The South announcement Feb 2 2017….

The South are sorry to have to announce that at the end of December 2016, after many years of playing and performing with The Housemartins, The Beautiful South and The South, singer Dave Hemingway has decided the time has come for him to retire from the live performance stage for a while. We know that he will be missed as much by all of the people who followed and enjoyed his long career as he will by the rest of us in The South.

Sadly, also much missed, will be lifelong keyboard maestro with The Beautiful South and The South, Damon Butcher, who has also decided to step down from performing with The South.

Please join us in wishing them both all the best in whatever they do in the future.

Over the years The South have been together we have met lots of wonderful people who enjoy the music of The Beautiful South as much as we enjoy playing the songs. Many of you have become good personal friends as well as friends of The South. For these reasons, and the fact that we want to continue to perform together, we have decided to carry on. Regardless 😉

We are happy to say that original Beautiful South sax player, Gaz Birtles, has agreed to take on the mantle of the male singer in the band! Many people know Gaz always had a second life as a singer songwriter in his own bands in Leicester, so it was an obvious first choice to take on the role and for him to move sideways across the stage.

We would like to thank you all for your support over the years and, although Dave and Damon will be much missed figures on stage, we hope you will continue to celebrate the music of The Beautiful South, through The South. We look forward to seeing you at shows we have booked in 2017


The South



Due to the sudden closure of the Britannia Theatre in Chatham, our show there next

Friday October 28th has had to be moved to the nearby
The Mick Jagger Centre, Shepherds Lane, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2JZ, United Kingdom

Tickets available from –

If you purchased tickets for the Chatham show, they are still valid for this show. Or you can get a refund from your ticket supplier.

Really sorry for the inconvenience



UNICEF fundraiser November 29th 2015

On Sunday 29th November we will be joining Louis van Gaal and the Manchester United first team, live at Old Trafford,  for a truly magical evening of fundraising for Unicef. You can be there too, for this unique, intimate gig that will see us performing all the hits of The Beautiful South and is set to be one of our most memorable gigs.  Tickets are available here

or call 0161 826 2195


Support acts for December shows

We can announce the support acts for the remaining 4 shows in December.

They are The Hardy Band – a great Americana/Alt Country band from Leicester – for Chester Live Room Dec 10th, Clitheroe Grand on Dec 11th and the first Holmfirth Picturedrome show on Dec 12th.

And Steel Threads, our old friends and work mates Neil and Laura’s Folk Rock act who are now a trio! They will support us on the Sunday Dec 13th at Holmfirth Picturedrome

Get there early to catch these bands.