We’re sad to report that after 11 years and five studio albums, Bellowhead have decided to part ways. The band initially came together to play the 2004 Oxford Festival and have become widely regarded as one of the best live acts around with the Independent describing them as “surely the best live act in the country”, they’ve also won numerous awards including being five time winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Live Group. The band have also sold over 250,000 albums and in Hedonism, their third album, achieved the highest selling independently released folk album of all time.
Before the final fareware, Bellowhead will embark on two farewell tours in November 2015 and April 2016 with dates being announced this Friday and going on sale on the 12th June.
Writing on their website, the band had this to say:
This is a sad message to send but after 11 amazing years we’ve decided to call it a day.
It’s been an incredible journey for us all and we’ve loved every minute of being Bellowhead but Jon has decided the time has come for him to stand down as lead singer and the rest of us don’t feel that we wish to continue without him. We have therefore decided that we should give Bellowhead the send off it deserves and go out with a bang.
So we will be performing a two-part farewell tour (in November 2015 and April 2016) finishing as we started all those years back, with an intimate gig at Oxford Town Hall (on May Day 2016) – the very first venue we ever played as a band.
The tour dates will be announced in full on Friday June 5th and tickets will go on general sale on Friday 12th June. Mailing list members will be given the chance to pre-order on Wednesday 10th.
We are all looking forward to the remaining gigs and intend to make them our best shows yet so we hope you can come along for the party.
We hope you will not be too upset with us for calling time on the band. Of course Bellowhead would have been nothing without the support of our amazing fans over the last decade. We are all incredibly grateful to you for coming with us on this journey and want to thank you all for being part of the Bellowhead story.