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Fri 24th Feb - Sun 9th Jun
Long Division Festival
@ Various Venues, Wakefield
Featuring: 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, The Matadors, The Sunbeams, The History Of Apple Pie, Simon Armitage, Andy Kershaw, The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band, Allo Darlin', Robin Ince
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Long Division Festival: 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 + The Matadors + The Sunbeams + The History Of Apple Pie + Simon Armitage + Andy Kershaw + The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band + Allo Darlin' + Robin Ince
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.
Seminal '70s post-punk band formed in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, led by the inimitable Mark E Smith. Of all the late-'70s punk and post-punk bands, none are longer-lived or more prolific than The Fall, having been known to always push boundaries, and never afraid to experiment.
Famously described as 'always different, always the same' by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, they have maintained their cult status over the decades with an ever-evolving style that still maintains a foundation of jagged guitars, sing-speak vocals, and keyboards to create experimental, abrasive and dense musical cacophony.
The Fall tour dates
Ghostpoet (aka Obaro Ejimiwe) is a softly-spoken rapper with a gentle presence, muddling through the treacle of modern life. In 2011 his debut album was amongst the nominees for the prestigious Mercury Prize award.
Although his music may fall under the rap banner, his third album, 2015's 'Shedding Skin', features guest contributions from Nadine Shah, Lucy Rose and Maximo Park’s Paul Smith. Unlike his previous albums, ‘Shedding Skin’ was recorded with a traditional live set up with what has become his touring band; Joe Newman on guitar, bass player, John Calvert and John Blease on drums.
Ghostpoet tour dates
Howard Marks was a raconteur and ex-international drug smuggler. Notorious for his audacious exploits in the '70s and '80s, Howard avoided the grasp of international law enforcement for two decades, while building one of the biggest smuggling rings in history. The law finally caught up with Howard in 1988, whereby he served out 7 years of a 25 year sentence, before being released in 1995.
He died in April 2016.
Howard Marks tour dates
Nine Black Alps have come a long way, as is self-evident in the release of their second album, 'Love/Hate' in August of 2007 on Island Records. Sam, David, James and Martin have promised, apparently, to 'furrow their brows, vent their spleens and bleed their hearts into the production of a glorious technicolour audiophonic dreamscape'. Whether or not they mop up afterwards, it's onwards and upwards for the Manchester quartet.
Nine Black Alps tour dates
RM Hubbert is a guitarist from Glasgow in Scotland. He writes music about love, death, friendship, mental illness and occasionally a dog called D Bone. It's not as depressing as the previous sentence suggests.
A long established figure on Glasgow's music scene, Hubbert has played guitar in cult instrumental trio El Hombre Trajeado since the early 90s. Expect a mesmerising performance incorporating elements of flamenco, samba and contemporary classical music.
RM Hubbert tour dates
Ed Tudor-Pole T.v star chart-topper began with a brief stint as a Sex Pistol replacing Johnny Rotten, before things really took off in the early 80s for his band Tenpole Tudor producing such singalong hits as 'Swords Of A Thousand Men' & 'Wunderbar'. Ed went onto find considerable success in film & T.v starring alongside Clint Eastwood, Joe Strummer, and Gary Oldman amongst others. Now playing mainly solo acoustic shows, Ed treats his audiences to a delightful mix of punk, country & Rock'n'Roll.
Ed Tudor-Pole tour dates
Skint & Demoralised were formed by teenage lyricist, pop star-in-waiting Matt Abbott and his mysterious studio partner, Mini Dog. Fuelled by Abbott's heartfelt poetry - which draws inspiration from lyrical heavyweights Bowie, Mike Skinner, Eminem and Squeeze - their music is a rush of Johnny Marr guitar riffs and drive time friendly harmonies.
Skint & Demoralised tour dates
Sheffield band featuring Tom Rowley, Joe Green, Ryan Sellars, Matthew Byrne and Aaron Finucane.
Dead Sons tour dates
The four piece Leeds band are as ferocious as The Birthday Party yet with a keen Northern wit, the band's fusion of influences, their cut 'n' paste take on pop culture could only have come from the feverish atmosphere of Leeds music scene.
Post War Glamour Girls tour dates
The Spills is a 4-piece from Wakefield who met at school and bonded over a love of all things noisy and 6-stringed. They nod towards the mood of The National, The Antlers and The Microphones and the occasional plunge into the abrasive dirge of Nirvana or Pavement.
The Spills tour dates
London-based, female-fronted five piece "...born out of the dream melange of melody and noise as pioneered by Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and My Bloody Valentine." - The Guardian
The History Of Apple Pie tour dates
The Millennium poet, who has published numerous collections of poetry, produced several novels, and written extensively for television and radio. In 2010 he received the CBE for services to poetry.
Simon Armitage tour dates
Andy Kershaw truly has no off switch. Already he has lived 10 lives to everyone else's one. As a teenager he was promoting major rock gigs. He was Billy Bragg's driver and roadie one day and presenting Whistle Test and Live Aid the next. Andy is among the UK's most decorated broadcasters, working for Radio 4 and for 15 years Radio 1 where he shared an office with John Peel. More recently a presenter on Radio 3, he has also worked for the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. His record collection weights seven tons!
Andy Kershaw tour dates
Songwriter and visual artist Jeffrey Lewis is renowned for his six albums of twisted garage-indie-folk on Rough Trade, while Grammy winner Peter Stampfel now celebrates 50 years of making totally off-the-wall folk music, most famously with the Holy Modal Rounders and the Fugs (in addition to being featured on the Easy Rider soundtrack).
Although forty years apart in age, these two New Yorkers share an obsession with both comic books and music, as well as a collaborative history that has spawned some of the most unexpected and delightful music of recent years!
The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band tour dates
Allo Darlin’ are an indiepop band based in London, made up of Elizabeth Morris, Bill Botting, Paul Raines and Mike Collins. Their eponymous debut album was released on Fortuna Pop in June 2010 to widespread critical acclaim. Their second album, Europe, was Rough Trade’s best-selling record of 2012 and was highly placed in many best of the year polls, including Rolling Stone, Emusic and Rough Trade.
Allo Darlin' tour dates
This versatile comedy veteran delivers a highly improvised set which can cover a vast range of subjects and material. As seen on Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Now Show, The News Quiz and Loose Ends.
Chortle Award Winner 2009 and Winner of the Time Out Outstanding Comedy Achievement Award.
'Robin Ince is thoughtful, provocative and very funny' (The Times)
'When someone writes a history of modern comedy, they should make room for Robin Ince' (The Guardian).
Robin Ince tour dates
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