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For the first time in its 32-year history, British post-punk indie legend The Wedding Present will visit the South Island.

On tour to promote the release late last year of its ninth studio album, Going, Going ., The Wedding Present will play at Re:Fuel this Saturday night, with support from The Chills and The Van Grafs.

As a longstanding fan of the output of New Zealand record label Flying Nun, The Wedding Present founder and songwriter David Gedge is looking forward to performing alongside The Bats in Christchurch (tomorrow) and The Chills in Dunedin.

Speaking to The Star by phone from Auckland, UK-based Gedge said the band’s New Zealand shows were a continuation of a tour that began late last year, when the highly regarded album was released.

“We didn’t want to just make another album, so it was very carefully planned out, with all of the pieces of music linked and accompanied by videos,” Gedge said.

The result is a 20-song double album, released in multimedia format, which also records a journey across North America.

Even vinyl copies of the album include a DVD, so listeners can view the footage.

Gedge’s flexible approach has been a part of The Wedding Present since its inception in Leeds in 1985 and its debut album George Best.
TICKET GIVEAWAY:

The Star has three double passes to give away to The Wedding Present gig this Saturday at Re:Fuel. To enter the draw, answer the following question: What was the first album released by The Wedding Present? Email your answer, name and daytime phone number to competitions@thestar.co.nz with the words “Wedding Present competition” in the subject line. Entries close at noon today (Friday).