID.
The rest of the new music announcements are Liela Moss, Imperial Wax, International Teachers Of Pop, Ancient Infinity, Manchester Jazz Collective, Vibe-ology, Broken Chanter, Graft, Youth Anthems, Knitting Grooves, Cowgirl, Dead Naked Hippies, Fran Bundey, Heir, Manuka, Shake Your Halo Down, Oliver Asadi, Mayshe Mayshe, Sandra's Wedding, Joe Russell Brown, Let Man Loose, Homesteads, Weekend Recovery, Two Weeks In Nashville, Sly Antics, Skinny Living, Sex Cells, Tiger By The Tail, Jellyskin, ALLORA, Brosnan, Ceiling Demons, The Passing Fancy, My Fake Empire, Alice Simmonds, Fossway, Chloe Juliette Beswick, The Hyde, and Macroscope. For the details as available please see the line-up page.
For priority access buy a Pioneer ticket, priced at £27.50. More expensive options to help select artists as well as attend the festival are also available.
Long Division director Dean Freeman says "After our biggest ever year in 2018, our feeling for 2019 very much centred around this phrase of "More Than A Festival". We've always been challenged by the physical spaces and the infrastructure in Wakefield; we're not a city setup to host something like Long Division. But we've always turned that into a positive, making the festival an unusual but joyfully surprising experience. We continue to do that, beyond the music we put on - though I do feel that this is our strongest line-up yet from the headliners right down to those emerging artists.. It's about using the festival idea and turning it into something more; let's raise money for a mental health charity, let's run an education programme to find the next generation of DIY promoters, let's offer £500 to local artists to create something new and show it off to these audiences, as they travel between Peter Hook and Asian Dub Foundation. We don't do things the easy way, but it is fun, rewarding and makes an impact. Even after all these years, the idea of coming to Wakefield for many people feels like a leap of faith. Just do it. We've proven time and time again it is worth it. Whether you are a hardcore 6Music listener, have a young family, are mad on spoken word, love comedy, or just want to explore and see unusual things, Wakefield is the place to be."
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