The Maccabees Split After 14 Years, Will Announce Farewell Shows

The Maccabees have announced that they are breaking up after 14 years of recording music together. 

The London band, who released their fourth album Marks to Prove It in 2014, said that they will announce a series of farewell shows in the near future. They added that they have not fallen out, but that they would rather go out on their “own terms” at their “creative peak.”

The band enjoyed a good amount of success in the UK, with them debuting to much critical acclaim in 2007 with their first LP Colour It In. Walls of Arms and Given to the Wild both received similarly warm receptions from critics and fans alike, while their last album reached number one in the UK charts, their first to do so. 


The Maccabees performing at Latitude Festival 2016. (Image Credit: Matthew Baker / Getty Images)

The band are bowing out on a high note, with each of their albums performing better than the last, while they recently wrapped up their first festival headline slot at Latitude. It hasn’t been confirmed when their farewell shows will take place, but expect an announcement sometime soon.

Take a look at the band’s parting words to their supporters below:

“A Message To Our Fans…

After 14 years as a band we have decided to call it a day. The decision has obviously been an incredibly difficult one, given that The Maccabees has been such a huge part of our lives until now. We are very proud to be able to go out on our own terms, at our creative peak and off the back of the best and biggest shows we have ever done. There have not been fallings out and we are grateful to say that we are not leaving the group behind as a divided force. It has been a rare and absolutely incredible time that we all feel very lucky to have shared. 

Love to anyone who has ever stood by our band, bought our records, come and seen us play, or cared and contributed in whatever capacity it may have been been. We have always valued it immeasurably, tried to honour it as best we could and can only say thank you to you all very deeply and sincerely.

Though there are no concrete plans at this stage, we are all planning to continue making music. We are excited about the future and intend to move on, with some sadness, but with appreciation, affection and huge pride at the music we have made and all that we have achieved together.

There will be some farewell celebration shows announced in the near future.

Once again, especially to fans of The Maccabees, thank you for the countless good times that we will never forget. Take care and we will be in touch soon.

With love,

The Maccabees”

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