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Long Division 2018 will take place on June 1st to 3rd in Wakefield City Centre across multiple venues. After a break in 2017 the festival will return with its largest and most diverse lineup yet.

The first tickets for Saturday June 2nd have been released. Information on the Saturday can be found here. More info on our artists and venues are also available, with many more of both to be announced.

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It’s startling to hear several generations of English folk-rock manifesting in the music of one 17-year-old girl. Nick Drake’s gentle whispers, Radiohead’s trembling balladry, the Staves’ breathless sonic panoramas and the quality of Laura Marling songs — those are just a few of the musical memories wrapped up in Billie Marten’s prodigious debut album Writing Of Blues and Yellows . Before voting age, she’s already consumed a lifetime’s worth of staggeringly beautiful music and synthesized it into a sound all her own. “Where does her start go from here?” she sings on breakthrough single  “Bird” We can’t wait to find out and Billie lets have a tour of the UK soon.



Every teenage balladeer hacking away at a guitar or piano imagines their songs unfolding into the kind of gorgeous sonic panoramas found on Billie Marten’s debut album, Writing Of Blues And Yellows. The difference in Marten’s case is that her songs really are that good, from their bare essentials all the way up to the outer reaches of their lush arrangements.
The album finds 17-year-old Billie Marten aka Isabella Sophie Tweddle in the cathedral city of Ripon  in Yorkshire  flexing a songwriting talent so powerful that “prodigious” feels like a major understatement. Perhaps reflecting her upbringing in the English countryside, her songs are rustic and dreamlike, refined in their construction and generous in their beauty. Fans of Laura Marling, the Staves, or Nick Drake will find a lot to love

Live is from the album ‘Writing of Blues and Yellows’

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Billie Marten is the musical moniker of Isabella Sophie Tweddle. originally from Ripon, North Yorkshire.

As an early teenager, she began settling on her own brand of saintly songwriting and genteel vocals, uploading tracks to YouTube and watching as the plaudits came flooding in. By the age of 15, she’d been invited to take part in two TV talent shows – both of which she’d turned down – and had her songs Ribbon and Bird played on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music.

She’d also signed to Chess Club Records and released a flurry of folk-tinged lovelorn singles throughout 2015.

Now a spritely 17, she’s been tipped by Ed Sheeran, supported kindred spirit Lucy Rose on tour and featured on the influential 2016 BBC Sound of poll. As mad on James Blake as the sounds of PJ Harvey and Elliot Smith, her canny songwriting nous brings raw depth to her mainstream sound, guaranteeing love from all corners of the music world.

Now with latest well-received couple of EP’s and a fair few festival dates in the diary, Billie looks to be rising up the ranks at record ,Sounds like kindred spirits Laura Marling comes to mind but also for fans of Marika Hackman and Lucy Rose,

Writing music can be hard. Writing music with far fewer years of experience may prove harder, but not for 16-year-old singer/songwriter Billie Marten.

The Yorkshire soloist has been writing songs for her latest EP, As Long As, admirably between studying for her GCSEs. Take that and another EP released last year (Ribbon, which saw airplay from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, to name a few) and Marten’s creative output truly seems to belie her age.

On “Bird” we hear much of what of what the blogosphere has praised her for: a breathy, angelic vocal that resonates far beyond the notes it leaves behind. Here, poignant piano walks beneath Marten’s lyrics: “Hope is a distance unreached / ink on her skin incomplete / and the faint sound of friends / as she neared to the end she had peace”). It’s “a song about how words can truly affect people, not always for the right reasons”, she explains.


“Bird” appears on Billie Marten’s forthcoming EP, As Long As, released digitally via Chess Club Records released on (10” vinyl) .

Isabella Sophie Tweddle (born 27 May 1999), who performs under the stage name Billie Marten, is a singer-songwriter and musician from Ripon in  Yorkshire. She first came to prominence at the age of twelve when a video on she had made of her singing attracted thousands of views. She released her first EP at the age of fifteen in 2014, and her second EP a year later. At the end of 2015 she was nominated for the BBC Sound of 2016 award.

