Funeral For A Friend announce split and final tour plans: ‘It’s the natural end’

Welsh metal band released debut album 'Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation' in 2003

Funeral For A Friend have announced plans to split up after 14 years together as a band.

The Welsh metal act will play live around the world for final time with the ‘Last Chance To Dance’ tour announced today. UK dates, including gigs in Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, will take place in April 2016.

The band will play two gigs in each city, with 2005 album ‘Hours’ played in full on the first night and 2003 debut ‘Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation’ on the second night. Tickets for all dates go on sale from September 18.

Frontman Matthew Davies-Kreye explained the band’s decision to split in the following statement: “It’s the natural end. We’ve done everything we set out to do and way more than I could ever have hoped so I’m not upset that it’s run its course. We all felt that [2015 album] ‘Chapter And Verse’ was a pretty decent full stop on an incredible 14 and half years of making music together.

“So, how do you celebrate a huge part of your life? You play some shows! For me it seemed obvious to go out with both ‘Hours’ and ‘Casually Dressed.’ I feel that both those records distill what Funeral is to a whole load of people more definitively than just piecing together a set from all the records we’ve made. It seems to me that those are the records that matter most and ‘Hours’ to me is my proudest achievement in music with Funeral. I don’t know why but it fills me with an overwhelming sense of pride.”

Prior to the UK gigs, Funeral For A Friend will play gigs in Europe and Australia. Their final gig takes place on April 16 at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.

See below for full dates:

Cardiff, Y Plas (April 5-6)
Manchester, The Ritz (April 8-9)
Glasgow, Garage (April 10-11)
Birmingham, Institute (April 13-14)
London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (April 15-16)

Funeral For A Friend formed in 2001 in Bridgend, Wales and went on to release seven studio albums including debut ‘Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation’ and final record ‘Chapter And Verse’. They took part in the 2004 NME Awards Tour alongside The Rapture, The Von Bondies and Franz Ferdinand.
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