LONG DIVISION ANNOUNCES FIRST NAMES FOR 2022
SEA POWER, FIELD MUSIC, THE HOWL & THE HUM, LIFE, LYR. & W.H LUNG & MORE
Award-winning Wakefield festival Long Division have announced its first wave of artists set to perform at this year’s event. The annual music and culture festival will take place 10th – 12th June 2022, with the majority of activity taking place on Saturdays multi-venue music festival.
Leading the announcement are returning LD headliners and critically acclaimed alternative indie six-piece Sea Power, who will come to Wakefield hot on the heels of the release of their upcoming album ’Everything Was Forever’ – due in February. Also announced today are Sunderland DIY innovators Field Music, who will return to Long Division for the first time since their incredible 2016 appearance at Unity Hall.
Joining them in Wakefield this June are Manchester dance-rock band, WH Lung, Leeds / York risers The Howl and The Hum, critically acclaimed Hull post-punks & BBC 6Music favourites Life and genre-splicing supergroup LYR. – featuring West Yorkshire icon and the UK’s Poet Laureate Simon Armitage among many others.
Committed as ever to championing new local music, Long Division are also pleased to add Leeds up and comers Venus Grrls, Mollie Coddled, Josephine Sillars, Team Picture, Household Dogs alongside Wakefield DIY stalwarts Mi Mye & ODAS with many more names yet to come.
The long running music & cultural event have also announced a new sustainability initiative as the team considers the environmental impact of the festival. From this year, 5% of all ticket sales will be ring-fenced into a pot with these funds used to both reduce and off-set Long Division’s impact with more details to be announced soon.
Alongside the main festival this year, Long Division Festival have also shared plans for a new event ‘Wakefield Live’. Scheduled 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. Long Division will be announcing more artists as well as a full weekend programme over the next few months.
Tickets for Long Division 2022 are on sale now
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!”
Newly Announced: Sea Power, Field Music, The Howl & The Hum, Life, W. H. Lung, LYR, Clockworks, Haiku Salut, Venus Grrrls, Honeyglaze, Chloe Foy, Genn, Scarlet, Fiat Lux, Prima Queen, Deadletter, Memes, Blue Bendy, Mi Mye, Mollie Coddled, Seazoo, Shelf Lives, ODAS, Josephine Sillars, Team Picture, Household Dogs, Pleasure Centre
Long Division is supported by:Arts Council England, Wakefield Council, Youth Music, Tileyard North, Wakefield College, Leeds Conservatoire.