The Maccabees to make surprise Glastonbury farewell appearance?

Band have played Glastonbury three times over the course of their career: in 2007, 2009 and 2015

The Maccabees could be set to play a surprise set at Glastonbury Festival this year before their forthcoming break-up.

The band announced their split last August – before revealing a string of final shows with support from Mystery Jets and Idles. They’ll also be playing three shows in Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle before heading to Manchester and London during June and July.

They haven’t officially been announced for Glastonbury but, as Dork notes, the EE website recently cited the band as part of the bill in a ticket competition. It advertised: “indie favourites The Maccabees, who will be playing one of their final farewell shows before they disband”. That mention has now been deleted.


Glastonbury Festival runs from June 21-25 this year, which spans the same period as The Maccabees’ final shows. The band have played Glastonbury three times over the course of their career: in 2007, 2009 and 2015.

“These gigs are going to be the best Maccabees gigs ever,” guitarist Felix White recently told NME. “It’s going to be a pretty special thing because it’s quite rare that everyone in the place knows how important that little moment is. I think they’re going to be valuable little things. I don’t think we need to do too much more than just be The Maccabees.”

He continued: “We’ve got Mystery Jets who have been with us for 15 years, but also Idles who are one of our favourite new bands. They’re a very refreshing band for now – they’ve got a lot of energy and they’re saying important things. They’re just a fantastic band, I love them a lot.”

The Maccabees will play:

Fri June 16 2017 – LONDON Omeara
Thu June 22 2017 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute 1 Birmingham
Fri June 23 2017 – GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow
Sat June 24 2017 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy Newcastle
Tue June 27 2017 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Wed June 28 2017 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Thu June 29 2017 – LONDON Alexandra Palace
Fri June 30 2017 – LONDON Alexandra Palace
Sat July 01 2017 – LONDON Alexandra Palace


Meanwhile, White has been working on his new club night and label, YALA.

He said: “I’ve started a record label, among other things. Amongst the wake of The Maccabees falling apart, I had this realisation that the labels that informed our band, and the nights and those kind of scenes in London don’t really exist any more. So given that we own our own studio, we’re building this in-house thing called YALA – which has had regular club nights, we’re putting out Magic Gang’s single, we’re trying to build our own place that joins the dots for bands that are great but don’t necessarily have the opportunities they would have done 10 years ago, you know.”