Come to Long Division and see Wakefield’s special DIY ethic at work, says festival organiser Dean Freeman

As the festival season dawns upon us once more, what better time to take a look around at what the UK has to offer?

Long Division is a music and DIY arts festival spawned by the Rhubarb Bomb fanzine based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Now in its third year, it’s gathering more and more momentum with growing popularity and Arts Council funding. The Fall and breakout talent Ghostpoet will be headlining a day of music on Saturday 8th June, with Yorkshire writer Simon Armitage (and his band, The Scaremongers) leading an arts-fuelled Sunday for the Long Division Fringe.

Dean Freeman, the mind behind the festival, discusses the highlights of this year’s event and what exactly makes Wakefield so special.

Long Division runs from 7th – 9th June, tickets are available for £20. Fringe events are free or priced individually.

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New Desert Blues @ Lennon’s, Southampton (27/04/2013)

New Desert BluesPhoto: William Fuller

I don’t understand music fans that turn up just for a gig’s headliner. You never know what support-act riches you’re going to stumble upon, and Saturday’s line-up was a goldmine.

Farnham four-piece The Venus Lyx kicked off proceedings. Churning out some standard, yet pleasing, guitar-heavy tracks to start with, it was when the vocals started to get bluesy that their set got interesting. By getting raw and rocking some fun guitar licks, the guys took it up by several notches before their time was up.

Ever heard of London outfit LSA? No? Me neither before Saturday. Causing a stir as the unnanounced second support act, the revelation that it was their live debut was clearly met with surprise. As far as first gigs go, this was a blinder. The band were tight and held a truly engaging rapport with the crowd. If there were any jitters on stage, they weren’t visible throughout the impressive set. Seemingly flawless both instrumentally and vocally, this new discovery was the highlight of the entire evening. Unfortunately I can’t find them online, but definitely keep an ear out for these guys as I sense great things to come.

Venue regulars New Desert Blues never fail to disappoint. Looking dapper, as ever, and brimming with unassuming confidence, the guys’ soothing americana vibes went down a treat. Their growing popularity across the Southern music scene was evident as revelling punters sang and chanted along, especially to firm favourite ‘Daniel’. If their recent show supporting folk-pop darlings Slow Club and live session for BBC Introducing is anything to go by, the future’s bright for New Desert Blues, and Saturday’s gig was just another step on their road to success.