Concert The Wedding Present in John Peel Centre for Creative Arts
The Wedding Present return to the John Peel Centre to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bizzaro, the band's second studio album - and first "proper" album for RCA - which came soon after the Ukrainian John Peel Sessions / Українські Виступи в Івана Піла folk music side project (which is being performed here on 4th May).
The Wedding Present have had eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles not bad for a band that has, from its inception, stubbornly refused to play the record industry's game. That was back in 1985 when David Lewis Gedge boarded a National Express coach in London with 500 records packed into a pair of his mother's suitcases. In this fashion, the debut single GO OUT AND GET 'EM BOY! was collected from the pressing plant, delivered to the distribution company, and The Wedding Present was born. That pioneering spirit has been at the core of the band's philosophy ever since. From GEORGE BEST, "an unmitigated delight" [NME], the first full-length release on their own Reception Records onwards, the band has charted an appealing, if often eccentric, course of its very own.
The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the Rock 'n' Roll Era. You may dispute this, but I'm right and you're wrong! - John Peel.
About artist The Wedding Present
The Wedding Present are a British indie rock group originally formed in 1985 in Leeds, England, from the ashes of the Lost Pandas. The band's music has evolved from fast-paced indie rock in the vein of their most obvious influences The Fall, Buzzcocks and Gang of Four to more varied forms. Throughout their career, they have been led by vocalist and guitarist David Gedge, the band's only constant member.
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