The South and Scouting for Girls at Rugby Festival of Culture

The South
The South

The organisers of Rugby Festival of Culture have lined up two popular bands to headline the event.

The South and Scouting for Girls will perform at the Benn Hall in Rugby town centre, with The South taking to the stage from 7pm to 10.30pm on Sunday, June 28, and Scouting for Girls from 7pm to 10pm on Sunday, July 5.

The South formed from the remains of The Beautiful South, who split in 2006.

The nine-piece act include singers Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler, alongside lifelong members Damon Butcher (keys), Gaz Birtles (sax) and Tony Robinson (trumpet).

Their repertoire includes number one A Little Time, Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Old Red Eyes, Good as Gold and Don’t Marry Her.

Scouting for Girls are a pop-rock band whose first major single release She’s So Lovely, stayed in the UK Top 10 singles chart for six weeks after its release in August 2007.

They released their self-titled debut album in September 2007 , when it reached number one on the UK album chart and went triple platinum in terms of total sales. A second album, Everybody Wants to Be on TV was released in April 2010 and peaked at number two in the charts. They have sold over two million records and been nominated for four Brit Awards and one Ivor Novello Award.

Aftab Gaffar, managing director of organisers Rugby First, said: “It’s fantastic these bands will be performing as part of the festival this year. The line-up of events was already looking impressive but having these bands will really add something special.”

The festival run from Friday, June 26, to Sunday, July 12. See for more.