The Cribs headline hometown festival

HEADLINE ACT The Cribs will perform at this year's Long Division Festival.
HEADLINE ACT The Cribs will perform at this year's Long Division Festival.
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The Cribs have been named as the headline act for this year’s Long Division Festival.

It will be the Wakefield band’s first public hometown show in seven years.

They will play at Unity Hall on the opening night of the festival in September, kicking off a full weekend of music, art and comedy across the city centre.

The Cribs’ singer and bassist Gary Jarman said: “The last couple of years it’s been pretty difficult not to have been aware of Long Division, even on a national level.

“Wakefield really seems to be standing up on its own now when it comes to the arts, and Long Division is an important piece of that.”

The festival line-up was announced during a launch party event at independent record store Wah Wah in Brook Street.

Organiser Dean Freeman said: “With new venues and new dates, this year’s Long Division feels like a fresh start.

“We’re thrilled to have our biggest venue yet with Unity Hall and to finally have The Cribs back in Wakefield is something we have been striving for for years.”

Acts confirmed so far include: The Wedding Present, Gruff Rhys, Toy, Summer Camp, Roddy Woomble, I Like Trains, Frankie and The Heartstrings, The Membranes, Beans On Toast, Candy Says, Post War Glamour Girls, Bleech, Brawlers, Islet, Joel RL Phelps, Randloph’s Leap, and Witch Hunt.

The festival takes place between Friday September 12 and Sunday September 14.

Tickets are on sale now for The Cribs priced £30, while Saturday tickets cost £22.50.

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for £50, including access to all Saturday gigs and The Cribs.

Visit www.longdivisionfestival.co.uk for more information on the line-up and tickets.