With everything from jazz to house to rock, Wakefield’s live music scene is alive with creativity and entertainment practically every night of the week.


Wakefield’s Long Division Festival have shared the full line up and schedule for this weekends LD:TV fundraising digital festival. Originally due to take place from the 4th – 7th June in venues across Wakefield, the festival made the difficult decision in March of this year to postpone the event until November 2020 while honouring the original dates and celebrate their 10th birthday with an online event to raise funds for artists and various funds. 

Starting on Friday 5th June with a premiere of local DIY heroes Knuckle’s triumphant concert film ‘Live at Warehouse 23’ presented by Magic Rock Brewing, the festival will continue into Saturday with a 10th birthday livestream Q&A with the LD team and two main blocks of content: ‘Lets Talk Music’ and Long Division Festival.

 ‘Lets Talk Music’ will focus on music industry panels, masterclasses, education and outreach and feature the AIF, Music: Leeds, Backstage Academy, Yorkshire Music Forum, esteemed music journalists Charlotte Gunn & John Robb, Help Musicians and many more.

The evening will see the main block of content featuring friends of Long Division including Billy Bragg, The Lovely Eggs, The Wedding Present, Pictish Trail, Hands Off Gretel, Emma Pollock, Alessi’s Ark and many more for a two hour celebration of the festival and its history featuring new and live performances from the artists and hosted by Freeman.

A mix of pre-recorded and live streamed content, LD:TV will be hosted by DICE TV with support from pioneering live graphics agency Never.No who will be providing live, interactive graphics. 

This weekend’s event will be free to access for all, though viewers and supporters are encouraged to donate. Funds raised from each of the respective episodes will go to HOOT Creative Arts in Kirklees, Help Musicians, #WakefieldCares and payment for all contributing artists. 

LD:TV is made possible by: Arts Council England, Wakefield Council, Backstage Academy, Wakefield BID, Yorkshire Music Forum, Leeds College of Music, Wakefield College, UNISON, Magic Rock Brewing, Rhubarb Design House and Never.No 

For more details and how to view LD:TV please head to


 Full Line Up:

Episode 1 – Knuckle Live at Warehouse 23 (Friday 05/06/20 – 8PM)

SAMH (Live Stream)

Knuckle – Live at Warehouse 23 – Presented by Magic Rock Brewery 

Raising money for HOOT Creative Arts in Kirklees


Episode 2 – Let’s Talk About Music (Saturday 06/06/20 – 2PM)

Help Musicians, Production Park, Bodys Wakefield, Come Play With Me, Shell Zenner, Charlotte Gunn, John Robb, Chris Madden, AIF, Rhubarb House Design, Music: Leeds 

Raising money for Help Musicians


Episode Three – Long Division Festival (Saturday 06/06/20 – 8PM)

Billy Bragg, Emma Pollock, Hands Off Gretel, Too Many T’s, The Wedding Present, Allusinlove, John Mason, Matt Abbott, Alessi’s Ark, Green Gardens, Foundlings, Mt Doubt, Pictish Trail, Hannah Willwood, Jermaine Peterson, Scarlet, Dead Naked Hippies, Lio, JJ Swimsuit, Mi Mye 

Raising money for #WakefieldCares and the contributing artists.



Press Quotes 

“Long Division festival continues to epitomise Wakefield’s revitalised scene” – Gigwise 

“Music festival Long Division is energising teenagers into careers in the creative industries” – The Guardian 

“Wakefield has established itself as an under-the-radar cultural hub and home to one of the best independent arts festivals in Europes” – Under The Radar    

Unity Hall

The stunning Unity Hall underwent a major transformation to bring it back to life in 2014 and is now the city centre’s number one multi-use venue. Expect everything form pop-up events, live music and entertainment to conferences and weddings.

The Hop

Live bands, acoustics showcases, DJ sets, yep that’s The Hop. Located down the cobbles alongside Unity Hall just off Westgate, this amazing space always has something to entertain you as well as gallons of craft ale.

Long Division Festival

Long Division Festival is Wakefield's largest music and culture festival. It takes place every June across the entire city centre and attracts nationally touring artists while supporting up and coming and local musicians. It’s been described as one of the most respected metropolitan festivals in the UK.

The Counting House

For live music every Friday and Saturday head for The Counting House. The former bank building now provides a fusion of live music, love sport and lots of food and drink! It’s now a firm favourite on the live circuit since opening its doors in late 2018.

Bodys Wakefield

Bodys is a live original music night, usually held on the first Thursday of every month in the Music Hall at The Establishment on Westgate. To find out about the next show head to  The gigs feature two incredible acts from home or away, with a 10pm finish, so you can still have an early night if you need it or stay out and enjoy the delights of Wakefield. 

Warehouse 23

One of Wakefield’s biggest live music and entertainment venues is Warehouse 23, located just 5 minutes form Wakefield Westgate rail station. The large venue plays host to live music from local bands through to international names alongside other special events.