It feels like Ash have been bouncing around the live circuit for an eternity, but somehow they manage to remain relevant and their newer material sits comfortably alongside their arsenal of pop rock anthems. Songs like ‘Girl From Mars’ successfully span generations and the wide-stretching appeal is apparent every time the band hit the road and venues are spilling over with fans from across every possible demographic. Few bands have remained as important to the musical landscape as Ash and their headline set at Long Division 2015 is sure to be the event’s crowning glory.
Future of the Left
The clash with Ash will surely leave many with the most difficult of decisions to make. Future of the Left’s blistering punk never loses its melodic sensibility and their recorded output seems to improve every time they venture into the studio. Like a fine wine, Future of the Left will destroy you if you over-indulge. Their headline set at The Hop is going to be full well before stage time. Make sure you arrive early to have any chance of catching one of this year’s standout moments.
The Burning Hell
Mathias Kom is the pivotal cog which underpins Canada’s The Burning Hell, but over the past few years the band itself has taken a fairly consistent shape. The band are already seven albums into their career and a tribute album released last year saw a number of high-profile Canadian artists step forward to show their respect for the band. Treading the line between indie pop and folk rock, The Burning Hell are something of an undiscovered gem. Make sure Long Division 2015 is the point at which you finally indulge.
Pulled Apart By Horses
Yorkshire’s most flammable live act. Pulled Apart By Horses are three albums into their career and their live show is still a pummelling assault on the senses which leaves you disorientated and garbling snippets of off-kilter lyrics (high five, swan dive, nose dive anyone?) They may be precluding Ash at Unity Hall this year but they could arguably headline Long Division in their own right. Their latest album has shown a slight mellowing as they continue to mature as a band, but that’s unlikely to reduce any of the venom which flows through the band’s live performance.
Tickets for the event are onsale now at the Long Division website.