Long Division is the sort of festival where things can get a bit mental. Like the Great Escape several years ago, this is an event that’s on the rise. Each year brings a better slate of bands, and most importantly, the Yorkshire talent is always rather brilliant – and this year is no different. Each venue that is hosting a few bands you know and a few that you should know, and nowt is better than knocking back a pint and discovering a new band.
If you’re heading to Wakey at the weekend and not sure what to do or who to see, please read on. Or if you’re wondering where to find me so you can buy me a pint, this preview should be quite helpful as well.
Velvet has quite the lineup, and the highlight of the day will undoubtedly be Skint & Demoralised, who are scheduled for 9:15pm. Matt Abbott and his band are legendary up north and this may be the perfect setting to see them play, as they’re amongst their neighbours and mates in Yorkshire. Moving over to The Old Courtroom, your best bet to show up early at 2:45pm to catch Leeds via Wales singer-songwriter Sam Airey. We’ve never written about him before, but the mass of positive reviews from those whom we trust has pushed us over the edge. I’ll be front and centre, immersed in the music…and beer.
Taking a look at Henry Booms, I reckon I’ll be there for Scots Kid Canaveral at 3:15pm. If you’re looking for tunes with hooks and a catchy melody, this is the band for you. Over at The Orangery, expect to find a lineup that may convince you to stay all day. With IMP taking the stage at 3:45pm, Crushed Beaks on at 6:45pm, and My Sad Captains playing at 7:45pm. Three quality groups, including the latter, who have been toiling for way too long and deserve some notice.
Mustangs will keep those who are looking for headline talent happy, as Art Brut is on at 7pm and The Vaselines play at 9:45pm. My favourite part of this lineup is the brilliant scheduling move of slotting The Spills right in the middle of those two. They’re currently one of Wakefield’s best, so here’s to hoping they gain some new fans. Theatre Royal is another venue that could keep you there for the night. Mi Mye (1:15pm), Mammal Club (2:15pm), The Twilight Sad (3:15pm), Napoleon IIIrd (5:30pm), Stalking Horse (6:30pm), and St. Gregory Orange (7:30pm) is one of the most consistent lineups of the festival, and it gives a good sampling of what Yorkshire has to offer.
If you’re round Town Hall, you’ll know that our clear favourite of the day will be Runaround Kids (5pm). I wrote about them earlier this week, and I’ve covered them many times in the past. Class band. We’ve also heard many good things about Hookworms, who are on at 4pm.
Lastly, the epicentre of this year’s Long Division is The Hop, one of the city’s most dependable venues. With an upstairs and downstairs stage, if you’re not into walking around the city (although you should explore all of the venues), this could very well be your base for the day. Highlights downstairs include The Passing Fancy (midday), The Do’s (4pm), Standard Fare (5pm), The ABC Club (6pm), and Young British Artists (7pm). As well, the music upstairs starts early. Recommended artists include Piskie Sits (12:30pm), Tiny Planets (3:30pm), This Many Boyfriends (4:30pm), and Dutch Uncles (10:45pm).
If that’s not enough for you, there are more gigs on Friday and Sunday, including a set from Johnny Foreigner. The full list can be found here. Tickets are £15 pre-sale or £17 on the day. More info here.