Wakefield’s Long Division Festival has announced its return after a fallow year in 2017. After taking a year off to take stock and better understand what he wanted the festival to be, festival founder and director Dean Freeman and the newly expanded Long Division team are bringing it back bigger than ever with an expanded line-up and broader programme with a host of free entry and paid events taking place in venues all across the city and regions thriving art and creative community.
eading the announcement is folk and roots icon Billy Bragg who will be headlining the festival hot on the heels of his acclaimed mini-album ‘Build Bridges Not Walls’ which was released at the end of 2017. Joining the ‘Bard of Barking’ at Long Division will be Scottish troubadour King Creosote who will be making his return to Wakefield after three years, ex-Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherly and Helen Marnie of lauded electronic outfit Ladytron.
Also on the bill are Leeds indie-legends Cud, Long Division favourites and psych-punk duo The Lovely Eggs and avant- jazzers Shatners Bassoon.
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As ever, new music and making the arts accessible to all is at the heart of what Long Division is about and as such they have booked some of the most exciting new bands to come from the West Yorkshire region including post-punk three piece Drahla who have had support from Loud & Quiet, DIY, BBC 6 Music and Dork among many others, pillars of Leeds’ thriving DIY scene Galaxians and 6 piece fuzzy-lo-fi soon to be heavy hitters Team Picture.
For tickets and moredetails of the lineup, go to longdivisionfestival.co.uk