Long Division makes Wakefield sing thanks to BID

Tuesday 6th February 2018

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WAKEFIELD Business Improvement District (BID) has guaranteed Long Division will return to the city centre thanks to a £30,000 investment.

Wakefield festival goers can enjoy a host of free entry and paid events taking place in venues across the city that attract music lovers from across the UK and beyond.

Headline acts include Billy Bragg, King Creosote and Charlotte Hatherly, who will play city centre venues between June 1 and 3 this summer.

As Wakefield’s largest festival of music and culture, it’s further evidence of how Wakefield BID is implementing its four point plan to boost the local economy and make the city a great place to do business, with visitors attracted from far and wide.

Wakefield BID Manager Elizabeth Murphy said: “By making Long Division a largely free event we will attract even more people to Wakefield this summer. The festival has a proven track record of pulling in visitors and bringing a boost for the local economy in terms of increased business for city centre bars, cafes, restaurants and shops,” she commented. “As a highly acclaimed national music event it will also raise the profile of Wakefield beyond the city boundaries.We look forward to Wakefield businesses reaping the benefits of the festival even more in 2018.”

Long Division 2018 venues include: Wakefield Cathedral, Warehouse 23, Wakefield Town Hall, Elizabethan Gallery, The Red Shed, Wakefield Beer Exchange, Jolly Boys' Tap, Neon Workshops, Wakefield Precinct and many more TBA.

Long Division founder, Dean Freeman said:“It's wonderful to be back after taking a year out in 2017.We have a passion for our city and for creating opportunities for artists and performers where there can often be too few. With free tickets giving access to 90% of the festival’s line-up, Long Division 2018 is set to be a fantastic weekend.”

Alongside music, Long Division will be hosting exciting arts and cultural installations which will be unveiled over the course of the next few months.This will include a collaboration with Wakefield Artwalk, as part of their 10th anniversary celebration.