Bassist Phil King quit the band in October

Lush have announced that they will be breaking up at the end of this year.

The four-piece previously broke up in 1996 before playing 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.

Posting a statement to Facebook, the band wrote; “It’s been a fantastic year for Lush. We received an incredible reception to our Blind Spot EP and the three beautiful career-spanning 4AD releases, sold out two Roundhouse shows, toured North America with great success and had a ball at our European festival appearances.”

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They continued; “It’s been wonderful to revisit our old music and to create new material.However, it is now time for us to return to our families and homes, and bring our time together as a band to a close. We offer heartfelt thanks to all our fans – this reunion would never have happened without your overwhelming support and dedication.”

Finishing the statement, the band wrote; “We would like to take this opportunity to announce that, for our last-ever performance at Manchester Academy on November 25th, Emma, Miki and Justin will be joined by former 4AD label mate Michael Conroy, bass player for Modern English. As with Justin’s involvement, Michael playing with Lush has a special significance for us as he was a very close friend of Chris’s.”

Earlier this year, Lush had to cancel a number of forthcoming gigs after bassist Phil King left the band.

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

Writing in the statement 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 formed in London in 1987, releasing their acclaimed debut ‘Spooky’ in 1992.