The guys of Funeral For a Friend have announced that following the conclusion of their 2016 tour, the band will disband.
Taking to social media on Monday (Sept.14), the Welsh band revealed the news. In the post, frontman Matthew Davies-Kreye explains that the band’s decision to split was a “natural end” since they accomplished everything they set out to do “and way more.” Instead of having a crappy end to a band that lasted 14 and a half-year, the band decided to go out and celebrate by playing the music that touched so many people. Read Davies-Kreye’s full statement below.
“It’s the natural end. We’ve done everything we set out to do and way more than I could ever have hoped so I’m not upset that it’s run its course. We all felt that [2015 album] ‘Chapter And Verse’ was a pretty decent full stop on an incredible 14 and half years of making music together.
So, how do you celebrate a huge part of your life? You play some shows! For me it seemed obvious to go out with both ‘Hours’ and ‘Casually Dressed.’ I feel that both those records distill what Funeral is to a whole load of people more definitively than just piecing together a set from all the records we’ve made. It seems to me that those are the records that matter most and ‘Hours’ to me is my proudest achievement in music with Funeral. I don’t know why but it fills me with an overwhelming sense of pride.”
The final tour will be named the “Last Chance To Dance” tour and will fins the band playing shows in their home country of the United Kingdom. The tour will visit several locations in the U.K. such as Glasgow, Manchester, and of course London during April of 2016.
The group will play two gigs in each city where they will perform 2005’s Hours in full on the first night and 2003’s Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation on the second night. Tickets for the tour dates will officially go on sale beginning this Friday, Sept. 18.
The 2016 tour dates can be seen below.
LAST CHANCE TO DANCE TOUR DATES:
April 5 – Cardiff @ Y Plas
April 6 – Cardiff @ Y Plas
April 8 – Manchester @ The Ritz
April 9 – Manchester @ The Ritz
April 10 – Glasgow @ Garage
April 11 – Glasgow @ Garage
April 13 – Birmingham @ Institute
April 14 – Birmingham @ Institute
April 15 – London @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
April 16 – London @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Funeral For a Friend’s last album was 2014’s Chapter and Verse.