Leeds post-punk pioneers Gang of Four and long-running indie favourites Field Music are among another marvellously mixed bag of musicians who will be taking part in this year's Long Division festival, from 10 to 12 June.
The 2016 edition of Wakefield's annual celebration of independent music and DIY culture was put in jeopardy last year by the withdrawal of external funding. However, a crowdfunding campaign resulted in more than 100 people pledging £7,500 between them, while the city's Philophobia Music record label and Eye Wood vintage store staged a vinyl record fair and auction which raised another £1,000.
And so, once again, the streets and venues of the city will crackle with an atmosphere quite unlike any other nights of the year as music aficionados descend on Wakefield for an event which, while on a smaller scale than its Live in Leeds and Sheffield Tramlines equivalents, has an ethos and provides an experience that's very much its own.
The headliners (Gang of Four on the Friday night, Field Music on Saturday) will be joined by Los Campesinos!, Brix & the Extricated, Bis, The Membranes and many more on a bill which, as ever, mixes bands from around the country with a liberal sprinkling of local outfits to total more than 70 performances, the majority on Saturday 11. Sunday will see a live album recording by Post War Glamour Girls.
This year, the main event will be preceded by a quartet of warm-up gigs around Yorkshire: in Sheffield on Saturday 20 February; Leeds on Thursday 10 March; Doncaster on Friday 8 April; and
Huddersfield on Saturday 9 April, each one featuring a selection of bands who will be appearing on the bill at the festival itself.
Ticket prices vary according to the day – but there are discounts on Saturday for 16–17 year-olds (£10) and 18–21 year-olds (£15). As usual, tickets are exchanged for a wristband which gives admission to all venues.
Go to www.musicglue.com/long-division for more information – and to sign up to the Long Division mailing list for all the latest updates.