The Maccabees spent the summer of 2016 playing festivals across the world, including Latitude Festival in Suffolk which they headlined. Then on the 8th of August, the band decided to call it a day via a heartfelt message on their twitter feed.
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The Maccabees have built up somewhat of a ‘cult’ fan base over the years and it is clear to see they have a ‘die-hard’ support. Following a band like The Maccabees has became similar to following a football team, it became an obsession for many people, hence the overwhelming reaction to the news from so many fans.
However, they alluded to the fact that this would not be the end for the band and subsequently announced Live For The Last Time: The Farewell Shows in which they would play their own iconic string of gigs at Alexandra Palace and the Manchester O2 Apollo.
The last few remaining tickets for the shows are available here: http://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/the-maccabees
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This morning it was announced that Mystery Jets would support The Maccabees on their farewell tour which was received exceptionally well by fans. No doubt the shows will be a sombre occasion for fans, and the set will surely feature much of the four album back catalogue that has brought them to this point. Perhaps this is significant as Mystery Jets are a band that they have been fans of for such a long time and they first played together over 10 years ago. The band then went on to describe it is ‘an honour’ to share the stage with the Jets for these iconic shows.
For the gigs at Alexandra Palace, support will also come from Bristolian band Idles. You can check out their performance of Stendhal Syndrome for BBC Introducing at Maida Vale Studios here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y6sQgVIJro