Friday 18th April 2014 -
The South were borne from the ashes of The Beautiful South after they split in 2006.
Formed in 1988 The Beautiful South had a string of hit singles such as Old Red Eyes Is Back, Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Her, Perfect 10, and No.1 single A Little Time. Their greatest hits album, Carry On Up The Charts, was one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history, entering at No.1 and staying there for weeks, becoming one of the country’s most popular albums ever. After 20 years, ten studio albums, five greatest hits compilations, thirty-four chart singles, 15 million record sales worldwide and performing in front of millions of fans, when time was called on The Beautiful South in 2008, not everyone was ready to leave the party.
Dave Hemingway and Ali Wheeler, lead singers with the band (alongside now departed songwriter Paul Heaton) were having too much fun to get out the pipe and slippers, and so The South was formed. Joining the duo were fellow mainstays from the original touring band: keyboard wizard Damon Butcher and the potent horn section of Gaz Birtles and Tony Robinson that brought so much to the live shows.
This band has history and pedigree. Dave Hemingway’s musical career stretches back into the 1980s. He became a founder member of The Beautiful South after the demise of The Housemartins, who had enjoyed a sustained purple patch and many hits before calling it a day in 1988. Whilst bassist Norman Cook went on to become superstar DJ Fat Boy Slim, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway proceeded to form the new band in December 1988. Right from the off, The Beautiful South seemed to defy the normal logic associated with pop bands, not least for the fact that they stayed together for 20 years.
Over the life of the band, they produced many self-penned hits and had several number one albums – they scored their only number one single with the Dave Hemingway/Briana Corrigan duet ‘A Little Time’. A globally successful band, members of The South have performed these songs in front of hordes of fans from Hull to Houston. They love the material and know what will keep the fans happy.
The South continue to supply new, fresh, caustic pop on their debut album “Sweet Refrains“, which was released in November 2012 on Zoo Records to critical acclaim.
Their show at Ropetackle will see them performing songs from this album alongside so many of The Beautiful South hits.
With a rich history and a bright future, The South are very much still Beautiful!
Support comes from Gavin Sweeney.
Please note, this is an all standing event.