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The Wedding Present

When
Fri Jul 7th, 2017
Where

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Doors open
8:00pm
Gig starts
8.30pm
Entry
R18
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SPECIAL GUESTS: THE BATS

Legendary British post-punk/indie band The Wedding Present return to New Zealand on the back of their ninth studio album Going, Going… and play a special Christchurch show at Blue Smoke with hometown heroes The Bats, pioneers of the early-Flying Nun sound and still releasing vital, golden pop music to this day.

Having formed in Leeds in 1985 around the lovelorn songwriting of David Gedge, The Wedding Present soon acquired a reputation for bittersweet, breathtakingly honest songs of heartache immersed in whirlwind guitars — a jangly-yet-brawny sound, played at impossibly breakneck speeds, that was introduced to the world on their debut LP George Best.

NME called the album “an unmitigated delight” and subsequently invited The Wedding Present to contribute a track to the magazine’s C86 compilation — a cassette release that has remained hugely influential upon generations of noisy indie rock bands.

Over the course of the next three decades the band would find themselves exploring all kinds of sharp left turns like trying their hand at traditional Eastern European folk music on the album Ukrainski Vistupi V Johna Peela, enlisting the aid of the noise-mongering (and, at that point, relatively unknown) sound engineer Steve Albini for their 1991 album Seamonsters, and the time they released twelve 7” singles, one per month for a whole year — an experiment that paid off when they equaled Elvis Presley’s 35-year-old record for “most hits in one year”!

Today, The Wedding Present can be found at the top of their game — their 2016 album Going, Going... having been described as their masterpiece. AllMusic says “Its hard to deny the brilliance of a band that can crank out an album as passionate, hook-filled and flat-out fiery as this.”

On this tour, The Wedding Present will be performing songs from throughout their career.

Dates:

July 4th – Kings Arms, Auckland
July 5th – Nivara Lounge, Hamilton
July 6th – San Fran, Wellington
July 7th – Blue Smoke, Christchurch w/ The Bats
July 8th – Re:Fuel, Dunedin w/ The Chills

Tickets from UTR, Flying Out (Auckland), Slow Boat and RPM (Wellington) and Relics (Dunedin).

Links
theweddingpresent.co.uk
Tags
alternative, The Wedding Present, the bats



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