Monday, 15 September 2014

Long Division Celebrates it's biggest year (press release)



Long Division Festival celebrated its’ biggest year yet with over 3000 people attending the festival this weekend.

The Cribs made a triumphant return to their hometown with 700 people selling out Unity Works on Friday night. Three hundred people – from toddlers to parents – also attended their under 18s matinee gig on Friday afternoon.

This year marks the biggest festival in Wakefield city centre with 115 performances over three days. Eighty bands played to 1600 people on Saturday at venues across the city including the newly reopened Unity Works.

Dean Freeman, festival director, said: “Long Division 2014 was a great success this year. Many people who have been coming since 2011 have told us it was the best yet, which is great. 

We experimented quite a lot this year, with new venues, the big Friday gig and the weekend tickets, as well as making big efforts over the summer and on the weekend to find ways to get the young music fans and bands in Wakefield involved.

It seems to have paid off, but it feels great because a lot of this is something to build on for 2015. It's almost like we've turned a corner this year, by getting a band as big as The Cribs, getting NME coverage, having BBC Leeds broadcast live from the festival, it feels like we are achieving our aim of celebrating Wakefield as a city, and it's many talented artists more than ever. We adore getting big names to the city, but it is the local bands getting huge crowds that makes us feel warm inside. 700 people watching Mi Mye support The Cribs was amazing. We feel very proud of all the bands that played, and the amazing local support we've had.

We moved the festival from June to September this year, purely so we could use Unity Works as a venue. The Cribs and Long Division Saturday were the first major events there and it was just wonderful to see people's reactions to the building, especially the Major Hall. It's an amazing and unique place and after this weekend, it's hard to believe it is only a week old! I can't wait to see what it has grown to become by the time Long Division 2015 comes around.”

Long Division 2015 will take place from June 12 -14 with a limited number of early bird Saturday tickets on sale now for £20. To buy click here.

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