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Bloc Party to go on hiatus after summer festival dates

Band will bow out for the time being with a headline set at Latitude on July 19

Ed Miles
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Bloc Party are to go on hiatus after their headline set at Latitude on July 19.

The band's guitarist Russell Lissack told Postmedia News: "Definitely after we finish the festivals in the summer we'll be taking some time off. At least six months, maybe a year, maybe two years, it's hard to say."

Explaining why the band won't be imposing any kind of time frame on their hiatus, Lissack added: "Once we start taking time off people start doing their own thing. So once people start doing things, then you'll start naturally extending how long we spend apart."

Bloc Party previous took an extended break between 2009's 'Intimacy' LP and last year's comeback album, 'Four'. "The last record, 'Intimacy', when we toured that it was probably more lows than highs due to the relationships in the band not being very good and lack of communication and people not enjoying what we were doing," Lissack recalled.

However, he admitted there's been an improvement in inter-band relationships while touring 'Four'. "This time, before we set off on this record, it was something we discussed and I think we've been dealing with it a little better. Not a lot better but a little better," he said.

Meanwhile, Lissack also confirmed the band's previously-revealed plans to release an EP of new material this summer before they take their extended break. Bloc Party will perform at Isle Of Wight Festival this Saturday (June 15) and play festivals across Europe before giving their final performance of the summer – and for the foreseeable future – at Latitude on July 19.

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