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Gig Review : The Wedding Present at Limelight 2 Belfast

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Review by Mark McGrogan

English indie rock has seen its fair share of influential bands over the years, but few have left as lasting an impression on both the genre and its dedicated fanbase as The Wedding Present.

Formed in 1985, this Leeds-based band has become synonymous with passionate, high-energy live performances that have captured the hearts of music lovers around the world. In this article, we’ll explore what makes The Wedding Present a live entity like no other in the world of indie rock.

The Wedding Present, led by the enigmatic David Gedge, emerged during the heyday of British indie music.

Their early influences included post-punk and alternative rock bands like The Fall and The Smiths. The band’s debut single, “Go Out and Get ‘Em, Boy!” released in 1985, set the tone for what would become their trademark sound – a blend of jangly guitars, heartfelt lyrics, and Gedge’s distinctive vocal style.

What would they have instore this evening for a thirsty Belfast crowd, thirsty for good old-fashioned song writing at it’s finest, delivered by a quality, hard-working salt of the earth band.

What sets The Wedding Present apart as a live entity is their unwavering commitment to delivering electrifying performances.

From their early gigs in small clubs to headlining major festivals, the band has consistently offered an experience that transcends mere musicality.

Their shows are a testament to the raw power of live music, where every note and lyric feels like a cathartic release of emotion.

The Belfast crowd are soaking up every second of their performance, from the evenings opener ‘Broken Bow’ through to ‘We Should Be Together’ the band delivers the most honest performance, you can feel and hear the miles on the road, a band perfectly in-sync pounding that infamous Belfast stage. Gedge’s stage presence is a key component of this live experience.

His unassuming demeanor offstage transforms into an intense, charismatic frontman once he steps into the spotlight. He’s known for his witty banter and candid storytelling between songs, creating a unique connection with the audience.

The packed-out Belfast audience is mesmerised, transfixed by the magic coming off the stage. The lights show off the beaming faces of the energised fans taking in the spectacle, reunited once again with their favourite band.

One of the reasons The Wedding Present remains a captivating live entity is their extensive discography. Over the decades, they have released numerous albums, singles, and EPs, each filled with songs that resonate with fans old and new.

The band roll through an enigmatic setlist, that has the room bouncing. It has been a while since The Wedding Present shone on a Belfast stage, but it felt like it was yesterday, those good time vibes filling out The Limelight, Belfast with a sonic boom.

They came, they saw, they conquered. The Wedding Present all these years later are still a revelation, Their live performances are not just concerts; they are communal celebrations of music, emotion, and shared experiences. As they continue to tour and inspire new generations of music lovers, The Wedding Present remains an indispensable force in the world of live indie rock.

Photography by MPM

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