Lush Reunite for First Concert in 20 Years
Published Sep 28, 2015Following a not-so secretive Facebook campaign, British shoegaze crew Lush have officially confirmed that they're getting back together in 2016 for their first live show in 20 years. Ahead of that, they'll be reissuing parts of their catalogue with 4AD and delivering a career-spanning box set.
As reported last week, Lush recently set up a Facebook page that featured up-to-date contact information for themselves, as well as for publicists and booking agents. Now, a message from the band's Miki Berenyi (guitar, vocals), Emma Anderson (guitar, vocals) and Phillip King (bass) that they are set to get back onstage for a performance at London's Roundhouse venue on May 6.
Founding drummer Chris Acland had committed suicide in 1996. Justin Welch of Elastica will be performing at the reunion gig, which will be the first live performance by Lush since Acland's death.
"We've been away for ages and ages, but we're really excited to announce that we're finally ready to reform as Lush," the act wrote in their statement. "For all the fans who have been pestering us to do this: thanks so much for your patience and support! We wish it could have been sooner but, for many years, it was just too painful to contemplate without Chris, and then all kinds of life-changing commitments made it impossible. Now, at last, the three of us are in the right place at the right time to play music together again."
Berenyi added: "The opportunities and practicalities of reforming Lush meant that for 20 years it was an impossible undertaking," group co-founder Miki Berenyi says in a statement. "But we all loved what we did, and the time is finally right for us to do it again."
Dovetailing into the reunion announcement is news that 4AD will be repressing the band's best-of set, Ciao!, on vinyl in November.
Additionally, a career-observing box set titled Chorus will be delivered in December. The five-disc set will include the band's three full-lengths (1992's Spooky, 1993's Split and 1996's Lovelife), two singles compendiums (1990's Gala and 1996's Topolino) and a mix of unreleased demos, radio sessions, remixes and more. The arrival times of either release have yet to be confirmed.
UPDATE (11/05, 12:30 p.m.): The Chorus box set is due out on January 22 in North America and December 4 elsewhere. Ciao!, meanwhile, will arrive on November 27.