Idlewild announces “hiatus”


I’m sensing a trend: Scot-rockers Idlewild have announced (via their MySpace page) that after some fifteen years of recording and touring, their upcoming May 21st show at The Forum in London will be their last for the foreseeable future.

“At the end of this final part of the tour we will have played 40 gigs around the UK and Ireland in support of Post Electric Blues, which seems more than enough for some time,” explained singer Roddy Woomble. “There isn’t the demand for our music that there was in the past, especially not outside of Britain so it seems after this year it’s an appropriate time to take a break, a ‘hiatus’ or whatever you want to call it.”

As anyone with a thesaurus will tell you, “hiatus” can mean any number of things. Here’s how bassist Gareth Russell views it:

“The current situation is that we’re working on our plans for the rest of the year, when these become more definite we’ll be announcing them. What’s certain is that there will be no more UK tours in support of Post Electric Blues and there’ll be a significant break/hiatus/rest before we’ll begin writing another Idlewild record.”

At least he gave us “break” and “rest” to to further delineate, elucidate, illuminate, and shed light on the situation.

Idlewild has some shows left before the great lacuna. Overseas readers can catch them on the following dates:

Idlewild 2010 Tour Dates:
04/26 – Newcastle, UK @ Newcastle O2 Academy
04/28 – Belfast, IR @ The Stiff Kitchen
04/29 – Dublin, IE @ Academy 2
04/30 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
05/01 – Dunfermline, UK @ Velocity