The Maccabees bid farewell as fellow artists 'try not to break down in tears' at final Alexandra Palace gig

The five-piece announced their were splitting in 2016 and would play a final series of shows to say goodbye to their fans

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Monday 03 July 2017 08:50
The Maccabees in 2015
The Maccabees in 2015

The Maccabee's played their last ever show on 1 July, and fellow artists have been sharing fond memories and well wishes for the band.

The five-piece announced that they were splitting in August 2016, barely a year after their fourth record Marks To Prove It made it to No.1 on the UK charts.

They played a series of farewell shows in Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London, with an intimate show at Omeara to kick things off.

The Maccabees' album "Marks To Prove It"

Mystery Jets, who supported the band during the farewell tour, wrote that they were trying "not to break the f down in tears" in the run-up to the last show.

Opening act Idles said it had been a "huge privilege to be asked to supprt them on their final shows, unbelievable, in fact. Always meet your heroes".

Foals, who had performed on the same stages as The Maccabees over the years, also expressed their support.

Frontman Yannis Philippakis wrote: "Forever thankful to @themaccabees for all the music they gave us. Peers, friends & brothers. Whatever comes next will be great."

Everything Everything tweeted that it was "very moving" to see their friends and contemporaries bow out with "extraordinary grace, finesse and dignity".

The band themselves said that the Alexandra Palace gig was "a very special thing".

"We will never forget it," they wrote.

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