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It’s the Long Division Festival in Wakefield this weekend, complete with a Louder Than War sponsored main stage. To whet the appetite, we spoke to the members of the team to hear their picks of the festival and their top picks for other things to do in Wakefield over the Long Division weekend.

Dean Freeman

Festival Director

Pick of the Festival: “A Romantic Destination” is one of commissioned shows this year, by Mi Mye frontman Jamie Lockhart. It’s been amazing that we’ve been able to fund the creation of brand new work by people from Wakefield and I can’t wait to see this show.

Wakefield Recommended: I’d encourage everyone that attends to search out as many venues as possible as there are some real gems. A lunch time curry at Silver Spice is highly recommended and it’d be rude not to call in Wah Wah Records to peruse the vinyl whilst you are in town.

Paul Bateson

Teacher, Writer, Theatre Maker

Pick of the Festival: Billy bloody Bragg! In Wakefield Cathedral! This is what the power of Team Long Division can do, putting on a musician of such brill back catalogue coolness and experience and stature; alongside CAPA, local arts college performing a newly commissioned piece of dance ; in this historic setting together on the same day – inspiring stuff.

Wakefield Recommended: You should visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Amazing national and international artwork in a rolling West Yorkshire rural setting. Perfect for walking off a hangover, getting your fine art fix for the weekend before he Saturday bands, or a Sunday morning family outing before the Beatles Experience.

Adam Hayward

Graphic / Motion Designer

Pick Of The Festival: Charlotte Hatherley – The alien in the music video for A Sign has me intrigued. Chilled electronic music is a break from the norm when it comes to indie rock-loving north.

Wakefield Recommended: I’d have to go with YSP too. Been going regularly since I was around 12 years old. The walks, the nature, the art. Simply one of the best places I’ve ever been to and it’s in my home town.

Amy Lilley

Programme Producer and Photographer

Pick of the Festival: Galaxians, my fav Leeds trio back in Wakefield! They’re always bringing the party to whereever they go, a proper good band to dance to. I remember seeing them perform with their fierce female singer Emma for the first time at Neon Workshops at LD2016 and it was fantastic, so definitely check them out! As well as that though i’m excited to see all of the ‘Manifesto for a New Wakefield’ commissions come to fruition, especially Alicia Wallace’s – i’ve been a fan of her work for a long time!

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Wakefield Recommended: Enjoy Wakefield’s wide variety of independent bars and restaurants! A few of my favourites include Harrys Bar, Wakefield Beer Exchange, Damelio, Jose’s Tapas, Duchniak, Qubana, and Silver Spice. If you have a few spare hours over the busy weekend it’s always worth visiting Yorkshire Sculpture, Newmiller Dam and of course The Hepworth Wakefield.

Ruth Offord

Marketing & Communication Manager

Pick Of The Festival: The Lovely Eggs. They’ve played Long Division in the past but this year feels like their year. It’s fantastic to see a band come back to the festival after having a successful record. The audience feel like they’ve followed them on their journey.

Wakefield Recommended: Estabulo Rodizio Bar & Grill – I love this place! It’s the biggest meat buffet in Wakefield. Full of cosy charm the servings are delicious and you just can’t stop eating. Even when they offer you a third portion…

Ash Scott

Film Maker

Pick Of The Festival: The Surfing Magazines. Being a big fan of The Wave Pictures I’m really looking forward to catching this supergroup. I’m loving what I’ve heard from them so far.

Wakefield Recommends: Go see Luke at Urban Quarter to get a fresh haircut for the festival, seriously the greatest barber ever! Then head straight over the road to Mocha Moocho for a brew (my number one choice for business meetings). When it comes to restaurants I’d recommend Delphi beautiful Greek food.

The Festival website is here

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Feature  by Mike Ainscoe. You can find more of Mike’s writing on Louder Than War at his author’s archive. He can be found on Facebook and his website is www.michaelainscoephotography.co.uk

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