For most of us here at The Wedgewood Rooms, working at a music venue isn’t just a job, it’s a passion. From the tap pullers in the bar to the keyboard warriors in the office, people choose to work here because they love live music. With that in mind we thought we would ask some of the staff what shows they’re looking forward to over the rammed Autumn/Winter schedule.
Alice – Glasvegas
There are so many great gigs coming up at the Wedge that I am looking forward. To name a few… Laurel, We Are Scientists, Goat Girl, Hinds and Sunflower Bean. But the anniversary show of Glasvegas in September is the one I’m most looking forward to. I listened to them throughout my teenage years and have so many great memories to go alongside their music. Another favourite of mine is Dream Wife who play in October. This will be an amazing gig, full of energy and very catchy tunes.
Matt – The Nightingales
The show I’m most looking forward to is The Nightingales! They’re an incredibly underrated band and its great to see something a little off kilter in the main room. You could call them a punk band I guess but the sound is a lot more sophisticated than that, almost Beefheart like in it’s ability to change direction on a whim. They were one of John Peels favorites and for good reason. And if that wasn’t enough, Stewart Lee is going to be doing a short stand up set before they play! (oh and Unsigned Showcase 2017 winners Grief Daddy opening 😉 ) It’s going to get weird. Also really looking forward to Super Furry Animal frontman Gruff Rhys, The Cuban Brothers, Sextile & Hollie Cook.
Sarah D – Teleman
So many good shows coming up! Sleeper, Karine Polwart, Gruff Rhys to name a few but Teleman especially. They have a place dear in my heart from their days as Pete & the Pirates. They were always my go to happy music and I remember being blown away by them when they headlined Southsea Fest at the Wedge back in 2011. They have matured and moved on from their indie cheeky boy beginnings but still make me smile with their glorious upbeat lush pop songs.
Andy – Rob Newman
‘There’s some fantastic Indie legends that are my bag coming up in the Autumn (Sleeper, Mercury Rev, Gruff Rhys). But I’d like to fly the flag for comedy and say I’m intrigued about Rob Newman’s show about philosophy in December. Knowing about his legendary partnership with David Baddiel and his comedy script writing, it’ll be a great experience seeing him on our stage. A high concept comedy show is a rare occurrence so I don’t want to miss it!
Womble – We Are Scientists
We’ve got a really exciting autumn touring season again this year! I’m definitely excited about seeing We Are Scientists – it’s always a pleasure to have your favourite band play at your work place! They’re so much fun live and always bring so much energy to their shows. Also looking forward to seeing Catherine McGrath – she supported Canaan Smith here in 2017, and now she’s back with her own headline tour! Her new album is awesome, it’s really strong and she’s so young still! Love that we get to see artists just as they’re starting their journey.
Tanya – Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons
Saw Phil Campbell & the Bastard Sons just a few months after Lemmy died. Somehow all the sadness disappeared during that show and the spirit of Motorhead lived on. When Phil was confirmed for the Wedge 2 years on it became apparent that this was not a band he was using to live on past memories with, this was a proper full onslaught of dirty rock’n’roll, designed for all us old school rock dudes and dudettes. Really cannot wait to experience this live in my very own home from home!
Georgia – Skindred
I am looking forward to Skindred returning to the Wedge, who’s music I have enjoyed for years. They are always great fun and I find bands like Skindred bring fans with varying music tastes together.”
So that’s a few suggestions for you! Let us and your friends know who you’re looking forward to and keep supporting live music. For a full listing visit http://www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk