Wedding Present lining up birthday party show

Indie rock veterans the Wedding Present.
Indie rock veterans the Wedding Present.

Indie rock veterans the Wedding Present will be all present and correct at Think Tank in Newcastle this weekend.

The band, formed in Leeds in 1985 and reunited in 2004 after splitting up in 1997, are playing at the Riverside venue tomorrow as part of a brief tour culminating in a silver anniversary party for the Manchester Academy a week later.

They are also playing at Butlins in Minehead, Somerset, on Sunday as part of a weekend-long event also featuring the Happy Mondays, the Wonder Stuff and Inspiral Carpets.

Cinerama, Emma Pollock and Badly Drawn Boy are also on the bill for the Manchester Academy’s 25th birthday party.

Tickets for the band’s Newcastle show cost £19.25. For details, go to or

The Wedding Present are still fronted by David Gedge, but the Leeds-born 55-year-old is their only original member left.

He is accompanied these days by Charles Layton on drums, Katharine Wallinger on bass and Samuel Beer-Pearce on guitar.

The band have eight albums to their name and 34 singles.

The most successful of their LPs was Seamonsters, a No 13 hit in 1991, and the most recent was 2012’s Valentina, a No 77 hit.

All eight of their albums were reissued by Edsel records in expanded form last year.

Cinerama, Gedge’s other band, release a new live album, called Live 2015, imaginatively enough, today, a follow-up to the reworking of Valentina they released earlier this year.

They’ve hit the singles chart’s top 20 eight times, all in 1992, with Go-Go Dancer, a No 20; Three and Silver Shorts, both No 14s; Come Play with Me, a No 10; California, a No 16; Boing!, a No 19; and Love Slave and Sticky, both No 17s.

Saturday’s concert is almost exactly a year since the Wedding Present’s last Newcastle show, at the Cluny last November, and just over two years since their last show at Think Tank.