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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

THE SOUTH announce an Autumn / Winter 2013 – Sweet Refrains Tour!

The South make a welcome return to UK venues when they return with a ‘Sweet Refrains – Autumn / Winter 2013 UK Tour’.

Ex members of The Beautiful South, Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler will be singing many of those hits including A Little Time, Don't Marry Her, Rotterdam, Good as Gold, Perfect 10 and many more from the back catalogue.

This 9 piece band will also be performing several songs from their wonderfully received debut album as The South, Sweet Refrains (available now on iTunes).
Photo by Amy Brammall

History - from The Housemartins to The Beautiful South to The South

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 Number One 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 Number One 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, two of the three lead singers with the band, 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. Armed with a sensational back catalogue of hits such as ‘Song For Whoever’, ‘Perfect Ten’, ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Don't Marry Her’, ‘You Keep It All In’, ‘Old Red Eyes Is Back’ and many others, there is a long way to go on this particular road.

This band has history and pedigree. Dave Hemingway’s musical career stretches back into the Eighties. 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.

Still as Beautiful as they ever were, The South continue the legacy with their own vibrantly singable and acerbically witty pop. As their critically acclaimed debut album Sweet Refrains, currently available on Zoo Records, confirms.

2013 will see them touring this new collection of songs alongside established favourites from their previous incarnation. The South are rightly extremely proud of their history - and their future looks very bright..

Tickets for THE SOUTH – ‘Sweet Refrains’ forthcoming Autumn / Winter 2013 UK Tour (see tour dates below) are available from the following box office no’s / websites:

Mon 30 Sep 2013

Tues 01 Oct 2013
01902 401211

Wed 02 Oct 2013
01908 280800

Fri 04 Oct 2013

Box Office No’s - 01822 611166 and 0844 478 0898

Sat 05 Oct 2013

Box Office No’s: 01722 434434 and 0844 478 0898Websites - and

Thurs 10 Oct 2013
BINGLEY - Arts Centre
Box Office No: 01274 567983 and 0844 478 0898

Fri 11 Oct 2013
CARDIFF - The Globe

Sat 19 Oct 2013
Think Tank

Thur 21 Nov 2013
GALASHIELS - Volunteer Hall
Fri 22 Nov 2013

0844 477 2000

Sat 23 Nov 2013
INVERNESS - Ironworks

Sun 24 Nov 2013
ABERDEEN - Lemon Tree

0844 478 0898

Sat 7 Dec 2013
LEICESTER - O2 Academy Leicester
Fri 13 Dec 2013

0844 478 0898

Sat 14 Dec 2013
HOLMFIRTH – Picture Dome

0844 478 0898

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