Maccabees to split up after 14 years with farewell concerts
The Maccabees have announced they are splitting after 14 years together and will bow out with some farewell gigs.
The London indie rock band shared a message via their Twitter and Facebook accounts to confirm they have "decided to call it a day".
They wrote: "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."
The five-piece group stressed there have "not been fallings out" and that they are "not leaving the group behind as a divided force".
It was also stated that they will continue to make music, but that "there are no concrete plans at this stage".
Their statement concluded: "We are excited about the future and intend to move on, with some sadness, but with appreciation, affection and huge pride at the music we have made and all that we have achieved together.
"There will be some farewell celebration shows announced in the near future.
"Once again, especially to fans of The Maccabees, thank you for the countless good times that we will never forget. Take care and we will be in touch soon."
The Maccabees have released four studio albums together, their final record being 2015's Marks To Prove It, the band's first to top the UK Album Charts.
Their debut album, Colour It In, was released in 2007, and was followed by Wall Of Arms in 2009 and Given To The Wild in 2012, which was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
They recently headlined the Latitude Festival alongside New Order and The National.
Fans of The Maccabees have expressed their sadness and surprise about the split on Twitter.
One fan wrote: "So sad that I didn't even get the chance to see @themaccabees live and they were like hour away from me last year. I hate myself."
Another added: "The Maccabees are splitting up. I genuinely love them so much, I'm crying."