The South will rise again – in Preston

The South, featuring members of The Beautiful South
The South, featuring members of The Beautiful South
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The South, featuring members of The Beautiful South, have lined up a gig at Preston’s 53 Degrees on Saturday, May 3, as part of their Sweet Refrains tour.

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

This nine-piece band will also be performing several songs from their debut album as The South, Sweet Refrains.

Formed in 1988, The Beautiful South had a string of hit singles and their greatest hits album, Carry On Up The Charts, was one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history, entering at Number One.

After 20 years, 10 studio albums, five greatest hits compilations, 34 chart singles, 15 million record sales worldwide they split – citing “musical similarities”.

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.

The Beautiful South scored their only number one single with the Dave Hemingway/Briana Corrigan duet A Little Time.