David Gedge

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David Gedge
The Wedding Present in Valencia 02.jpg
David Gedge performing at Loco Club in Valencia, November 2016.
Background information
Birth nameDavid Lewis Gedge
Born (1960-04-23) 23 April 1960 (age 61)
Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England[citation needed]
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Associated acts

David Lewis Gedge (born 23 April 1960, in Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England)[citation needed] is an English musician and songwriter.[1]

Early life[edit]

Gedge grew up in Middleton, Greater Manchester, in the area known as Top of Hebers. He attended Hollin High School, which became the Queen Elizabeth School and was eventually rebuilt as St Anne's Academy. He studied at the University of Leeds, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in 1981.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Gedge, together with Peter Solowka, fellow founder member of The Wedding Present, met Keith Gregory, an English student, by placing an advert for a bass player in the Leeds University Union.

He is the main songwriter and vocalist in the bands The Wedding Present and Cinerama. He sang a duet with Marine Research on their 1999 Peel Session.


I’ve always thought that The Wedding Present was an inappropriate name for a pop group — more like a poem, or a book or something — and therefore quite attractive (to me!). I’ve also always been fascinated by weddings... – David Gedge.[3]

The boy Gedge has written some of the best love songs of the 'Rock ‘n’ Roll' era. You may dispute this, but I’m right and you’re wrong!” – John Peel.[4]


  1. ^ "David Gedge of The Wedding Present". Rockerzine.com. 24 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Prominent alumni - Music". Alumni.leeds.ac.uk. University of Leeds. 2017. Archived from the original on 19 January 2018.
  3. ^ Wedding Present FAQ Archived 2007-10-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "John Peel - The Boy Gedge". Audioboom.com.