Following this site’s breaking announcement last week comes news of The Wedding Present adding a second night in Preston, Lancashire, having sold out their first summer show at The Continental in super-fast time.
Three decades after their first visit to Preston, the John Peel favourites are now set to play the South Meadow Lane pub venue on Wednesday, July 26th, as well as the following night, with tickets £20, available from 11am today (Friday, March 17th) via wegottickets.com, the venue (01772 499425) or Action Records (01772 884772).
Thursday’s show tickets went on sale last Friday, with all online options gone by the following night. The last were sold by Action Records on Monday morning, the Church Street shop opening early to let in queueing fans.
Support on July 26th is from Miles Salisbury, once of Preston College-formed Blank Students, who did a BBC Radio 1 session for John Peel in 1981.
Kent duo The Catenary Wires are supporting the following night, featuring Talulah Gosh’s Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey. Between them, Amelia and Rob recorded Peel sessions with Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Sportique. What’s more, Amelia has her own Wedding Present heritage, having supplied backing vocals on four memorable tracks on revered debut LP George Best, and five beyond that (appearing on both singles in 1988).
The Wedding Present appeared at the Twang Club, Kent Street, Preston, in January 1986, and have only returned twice more, playing Preston Poly in November 1990 and more recent UCLan venue 53 Degrees in December 2010, scoring 18 top-40 singles and seven top-40 LPs between the first and third visits.
David Gedge’s four-piece – completed by Charlie Layton (drums), Danielle Wadey (bass) and Marcus Kain (guitar) – are also set to play BBC 6 Music’s festival in Glasgow on Sunday, March 26th, and the Preston show follows a major North American tour and several larger UK and Irish dates. The band will travel on from Lancashire to festival appearances in Derbyshire and on the Isle of Bute. For full details, check out the band’s official Scopitones site.
Meanwhile, Miles Salisbury is also set to commence proceedings at a further Tuff Life Boogie event at The Continental tonight (Friday, March 17th) with headliners Oskar’s Drum, featuring Manchester-based Patrick Fitzgerald (Kitchens of Distinction) and Yves Altana (Chameleons Vox, Wonky Alice, The Chrysalids), and Drahla, a much-feted North Yorkshire outfit channelling Pixies, Giant Drag and Life Without Buildings. For more details of that and further Tuff Life Boogie events head here.
For this blog’s original announcement of the Preston show, and links to past David Gedge and The Wedding Present features on this site, head here.