Thursday 29 September 2016

Indie band Lush reuniting for London gig 20 years after split

Published 28/09/2015 | 15:03

English rock band Lush (L - R) bassist Phil King, vocalist/guitaristMiki Berenyi, guitarist Emma Anderson and drummer Chris Acland pose for a July 1996 portrait in New York City, New York. Photo by Bob Berg/Getty Images
English rock band Lush (L - R) bassist Phil King, vocalist/guitaristMiki Berenyi, guitarist Emma Anderson and drummer Chris Acland pose for a July 1996 portrait in New York City, New York. Photo by Bob Berg/Getty Images

Reunion announcements from Ride, Bellevue, and the Bay City Rollers are followed by today's announcement that 80s/90s indie band Lush are set to re-form for a London gig in May next year, their first show since 1996.

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The band, which was fronted by Miki Berenyi with bassist Philip King, guitarist Emma Anderson, and Chris Acland, formed back in 1987 and they split just nine years later in 1996 after the release of the Lovelife album.

Acland died by suicide that year and the band ceased touring and recording although they did not announce their split until two years later.

The band will reunite for a gig at London's Roundhouse with former Elastica drummer Justin Welch joining the line-up.

The band's music will also be reissued by 4AD which will release a vinyl version of Ciao! in November as well as a five-CD box set, Chrous, which will include studio albums Spooky, Split and Lovelife as well as the compilation Gala, B-sides and other unreleased tracks.

“The opportunities and practicalities of reforming Lush meant that for 20 years it was an impossible undertaking,” said Miki. “But we all loved what we did, and the time is finally right for us to do it again.”

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