Review: The South, Wickham Festival

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Given the celebrated citing of ‘musical similarities’ for their split, it’s hardly surprising that these survivors from The Beautiful South stick pretty much to the playlist that took the band to iconic status.

True, The South gave us a good smattering from their Sweet Refrains album, including the catchy Pigeonhole.

But it was a the classics that the crowd were mainly here to hear - and the band were mainly here to deliver.

Dave Hemingway may have taken an early vote on whether or not he should be wearing sunglasses in the main stage marquee (resounding No from the audience there) but there was no need to ask if the likes of Ol’ Red Eyes, Rotterdam, and Don’t Marry Here should get an airing.

They did, cueing much audience participation and grateful thanks from Alison Wheeler that the sing-alongers stuck to the radio version at what was after all a show for all the family.

All in all, a memorable set to kick off the Saturday night line up and one that encored with yet another huge hit - Carry On Regardless. Let’s hope they do.