Stage is set for Wakefield’s biggest music festival

The stage is set for the return of Wakefield’s biggest music festival featuring a New Order legend and free finale day.

Long Division, which brings thousands of people into the city centre, takes place across the city hosting a mix of famous and emerging bands across multiple venues and big precinct outdoor stage.

The festival starts with a major Artwalk on May 29 building up to the biggest day of music on Saturday June 1 headlined by Peter Hook and The Light, We Are Scientists and Asian Dub Foundation along with a huge array of emerging UK talent.

Then Wakefield BID is backing a day of free fun on Sunday June 2 culminating with world-touring Queen tribute act, Mercury, on the main outdoor stage on the cathedral precinct at 4.30pm.

The city’s centre’s musical theme continues throughout the Sunday which also features Wakefield Record Fair from 10am to 4pm, family-friendly activities in a major Bull Ring marquee including mascot making, build your own instruments, fanzine making and more from 11am to 3pm, main stage warm up acts from 12pm and more.

Paid Saturday tickets get you a wristband giving access to all the venues throughout the festival and free wristbands are being given away on the Sunday too – all of which get visitors special offers in city centre businesses.

Dean Freeman, Festival Director of Long Division, said: “Long Division grew out of the grassroots music scene and has slowly expanded since. After these years, it’s great to still be finding new things to add and developing the things we can offer to families with young children, working alongside local businesses and being creative with our outdoor spaces is a big part of this. Some people think there isn’t much to be excited about in Wakefield, but there is, and this is just another part of an emerging Wakefield powered by those grassroots, and those local people. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The Sunday is being backed by the city’s BID (business improvement district) and BID manager, Elizabeth Murphy, said: “It’s great to see events bring the city to life and Long Division continues to grow every year. It’s still being discovered by people so this year is a great opportunity to be part of the exciting days of entertainment, culminating with the big day of music on Saturday and free day of fun on the Sunday. The wide spectrum of entertainment appeals to a huge audience, which is what makes the festival so unique – and so Wakefield.”