History

Long Division Festival was created in 2011 by Rhubarb Bomb fanzine, after Festival Director Dean Freeman cashed in his NHS pension to fund the project. Partnering with Ossett Brewery for the first two years, the idea was to create a festival that celebrated the vast local talent and drew touring acts that seldom visited Wakefield.

Did it bother us that there were no venues over 150 capacity, or that the regional and national press routinely ignored Wakefield and it’s artists? Not really. We held shows in Wild West themed Nightclubs, abandoned libraries and other corners of the city rarely used for live music. We made the press stand up and take notice by drawing artists who would never have otherwise come to Wakefield like British Sea Power, Ghostpoet, Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells, Emmy The Great, The Vaselines and so many more.

The festival now takes place across the entirety of the city centre and has expanded beyond its initial remit of predominantly Indie Music.

 

Long Division is now run by Long Division CIC and commits its profits to supporting creative and innovative work both within the context of the annual festival and outside, through other partnerships and projects.

 

List of performers 2011-16

 

A

ABC Club

Above Them

Above Us The Waves

Adore // Repel

Advances In Mathematics

Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells

The Ainsley Band

Allo Darlin

Allusondrugs

Alpha Shallows

Art Brut

Ash

Aztec Doll

 

B

The Bambinos

Barron

Barry Hyde

Beans On Toast

Being 747

Bi-Lingual

Big Love

The Birthday Kiss

bis

Black Orchid

Blacklisters

Bleech

Boxed In

Boxing Klub

British Sea Power

The Brownhound James Band

Blood Oranges

Brix & The Extricated

Buen Chico

Buffallo Skinners

The Burning Hell

Buzzkill

 

C

Cactus Knife

Casual Sex

Chanel (C.Nicole)

Charlie Padfield

China Shop Bull

Clandestines

Climbing Alice

Clown

Cold Summer

The Coopers

Cowtown

The Cribs

Crowds

Crushed Beaks

CryBabyCry

 

D

Dan Michealson

Dancing Years

Darwin Deez

David Hick

De Rosa

Dead Flowers

Dead Party Scene

Dead Sons

Deadbox Radio

Deadset Dream

Deadwall

The Dim

Dirty Twister

The Do’s

Don Mercy

Dinosaur Pileup

Dutch Uncles

 

E

Eagulls

Ed Tudor Pole

Elks

Emma Pollock

Emmy The Great

Evans The Death

The Exhibition

 

F

The Fall

Fanzine

Fat White Family

Fear Of Men

Fever Dream

Field Music

Fighting Caravans

The Finnlys

Fizzy Blood

Fleckt Pets

Flowers

Follow The Lion

Fonda 500

Forever Cult

Fourth Time Believer

Framing Witches

Francois & The Atlas Mountains

Frankie & The Heartstrings

Freschard

Fur Blend

Future Of The Left

 

G

Galaxians

Gang Of Four

Gentlemans Pistols

Ghostpoet

Glass Caves

The Grand

Gruff Rhys

Gunnarson

 

H

Habberdash

Hands Of Gretel

Happy Daggers

Harry George Johns

Hatcham Social

Heartships

Heather Coulton

Heavy Sons

Her Name Is Calla

High Hazels

The History Of Apple Pie

Holy Mountain

The Homesteads

Hookworms

The Horn The Hunt

The Hounds Below

Howard Marks

Humanfly

The Hurriers

Hyde & Beast

 

I

I Like Trains

I Set The Sea On Fire

Imp

Incredible Magpie Band

Islet

 

J

Jack Winn

Jaded Eyes

James Coley

jamiesaysmile

Jasmine Kennedy

Jeffrey Lewis

JJ Swimsuit

Joel R L Phelps

Johnny Foreigner

Jonnythefirth

Josie Long

Juffage

Just Handshakes (We’re British)

 

K

Kagoule

Kate Jackson Band

Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts

Keel Her

Kid Canaveral

Kingsley Chapman & The Murder

Kirsty White

Kleine Schweine

Knuckle

 

L

The Lake Poets

Laura Kelly

Let’s Wrestle

Lewis Armitage

The Longcut

Los Campesinos!

Louise Distras

Loz Campbell

The Lovely Eggs

 

M

Maggie8

The Magic Droids Band

Malcolm Middleton

Mammal Club

Mammoth Penguins

Man Made

Mark Ruston & The High Club

Matadors

Matt Abbott

Mark Wynn

The Mavis Seed

Mazes

The Membranes

Menace Beach

Mi Mye

Middleman

Michael Ainsley

Micky P Kerr

Milk Crimes

Milloy

Molars

Monoking

Moody Gowns

Morain

My Sad Captains

 

N

Nadine Carina

Napolleon IIIrd

NARCS

The Neat

Neil McSweeney

Nine Black Alps

 

O

O Captain

O’Messy Life

Olympic Swimmers

One Day, After School…

 

P

Patterns

The Passing Fancy

Penguin

Pictish Trail

Piles Of Clothes

Pip Mountjoy

Piskie Sits

Polo

Post War Glamour Girls

Protectors

Pulled Apart By Horses

Pylon

 

Q

Queen’s English

 

R

Radstewart

Raevennan Husbandes

Randolph’s Leap

The Reacharounds

Red Riding Quartet

RM Hubbert

Robin Ince

Roddy Woomble

Rose & The Howling North

Rozi Plain

Ruby Macintosh

Runaround Kids

Ryan Spendlove

 

S

Salvage My Dream

Sam Airey

Sam Forrest

Samh

Samuel S Parkes

The Scaremongers

Seazoo

Secret Society

Serious Sam Barratt

Shrag

Simon Armitage

Skint & Demoralised

Sky Larkin

Slow Club

Sons Of Great Men

Soulmates Never Die

Spectrals

The Spills

Spirit Of John

St Gregory Orange

Stalking Horse

Standard Fare

Stanley Brinks

The State Of Georgia

Stop Drop Robot

Strickland

Suliven

Summer Camp

The Sunbeams

Sweet Baboo

 

T

That Fucking Tank

Theo Verney

Then Thickens

These Men

This Is The Kit

This Many Boyfriends

Thomas Wilby Gang

Three Sheets T’Wind

Tiny Planets

Tom Lawton

Tom Williams

Too Many T’s

Toy

The Tracks

Treason Kings

Treecreeper

Tuff Love

The Twilight Sad

Two Man Cuppy

 

U

V

The Vaselines

VerseChorusVerse

Vinyl Party

 

W

The Wave Pictures

We Got Rocket

The Wedding Present

Wet Nuns

Whales In Cubicles

White Town

The Witch Hunt

Will Straton

The Wind Up Birds

Wires

Withered Hand

Womps

Wot Gorilla

 

X

Y

Yard Wars

Yawning Dog

Young British Artists

 

Z