ON SALE THUR 17th MAY, 10AM
THE WEDDING PRESENT
30th ANNIVERSARY OF “TOMMY”
_ Main Venue _
The Wedding Present are touring to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their first singles collection, Tommy. Fans can expect to hear tracks from the compilation, as well as favourites from across the band’s career.
Emerging in the wake of the Smiths’ demise as the U.K.’s most successful indie pop band during the late ’80s, the Wedding Present were founded in Leeds, England, in 1985. Formed from the ashes of the short-lived Lost Pandas, the Weddoes (as they were affectionately dubbed by fans) were essentially the vehicle of singer/songwriter David Gedge, the only constant member throughout the group’s tumultuous history. Initially rounded out by guitarist Peter Solowka, bassist Keith Gregory, and drummer Shaun Charman, the fledgling band quickly won a loyal following among university students, as well as the patronage of influential DJ John Peel, for whom they cut their first radio session in February 1986.
Named in honor of the popular soccer star George Best, the Wedding Present’s remarkable debut LP appeared on their own Reception label in 1987. The group became the darlings of the British press overnight, winning acclaim for their distinct guitar pop frenzy as well as Gedge’s idiosyncratic vocal style and wittily lovelorn, conversational lyrics. After the album established a foothold on the U.K. indie charts, Tommy — a hastily compiled overview of early singles, covers, and radio broadcasts — followed in 1988.
ON SALE THUR 17th MAY, 10AM: €23.50 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-7pm M-F)
– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos