A record store is to cast Huddersfield bands into the music festival limelight.

Vinyl Tap on John William Street will take three of their favourite acts to Wakefield’s Long Division Festival on June 11 to play on their new sponsored stage.

Punk blues act Knuckle, experimental folk band Samh and hardcore outfit Jaded Eyes will all perform at the a venue called The Orangery on Back Lane as part of Vinyl Tap’s bid to give them more exposure.

Knuckle: Ben Wallbanks and Jonny Firth

They have all played on Vinyl Tap’s own basement stage, which owner Tony Boothroyd set up around one year and a half ago to promote local talent.

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The groups will share the stage with Wakefield bands Climbing Alice, Buen Chico, The Do’s, Furblend and Charlie Padfield and the Gamma Rays, who are all signed to the joint venue sponsor, the record label Philophobia.

The stage will be one of 12 set up around the city for the 78 act strong festival, which will be headlined by Field Music, Los Campesinos!, The Membrane, bis and Post War Glamour Girls.

Talking about the stage, Tony Boothroyd, owner of Vinyl Tap, said: “I’ve been to the festival lots of times before and wanted to get involved.

Tony Boothroyd of Vinyl Tap on John William Street in Huddersfield.
Tony Boothroyd of Vinyl Tap on John William Street in Huddersfield.

“We chose some of the bands who’ve played in our shop because we want to give small bands like them more publicity at a good festival.

“They will be able to sell their own music and merch on the day and I hope that if it goes well we’ll do it again in future years.”

Tickets for Saturday are £25, £15 for 18-21 year olds and free for 16 and 17 year olds and are available from www.longdivisionfestival.co.uk