Tales From The Wedding Present | An Evening In Conversation With David Gedge


English indie rock band The Wedding Present formed in 1985 in Leeds. They have had eighteen UK Top 40 singles and seven Top 40 albums. Their music has evolved from fast-paced indie rock, influenced by bands such as The Fall, Buzzcocks and Gang of Four, to more varied forms. They have been led throughout by their only constant member, vocalist and guitarist David Gedge.

Tonight, David celebrates the release of the second volume of his memoir in comic book form Tales From The Wedding Present. Join us as he talks to long-time music associate Terry de Castro, plus an audience Q&A and a stripped-back, semi-acoustic set.

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

Presented by Mirrorman Agency in association with Turner Sims

Advance price: £22
On the day: £25

Something And Nothing is the second volume in the autobiography from David Gedge of Wedding Present fame. The stories featured in this stunning 176-page matt-laminated, hard-back book have previously only been available to readers of the Tales From The Wedding Present comic book series. This collected edition comes with 100 pages of never-before-seen additional material and an introduction by Craig Cash. David writes the Tales From The Wedding Present narrative together with long-time musical associate Terry de Castro, and then the stories are illustrated by virtuoso artist Lee Thacker. For the past decade, they’ve been working steadily (along with editing help from Jessica McMillan) to relate David’s life and adventures. Something And Nothing is presented in chronological order; it takes up where Volume One left off – just after the release of The Wedding Present’s first single Go Out And Get ’Em, Boy! in 1985 – and takes us through the next three years of the band’s existence. David writes intimately about all of the events leading up to the writing, recording and release of the band’s classic debut album, George Best, as well as detailing sessions that the group recorded for John Peel [including the legendary Ukrainian folk music ones], early live appearances in the UK and the rest of Europe and the development of their label Reception Records. On the way, we also learn about some of the romantic experiences that may have informed his writing.