Unity Works to stage Vinyl Revival on Sunday

Eyewood's Natalie Liddle and Philophobia's Rob Stokes. Picture: Nick Singleton Photography
Eyewood's Natalie Liddle and Philophobia's Rob Stokes. Picture: Nick Singleton Photography

A record fair with a difference is aiming to be a moneyspinner for next year’s Long Division festival.

Sunday sees the return of Vinyl Revival at Unity Works and an attempt to raise more than £1,000 for the annual musical festival, which brings thousands of people to the city each summer.

Long Division is the largest music and culture event in the Wakefield area. It is a celebration of independence and ‘DIY culture’, which takes place over a weekend in June each year.

It uses a range of city centre venues and now attracts 3,000 people each year. The festival showcases local talent by placing them alongside national artists.

Vinyl Revival is organised by Wood Street Arts/Eyewood Vintage and record label Philophobia Music who both work hard to support the ‘DIY creative’ scene in Wakefield.

Natalie Liddle, of Eyewood, said: “The event is not just a typical record fair aimed at die-hard collectors, although these are well catered for with 20 plus stalls selling vinyl from all genres. It’s more a fun day out for all with live music and DJs, food and drink, plus stalls selling vintage and original art.”

A few months ago, the team at Vinyl Revival: Rob Stokes, Robin Goodall and Natalie Liddle, decided to dedicate their next event to support next year’s festival, as they understand the value that Long Division brings to the city and are proud of its success so far.

Long Division organiser Dean Freeman said: “Long Division was always about trying to bring the musical and cultural folks of the city together to work towards a greater good.

“Eyewood and Philophobia Music coming together to dedicate the next Vinyl Revival to Long Division is not just a wonderfully kind thing, but the day also promises to bring those same people together with that other key Long Division group - hardcore music fans, especially who can’t resist the beauty of music on vinyl. It’s going to be a really fun day and I can’t wait.”

The line up on Sunday includes music from Leeds based Fur Blend, live spoken work from A Firm of Poets, who are briefly interrupting their national tour to participate, and new DJ partnership The Grooming Room.

There will also be a fundraising auction. Vinyl Revival opens at Unity Works on Westgate on Sunday, November 8 from 11am until 5pm. All ages are welcome.