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Friends of Long Division Festivals past and present come together to present newly recorded songs, sessions, interviews and other surprises in one big super-festival package. It’ll be like dashing across Wakefield to visit every festival stage, but without the sweat, stress and leg ache.
Artists include Billy Bragg, The Wedding Present, The Lovely Eggs, Pictish Trail, Emma Pollock, Dead Naked Hippies, Hands Off Gretel, Mi Mye and plenty more to be announced.
Raising funds for: 50% split between #WakefieldCares and the artists performing.
Please note: All live stream events are subject to change. Not all events listed are live performances by the artist - they also include archived concerts, DJ sets, masterclasses, Q&As and more.
Described by The Times as a 'National Treasure', Billy Bragg's brand of socially and politically aware punk-folk has made a remarkable dent in the British conscience and made his name as one of Britain's most popular and out-spoken singer/songwriters. Drawing on the folk tradition of protest song, and the punk sensibilities of direct action, Billy Bragg has made a name for himself as an accomplished and inspirational musician, and as a charged and pro-active activist. At their best, Billy’s songs present ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal’ (the Guardian)
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The Wedding Present
In the late 1980s The Wedding Present were one of the most famous British indie bands. Their career path often involved unusual decisions, such as recording a set of Ukranian folk songs for their first major-label offering and releasing a single on the first Monday of every month for a year. Band members came and went, but the idea of The Wedding Present as a group has remained. Nowadays fans of 'the Weddoes' can still hear their favourite songs (as well as new material) being played live by original songwriter David Gedge and his band.
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The Lovely Eggs
Lancaster duo David and Holly are the Lovely Eggs. They make short, sharp punk-pop songs with sweet and sour lyrics. The strange song topics range from bikes and snails to digital accordians and watermelons. Holly was previously the lead singer for late-90's girl band Angelica, loved by Steve Lamacq, while The Lovely Eggs have found fans with 6 Music's Marc Riley, Radio 1's Huw Stephens and Art Brut's Eddie Argos. Their 'Don't Look At Me' video became a YouTube sensation thanks to a guest appearance by cult comic character John Shuttleworth, while the single 'Allergies' was produced by Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals, who also made a cameo in the video.
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Experimental folk-pop from one-man band Pictish Trail, aka Johnny Lynch. Fusing home-made electronica with DIY instrumentation, Pictish Trail's music is simple, sweet and instantly seductive. '...this is the sound of Scotland quietly floating far, far out to some deep enchanting waters. And never dreaming of floating back.' - Domino
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Formerly of The Delgados, Emma Pollock's voice is as mesmerizing, playful and sweet as ever. '…one of the most natural songwriters and bewitching singers around…' – Phrased & Confused
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Dead Naked Hippies
A gritty post punk trio from Leeds.
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Hands Off Gretel
Four piece alt rock/grunge inspired band from South Yorkshire, Hands Off Gretel, founded by Lauren Tate, are a force to be reckoned with. Inspired by the likes of Brody Dalle and Courtney Love, Lauren made it her mission to ensure strong, young women had a voice in today's music industry, presenting an alternative to mainstream pop stars singing about broken hearts. Lauren is a powerhouse of creativity; the band's frontwoman and songwriter, she also designs Hands Off Gretel's merchandise and is responsible for their videos, album artwork and photography. Hands Off Gretel have well and truly made their mark on the UK music scene winning fans in Shirley Manson, Linda Perry and Kate Nash.
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Mi Mye is the project of Jamie Lockhart from the north coast of Scotland, who is supported by musician friends from Wakefield and Leeds. Lyricist and fiddle player Jamie learnt to play in the Highlands, and often leans on his roots of folk music and story telling to produce beautiful songs of empathy and hope. The other band members each bring their own influences and musicianship to create intricate songs - at times life-affirming, at times downright heartbreaking - which envelop Jamie's lyrics. Mi Mye have been compared to Sparklehorse, the National and Will Oldham.
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