Dave Stead

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David Stead (born 15 October 1966), is a drummer from Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England. Stead was the drummer for the alternate pop / rock band, The Beautiful South.

After his parents separated, Stead moved with his mother and siblings to Cottingham, a village on the outskirts of Hull. He attended Cottingham High school, and following school worked as an electrical fitter for a few years,[quantify] after which he was employed part-time as a sound engineer at the nearby alternative live music club, The Adelphi.[citation needed]

When sixteen-years-old he, with his older brother Mick, started the band The Luddites, with himself on drums and Mark Fell (1962-1984) on bass. The band released two singles, "Doppelganger" and "Altered States" on Eccentric Records.[citation needed] After The Luddites, Stead joined the band Vicious Circle. In August 1988 he joined The Beautiful South,[1] playing on thirteen albums with the band.

Stead took over the Boars Nest restaurant in Princes Avenue, west Hull, converting it to the 'Union Mash Up' venue and restaurant. Following a July 2012 planning committee failure to add a bar licence for the venue Stead announced that he was closing the business.[2] He promoted a proposed music festival in Huddersfield, 'Song 07', which was cancelled.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Beautiful South - the Band". BBC. 29 November 2001. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Dave Stead to close Hull's Union Mash Up restaurant after bar plan rejected" Archived 5 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine, Hull Daily Mail, 18 July 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2015