Monday, 6 June 2016

LONG DIVISION FESTIVAL 2016 - 06/06/2016

LONG DIVISION is a festival in Wakefield which is a celebration of independence and DIY culture which is back for its 6th year.

The festival takes place across the weekend that is the 10th - 12th of June.

This year, as normal the festival has its traditional opening night on Friday at which Yard Wars and Gang of Four will be playing at Unity Works. On Saturday (11th) there will be a feature of about 70 bands who will be playing at venues across the centre of the city in multiple venues; Unity Works, Warehouse 23, Theatre Royal, Westgate Chapel, The Orangery, The Snooty Fox (previously Players). The Ant House, Westgate Studios and also Neon Workshops. On Sunday there is a chance to also see Post War Glamour Girls record a live album to a reel to reel recording machine at the St Austen's Community Centre at which individuals in attendance will have the chance to listen to the album through earphones provided. This comes from a partnership between Long Division and Armley's Green Mount Studios.

Tickets this year for Saturdays are - if you are at Wakefield College (16-17 year olds) are free due to a partnership between Long Division and the College, for 18 to 21 year olds the tickets are £15, for others the day tickets are £25.00. Friday tickets are £20 and Sunday tickets are £6 including a digital download of the Post War Glamour Girls album and £18 for admission and a vinyl pre-order of the album.

Some of the venues this year are 16+ (Friday and the majority of Saturday) and Sunday is for all ages as well as some aspects of Saturday.

All venues are roughly 60 seconds from one another and the centre of the festival is 60 seconds away from Wakefield Westgate train station so overall the festival is very convenient.

Some of the stages this year are being run by the supporters of the festival who include Philophobia Music & Vinyl Tap Records, Sheffield record label DMF Digital, Hide and Seek Records. The Ridings will be featured on the wristbands which are exchanged for tickets. There will also be the local recording studio Top 5 Studio and Awesome Merchandise - not to mention the countless generous music fans. All of whom helped the festival raise around £7,500 in August 2015 to help (alongside initial funding) get the festival off the ground.
Line up for the festival.
I myself am a big fan of the lineup this year and there will be someone for me to see on each of the days despite there only being 3 acts across Friday and Sunday.

In particular there are 10 acts in which I definitely want to see throughout the weekend, these being; Gang of Four, Los Campesinos!, ALLUSONDRUGS, NARCS, I Set The Sea On Fire, Framing Witches, Little Mono, Deadset Dream, Monoking and Post War Glamour Girls.

 I shall be writing a piece about those bands I most want to see including why which will follow this piece tomorrow. The piece will also include links to buying tickets online, which if you wish to see any of the bands above or want to discover some new bands I defintiely recommend you follow up and get a ticket for the Saturday at least (if not all the days)

Written by Sophie.

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