This now 16-year-old Yorkshire folk-rocker Billie Marten proved last year that she’s talented beyond measure and wise beyond her years. The new song “Milk & Honey” is Marten’s latest, and it continues showing us what an amazing talented young lady . What begins as a breathy acoustic swirl blooms into a lush arrangements topped off by triumphal brass. As ever, Marten sounds vulnerable yet in complete command of her considerable powers, Billie has the ability to become a huge important singer songwriter in the mould of Laura Marling , with the delivery and vocals talent to match Daughter’s Elena.

‘Bird’ was written with Olivia Broadfield and was a last resort sort of song. We hadn’t come up with anything all day until we switched from guitars to piano and I started singing nonsense words way up high and it sort of turned into this super sad song I guess about how words can really affect people, and not for the right reasons; how you can feel kind of trapped/caught in your own space all the time even when no-one is actually with you.”


Long Division Festival in Wakefield works on the exact same principles as its West Yorkshire counterpart Live at Leeds. It takes place over a full weekend with the Saturday providing the main event, in this instance with over seventy local and national acts performing over eight different stages from midday until midnight.
Back for its fifth year and in keeping with the 2014 event, two of the stages will be housed in the magnificent Grade II listed building that is the city’s Unity Hall. Recently restored to its former glory, Unity Hall is the creative cultural heart of Wakefield and the centrepiece of what has fast become an exciting, vibrant three-day event. A Saturday All Day Ticket can be yours for £25. Be sure to get one quick as Long Division always sells out.

Music highlights: British Sea Power, Pulled Apart By Horses, Fat White Family, Boxed InCryBabyCry, Her Name Is Calla, Menace Beach, Seazoo, Tuff Love, Withered Hand

Tickets and full line-up information:

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Now in it’s 5th year, Wakefields Long Division Festival has grown from strength to strength. In its short history the festival has grown in stature and played a significant part in getting the city’s old music venue, Unity Hall re-opened last year. In its heyday Wakefield and especially Unity Hall played host to some of the biggest names around – The Damned, The Specials, Iron Maiden, The Ramones, Eurythmics to name a few – So it’s great to see that thanks to Long Division, Wakefield is well and truly set once again to be put back at the top for live music in the North.

Dean Freeman, Long Division Founder:

“It’s hard to believe it’s five years since I started Long Division. Wakefield has come a long way in that time. The thing that excites me most about Long Division is that it still excites me. It’s still so much fun to organise, and to see and hear such amazing bands in my hometown. And then to meet people from all over the country who have travelled here and are having such a great time. I’ve just got back from a trip meeting the big artist booking agents in London; they all know about Wakefield now, because of this festival.
I’m so pleased to have Ash play in Wakefield. Although they are seen as a guitar band, I think they are one of the best pop bands ever. Tim Wheeler writes amazing, classic pop songs. Long Division has always been about true Indie music, the alternative, the DIY. I think Ash embody that, it just so happens they have some of the catchiest songs ever! To see and hear the sing-alongs in Unity Works will be amazing. And yet, they are only the tip of the iceberg for a line-up with over 80 bands.”

Returning this year to its familiar summer dates the weekend will take place from June 12th – 14th. Venues taking part this year include Unity Works Major and Minor Halls as the festival hub, with The Hop (Upstairs and downstairs), Wakefield Theatre Royal, The Orangery, Westgate Chapel and Players providing seven locations all within spitting distance of each other. With over 90 bands including loads of local talent and top names such as Ash, British Sea Power, Pulled Apart By Horses and The Fat White Family it looks set to be one of the best urban festivals of 2015.

Among the many acts the weekends highlights include –
Friday 12th June – British Sea Power play Unity Works (Playing a greatest hits set)
Saturday 13th June – One wristband, seven venues, 80 bands including Ash, Pulled Apart by Horses, Fat White Family and loads more to be announced.
Sunday 14th June – Watch a live album by The Ainsley Band being made. A special event at Unity Works in association with Greenmount Studios (The Cribs, Pulled Apart by Horses).

Confirmed acts so far include;