Friends reunited: the bands that got back together in 2016

As well as some goodbyes, 2016 also welcomed back some acts who'd previously gone their separate ways

LCD Soundsystem

The split: The dance-punk group called it a day in 2011 after a big send-off at New York’s Madison Square Garden. “What was looming was either make something terrible, or make something willfully obscure, or become bigger — and none of those were all that enticing,” James Murphy told Rolling Stone in 2014.

The reunion: Following a surprise Christmas song shared on Christmas Day, the band were announced to headline 2016’s Coachella in Indio, California and put out a statement saying they would be making a new record, not just touring. “This isn’t a victory lap or anything, which wouldn’t be of much interest to us,” it read.

Arab Strap

The split: Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton’s cult band split in 2006, later calling it “a good time to call it a day”.

The reunion: In June, they announced they would be getting back together to celebrate their 20th anniversary with some shows and possibly new music. “We wanted to celebrate it while we’re still relatively young and don’t look too embarrassing on the stage,” Moffat told Steve Lamacq.


The split: The ’90s dream-pop group broke up in ’96 because of “a lot of negative stuff going on”.

The reunion: They announced their return in February, saying they were “very excited to be playing together again”.


Mink Mussel Creek

The split: Kevin Parker and Nicholas Allbrook’s old band went their separate ways around 2008 as they began concentrating on other projects.

The reunion: They reformed in 2011 to complete the recording of album ‘Mink Mussel Manticore’, but were reported earlier this year to have once again reunited for an as-yet-unannounced one-off gig.


The split: The Sheffield group confirmed their end in 2008, denying they had fallen out and thanking their fans with two last songs and a farewell gig in their hometown.

The reunion: They got back together in April to play two gigs to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘Well Well Well’, before heading out on a full tour in September.

Guns N’ Roses

The split: Drummer Steven Adler was fired in 1990 after his drug addiction meant he was unable to perform or even work in the studio. Guitarist Slash left in 1996 following tensions between him and frontman Axl Rose. Bassist Duff McKagan followed suit in ’97 saying the band’s operation didn’t fit his “hopes for parenthood, for stability”.

The reunion: The classic line-up (minus guitarist Izzy Stradlin and Adler) reunited to headline Coachella and went on to announce shows around the world. Adler later joined them to perform two songs in Cincinnati.

Boy Kill Boy

The split: They called it a day in 2008 after failing to match the success of debut album ‘Civilian’ with second record ‘Stars And The Sea’.

The reunion: The group reunited for a one-off gig at London’s Oslo in November, but were forced to add another date due to demand. Despite this, they insisted “there are no plans to tour or release any new material”.



The split: The Peckham pop group never officially announced their split, but ceased working after the release of their ’92 album ‘Changing Faces’.

The reunion: The band held a press conference in October to reveal their reformation and announce a 30th anniversary tour due to take place in 2017.

Spice Girls

The split: “Intense fighting” eventually led to the group splitting in 2000, following Geri Halliwell’s departure in 1998.

The reunion: After an earlier reunion in 2007, it was announced this July that Mel B, Emma Bunton and Halliwell would be reuniting. In November, the first song from the trio, ‘Song For Her’, leaked online.

Guided By Voices

The split: The cult lo-fi band originally split in 2004 following a ream of line-up changes, but reunited in 2010 with their classic membership. They split again in 2014.

The reunion: Two years after the second split, frontman Robert Pollard announced a new album was in the works on which he played everything. It was later confirmed former members Kevin March and Doug Gillard would participate in the group’s latest chapter along with two new members.


The split: Nic Cester and Cameron Muncey went on hiatus from the group in 2011. A year later, the band issued a statement saying they had split up.

The reunion: The Aussie four-piece haven’t done much yet, but have confirmed they’re back together. Next year, they’ll support Bruce Springsteen as well as playing their first headline show in six years.