The South go down a storm in Bilston

Mark Drew reviews The South who played at the Robin 2 in Bilston last night

The South go down a storm in Bilston

Spot the fake hand – Singers Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler with The South perform at the Robin 2 in Bilston

Check out some of our pictures from the gig:

They may be a remnant of the band that sold 15 million records worldwide and played sold-out shows at the NEC, but this nine-piece act is no Beautiful South-lite.

The South arrived at the Robin 2 last night with a rich back catalogue and new material to air from their new album Sweet Refrains.

The new songs had all the qualities of the witty, breezy pop that made the Beautiful South one of the biggest-selling bands of the nineties, with a set boasting an ability to turn on a sixpence from the toe-tapping exuberance of new single Pigeonhole to the bittersweet melancholy of Windows.

Carry On Up The Charts was one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history and The South smacks of a band with nothing to prove and everything to enjoy, delighting the audience with a string of hits including A Little Time, Don’t Marry Her, Rotterdam, Good as Gold and Perfect 10.

Ex-member of The Beautiful South, lead singer Dave Hemingway, battled through last night with a broken collar bone, disguised using a DIY fake hand concocted from an inflated rubber glove. 

He, fellow singer Alison Wheeler and the rest of The South continue to enjoy a big live following, as does departed former member Paul Heaton who remains a successful solo artist.

Fans continue to dream of Heaton one day rejoining the throng.

In the meantime, The South will do very nicely thank-you.

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