Stage set for Long Division's return

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

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Stage is set for major West Yorkshire festival’s comeback

A unique Yorkshire city centre festival will return this June with its biggest ever line-up featuring 30 plus venues and more than 120 artists.

After a year off in 2017, Long Division will return to Wakefield city centre – bringing with it five days of live music, art and culture with a wide mix of free and paid-for entertainment.

Headlined by names such as Billy Bragg and culminating in a major free gig by The Magic of the Beatles, the festival is another signal of intent from a city on the up.

Running from May 30 to June 3, the unique festival is set across several indoor and outdoor stages and venues across the city offering a huge variety of entertainment.

Saturday will see the most bands playing and feature names such as King Creosote, The Lovely Eggs, The Membranes and CUD alongside emerging talent including Drahla, Adore // Repel, Mi Mye, Crake, and Loz Campbell.

With investment from Wakefield BID (Business Improvement District) the festival has been able to expand its size to become the biggest yet since it launched in 2011.

The BID is also funding a family-friendly, free finale on the cathedral precinct which will see The Magic of the Beatles play to crowds at 5.30pm on Sunday June 3 to encourage more people to explore what the city has to offer.

Elizabeth Murphy, Manager of Wakefield BID, said: “We have a clear plan for the city based on what our businesses want and bringing more people into the city centre for longer is a key part of that. Long Division has a great reputation and tickets sales have been faster than any previous year. With so many free events on offer, it gives people a real chance to experience something different – culminating with the big free Beatles gig on the Sunday early evening which we hope people of all ages will come and enjoy.”

Dean Freeman, festival organiser, added: “We needed a break in 2017 to take stock of what worked, what could be improved and how we could take the festival on to the next level. I believe this year’s programme is the best yet – it’s diverse, strong and offers a unique experience for people. The interest in this year’s festival has been massive and thanks to Wakefield BID we’ve been able to pull out all the stops. We’ve already got half an eye on next year’s festival.”

Long Division also received £15,000 from Arts Council England to develop new talent in the city, under the project title ‘A Manifesto For A New Wakefield’. This includes the creation of thirteen brand new pieces of work by Wakefield artists to be debuted at the festival, varying from contemporary dance, neon installations, poetry and theatre.

For full details, line-ups, info on free/paid entertainment and a handy clashfinder, see


Notes to editors:

For interviews and further information on the BID please contact Graham Poucher on or 07587 180005.

For media festival access requests, band interviews and images please contact Harry on or 07742 488854.