Justin Vernon to ‘walk away’ from Bon Iver

The band's frontman says all the attention on his band can be 'distracting'

Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon has said that he plans to ‘walk away’ from his double Grammy award-winning act.

Speaking to 89.3 The Current – via The Daily Swarm – Vernon said of the band: “I really feel the need to walk away from it while I still care about it. And then if I come back to it – if at all – I’ll feel better about it and be renewed or something to do that.”

When asked what the latest was with Bon Iver, he said he was:

Winding it down. I look at it like a faucet. I have to turn it off and walk away from it because so much of how that music comes together is subconscious or discovering. There’s so much attention on the band, it can be distracting at times.


Justin Vernon recently asked fans to design him a new tattoo based on his favourite TV show. He is offering a cash prize to the winner of his 99designs competition and will have the top illustration inked on his arm.

Vernon has published a long description detailing the requirements he wants from his new body art, with the singer choosing five finalists to propose designs influenced by the TV series Northern Exposure – the same show which was the inspiration behind his band’s name, and the name of his new record label.

Bon Iver embark on an arena tour of the UK and Ireland in November this year. The gigs kick off on November 8 at London’s Wembley Arena and run until November 12 when the band headline Dublin’s O2 Arena. They will also play dates in Manchester and Glasgow.

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