The Wedding Present – Marc Riley Sessions Volume 2, Vinyl, LP, Hatch, 2017
Few bands are so ingrained into the notion of the BBC radio session as The Wedding Present. Longtime favorites of the late, great John Peel, David Gedge and his band appeared regularly on that legendary presenter’s BBC Radio 1 show and have continued their association with ‘Auntie’ by performing many unforgettable sessions on the popular ‘Marc Riley Show’ on BBC Radio 6 Music.
The award-winning Marc Riley Show is one of the most popular shows on BBC Radio 6 Music, championing cutting-edge sounds today alongside iconic recordings from the past 40 years. An avid Wedding Present fan himself, Riley, with his team of producers, has formed a close bond with David and his band over the years. ‘The release of the Wedding Present sessions done for our 6 Music programme over the years is something of an honor. 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.’
The Wedding Present is one of the UK’s best-loved indie bands with eighteen UK Top 40 hit singles to their name. Formed in Leeds in 1985, the band is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album George Best which turned them into darlings of the British music press overnight, by winning acclaim for its honest love songs immersed in the whirlwind guitars which would become the band’s trademark. The band recently celebrated the release of their ninth studio album, Going, Going…