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 fest

2011-2018 Performers

@.ac / ABC Club / Above Them / Above Us The Waves / Adore//Repel Advances In Mathematics / Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells / The Ainsley Band / Ali Bullivent / Alicia Wallace / Allo Darlin / Allusondrugs / Alpha Shallows / Art Brut / Ash / Aztec Doll / The Bambinos / Barron / Barry Hyde / Beans On Toast / Bearfoot Beware / Bedford Falls / Being 747 / Beth Holland / Bi-Lingual / Big Love / Billy Bragg / The Birthday Kiss / bis / Black Orchid / Blacklisters / Bleech / The Bleeding Obvious / Boxed In / The Boxing / Boxing Klub / British Sea Power / Broads / The Brownhound James Band / Blood Oranges / Brix & The Extricated / Buen Chico / Buffallo Skinners / The Burning Hell / Buzzkill / Cactus Knife / CAPA College / Cape Cub / Casee Wilson / Casual Sex / Cattle & Cane / Chanel Yates / Charlie Padfield / Charlie Wells / Charlotte Hatherley / China Shop Bull / Chloe Juliette Beswick / Clandestines / Climbing Alice / Clown / Cold Summer / Colour Of Spring / The Coopers / Cowtown / Crake / The Cribs / Crowds/ Crushed Beaks / CryBabyCry / CUD / Dan Michealson / Dancing Years / Dark Dark Horse / Darwin Deez / David Hick / De Rosa / Dead Flowers / Dead Party Scene / Dead Sons / Deadbox Radio / Deadset Dream / Deadwall / The Dim / Dinosaur Pileup / Dirty Twister / The Do’s / Don Mercy / Drahla / Dutch Uncles / Dylan Cartlidge / Eagulls / Ed Tudor Pole / Elks / Emily Jane / Emma Pollock / Emmy The Great / Engine / Esme Bridie / Evans The Death / Evil Blizzard / The Exhibition / The Fall / Fanzine / Fat White Family / Fear Of Men / Fever Dream / Field Music / Fig By Four / Fighting Caravans / The Finnlys / Finno / The Fire Harvest / Fizzy Blood / Fleckt Pets / Floodhounds / 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 / Galaxians / Gang Of Four / Gemma Baker / Genevieve Walsh / Gentlemans Pistols / Ghostpoet / Glass Caves / Glass Mountain / The Golden Age Of TV / The Grand / Gruff Rhys / Gunnarson / Habberdash / Hands Off Gretel / Happy Daggers / The Harriets / Harry George Johns / Hatcham Social / Heartships / Heather Coulton / Heavy Sons / Helen Thomas / Her Name Is Calla / High Hazels / The History Of Apple Pie / Holy Mountain / The Homesteads / Hookworms / The Horn The Hunt / Hot Soles / The Hounds Below / Howard Marks / Humanfly / The Hurriers / Hyde & Beast / I Like Trains / I Set The Sea On Fire / Imp / The Incredible Magpie Band / Islet / Jack Winn / Jaded Eyes / James Coley / Jamie Lockhart / Jamie Thrasivoulou / jamiesaysmile / Jasmine Kennedy / Jeffrey Lewis / Jellyskin / Jenny Bun / JJ Swimsuit / Joel R L Phelps / John Welding / Johnny Foreigner / Jonnythefirth / Josie Long / Juffage / Just Handshakes (We’re British) / Kagoule / Kate Jackson Band / Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts / Kermes / Keel Her / Kid Canaveral / Kieren King / King Creosote / Kingsley Chapman & The Murder / Kirsty White / Kleine Schweine / Knuckle / The Lake Poets / Laminate Pet Animal / Laura Kelly / Laura Taylor / Let’s Wrestle / Lewis Armitage / Life / The Longcut / Los Campesinos! / Louie James / Louise Distras / Loux / Loz Campbell / The Lovely Eggs / The Magic Of The Beatles / Maggie8 / The Magic Droids Band / Malcolm Middleton / Mamilah / Mammal Club / Mammoth Penguins / Man Made / Mark Ratcliffe / Mark Ruston & The High Club / Marnie / Matadors / Matt Abbott / Mark Wynn / The Mavis Seed / Maya Kally / Mazes / The Membranes / The Merry West Collective / Menace Beach / Mi Mye / Michael Ainsley / Micky P Kerr / Middleman / Miggy Angel / Milk Crimes / Milloy / Molars / Monoking / Moody Gowns / Morain / Mugen / Mush / My Sad Captains / Nadine Carina / Napoleon IIIrd / NARCS / The Neat / Neil McSweeney / Nicholas & Alex Vaughan / Nine Black Alps / No Fixed Identity / O Captain / O’Messy Life / Olympic Swimmers / One Day, After School / The Passing Fancy / Patrick McCallion / Patterns / Peaness / Penguin / Pictish Trail / Piles Of Clothes / Pip Mountjoy / Piskie Sits / Polo / Post War Glamour Girls / Prince Omari / Protectors / Pulled Apart By Horses / Pylon / Queen’s English / Radidas / Radstewart / Raevennan Husbandes / Ralph Dartford / Randolph’s Leap / The Reacharounds / Red Riding Quartet / Ric Neale / Richard Daniels / Richard Wheater / Rival Bones / RM Hubbert / Robin Ince / Roddy Woomble / The Rolling Down Hills / Rose Condo / Rose & The Howling North / Rozi Plain / Ruby Macintosh / Runaround Kids / Ryan Spendlove / Salvage My Dream / Sam Airey / Sam Forrest / Samh / Samra / Samuel S Parkes / The Scaremongers / Seazoo / Secret Society / Serious Sam Barratt / Sharena Lee Satti / Shatner’s Bassoon / Shrag / Silver Wilson / Simon Armitage / Simon Widdop / 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 / Strickland / Suliven / Summer Camp / The Sunbeams / The Surfing Magazines / Sux Blood / Sweet Baboo / Team Picture / That Fucking Tank / Theo Verney / Then Thickens / These Men / This Is The Kit / This Many Boyfriends / Thomas & The Empty Orchestra / Thomas Ragsdale / Thomas Wilby Gang / Three Sheets T’Wind / The Tidy Wives / Tiny Planets / Tom Lawton / Tom Williams / Tony Wade / Too Many T’s / Toria Garbutt / Toy / The Tracks / Treason Kings / Treecreeper / Tuff Love / Twenty Eighth Club / The Twilight Sad / Two Man Cuppy / The Vaselines / VerseChorusVerse / Vinyl Party / The Wave Pictures / WE ARE / 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 / Wiyaala / Womps / Wot Gorilla / Yard Wars / Yawning Dog / YOI / Young British Artists / ZoZo