Beautiful music from offshoot The South

The South
The South

The South, a nine-piece-offshoot of The Beautiful South, with original singers Dave Hemmingway and Alison Wheeler, will be at Buxton Opera House on Saturday, February 22, as part of Four Four Time Music Festival of Live Music.

When great British pop institution, The Beautiful South split in 2006, several members of the band weren’t ready to let it go.

So two years later, singers Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler, alongside lifelong members Damon Butcher (keys), Gaz Birtles (sax) and Tony Robinson (trumpet), came out of retirement and formed the nine-piece band, The South.

With the realisation that if the fans didn’t want it, they wouldn’t do it, The South embarked on their journey. But boy, did the fans want it! And still do.

Those classic songs live on.

Songs such as A Little Time – the band’s number one single – sung by Dave Hemmingway, just one of the many highlights in a 20-year career.

Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Old Red Eyes, Good as Gold, Don’t Marry Her – all performed again live, as they have been doing since 1989.

A few years further down the line The South now have their debut album under their belt.

A self-financed labour of love, Sweet Refrains unveils their own brand of irresistible pop melodies laced with twists of caustic wit and opens another new chapter started by The Beautiful South.

The South will take place on Saturday, February 22, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £21. To buy tickets or for more information call the box office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at

n The South are playing at Buxton Opera House this weekend