Wakefield certainly struggles with its reputation as a city, perhaps even more so when becoming a cultural hub.
On Long Division festival’s website it even lists reasons, or justifications, for coming to the city for the event, entitled ‘The line-up looks good but… well it’s Wakefield isn’t it?’, Division
and going on to list five practical reasons to come along.
Truthfully, they shouldn’t be so hard on Wakefield; it has plenty reason to be proud of its role in Long Division’s setup.
While it may lack the huge name draws of the Camden Crawl, feel somewhat dwarfed by the size of Sheffield’s Tramlines,
or struggle to keep up with the wealth of new and overseas talent that Dot-to-Dot or Live at Leeds offers,
it is, as an inner-city festival, pretty ideal for those wishing to escape the drag of many outdoor events: mainly trundling around all day and evading the unpredictability of the weather.
In fact, all the venues here are within stumbling distance and range in aesthetics greatly,
from the beautiful Theatre Royal to the idiosyncratic and rather strange – but bizarrely fun and mischievous-feeling – environment of watching bands play in an old library
While some inner-city festivals keep you glued to one, darkness ensconced building all day,
Wakefield actually offers a refreshing variety and thus givesit a sense of originality that being in a University building all day gravely lacks.
Blacklisters are one of the many bands to be playing on the JD Roots stage (the festival’s main sponsor), upstairs in the Hop, showcasing
homegrown, or geographically proximate artists.
Their mid-afternoon set is a blast of guitar
growl and dog-bark screams; like Jesus Lizard but with
any touch of the blues completely removed and
replaced with unrelenting, post-hardcore sneer.
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