Long Division: 7th-9th June 2013, Wakefield

Now in its third year, 2013 promises to be the best Long Division yet. Not only is the line-up stronger than ever this year, the festival has expanded to span over the entire weekend.

The Opening night gig takes place at the Drury Lane Library on Friday with Fence Collective founder The Pictish Trail heading the bill. Entry is free with a Long Division, Rhubarb Bomb or The Pictish Trail t-shirt.

The main event takes place on the Saturday. Topping the bill this year are two very different artists. The Fall are releasing their 30th studio album this month, and age doesn’t mellow Mark E Smith. It’s the first time they’ve released four consecutive studio albums with the same line-up, and it’s a cracker. On the other hand, Ghostpoet is releasing only his second album this month after a rapid rise over the last couple of years.

Other notable performers include Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel, The Chapman Family, Robin Ince and Josie Long’s Utter Shambles, Nine Black Alps, This is the Kit, Allo Darlin’, Lets Wrestle, The Wave Pictures and The History of Apple Pie.  There will also be an array of local bands taking part.

The Fringe takes place on the Sunday with a series of one off events including Jeffrey Lewis and Comic Books, Simon Armitage and The Scaremongers, The Adventures of Andy Kershaw, New Picture House Pop Up Cinema and Faceless Theatre Company.

Location: Wakefield (various venues in the centre)

How to get to the site: Wakefield centre-short walk from Westgate Train Station

Beer Prices/Selection: Normal venue prices

Campsite: None as it’s a city centre festival there are several hotels within walking distance many of whom are offering discounts to the festival.

Clientele: Good mix of the curious and the ardent

Acts that have played before: The Wedding Present, Darwin Deez, Emmy the Great, Los Campesinos!, The Wave Pictures, The Vaselines, Art Brut, Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells

Other stuff to do: Long Division is a multi venue music and arts festival and there will be all manner of events taking place between the 7th-9th around Wakefield centre.

Ticket Prices: £20 adv/£30 OTD

Security Staff: The usual venue security

Toilets: Usual mix of the usual venue toilets, some good, some bad, some probably awful.

Summary: Now in it’s third year, Long Division is rapidly gaining a reputation for the quality of music on offer along with a growing diversity of other events taking place around the festival. This year sees festival fringer and a growing number of non-musical events.

More Information: http://www.longdivisionfestival.co.uk/