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Essential acts playing Long Division festival

1st June 2018

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Wakefield. Not the first name on your list of ‘places you must visit for an awesome music festival’, but with Long Division festival now in its seventh year, maybe it should be.

Since 2011, the festival has brought forth an explosion of art, talks, poetry and music to the Yorkshire city, with a proper focus on the best of new Northern talent. It runs for five days between 30th May and 3rd June. You can get in on the city-wide action with tickets ranging from free to £100, depending on what you want to check out.

With most of the music happening on Saturday 2nd June, The National Student is off to Long Division for the day to find the best new bands.

If you’re thinking of joining us you could do a lot worse than to check out this lot:

@ The Art House – 13:30

Boyfriend-girlfriend duo jellyskin forge experimental, cosmic pop jams. They have one excellent EP to date and are preparing new music for this year.

@ Wafefield Cathedral – 15.15

Originally emerging from the 70s punk explosion Membranes were a genre-defying act that stretched the punk ethos to its furthest reaches. Brought back into being at the request of My Bloody Valentine for an All Tomorrow’s Parties, their first album in 25 years Dark Matter/Dark Energy is an intense, eclectic work. Led by music legend John Robb, their current live show incorporates two drummers and a choir. It will be epic.

@ The Art House – 15:30

The Brighton band tread the Faultline between big electronica and surging grunge rock and are becoming renowned for their live shows. Give your angst a party.

@ The Precinct – 15.30

Influenced by the funkier end of post-punk, ZoZo infuse their punky tunes with African inspired rhythms and yelped vocals. For fans of the Ex, Talking Heads and Pigbag, they will undoubtedly bring a party to Wakefield.

@ Warehouse 23 – 16:00

Praise has been heaped on Leeds’ Drahla for their early singles, and their wiry post-punk blasts. Taking the foreboding bass and apocalyptic air of early 80s post-punk and adding modern indie sensibilities they were stuck on a Too Pure Singles Club release earlier this year.

@ The Red Shed – 16:45

In whirlwind of pop hooks and punk aggression, Leicester DIY heroes Kermes take on queerness, depression and misogyny in short, sharp blasts of sound. One of the essential new bands in the Midlands underground, they are one not to miss.

Napoleon IIIrd
@ The Art House – 17:30

On old favourite of The National Student from our early days as a publication, Napoleon IIIrd has always defied categorisation. He recently returned with his first album in six years The Great Lake, which is another experimental effort packed with hope. Simply, a must!

Colour of Spring
@ The Hop – 18:30

Named after a classic Talk Talk album, Leeds lot Colour of Spring condense the history of shoegaze into short, sharp experimental blasts of dream-pop goodness. Drenched in reverb and hazy vocals they have drawn comparisons to Ride, Slowdive and Lush.

@ Warehouse 23 – 18:30

If classic shoegaze is not your bag, then Galaxians can provide the aural antithesis of that as they minor the history of pre-internet dance music. Making pure party music with the best bits off classic disco and house labels, Galaxians blast forth with big piano lines, 808s and electronic bass for a big, funky dance party.


Charlotte Hatherley
@ Wakefield Cathedral – 19:00

Long since her days as the fourth member of Ash, Hatherley has emerged as a true musical polymath with a spate of great solo albums, soundtrack work and incredible live shows. She’s worked with everyone from Bat For Lashes to Squarepusher. A true genre-jumper her latest album is seductive, sci-fi electro-pop.

@ The Red Shed – 19:45

Chester three-piece Peaness (a name that is the scourge of radio DJs everywhere) call their music slow-punk, fuzz-pop, indie pop and DIY’ which is a good description of their likeable, feel-good tunes that take on darker social and political themes.

@ St Austins Theatre – 20:45

Acclaimed for one of 2017’s best debuts, Hull’s Life have the follow-up pencilled in for later this year. Born out of frustration, the band’s off-kilter indie rock is fraught with political anger. Get in early to catch a new indie band that are worth the hype.

Evil Blizzard
@ Warehouse 23 – 21:00

What to say about Preston’s Evil Blizzard? A horror-costumed, genre-mashing, drunken-idea come to life, their sound spans prog, post-punk, rock, indie and classic pop for an unbelievable live experience.

The Lovely Eggs
@ Warehouse 23 – 22:15

One of the hardest working bands in the country, Lancaster’s The Lovely Eggs have, rightly, built up a huge and loyal following for their Northern punk poetry. Fifth album This Is Eggland dropped earlier this year, gaining critical and indiedom acclaim. Expect this one to be unpredictable and insanely good fun.

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