Via The Guardian:
It is fair to say that the battle lines in the north-south musical divide were firmly established in June 1985 when the Housemartins signed their record deal with London-based label Go! Discs onstage at the New Adelphi Club, a small backstreet venue in the band’s hometown of Hull. A two-fingered salute to the capital, it was followed up a year later with the release of their provocatively titled album London 0 Hull 4, a thrill-a-minute Top 10 debut.
The last high-profile north-south musical tussle took place in the mid-90s when Oasis and Blur went head-to-head in the singles charts during the highly orchestrated, “Battle of Britpop”. But nearly 20 years later, relations between regions remain strained.