The Maccabees play final gig in London

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The Maccabees live in London, January 2016. (Photo: Alberto Pezzali for Live4ever Media)

The Maccabees took their final bows at Alexandra Palace in London on Saturday night as their farewell tour of the UK came to an end.

Special guests including Jamie T and Mystery Jets joined them on stage, while the still irresistible 2012 single Pelican gave fans a fitting verse to say goodbye to a band which has grown during the last decade into one of Britain’s best.

“After 14 years as a band we have decided to call it a day,” a statement read when their decision to quit was announced last year. “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.”

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