The Southmartins bring the hits of two top bands to Carlisle

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TWO of Britain's biggest bands of the 1980s and 90s are celebrated with a unique tribute show in Carlisle in October.

The Southmartins are the UK’s leading tribute to the music and songs of The Beautiful South and The Housemartins, and they headline at The Brickyard on Saturday 7.

An energetic seven-piece band that plays the hits and other bits of a hugely successful and varied songbook, they have a set-list of classic tracks, such as Song For Whoever, Good As Gold, Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Happy Hour and many more.

The Southmartins have been touring the UK regularly since 2010 and have garnered a fantastic reputation for their high energy live shows at clubs, venues, festivals and even Paul Heaton's pub The Kings Arms on several occasions.

He has also been quoted as saying of the band, "they're really good" - which The Southmartins take to be high praise indeed.

Forming The Beautiful South after The Housemartins in 1988, Heaton and Dave Hemingway went on to five million sales with a string of beautiful real-life vignettes and deservedly classic hits, including You Keep It All In, A Little Time, Rotterdam, and Don’t Marry Her, aided in no small way by a succession of brilliant female vocalists – Briana Corrigan, Jacqui Abbott and Alison Wheeler - before the band split in 2007, due to "musical similarities".

This acclaimed tribute includes The Housemartins' best-known tracks, with Happy Hour, Caravan Of Love, Five Get Over Excited, Build, and Me And The Farmer.

Doors for the Carlisle show on Saturday 7 open at 8pm, and tickets are available in advance from the venue's booking office.

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