Never has there been a more appropriate time to indulge in the We Were Promised Jetpacks live experience. As they cast their eye back over their rich and varied catalogue, they are gearing up for a full run-through of their debut album ‘These Four Walls’ to celebrate a decade since its release. While Long Division isn’t yet an official stop on this celebratory run, it’s still sure to provide a glimpse into the glorious past of Scotland’s most expansive quartet.
False Advertising (13:05 – 13:30)
Similar to Long Division itself, Manchester trio False Advertising are staunchly DIY. Even half a decade ago, as they looked to record their debut album, the band were eager to take control of their own destiny. Their investment and self-belief has paid off immeasurably and their grungey gems, combining melody with riff-lined edges, are now well on their way to becoming firm favourites.
Avi Buffalo (16:15 – 17:00)
It’s testament to Long Divison that they are able to attract stunning artists from as far afield as California. Avi Buffalo hails from Long Beach and his sun-kissed anthems are sure to bring the summer to Wakefield well before its due date. Three albums into his career, Avi Buffalo hasn’t unleashed a full length in half a decade; it’s likely that Wakefield will be among the first to receive a sneak peek at his long-awaited return.
BIS (20:45 – 21:30)
Naming themselves after a song by The The quickly marked BIS apart from their more conventional pop peers. What was less obvious was that the band would still be an ongoing concern, included an a recent album release, some twenty-five years after they first emerged from the Scottish wilderness. ‘Slight Disconnects’, released in February, is a glimmering gem of synth-soaked anthems; a sure sign that you really can teach an old dogs new tricks.
We Are Scientists (21:00 – 22:00)
When they first emerged, blinking and wet, into the glare of mainstream success a decade ago, We Are Scientists were a breath of fresh air. A genuinely funny duo who proved once and for all that you didn’t have to take yourself too seriously to craft indie pop anthems. Ten years down the line, they’ve never rested on their laurels and the live set they’ve got reserved for Long Division is packed with frantic singalongs.
Long Division runs from Wednesday 29th May to Sunday 2nd June, with the main event taking place on Saturday 1st June. Many events over the week are free of charge and tickets for the paid events are available from the website now.