Oxfordshire indie-folk quartet Stornoway’s final tour is shaping up to be a grand farewell, with most of the shows – including their final London show – completely sold-out.
The band announced their break-up on October 25th last year, stating that “Stornoway will become Stornomore” and that, “Our friendship and love of music remains as strong as ever, but over the last couple of years the winds of change have blown us all in different directions“. Promising “one last big blast” when they announced the end of Stornoway, the farewell tour kicks off in Gateshead on 27th February and concludes on March 12th in their native Oxford. The London, Oxford, Leeds and Brighton shows have sold out already, though there are limited tickets remaining for the other dates.
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The members will be taking diverse alternative paths in the wake of Stornoway, with frontman Brian Briggs pursuing a career in wildlife conservation, bassist Oli Steadman operating a gig start-up in London, Rob Steadman relocating to pursue music and academia in New York and guitarist Jon Ouin remaining in their native Oxford.
Stornoway, named for a remote town on the Isle of Lewis, formed at the University of Oxford in 2006 and in 2009 became the first unsigned band to perform on Later..with Jools Holland. They were eventually signed to 4AD in 2010, signing the deal in the town of Stornoway itself, during a tour of the Scottish Highlands.
Stornoway will play the following dates on their final tour: