Hadouken! announce decision to go on indefinite hiatus

Band say they may reconvene in the future but "for now, that's it"

Hadouken! have confirmed that they are to go on a break in order to pursue new projects.

The band made the announcement overnight with a message posted on Facebook confirming the break. “We have recently decided to take a break from performing as Hadouken to give ourselves some time to work on other projects,” the post begins before ending, “for now, that’s it.”

However, the group do vow to get back together one day in the future for festivals while details of each members solo projects are provided. Nick Purcell plus Daniel and Chris Rice of the band already play together in another group, Cast of Lions, while frontman James Smith is going solo.


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Hadouken! released their debut album ‘Music For An Accelerated Culture’ in 2008 following debut single ‘That Boy, That Girl’. Two more albums followed in the shape of 2010’s ‘For The Masses’ and 2013 release ‘Every Weekend’.

The full Facebook message reads: “We have recently decided to take a break from performing as Hadouken to give ourselves some time to work on other projects.

“The last seven years have been a phenomenal experience for all of us, we’ve released three top 40 albums and played gigs in over 30 countries, so we want to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone who supported us over the years. We were never a darling of the press or radio and it’s only through the support of an incredible legion of fans that we achieved what we did. From those that bought ‘That Boy That Girl’ on limited edition vinyl in 2006 to those that danced to ‘Levitate’ in front of the main stage at Reading & Leeds last summer. Thanks to you we spent the last seven years doing the thing we love for a living, which is a privilege that we are truly grateful for.

“Of course you’ll be hearing from us all before too long. James is currently writing & recording in LA and will be releasing new music soon. Nick, Dan & Chris are still recording with their band Cast of Lions. Other projects will be announced in due course.

“One day we will no doubt limber up for another round of shows & festivals, so keep in touch, but for now, that’s it.”

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