Gig review: The Wedding Present at Rescue Rooms

Words: Rachel Imms
Photos: Jess Lonie
Monday 13 May 2024
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Rock City veterans The Wedding Present recently took to the stage for a fantastic performance at Rescue Rooms...

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Supported by talented Welsh act MELYS, who brought a very
‘Blondie’ vibe, the band graced the stage with a typically modest yet highly entertaining presence.

Hailed as John Peel’s favourite band, The Wedding Present is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its self-described ‘lost’ album, Watusi. This LP saw them refine a distinctive, raw blend of indie rock and post-punk influences by introducing more experimental textures.

Known for never doing encores, the band treated the audience to three individual songs, followed by the whole Watusi album (12 tracks) – and then an additional five songs. Guitarist Rachel Wood, from Derby, went down a storm – the track Kennedy was a favourite. Although the demographic of the crowd was decidedly middle-aged and male, there were some younger faces making up the numbers.

The Wedding Present's more user-friendly, catchier tunes may have originally alienated the hardcore "Weddos", but this gig proved that the band is still capable of delivering songs packed with leader David Gedge’s signature intricate and self-reflective storytelling.

The Wedding Present performed at Rescue Rooms on 4 May 2024.

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