The Wedding Present will be playing a series of concert dates in 2018 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their first singles collection, Tommy.
Tommy was a compilation album that collected the band’s first four singles and accompanying b-sides plus selected tracks from two early BBC Radio 1 sessions. It was released, in July 1988, on The Wedding Present’s own record label, Reception Records, and provides an overview of The Wedding Present’s frenetic output before the debut album, George Best.
Track-listing : Go Out And Get ‘Em, Boy! / (The Moment Before) Everything’s Spoiled Again / Once More / At The Edge Of The Sea / Living And Learning / This Boy Can Wait / You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends / Felicity / What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted? / Never Said / Every Mother’s Son / My Favourite Dress
Tommy live dates in 2018:
Part One – February
01/02 Poole – Mr Kyps
02/02 Royal Tunbridge Wells – Forum
03/02 Sheffield – Leadmill
04/02 Cardiff – Globe
Part Two – May
24/05 Milton Keynes – Crauford Arms
25/05 Birmingham – O2 Academy
26/05 Liverpool – Arts Club
27/05 Edinburgh – Liquid Room
Part Three – June
07/06 Oxford – O2 Academy
08/06 Newcastle upon Tyne – O2 Academy
09/06 Leeds – Church [Benefit concert for ‘The National Autistic Society’]
Part Four – July
25/07 Galway, Ireland – The Galway Arts Festival
26/07 Limerick, Ireland TBC
27/07 Dublin, Ireland – Academy
28/07 Belfast – Limelight 2
Part Five – October
03/10 Cambridge – Storey’s Field Centre
04/10 London – 100 Club SOLD OUT
05/10 Manchester – Academy
06/10 Glasgow – Saint Luke’s
07/10 Hebden Bridge – Trades Club SOLD OUT
Part Six – December [To be announced on May 4th]
05/12 Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms
06/12 Exeter – Cavern
07/12 Bristol – Thekla
08/12 Stoke – Gladstone Pottery Museum
09/12 Bradford Underground
11/12 Galashiels – Mac Arts
12/12 Carlisle – Old Fire Station
13/12 Leicester – Dryden Street Social
14/12 London – O2 Academy Islington
Tommy will also be performed live on the first day of David Gedge’s tenth annual Brighton-based festival At The Edge Of The Sea on 10 August.
The Wedding Present will be playing festivals throughout the summer as well as helping to celebrate the release of the George Best album feature film documentary Something Left Behind. They will also be recording a new session for the BBC Radio 6 Music DJ, Marc Riley. The band’s first six Marc Riley sessions have already been released on two compilation LPs by Hatch Records.
Following the popularity of last year’s George Best 30 album, where a Steve Albini re-recorded version of George Best was released by Scopitones, the band are now planning to re-visit Tommy.
Finally, David Gedge is hoping to find time to continue writing and publishing issues of Tales From The Wedding Present – his auto-biography in comic book form – as well as continuing to DJ around the country.