The Wedding Present to play Sunderland stage

Indie rockers The Wedding Present will take to the stage in Sunderland next month.

Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 9:43 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:02 pm
David Gedge.

The band is hitting the road to mark the release of Marc Riley Sessions Volume I, the first in a series of radio session releases which celebrates the indie legends, as well as their ninth studio album Going Going.

Marc Riley Sessions Volume 1 highlights the consistency of band member David Gedge’s prolific songwriting over the period of three decades after the band formed in 1985.

Marc Riley Sessions Volume I

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The release includes Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft, Brassneck, Heather, Don’t Take Me Home Until I’m Drunk and live favourite Where Everybody Knows Your Name, a cover of the theme music to classic US sitcom Cheers.

A band with a history that’s inextricably intertwined with the BBC and in particular the late BBC DJ John Peel, an early champion of the band, the Marc Riley Sessions Volume 1 echoes the famous Peel/Selwood releases on the Strange Fruit label that included BBC sessions from the likes of New Order, Buzzcocks, The Cure and Echo & The Bunnymen.

BBC 6Music DJ Marc Riley, an avid Wedding Present fan, said: “The release of The Wedding Present sessions done for our 6 Music programme over the years is something of an honour. In the great tradition of the Peel/Selwood releases on the Strange Fruit label this record proves that even without John the BBC can still be a place where great bands can continue to grow and be creative amongst friends.”

David Gedge said: “The sessions are recorded and transmitted live to air so there’s an intensity and exhilaration - not to mention fear - that’s present when you perform songs like that.”

Marc Riley Sessions Volume I

•The Wedding Present play The Point in Holmeside, Sunderland, on Friday December 2. Tickets are available from The Point’s Facebook page on