LONG DIVISION FESTIVAL POSTPONES TO SUMMER 2021
WAKEFIELD FESTIVAL LAUNCHES CROWDFUNDER, VINYL COMP & MORE
LONG DIVISION FESTIVAL
3rd – 6th JUNE 2021
WAKEFIELD CITY CENTRE
Wakefield’s Long Division Festival has announced they will be postponing this year’s festival to June 2021 and launched a Crowdfunder to raise vital funds to tide the organisation through the next two years.
Having previously moved the festival from June to November 2020, Long Division hosted LD:TV over their original June date, a successful weekend of new and live streamed content raising money for a selection of charities and organisations including HOOT Creative Arts, Help Musicians and #WakefieldCares alongside paying the artists who contributed to the event.
Today Long Division have also launched a new Crowdfunder. Hoping to raise £6000, this money is crucial to the future of the festival for the next two years. However, the festival isn’t asking for something for nothing and has put a raft of amazing rewards up including naming rights for the festivals main stage, your back garden becoming an official Long Division stage, joining local DIY heroes Knuckle for a day and much more, with each pledge added to a prize draw to win a golden lanyard – granted the winner and one guest access to every Long Division event for life.
While no physical event will be possible in 2020, Long Division will continue to press on with their extra work including further LD:TV content, the return of their vinyl compilation ‘New Additions’ with Vol 2 landing in late Summer and thanks to Long Division’s various partners and funders, much of the organisation’s community and education will be able to progress in some form this year.
A number of this 2020’s artists will now appear in June 2021 including: The Futureheads, The Lovely Eggs, Beardyman, She Drew The Gun, Brix & The Extricated, Roddy Woomble, Beans On Toast, Lanterns On The Lake, Peggy Sue, Allusinlove, Too Many T’s, Big Joanie & Katie Spencer with more to be announced.
Long Division Director Dean Freeman:
“It’s with sad inevitability that we are having to postpone Long Division until June 2021. We’ve been in a holding pattern since we postponed back in March and the time has come to make a call. It’s based on public safety and wellbeing. As much as we all miss live music and enjoying it with our friends, it wouldn’t be right to organise an event that draws thousands of people from every corner of the UK to pack into sweaty, intimate spaces. And a model like ours, where we work with so many venues – pubs, churches, theatres, colleges – is fraught with the unknown. It leaves us in a difficult financial situation, which is why we have launched our Crowdfunder. It is for a modest yet vital amount. If we can raise those funds it sets us up for not one, but two more years of Long Division Festival, whilst also allowing us to undertake our other vital work; funding education programmes, becoming mentors for other promoters, buying a PA for the city. The time we gain by not hosting Long Division in 2020 will be put into getting our city and industry ready for the glorious return of live music. I take this opportunity to wish everyone in the music and cultural industries all the best for the coming months.”