Lush bassist departs band ahead of festival appearances

Lush have cancelled a number of forthcoming gigs after bassist Phil King left the band.

Announcing his departure through an official statement, the band have pulled out of their Iceland Airwaves and Rolling Stone Weekender festival appearances.

Writing in the statement (via Stereogum), the band said: “We are very sad to announce the departure of Phil King from the band. As a result, we will no longer be able to appear at the Iceland Airwaves and Rolling Stone Weekender festivals – massive apologies to everyone who was looking forward to seeing us play there.”

They continued, “we are in the process of acquiring another bass player and look forward to our final show at Manchester Academy on November 25th.”

Lush played their first gig in 20 years earlier this year; they reunited for a warm-up gig at London’s 375 capacity Oslo venue on April 11. Their last live show had taken place in Tokyo during September 1996.

Members Emma Anderson, Miki Berenyi and Phil King reunited, with Elastica’s Justin Welch playing drums in the place of Chris Acland, who died in 1996.