Stourbridge. Not a place you’d immediately associate with music icons, but a bit further south from the Madchester vibes of the early 90s, the West Midlands town boasted it’s own thriving indie scene.
Two of its biggest bands – THE WONDER STUFF and NED’S ATOMIC DUSTIN have been kicking out their Grebo sounds for three decades and haven’t played together in 27 years – until now.
Heading out on a co-headline tour next year, the two indie outifts will team up to offer up a nostalgic blast of greatest hits – a term to be used loosely, according to Neds frontman Jonn Penney:
“I’m less inclined to use the word ‘hits’ because we had none, and I don’t know about best of…. so let’s call it live favourites.”
“It’s going to be a great tour for sure,” says Miles Hunt of The Wonder Stuff. “I think there are a lot of people out there that have waited a long time to see the two bands together again.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the Ned’s because they’ll give me a kick up the backside. They’re such a great live band. I’ve never seen them less than on it.”
The tour sees the band hit up most of the UK and ends with two huge hometown(ish) shows:
Thursday 29 March – Liverpool, O2 Academy
Friday 30 March – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Saturday 31 March – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sunday 1 April – Leicester, O2 Academy
Wednesday 4 April – Leeds, O2 Academy
Thursday 5 April – Newcastle, O2 Academy
Friday 6 April – Glasgow, O2 ABC
Saturday 7 April – Manchester, O2 Ritz
Thursday 12 April – Bristol, O2 Academy
Friday 13 April – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
Saturday 14 April – Birmingham, O2 Academy
Sunday 15 April – Birmingham, O2 Academy
Joining The Wonder Stuff and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin on the tour will be Pop Will It Itself’s Graham Crabb on DJ duties.
To celebrate this much-sought-after reunion, both bands will be selling a limited number of tickets at 1990 prices of just £7 from today (Wednesday 27 September) from ticketmaster.co.uk.