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Thu 24th Jul - Sun 9th Jun
Long Division Festival
@ Various Venues, Wakefield
Featuring: Josie Long, The Wave Pictures, The Chapman Family, Eagulls, This Is The Kit, Kid Canaveral, Let's Wrestle, Sky Larkin, That F***ing Tank, Blacklisters, The Scaramanga Six, Dead Sons, Humanfly, Middleman, This Many Boyfriends, Runaround Kids, Too Many T's, Olympic Swimmers, Mark Wynn, New Vinyl
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Long Division Festival: Josie Long + The Wave Pictures + The Chapman Family + Eagulls + This Is The Kit + Kid Canaveral + Let's Wrestle + Sky Larkin + That F***ing Tank + Blacklisters + The Scaramanga Six + Dead Sons + Humanfly + Middleman + This Many Boyfriends + Runaround Kids + Too Many T's + Olympic Swimmers + Mark Wynn + New Vinyl
Now in it's third year, Wakefield's Long Division returns bigger and better than ever.
Saturday June 8th is the main day for music; from midday to midnight artists perform across the city in venues ranging from Royal Theatre, Nightclubs, Traditional Music Venues, Cocktail Bars and an 18th Century Orangery.
The first announcements were made on February 1st: The Fall, Ghostpoet, Howard Marks, Nine Black Alps, RM Hubbert, Ed Tudor Pole, Skint & Demoralised, Dead Sons, Post War Glamour Girls, The Spills, Jonnythefirth, The Michael Ainsley Band, Matadors and The Sunbeams.
Around 50 more will be added to the final lineup.
Tickets are exchanged for wristbands at the start of the day, allowing free access to all participating venues over the course of the event.
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Claiming her first BBC Comedy Award by the age of 17, Josie returned to performing after finishing University, notably at the Edinburgh Fringe, where she carried on winning awards for 'Kindness and Exuberance' (Best Newcomer) and later in 2007/8 for 'Trying Is Good'.
The Telegraph have described her as 'one of the most exciting female comics around'. Josie's humour is warm, optimistic and endearing, filled with rambling daft tales and all the things she likes in the world and which cheer her up.
Josie Long tour dates
For a few years The Wave Pictures have played sporadically in the UK, France and New York, sharing shows with Herman Dune and The Jeffrey Lewis Band. They have also served as backing band for both John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats and Darren Hayman (Hayman’s old band Hefner being a clear influence, along with the guitar playing of Tom Verlaine). Think early Pavement, Galaxie 500, The Pastels, Jonathan Richman.
The Wave Pictures tour dates
The Chapman Family play Disco Noir with stonking songs made for the dancefloor!
The Chapman Family tour dates
Labelled as hardcore and punk band, these guys embellish both these terms. The five piece band are currently based in Leeds.
Eagulls tour dates
This is the Kit is the musical project of Kate Stables (from Winchester, England) who sings and plays banjo and guitar, sometimes solo and other times plays with a bunch of musicians - often with longtime collaborator Jesse D Vernon on violin and percussion. his Is The Kit have toured in the UK, Japan and Europe. They appear in many guises: solo, duo, psychedelic rock-formation, 4-4-2, unplugged acoustic gigs, choir workshops, homeshows, busking etc. If you thought you didn’t like the banjo, This Is The Kit will prove you wrong as Kate rips forward with a hypnotic twang pattern and a voice of rare beauty, accompanied by a backing band of minimal psychedelia. TITK has released two albums and a handful of singles since 2006.
This Is The Kit tour dates
Kid Canaveral are an alternative pop group based in Edinburgh, and the indiepop poster children of the Fence Records roster. They realeased their first single in 2007 and have to date released two critcally acclaimed albums- Shouting at Wildlife (2010) and Now That You Are a Dancer (2013) - on Fence Records.
"They've evolved from DIY party-starters to serious contenders for the Scottish pop throne, with a glorious line in melodic alt-rock" The Herald
Kid Canaveral tour dates
North London three-piece Let's Wrestle, comprise of WPG on guitar and vocals, Mike Hankin on bass and Louis Scase on drums. Influenced by the mischievous, surreal humour of David Shrigley and the homespun stylings of anti-folk raconteur Jeffrey Lewis, they sound like a furious amalgam of Swell Maps and ELO.
Let's Wrestle tour dates
Euphoric and atmospheric rock from indie-types Sky Larkin. Having toured with The Gossip, Broken Social Scene and iForward Russia!, this Leeds based trio are most certainly ones to watch. '...a glorious mixture of stupendous pop melodies, pleasing-to-the-eye personnel and a host of quirks to boot.' - Drowned In Sound.
Sky Larkin tour dates
Since 2004, Leeds riff-spewing duo TFT have built an international following through the volume and power of their live shows and intensive touring schedule. 2006's album 'Day of Death by Bono Adrenalin Shock' (Jealous Records) garnered the band more mainstream attention, resulting in Maida Vale BBC sessions and broadening their audience outside of DIY circles. That F*cking Tank, however, are proud of their DIY heritage and continue to book their own tours, run a record label and promotions collective and record their albums themselves. That F*cking Tank's sound has developed over the years from a stripped down repetitive riff and groove, resting on James' hard hitting drums and the volume created by Andy's simultaneous use of guitar and bass amplifiers, towards a more complex and refined sound incorporating elements of the pairs musical influences from classic rock through to avant noise. They still retain those f*cking heavy grooves though.
That F***ing Tank tour dates
Blacklisters formed in 2008, quickly earning a reputation as a formidable live act through aggressive, confrontational performances riddled with dark humour. Their music has drawn comparisons to the Jesus Lizard, Shellac, Pissed Jeans and Kong.
BLKLSTRS tour dates
Hook-laden provincial melodrama a la Pulp or My Life Story meets the antisocial grunt of The Stranglers. They march from Huddersfield via Leeds with a multi-instrumental arsenal including three guitars and a creaky old organ.
The Scaramanga Six tour dates
Sheffield band featuring Tom Rowley, Joe Green, Ryan Sellars, Matthew Byrne and Aaron Finucane.
Dead Sons tour dates
Featuring former members of Canvas, playing Zeppelin-style rock. Prog rock legends of Leeds and masters of the riff.
Humanfly tour dates
Middleman write vibrant, catchy tunes with booming basslines, bleepy melodies and smart lyrics, impossible to pigeonhole and raucous live. The Leeds-based four piece kicked up a storm with their self produced 3 track demo recorded in late 2006.
With early acclaim from the likes of Zane Lowe, Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens, flash-forward to 2011, which sees the release of their debut album Spinning Plates, an honest, unflinching take on their journey as a band and a record that they are immensely, and rightly, proud of.
The crowd at middleman shows are notorious for stage invasions, crowd surfing, relentless dancing and mosh pits, making Middleman shows something between a club night and a punk gig.
Middleman tour dates
Leeds 5-piece play gloriously scrappy indiepop in the style of Ballboy, Hefner and Pavement.
This Many Boyfriends tour dates
Runaround Kids formed in 2007. The Wakefield three-piece consists of George Garthwaite (vox & guitar) Jack Winn (vox & bass) and Rob Burnell (drums), and have enjoyed a growing reputation for producing exciting DIY indie-rock that turns heads amongst journalists and festival booking agents alike.
Runaround Kids tour dates
A unique funky style of full fat beats, stirred in with two heaps of sugary fresh raps, comical swagger and the distinct fragrance of golden era hip hop. And your favourite biscuit too.
Too Many T's tour dates
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