Leeds quartet The Music have announced they will split after a series of farewell shows beginning in July.
An announcement on the band’s official website simply talks of the band ‘going their separate ways’ after three studio albums.
“After 10 years, three albums and some unforgettable live performances,” reads the statement. “The Music have announced a series of final shows in Japan and England before going their separate ways at the end of this Summer.”
Since releasing their self-titled debut to widespread acclaim in 2002, The Music have forged a loyal fanbase in Japan, and will begin their farewell dates with three dates in the country, visiting Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo. August will see The Music hit the UK for their final two dates, the last of which will be a hometown show at the Leeds O2 Academy.
On the final tour, the band have said: “We’ve come so far together and now it’s time to end things the right way and in the place we love the most – onstage playing live. We’re going to give it our all for these last times together and it’s going to be emotional, but were really glad to get back to Japan one last time where people have been so good to us over the years, and we send our love and thoughts to everyone there who has been affected by the terrible events of March 11th.”
“We’ll be saying thankyou to so many people over these dates and we’ll start now by saying thanks to anyone who’s been with us on this incredible trip. We’re all looking to the future and what comes next, but we’ll always be grateful for the years, times and experiences we’ve shared. We’re going to make these shows as much of a party as we can, and we hope people turn up to celebrate with us.”
Osaka – Big Cat (25)
Nagoya – Club Quattro (26)
Tokyo – AX (27)
London – Shepherds Bush Empire (4)
Leeds – O2 Academy (5)