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Interview With Long Division

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

Last weekend we went to Long Division. Curated by the good folk at local fanzine-come-DIY-empire Rhubarb Bomb, the event was spread across a plethora of venues in Wakefield (ranging from the regal opulence of the Theatre Royal to the spit, sawdust and ubiquitous stickiness of Warehouse 23) and boasted 70+ artists on a strong bill which put an emphasis on all things independent.

Along the way we heard how Howard Marks shifted enough smoke to make the CIA choke (and subsequently ended up teaching English to The Notorious B.I.G. in Terre Haute Penitentiary), bought some records from the good folk at Sound It Out (who had a pop-up shop in Drury Lane Library), watched local heroes Piskie Sits and The Spills, ate The Fall’s cheese, swooned at The Wave Pictures and bought some comics from Jeffrey Lewis (who performed with Peter Stampfel from The Fugs and Holy Modal Rounders). We also learnt a valuable lesson about carrying bananas around in a rucksack on a sweltering day. You’re smart. You’ll figure it out.