REVIEW: Long Division fest brings city together

HOME CROWD The Cribs headlined Long Division 2014. (w601h438)
HOME CROWD The Cribs headlined Long Division 2014. (w601h438)

The big news for this year’s Long Division Festival was always going to be The Cribs finally playing a hometown gig at Wakefield’s own city centre DIY festival.

But the variety and atmosphere across the festival’s numerous venues catered for a range of tastes.

The new Unity Works hall, central to the festival, is a cracking conversion, full of character, that hosted solid sets from rockers old and new.

And the buzz in and around Westgate lasted throughout the day as great use was made of pubs and smaller venues.

Warehouse 23 had a decent lineup with a particularly strong set from Blackpool post-punk outfit The Membranes with their menacing and detailed show.

Back at Unity Works’ main hall brooding indie rockers I Like Trains attracted a large crowd for their dark and sombre set.

The Leeds band has built a solid following with its goth-inspired sound, which harks back to bands like Bauhaus with the deep vocals of frontman David Martin.

Shoegazers Toy, second headliners on the Saturday evening, were a reminder of why bombastic guitar noise is best experienced in the front row. And a crowd-pleasing set from The Wedding Present closed the evening.

Organisers said Long Division 2014 was the biggest yet, with more than 3,000 attendees throughout the weekend.

This year’s event was held back until September to make use of the Unity Works venue and The Cribs.

The day was filled out with local acts – many of them brilliant – who make the up bread, butter and overall spirit of the festival.

Meanwhile, Long Division is becoming a successful musical enterprise outside of West Yorkshire’s usual music hub of Leeds.