It's not quite Rotterdam, Liverpool or even Rome but Crewe will give a warm welcome to The South when they come to the Lyceum Theatre on Sunday, June 22.

The South, featuring members of The Beautiful South, are currently touring with their Sweet Refrains summer tour following a succesful 2013 tour.

Former members Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler will be singing many of those hits including A Little Time, Don't Marry Her, Rotterdam, Good as Gold, Perfect 10 and many more from their extensive back catalogue.

This nine-piece band will also be performing several songs from their wonderfully received debut album as The South, Sweet Refrains, which is  available for download on iTunes and Amazon.

The band stretches right back before the The Beautiful South to when it was The Housemartins, but the The Beautiful South was actually formed in 1988.

They had a string of hits such as Old Red Eyes Is Back and Number One single A Little Time.

Their greatest hits album, Carry On Up The Charts, was one of the fastest-selling albums in UK history, entering at Number One and staying there for weeks, becoming one of the country's most popular albums ever.

After 20 years, ten studio albums, five greatest hits compilations, 34 chart singles, 15 million record sales worldwide and performing in front of millions of fans, when time was called on The Beautiful South in 2008, not everyone was ready to leave the party.

Dave Hemingway and Ali Wheeler, two of the three lead singers with the band, were having too much fun and so The South was formed.

Joining the duo were fellow mainstays from the original touring band, keyboard wizard Damon Butcher and the potent horn section of Gaz Birtles and Tony Robinson.

Dave Hemingway’s musical career stretches back into the 80s. He became a founder member of The Beautiful South after the demise of The Housemartins, who themselves had enjoyed many hits before calling it a day.

While bassist Norman Cook went on to become superstar DJ Fat Boy Slim, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway proceeded to form the new band in December 1988.

Right from the off, The Beautiful South seemed to defy the normal logic associated with pop bands, not least for the fact that they stayed together for 20 years.

2014 will see The South touring this new collection of songs alongside established favourites from their previous incarnation.

Tickets are available from the box office on 01270 368242 or through the website