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Beautiful South reform without Heaton

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The Beautiful South have confirmed that they are reforming without frontman Paul Heaton.

Performing under the name The New Beautiful South, the pop group will play the Welly Club in their hometown Hull on March 29.

"We never really split up - all that happened was Paul made the decision to leave," drummer David Stead told The Hull Daily Mail. "But Dave, Alison and I wanted to continue. We've been twiddling our thumbs for a while, but this is what we do best.

"There are still an awful lot of people out there who want to hear our music and we still want to play it. We're going to be playing all our greatest hits and the old favourites along with a few new songs."

Singers David Hemingway and Alison Wheeler will perform with Stead. However, guitarist Dave Rotheray and bassist Sean Welch will not take part.

The Beautiful South released ten albums between 1989 and 2007, when they split due to "musical similarities". Their top ten hits included 'Song For Whoever', 'A Little Time', 'Rotterdam' and 'Perfect 10'.

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