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The Wave Pictures + The Grubby Mitts

March 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

After nearly 20 years and umpteen albums (is it 16? 17? 18?) we are excited to confirm someone is finally bringing The Wave Pictures to Bedford Esquires.

Formed in 1998 in the tiny rural village of Wymeswold in northern Leicestershire, lead singer and guitarist David Tattersall, bassist Franic Rozycki, and drummer Jonny “Huddersfield” Helm were heavily influenced by both the music played by John Peel and their parents classic rock collections. They soon relocated to London, signed to Moshi Moshi records and have released a succession of highly acclaimed albums (as well as finding time to collaborate with acts such as Darren Hayman, Herman Dune, The Mountain Goats, Jeffrey Lewis and Stanley Brinks)

Much loved by 6 Music, The Wave Pictures are scarily prolific with a formidable discography. Frontman Tattersall is both a brilliant songwriter and guitarist, often compared to Tom Verlaine (Television), Jonathan Richman and Johnny Marr.

“David Tattersall is the greatest guitarist of his generation” – Marc Riley, BBC Radio 6

With a career that now spans two decades, The Wave Pictures are much more than a cult concern. The regularly sell out venues like The Lexington (London) and The Portland Arms (Cambridge) and headline stages at Festivals like Indietracks, End of the Road, Green Man and Primavera Sound (Barcelona). Yet for some reason, they have never played Bedford. Until now.

“They’re possibly the best live band we’ve ever worked with” – Moshi Moshi Records

Tickets are £10 in advance, available from all the usual places.

Support comes from Bedford’s own art house collective, The Grubby Mitts with their found sounds and wonky electronica.


March 15, 2018
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Bedford Esquires
60A Bromham Road
Bedford, MK40 2QG United Kingdom


The Wave Pictures