Wakefield music festival headliners to play gig just for kids

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WAKEFIELD rockers The Cribs are to play a special show for Under 18s only ahead of headlining a major music festival in the city.

Organisers of the Long Divsion Festival have revealed plans to stage a matinee Cribs show for youngsters on Friday September 12 at Unity Works, formerly known as Unity Hall.

The Cribs, who will headline the festival at Unity Works later the same day, are the latest in a long line up of big name bands set to put the newly refurbished hall firmly on West Yorkshire’s musical map.

The Unity House Wakefield Ltd co-operative raised £4.8m to transform the derelict hall into a premier music and performance venue, which is set to officially open in September.

Also appearing at the Long Division festival will be Leeds band The Wedding Present and Gruff Rhys of Supery Furry Animals fame.

Festival organiser Dean Freeman, said the for youngsters only Cribs show is being staged as part of a bid to develop under 18 musicians and bands across the city.

An under 18s stage at The Orangery on Back Lane in Wakefield city centre has also been introduced for the festival weekend.

Mr Freeman said: “As a festival, we’re committed to help the Wakefield bands of the future reach their potential so this year we want to make sure as much of the festival as possible is open to everyone.”

The Damned and The Beat, who both played at Unity Hall in its 1980s heyday, are set to appear at the Year Zero festival at Unity Works on Saturday October 11. For Long Divsion Festival tickets, go to www.unityworks.co.uk

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