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Long Division Music Festival Essentials Playlist

Wakefield's beloved music and culture festival, Long Division, is set to conclude after a successful 12-year run. The final installment of the annual event will take place from June 9th to June 11th, 2023, with Saturday, June 10th, serving as the main day for Long Division's diverse musical offerings spread across multiple venues and spaces throughout the city.

Already boasting an impressive lineup, this year's Long Division festival features renowned acts such as Arab Strap, The Lovely Eggs, The Orielles, The Research, bdrmm, and many more.

Long Division has played a pivotal role in championing independent and DIY music within the Wakefield community. Beyond the annual festival, the organization works tirelessly throughout the year, engaging in educational initiatives, community outreach programs, and music projects in the Wakefield district. Their efforts include the #YoungTeam qualification, City P.A., establishment of the Wakefield Music Consortium, and music sessions in local schools, among other endeavors.

Over the years, Long Division has welcomed notable artists such as Billy Bragg, The Cribs, Asian Dub Foundation, and The Fall, attracting thousands of festivalgoers each year, often reaching a total of 4,000 attendees. The festival's educational program has also inspired and encouraged young people in the West Yorkshire town to participate in live music.

However, the organizers have now confirmed that the 2023 edition will be the festival's grand finale. Dean Freeman, the founder and director of Long Division, described the final festival as "the culmination of 12 years of madness in Wakefield."

"Long term, it's simply not financially sustainable for various reasons," Freeman shared with the BBC. "We didn't want to compromise or dilute what we do, and we also strongly felt that having the opportunity to write our own ending is something that many festivals, shops, labels, and bands don't get."

Freeman promised that the festival's ultimate year would be a remarkable celebration, concluding on a monumental high. The official website provides further details about the decision to end the festival, highlighting financial challenges stemming from factors such as Brexit, the impact of COVID-19, and the ongoing cost of living crisis.

Freeman expressed gratitude to all supporters, sponsors, and attendees who have contributed to the success of Long Division throughout its memorable history. As the final Long Division festival approaches, music lovers and festivalgoers can anticipate an unforgettable celebration of music, community, and the lasting impact the festival has had on Wakefield and its vibrant music scene.

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