NEWS: first line-up announcements for Long Division Festival 2022

NEWS: first line-up announcements for Long Division Festival 2022

When: 10th – 12th June 2022
Where: Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Long Division is back again this year for its 11th edition and the award-winning metropolitan festival and great champion of musical independence and DIY culture has just revealed the first wave of artists who will appear at the 2022 event.

Leading the announcement are previous festival headliners and celebrated indie rockers Sea Power. Joining them in Wakefield on the second weekend in June will be the acclaimed DIY innovators Field Music who also make a most welcome return to Long Division for the first time since their incredible performance in the city’s Unity Hall six years ago.

Other acts already scheduled to play at this year’s Long Division are Manchester dance-rock band, WH Lung, rising stars The Howl and The Hum, the rather wonderful Hull post-punks and BBC 6Music favourites Life and genre-splicing supergroup LYR which comprises of the author, current British poet laureate and West Yorkshire’s very own Simon Armitage, musician Richard Walters and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Pearson.

Continuing its long-established tradition of promoting new local music Long Division has added the Leeds up and comers Venus Grrls, Mollie Coddled, Josephine Sillars, Team Picture, Household Dogs alongside Wakefield DIY stalwarts Mi Mye and ODAS  to its bill.

Also announced today is a new sustainability initiative as the Long Division organisers respond positively to the environmental impact of the festival. From this year, 5% of all ticket sales will be ring-fenced into a pot with these funds being used to both reduce and offset this impact. More details will be shared soon.

Alongside the main festival this year – which as always is an all-day event held at various venues in Wakefield city centre on the Saturday (this year the 11th of  June) – Long Division Festival has also shared plans for a new event ‘Wakefield Live’. This is planned to take place in September; Wakefield Live is a free entry one-day event in small venues and spaces across the city with a focus on exciting and emerging artists from the area.

Dean Freeman, Founder / Director, Long Division:

“We’re hugely excited about 2022 here at Long Division; we’ve got a brand new staff team, all under 25 and full of energy and ideas. We feel we’ve got a great mix of new and legendary in our first announcements and feel that we can keep punching above our weight.

I want to say to everyone out there though; 2022 is the year you use it or lose it. Not just us; all festivals, venues, artists, record shops and more. 2021 was rough but there was a level of support and goodwill available to most. This year I fear there will be a sense of ‘back to normal’ and more of the things we love will disappear. I almost feel bad promoting something as ‘luxury’ as a music festival when bills are soaring and the planet is burning. That’s why we’re committing to lots of things this year; keeping our ticket prices mega-competitive, ring-fencing 5% of our tickets sales for environmental causes, pushing on with our vital education work and giving a platform to all these amazing artists who deserve your support.

So if you can, and if you want to be a hero – grab yourself and your friends a ticket. Do it sooner rather than later. I really feel, for the impact it has, the cost of that ticket makes so much happen. Thank you!”


To further whet your appetite for this consistently excellent festival HERE are some photos from last year’s event

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